Lightning Bugs by Laura Aylor
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Lightning Bugs

June 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked garter stitch. Gauge is not critical but will affect the finished size and the yardage required
US 5 - 3.75 mm
985 yards (901 m)
one - approximately 84” wingspan and 15” depth after blocking
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As summer came on at our old farm in rural Virginia, lightning bugs would blink lazily against the darkening trees as the day slipped off elsewhere. Inspired by their elliptical arcs, Lightning Bugs is knit from the top down in garter stitch. Gathered elongated stitches make the ‘bugs,’ and slipped stitches form the dots.

Skills required
Slipping stitches
Yarn overs
Short rows
A photo tutorial is included for the ‘bug’ stitches.

Yardage details
685 yards of the main (background) color
300 yards off the contrasting (bug) color