Strips of Stripes by Aurélie Colas
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Strips of Stripes

February 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
3500 - 3828 yards (3200 - 3500 m)
Twin size bed
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Knit long strips, attach them together ― they match! ― and here is a cosy and pretty blanket…

The blanket is composed of long strips knitted individually and sewn together. Magically, the stripes in the strips match horizontally, while letting the colours flow at different pace along each (and within some) of the strips.

Message aux francophones: Si l’anglais n’est pas votre premiere langue, mais que vous souhaitez vous lancer et tricoter un de mes designs, n’hesitez pas ! Je peux vous aider a traduire des passages qui vous poseraient probleme, et, si il y a une demande suffisante, me lancer dans la traduction complete de mes modeles.

Knitted in the recommended yarn at the correct tension, this blanket fits comfortably a single / twin size bed: approximately 1.40 m x 2.00 m (55 in x 80 in).

Yarn requirement:
Sample shown uses three yarns:

  • (MC1): 15 x 50 g Noro Silk Garden in Shade 230 (1500 m / 1640 yds)
  • (MC2): 1600 m / 1750 yds of a rustic Aran weight yarn. 100% wool, woolen-spun for a warmer blanket. Yarn in picture comes from a little flock of Solognot sheep (French breed, producing a rustic oatmeal/fawn fleece)
  • (CC): 150 m / 164 yds of a rustic Aran weight yarn. Shown in brown yarn, mix of fibre from Solognot and Mouton Noir du Velay (French breeds of rustic sheep)

Note on substituting yarn:

  • MC1 can be substituted with Noro Kureyon, or any other yarn with slow colour changes knitting up at a similar gauge. Or, why not assorted left-overs of Aran yarn?
  • MC2 and CC can be substituted with any Aran weight knitting up at a similar gauge. For a warmer blanket, use a 100% wool, woolen-spun yarn.

Do not hesitate to consider local flocks, local producers, or local mills!

For MC2, the designer chose a rustic yarn, produced by a little flock she happened to meet once. The sheep are Solognot/Solognote breed: it is a rare rustic breed of sheep who are used to graze in wet pastures along the shores of the river Loire.

The brown yarn (CC) is a blend of the fleeces from the same flock along with fleeces from another rare-ish French rustic breed of sheep: the Moutons du Velay, which are raised in another region dear to the heart of the designer.

7-Page Pattern include extensive written directions and photos as well as hand-drawn diagrams.