Lightning Bugs by Laura Aylor

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:
• Increasing
• Slipping stitches
• Yarn overs
• Short rows
• A photo tutorial is included for the ‘bug’ stitches

Yardage details:
• Main color - 685
• Contrasting color - 300

Sample knit in Skeinny Dipping Merino Single in ‘Salt Marsh’ and ‘Cease and Desist.’