Merry Christmas Banners by Lisa Hannan Fox

Merry Christmas Banners

Knitting
November 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Double knitting
US 5 - 3.75 mm
790 - 870 yards (722 - 796 m)
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These festive banners show off your holiday spirit. Bright and bold, they display a cheerful “Merry Christmas” greeting. The banners are constructed using double knitting, and feature a checkered pattern on the back. There is also an option to knit them using the more traditional double knitting technique, resulting in the reversed pattern on the back.

The finished size of the “Merry” banner is approximately 5.5” (13.97 cm) by 38” (96.52 cm). The finished size of the “Christmas” banner is approximately 5.5” (13.97 cm) by 51” (129.54 cm).

Note: This is note a typical double knitting pattern. The back and front are different, so this design is fairly complicated. If you would like to try a simpler double knitting design first, I suggest my Fire Dragon Scarf or Cattitude Scarf or another simple double knitting design.

Yarn
Worsted weight yarn in the following amounts:

  • Approximately 210-230 yards (192-210 m) of red yarn for “Merry” banner (background color).
  • Approximately 290-320 yards (265-293 m) of green yarn for “Christmas” banner (background color).
  • Approximately 290-320 total yards (265-293 m) of white yarn:
    • 125-140 yards (114-128 m) for “Merry” banner (foreground color).
    • 165-180 yards (151-165 m) for “Christmas” banner (foreground color).

Gauge
31 rows and 25 stitches = 4” in stockinette
- or -
27 rows and 22 stitches = 4” in double knit

Note: The finished size will be more accurate if you knit your gauge in double knit.