Le Merle Noir

Inspired by a piece I performed last week, by Olivier Messiaen, meaning “The Black Bird”. You can literally hear him fluttering about. It was perfect for Halloween!

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Here’s the pattern. Enjoy!

Le Merle Noir

Materials;

Black worsted weight yarn

Size 8 double pointed needles.

Body;

Cast on 8 sts and join into round.

Round 1; Inc every stitch around. (16 sts.)

Next round; *K1, Inc. 1, repeat from * around (24 sts)

Next round; *K2, Inc 1, repeat from * around (32 sts).

Next round; *K3, Inc 1, repeat from * around (40 sts).

Knit 15 rounds.

Stuff with polyfill.

Next round; *K3, k2 tog, repeat from * around. (32 sts).

Next round; *K2, k2tog, repeat from * around (24 sts).

Next round; *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around (16 sts).

Next round; K2tog around (8 sts).

Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches.

Wings (Make 2);

Cast on 6 sts. Knit 8 rounds.

Next round; Binding off, k2tog, k2, k2tog.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Sew wings to sides of body.

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