So let's discuss the pattern (show below), here are the details
- Colors: 3 shown with Blue, Green and White (shown as Grey)
- Needles: 3
- Divisions: 30
Sewing Notes: Each color is sewn, in order: once around in Blue, once around in Green, and once around in White. This is why you need 3 needles because using one needle and constantly re-threading the eye after each round would be extra steps. The sewing continues until all spaces are filled.
Note that after the first stitch at the top edge is taken, the second and all even numbered stitches, on the bottom edge is 3 divisions marks over. The original pattern had 15 divisions and the second stitch was to be placed half way between two division lines, so I decided that to keep the sewing more even, it would be better to double the number of divisions; which makes the placement of the even stitch numbers much more accurate.
So what does the completed Yubinuki look like? Below the pattern are several images (used without permission) from the various Japanese books.
So prepare your bases to follow along.
Note: You may have to zoom in on the picture to see the lines, which are the threads, because with 30 divisions, I had to shrink the image to fit on the page.