View Full Version : Red Aran Afghan

04-04-2007, 04:10 AM

I posted photos of this Red Aran Afghan on another thread, however, I am showing it here as well. I truly appreciate seeing all of your knitted works of art...and have gained INSPIRATION to try some patterns and knitting techniques that I have been procrastinating! 37 years at the needles...still haven't done a sock or entrelac. Der.

My afghan is knit using Rowan's POLAR bulky yarn. It took 25 skeins with the ruffle, which was my idea, not the pattern. The afghan pattern itself is located in the a new book called CABLES UNTANGLED. It is shown in the usual creamy white, using the usual worsted weight.

I wanted a truly soft, cozy, big afghan for my catnaps! So, the Rowan POLAR bulky yarn really accomplished my goal. Finished it on the date shown in the photos. It took me about 4 weeks. I was obsessed with it. The weather was cold, and the afghan kept me warm and cozy all the while.

The Petite Bell Ruffle pattern is found in NICKY EPSTEIN'S "Knitting On the Edge". CLICK HERE (http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Edge-Essential-Collection-Decorative/dp/1931543402)to buy the book ON SALE at Amazon.com! (Jan 29th 2008)

I had 31 skeins of this yarn in my Stash...begging to get out of yarn prison! Six remain. Not bad!

So, here it is!

04-04-2007, 04:31 AM
Oh that is beautiful, I love anything with cables. I also like your collection of "Thomas Kinkades" or style on the wall, interesting way of laying them out.

You are certainly more patient then I am..:)

Now on to some socks..lol

04-04-2007, 05:50 AM
That is gorgeous! I'm just speechless.

04-04-2007, 06:56 AM
:heart: :heart: :heart:

04-04-2007, 07:22 AM
Wow! That's gorgeous, absolutely stunning. :heart:

04-04-2007, 07:30 AM
All I can say is WOW! That is absolutely beautiful! Great work!


04-04-2007, 07:35 AM
Magnificient!!! Did you also make the beautiful white one in the photo?

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:


04-04-2007, 08:19 AM
Just beautiful :woohoo: Love the Pattern :heart:

04-04-2007, 08:21 AM
This is fabulous!!!


04-04-2007, 08:25 AM
Magnificent!!! :cheering: :cheering:

04-04-2007, 08:30 AM
That's amazing! I'm starting to think about making that blanket now that I see how it turned out...maybe someday. :teehee:

04-04-2007, 09:00 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! And what to do with that Polar that's left?? How about making an Anthropologie Inspired Capelet? It's the yarn the pattern designer used and ya can't buy the Polar anymore. We're having a Dogwood Winter right now and I wish I'd kept the one I made for myself!
The pattern:

04-04-2007, 09:05 AM
That's incredible!! Great job!

04-04-2007, 09:14 AM
Wow ! :heart: Awesome....

04-04-2007, 11:50 AM

Holy criminy Christmas! I cannot believe that human hands made such a beautiful object!

That is amazing.

04-04-2007, 12:37 PM
Absolutely STUNNING :cheering: :cheering:

04-04-2007, 01:57 PM
Oh my goodness...It's beautimus!

Are those Green Mountian bags you're showing off in the background? :teehee:

04-04-2007, 01:57 PM
:notworthy: WOW :notworthy:

04-04-2007, 03:17 PM
Hi y'all! Thanks for the LOVE! :muah:

To answer a few questions:

I did not knit the white version of the afghan shown in the photo. I may knit a cream afghan someday...but it definitely WILL NOT be this same pattern. I was bored out of my mind by the time I got done! Crazzzy bored.

The Knitting Bags: the bag on the left is a custom bag (holding a WIP) by www.CatrunCreations.com The name of this bag is "Morgan".
The bag on the right is a Green Mountain Bag! It is a med-lrg "Carpet Bag".

The back of the sofa is their "spot" in line! I must confess, I have 7 knitting bags that house yarns 'soon to be knit'! I affectionately call them my "Ladies in Waiting"....Once a batch of yarn makes it from the closet to the knitting bag...it is moving up the line to the Knitting Throne! :teehee:

Thanks for the pattern loveswildflowers! I sent you a PM...but don't know if it "sent". HERE (http://search.stores.ebay.com/Cucumberpatch-UK_POLAR_W0QQfciZ9QQfclZ4QQfsnZCucumberpatchQ20UKQ QfsooZ2QQfsopZ2QQftsZ2QQsaselZ16608349QQsofpZ0) is a link for Rowan POLAR yarn. This UK yarn lady sells it $65 for a bag of 10 with FREE SHIPPING. Also, singles for $6.50, but you pay some shipping. She used to have lots more colors available. Click on ASK SELLER A QUESTION, and ask her if she has any other colors laying around. She might have some odds and ends left. She will get right back to you.

The grouping of paintings on my wall: they are not Kincaide...however...I like the looser style of these artists. They are original oil, and I loves 'em!I have been in the art biz since 1981...many, many moons! I sell art (Art Consultant) and I love art...but I don't paint. I knit. :teehee: But even with that, I don't 'design'. I soooo admire people, artists, who create designs! "Knitted Works of Art"! I am just happy that I can follow their directions! :teehee:

04-04-2007, 03:21 PM

I hope that is for you!

I went back and looked :wall: I'm glad it's for you! :teehee:

04-04-2007, 03:26 PM
Hi Andrea! Yes, this Red Aran Afghan is for my catnaps!! It resides right behind me...on the back of my "Knitting Throne"!

I knit several Celtic/Aran Afghans years ago...and as our 5 children married and left home...they all took one! I ended up "afghanless". I have been trying to nap using those cute cotton woven throws! Not the same! :teehee: I am able to catnap very well now!

04-04-2007, 03:49 PM
That is beautiful!

04-04-2007, 04:29 PM
WOW! :heart:

04-04-2007, 04:37 PM
I have bag envy! :passedout:

04-04-2007, 05:29 PM
Your throw is lovely. :cheering:

04-04-2007, 05:41 PM

I just have to give you a hand!! THat is truly stunning. Although, can imagine that it got monotonous after a while. How many hours did you knit per day to finish that in 4 (FOUR!) weeks? I would love to knit an afghan, but am intimidated by the amount of time it looks like it'll take.

Again, WOW!!! :notworthy:

04-04-2007, 05:56 PM
I was going to say 'HOW LONG' that first few inches photo was taken in February!!!! That would take me over a year to knit myself!!!

well done - I used the rowan polar to make 'Starsky' from knitty .... and then a scrunchable scarf for my brother - he loves it.

04-04-2007, 06:04 PM
:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

That is, without doubt, the most beautiful throw I've ever seen!!


04-04-2007, 06:22 PM

04-04-2007, 06:33 PM
Oh my goodness! Absolutely stunning! You are a very talented woman! :cheering:

04-04-2007, 06:35 PM
Your work is always beautiful!! :heart: I like the ruffle added to the end instead of fringe.

04-04-2007, 06:45 PM
Hi Nuknitter!

You inquired how many hours did it take? I can't tell you...just that I started the afghan about 2-14-07 and finished 3-16-07. At one point early on...I got out my timer...and at first it took me I think 40 minutes to do one RS and one WS...essentially "down and back again" The afghan is 242 stitches wide. Well, anyways...I got my time down to 25 minutes for one RS/one WS...of course, with no interruptions. Then I just quit with the timer. I did get more speed as I "learned" the pattern graph. I forced myself to work on the afghan only...no other WIP's. It was a joy to knit...the Rowan POLAR is the most sensuous yarn! It is wonderful to knit...although it will split...I had to get a pair of Rosewood Lantern Moon circs...size 11...length 32". Didn't want to use a longer length...like to keep the stitches queued up. The Lantern Moons allow the yarn to just glide up to the tips...no drag. I have OPTIONS...too pointy/split the POLAR...Crystal Palace/the little knob hung up the stitches...Addis/not sharp enough for cabling and bobbles...so when I finally found the perfect needle...my time sharply increased!!! Love those Lantern Moons. Can't afford to get 'em all...but have a few pairs in the normal 6-9 sizes.

I knit everyday...off and on during the day...but pretty much continuously from 9 pm-3 am. As you can tell, I am self-employed...no day job to run off to. And, our 5 children are grown, married, and gone. So, it is just me and DH...and the 4 dogs! I can pretty much do whatever the heck I want, when I want. (Sleep from 3 am til 9 am...do whatever I gotta do from 9 am to 9 pm...and knit from 9 pm til 3 am. No disturbances during those hours!)

04-04-2007, 07:01 PM
:notworthy: :muah: :notworthy: Just beautiful!!!!! :muah:

04-04-2007, 07:21 PM
Ditto what everyone else said: That is just sooooooo beautiful. You will get tons of compliments on it. Everyone who sees it will want you to make them one! :passedout:

04-04-2007, 10:15 PM
Gosh! :inlove: That's amazing, and it looks incredibly soft as well; it makes me just want to cuddle up with it.

04-04-2007, 11:31 PM
OMG!! That is gorgeous!!! I love it!!

04-05-2007, 01:48 AM
I :heart: that! It's so pretty! I have Cables Untangled and my mom wants me to knit her the blanket from the front cover. I told her she was crazy. It's not the knitting that intimidates me, it's the seaming. :teehee:

04-05-2007, 01:55 AM
That is beautiful - in my absolute favourite colour as well!!!!

04-05-2007, 03:26 AM
WOW! :heart: :heart:

04-05-2007, 06:03 AM
OMG :thud: just beautiful.... its so great i can't even think of what else to say :noway: Awesome job!!!

04-05-2007, 09:34 AM
That throw is JUST phenomnal! I love the Cables Untangled book and I know I'm going to have to make that throw!

Beautiful job!

04-05-2007, 01:56 PM
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04-05-2007, 05:03 PM
I am just sitting here with my mouth hanging open. That is drop-dead stunningly gorgeous!!! :notworthy: :notworthy:

04-05-2007, 05:50 PM
Looks Great!

04-05-2007, 10:33 PM
That is absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: it!

04-06-2007, 02:55 AM
Hey there SabrinaJL! Yeah...I'm feelin' ya! I like the blue afghan on the cover too...but the seaming...and seaming...and seaming...and seaming...

This Red Aran Afghan has absolutely NO SEAMING...

The Petite Bell Ruffle that I added (couldn't do the pattern's fringe with POLAR) had a 3 needle bind-off. That was the only other chore, besides the actual knitting...which went surprisingly fast.

Using Rowan POLAR made it ALL JOY! :heart: :heart: :heart: Wonderful "hand"!

Didn't split once I found the right needle: Lantern Moons.

Would not recommend this project for hot weather. It has to sit in your lap, down your legs, over your feet, and into a basket on the floor... :eyebrow: Grrreat in cool or cold weather! :happydance:

Everyone: Thanks for all of your :heart: wonderful compliments and KUDOS!

If anyone wants to knit this afghan, I have a few helpful hints that will make the pattern go faster! Just let me know!

04-06-2007, 05:54 PM
Are you people kidding me? What is going on on this forum? The number of amazing FOs, I just don't know what to say. This is breathtakingly beautiful, and only 1 month? What? What is happening? I feel dizzy . . . :eyes:

25 skeins of Rowan Polar, holy smokes that's a lot of yarn. This is definitely an heirloom. soooooo pretty.

04-06-2007, 07:51 PM
I love it! :heart:

04-07-2007, 12:52 PM
That's gorgeous!

04-07-2007, 03:25 PM
That is absolutely stunning, and I am envious of how much time you have to knit. :pout:

04-07-2007, 06:30 PM
Love the red...my fave color next to green!!! :) Looks worthy of being in a knitting book!

I've only done arans in baby sizes so can appreciate how redundant that must've been.


04-07-2007, 07:39 PM
wow, it's beautiful!!! Absolutely gorgeous!