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ButtercupVictoria 04-01-2014 03:56 PM

What afghan should I make?
 
Hi. I bought a bag of 10 skeins of Juniper Moon Chadwick in lavender. 202 yards each. It's 60% merino wool, 40% baby alpaca, very soft and fluffy. I bought it with the intention of making a sweater but it's so fluffyish I thought an afghan might be better. But I can't decide what afghan. It will be all one color so something interesting stitch wise might be best. Not sure If I want to cables, maybe.

Anyone have any afghans they've made that are pretty and fun to make? Thanks!

Artchic528 04-01-2014 05:13 PM

Not sure how this works, so maybe a more experienced knitter might have knowledge on it, but there is a simple pattern I know of that starts like this:

Cast on 5 sts
k2 Y/o K3

Somehow, you're supposed to do that, and work on the bias, increasing each row until you've reached the desired size and then decrease each row by beginning and ending each row with "k2 tog" until you're ready to bind off, then bind off.

It should look something like this sample I found on some random knitter's blog (got to love the knitting/blogging community!! :) )

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0QhFBtGaGa...0/DSC03617.JPG

RochesterKnitter 04-01-2014 05:20 PM

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Buttercup said: But I can't decide what afghan. It will be all one color so something interesting stitch wise might be best. Not sure If I want to cables, maybe.
Have you searched on Ravelry?

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Artchic said: Somehow, you're supposed to do that, and work on the bias, increasing each row until you've reached the desired size and then decrease each row by beginning and ending each row with "k2 tog" until you're ready to bind off, then bind off.
This is a variation of Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth.

ButtercupVictoria 04-01-2014 05:46 PM

Oh, I made a scarf like that for my husband! It turned out very pretty. I'll keep that in mind. I'm starting to think maybe I should knit squares then sew them together. I could vary the squares in design/stitch... but the biggest advantage is not having to drag a big afghan around with you when it gets bigger. Not sure yet. Thanks!

ButtercupVictoria 04-01-2014 05:47 PM

Yeah, I have. I'm just wondering if anyone has a favorite afghan pattern that's not too hard. I found one I like from Lion Brand but I couldn't figure out how to do the gauge and they don't tell you.

salmonmac 04-01-2014 05:59 PM

If you're seriously interested in the Lionbrand pattern, we should be able to help you with the gauge. Usually you cast on several more sts than the gauge numbers tell you, knit for 4 inches and measure across the center 4 inches of the gauge swatch. For an afghan, gauge isn't as critical as it is for a sweater but it'll give you a good idea of the finished size of the afghan. No surprises.
Can you give us a pattern link?

GrumpyGramma 04-01-2014 06:58 PM

One thing to consider is that a very soft and fluffy yarn might not give you good stitch definition so IMO keeping it simple would make sense. What Lion Brand pattern did you like, would you link to it please?

ButtercupVictoria 04-02-2014 08:45 AM

Oh, that's interesting about stitch definition. I think I will see some with this yarn, it's not crazy fluffy. This is the link:

http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW2891.pdf

It says cast on 196 stitches, so how do you do that pattern in the gauge? I don't think a gauge is necessary for an afghan either but I wanted to see what it looked like. I don't see how I can do a gauge with the pattern stitch!

I'm also thinking of knitting individual squares in different patterns, then sewing them together. NOt sure how hard it is to sew all those squares together though. Way back when Knitting Help started, we knit squares and sent them to someone? who sewed them together as a present to Amy, long time ago!

OK, thanks!

salmonmac 04-02-2014 01:02 PM

You could knit a gauge swatch with a central cable and the stitch pattern on either side of the cable. It will at least give you an idea whether your gauge is in the same ballpark as the stated gauge befroe you go ahead and cast on all those sts.

GrumpyGramma 04-02-2014 06:01 PM

What salmonmac said and you'll see how the stitches look in your yarn. That looks like a fun knit. If you end up doing squares you can mattress stitch or other seaming technique or you could pick up and knit on the sides of two squares and then do a 3-needle bind off for your seam. Someone posted a picture of a blanket (?) they'd made and used the bind off for the seams but I don't remember who it was.


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