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Old 10-19-2006, 06:42 PM   #1
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WIP my 1st really large project
I am working on an afghan for my dad. When I first started it I thought how cool would it be if it done in two alternating shades of blue length wise in panels. I also thought that it would be a different stitch for each panel but have since changed my mind. Now it is all in the divided box stitch. I am working on the 2nd panel now and as it turns out I got to thinking that maybe this project would go faster if I just did all the panels at the same time (of course each panel would have to have its own skein of yarn). However, I am not 100% sure that it would work. Considering it needs to be kind of wide if it would work I would probably need to use circular needles. Each panel is 30 stitches across and the stitch is in multiples of 5 sts. The rows are as follows:
Row 1: (right side): Knit across.
Row 2:(K1, P4) across.
Row 3 and 4:(K3, P2) across.
Row 5: (K1, P4) across.
Row 6 and 7: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 2-7 for pattern.

This means that I have 744 rows (or 124 lines of divided boxes) to make up the length. I found that 19 lines of divided boxes (or 114 rows) equals about 1 foot. And a nifty little trick I discovered on this project is that if I keep a diary to write down what I did on the row just finished I make fewer mistakes. Because when I work with the dark navy blue yarn it is kind of hard to see what I just did, but on the light country blue yarn it is super easy to see what stitches are on what row. All in all though this is a fun project even if it is taking longer than I would like it to. When I can I'll see if my dad will let me borrow his digital camera to take a pic of the finished panel versus the one on the needles. Incidently, I got the stitch pattern out of Beginner's Guide Knit Stitches & Easy Projects with 26 stitches illustrated and explained by Leisure Arts little books. I think I even bought the book at Walmart. There are a couple of beautiful patterns in this little book.

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Old 10-20-2006, 12:25 PM   #2
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Keeping track of where you are in a pattern can save a lot of headaches. Mostly I just make little marks, I have to discipline myself though.

I look forward to seeing your work.
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:41 PM   #3
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Some people actually look at me as though I am some sort of oddball when I am writing down what row I just finished, but I just think to myself that if it were them they would probably have to pull some of it apart to fix things that I can catch before it gets tooooooo bad. I can live with the funny looks and all that because I know that what I do works for me. LOL
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here are some pics of 2 finished panels for the blanket






I use little gold safety pins to mark every foot so that I can make it the right size (my dad is 6' tall and it is for him)
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Wow! That is going to be beautiful when it is all finished! Terrific job!
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:11 AM   #6
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looking good- I bet it will be gorgeous
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Love the combination of colors... I think when making a big project like an afghan, keeping track of the rows saves you TONS of time and headaches!
Can't wait to see it finished!!
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OH, your dad is going to LOVE it!!!! It's going to be gorgeous!! I love it!
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