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Old 01-06-2008, 11:09 PM   #21
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Thanks for all the help guys! I found a decent sized circular, and will just be using that.
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:12 AM   #22
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Hi!

The pattern I use for Baby blankets is pretty simple, and is also reversible.

With the size 17s and 2 strands it would turn out much larger and fluffier, with 3 strands thicker and warmer. Plus a lot quicker than doing it in a single strand on circulars.

I cast on 102 stitches. The first stitch of every row is slipped, and that forms a nice neat edge.

The first 20 rows are moss stitch, also called seed stitch--doesn't curl by the way.

After that, the sides are a 10 stitch wide border of moss stitch.
The center is a checkerboard of blocks 10 stitches wide and 12 rows tall. Half are stockinette stitch, the other half are reverse stockinette stitch.


For example, the first pattern row would be:

Slip the first stitch, do moss stitch for the next 10, (knit 10, purl 10) 4 times as the basis for the 8 blocks, then so 11 stitches Moss stitch.

The next row:

Slip the first stitch, do moss stitch for the next 10, (purl 10, knit 10) 4 times, do moss stitch for the last 11 stitches.

After 12 rows you would do a block of reverse stockinettee over the stockinette, and vise versa.

After 10 rows of blocks, I do a tpo border of 20 rows of moss stitch.


Does that make sense?
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:24 PM   #23
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If you really have a LOT of yarn, you could double the yarn (hold two strands while knitting instead of the usual one) and still use a size 17 (assuming they're a circular, not straights). This would make your afghan go much, much faster than using a single strand.

Just a thought! I made an afghan for my DH that was fairly simple, using this method. It's a basketweave design. Basically I did a seed stitch border all the way around (you could just do garter stitch for the borders which is knit every row), and alternated knitting 8 stitches/purling 8 stitches in the middle (between borders) to make a basket weave design. I did 9 rows (you definitely need a row counter for this pattern, at least I did!) like that then I would switch to purl 8/knit 8(again for 9 rows).

I hope I didn't confuse you I'm sure whatever you decide to make will look great!

Ok, I just realized CountryKitty sad pretty much what I did (but she said it better! )LOL
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Ok, I just realized CountryKitty sad pretty much what I did....
What is it they say....great minds think alike?
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Just as a note... Unless you are reeeeeeally patient... a pattern that is TOOOO simple in the size of a blanket of any sort and size, could make you want to poke your eyes out with the needle. It is great for perfecting your stitches but it really can be VERY boring. I don't know how many afghans i have started, that i couldn't bring myself to finish because they were entirely too boring. Not trying to discourage you at all... but my suggestion would be to try to get a LITTLE bit adventurous in your afghan so you don't hate the project.
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It all depends on how you want to do things. My dd and I want to make one together, so I've been looking at some that have squares so she could make some and I could make some. Lion Brand has quite a few, but this one looked very simple, and yet, because you can vary from garter, to moss stitch to seed stitch, you can add variety. Of course, you could do any combination of those that you liked. (We're going to use more exciting colors. )
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