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Old 11-03-2008, 03:32 AM   #1
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Fast, Easy Blanket pattern?
For the past couple of years, I've knit items for my friends for Christmas. I enjoy giving homemade gifts. This year, for my three best friends, I am not planning to knit for them - I'm making actual quilts. The twins' boyfriends and maybe Justin, though, I need something quicker and cheaper. So I was thinking, if I got some of the less expensive acrylic, and found a good pattern for an afghan or blanket, maybe knit on broomstick needles, maybe with two or three strands held together... I might be able to knit three up quick enough in between quilts, or late at night when I can't use the sewing machine because some crazy people want to sleep then or something.
I've looked briefly at KPC but if someone knows of a pattern that might fit what I'm looking for, it would be a lot faster and easier. They should be maybe 5'x6' or so (I might fudge and make it smaller), and I don't have experience knitting on broomstick needles (though I have a pair just waiting to be used!) so I need a pattern to be able to see what will look good in such a loose guage.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:23 AM   #2
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Hmm, I don't know of a *fast* knit afghan (I'm a slow afghan knitter!) but I do know crocheting an afghan (for me)is WAAAAY faster-I used a q hook and very simple pattern (using 2 strands held together) to whip up a good-sized afghan in about a week (seems like it took 4 days of evening crocheting). It was for my Dsis and dbil-they love it and she was so impressed (I was inside because it was sooooo easy!).

If you're interested, I'll give you the pattern. I don't know if you crochet though, so I'm sorry if that's no help!
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:18 PM   #3
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There are several afghans on large needles on the Lion Brand site.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:19 PM   #4
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I haven't made this but it looks easy and quick and it's pretty. There are lots of quick afghans on that site as well.
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:24 PM   #5
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Hilary - I can crochet... but my crochet skills are far inferior to my knit skills, so a crocheted project takes twice as long as a knit one for me.
The lion brand one looks like what I'm looking for. I'll look quick and see what others they have, but probably just make that one.
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