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Old 06-09-2009, 08:22 AM   #1
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The Great American Aran Afghan
Just wondered if anyone has made this afghan, and what the difficulty level is. Could a moderately experienced knitter handle it? ...with a little help from the LYS? I've read that some of the squares are easier than others. It sure is a beauty...

Here is a picture of it~ you'll have to scroll down a tiny bit to see it.
http://theraineysisters.com/?page_id=319


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Old 06-09-2009, 09:11 AM   #2
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It is definitely a fun knit but do yourself a favor and grab the errata first. I started several blocks only to find several errors in quite a few of the patterns. There is errata on Ravelry. They are relatively small blocks and excellent for learning new techniques.

I am a self-taught crocheter, knitter, spinner and didn't find it too difficult. Also make sure to familiarize yourself with charts

Good luck and have fun knitting it!
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:21 AM   #3
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Thanks, Sunni! I just visited Amazon and am trying to figure out their pricing system for the book. How can a used book cost more than a new one? ....or maybe I'm misinterpreting something here. Here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/189...&sr=1-3&seller

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Old 06-09-2009, 09:30 AM   #4
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Jan, all the copies of it on amazon are being sold by private sellers (not Amazon) - they set whatever price they want. I'd say grab it up at the best price - those two sellers have great feedback ratings.
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Thanks, Yarncharmer. The price difference between the new and the used just really threw me. I thought for awhile that maybe a hacker had gotten into the site and upped the used book prices!! But God help me though, I'm going to try it.

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Good luck, You will love the finished product and it is great to travel with

have fun!!!
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I got the book for my birthday last December, and have yet to try any of the squares! I get a little intimidated when I look through the instructions, but looking at the actual finished squares themselves, I feel pretty confident that I can handle most of them. However I have pretty much done my best to avoid charts up until this point (starting to give them a bit of a shot) and that has really kept me from getting started on this afghan. I'm thinking this will be my winter project - plus, I need to pick out, and pick up - the yarn for it! I want to use something fabulous, and will probably need to use the layaway plan lol!
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If you go to Silver's site you can see hers. I own the book and have done several squares to contribute to various afghans. They are seriously fun to knit and I did not find them difficult.
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If you go to Silver's site you can see hers. I own the book and have done several squares to contribute to various afghans. They are seriously fun to knit and I did not find them difficult.

Oh yes, her squares do look nice. My book came several days ago. Was really surprised and thankful that it was so well organized/thought out. Georgia Vincent's square threw me for awhile. I couldn't figure out how she made a square while knitting in the round on circular needles! Looks like it might have something to do with strategically placed decreases?? I also found a tutorial on youtube on how to knit without a cable hook/needle and have been practicing. Seems so much easier.

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Old 06-18-2009, 10:42 AM   #10
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Have you thought about setting up a KAL? I might be interested in joining up although personally I would only be able to manage one or two squares a month.
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