Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Honeymoon Afghan

A wonderful woman I know has recently gotten engaged and I thought it would be great to make an afghan for her and her fiance.  When I looked at various patterns on Ravelry, most afghans have a finished dimension of approximately 3 ft x 4 ft.  A great size for one but not for snuggly newlyweds.  So, I pulled out my trusty knitting stitch pattern book and went in search of an easy pattern that  I could adapt to an afghan. I found this lacy vertical zig zag pattern.  Simple enough for TV knitting!


So, now it was just a matter of casting on and knitting up an afghan.  My finished measurements are 51" wide by 57" long.  Perfect for some snuggly newlyweds.  Since it is so large, I decided not to add any fringe.  Take a look!



Do you think she'll like it?  It took about 2 weeks of knitting....I think I'll be knitting another one.  Here's the pattern in case you'd like to knit one up yourself!

Honeymoon Afghan

Materials:  
  • Sample Used 18 skeins of Nashua Creative Focus Bulky (54yds/skein) but you could also use 9 skeins Wool Ease Thick & Quick (108yds/skein)
  • US 15 (10 mm) 29" or longer circular knitting needle
  • Tapestry needle
Gauge:
  • 2 stitches to 1 inch in stockinette
Finished Dimensions:
  • 51" x 57"

Knitting Abbreviations:
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • K2tog - Knit 2 Together
  • PSSO - Pass Slipped Stitch Over
  • Sl - Slip one stitch purlwise
Instructions:
  • Cast on 108 stitches
  • Knit 4 rows
  • Begin 4 row pattern
    • Row 1 (RS):  K8, *YO, Sl, K1, PSSO, K4 repeat from * to the last 4 stitches, K4
    • Row 2 (WS):  K 4, Purl to the last 4 stitches, K4
    • Row 3 (RS):  K8, *K2tog, YO, K4 repeat from * to the last 4 stitches, K4
    • Row 4 (WS):  K 4, Purl to the last 4 stitches, K4
  • Repeat the 4 row pattern until your afghan measures approximately 55" (For me, my final 4 row pattern repeat as one right after I added my 18th skein of yarn).
  • Knit 4 rows
  • Bind off
  • Using your tapestry needle, weave in ends
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