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Have You Knit a Blanket/Afghan yet?

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 in Finished Projects, Pattern Links

We had two blankets in the shop last week that were just amazing. Elf Roberta brought in her Sock Yarn Blanket, made up of leftover sock yarn bits and bobs. It looks way more planned and organized than bits and bobs, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be fun using a combination of multi’s and solids from our Lorna’s Laces Mini Skein kits, with some leftover yarns thrown in there as well?

Roberta made the pattern up and is happy to share it.

Cast on 8 stitches on size 3 needles. (Here’s an easy way to do it: Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast On). Re-arrange so you have 2 stitches on each of 4 needles.
1. Knit one round even, joining into a circle and being careful not to twist stitches.
2. [K1, YO, PM, K 1, PM, YO] x 4
3. Knit
4. Knit to marker then [YO, SM, K1, SM, YO], knit to the next marker then [YO, SM, K1, SM, YO], and so on for the whole round.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until blanket is the desired size, changing yarn colors as often as you’d like. Bind off loosely. Enjoy!

(K = Knit, PM = Put Marker, SM = Slip Marker, YO = Yarn Over)

Here’s another beautiful afghan. We’ve all been watching Sheryl make progress on this at Thursday Night Knit Night, and it’s finally done! This is the Girasole pattern done in Dream in Color’s Cashmere Blend Worsted (9 skeins of Emerald Darkness). We did a Girasole KAL a few summers ago. You can see some of the finished Girasoles here in our Loopy Gallery. I made one that summer out of Cascade Eco Alpaca and this was really the first true lace project that I had done. (Which will tell you how easy this pattern really is. It looks impressive – no doubt about it. But row by row, it’s amazingly easy to knit up.)

It also looks beautiful folded in half and wrapped around you like a shawl, doesn’t it? If you did it in a fingering or lace weight, it would probably be a perfect wrap size. That makes this pattern do-able in any weight.

Sheri stilltoomuchonmyToDoListforthistimeofday.

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