WIP Wednesday: the initial plan.

IF YOU ARE MATTHEW OR ANDREW OR ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS,
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Okay, now that it is just we knitters here, on with the post.

Back in May I went on a day trip with a couple quilting friends. We ventured to a well-known quilt shop two hours away, then on to Duluth for lunch. While my friends browsing the vast selection of quilting fabrics at Hingeley Road Quilt Shop I perched on a stool and thought about quilting. There were several easy quilt kits, and I toyed with the idea of making one for each son. But my knitting sense prevailed: I began instead thinking about knitting them each an afghan for Christmas. (I have had a few guilty thoughts about how I am a knitter/crocheter and have not made either of them an afghan. Such thoughts are particularly bothersome when I read on someone’s blog how she — it is always a mother — made such a thing for her offspring.)

Yarn: Because these afghans were for young men, I knew they needed to be easy care. Which to use, acrylic or superwash wool? Both recipients inherited Smokey’s internal thermostat, i.e., they were never cold and often too warm; this pointed toward acrylic rather than wool. But the thought of knitting with acrylic for the next seven months was, shall we say, less than appealing. Berroco Vintage (50% acrylic, 40% merino, 10% nylon) to the rescue! I had made a couple pairs of socks, plus a gift baby sweater, from it.

But in order to complete two afghans in seven months, I knew I had to do them both double-stranded on big needles. So, two strands of Vintage, US#10.5 needles. Check.

Pattern, YS: A number of years ago I was paging through Mason Dixon Knitting and Younger Son happened by. He saw  the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket and remarked that he liked it better then other afghans he  had seen. Okay, then. One pattern figured out. Easy, peasy.

Of course, I would have to modify the pattern for a much larger gauge — original was 6 st/in on US#6 needles, mine would be ~3 to 3.5 st/in on US#10.5 — and a larger rectangle (original was square), but math is my business. 

Pattern, ES: Years ago I knitted an afghan — for which I no longer have the pattern pamphlet — that gave the effect of large-scale gingham. 

  • Choose two colors of yarn.
  • Strip 1: knit a 12″ square using two strands of color A.
  • Drop one strand of color A, pick up one strand of color B. Knit another 12″.
  • Drop the strand of color B, pick up one strand of color A. Knit another 12″.
  • Rinse, repeat, until the strip is the length of the desired afghan.
  • Strip 2: knit a 12″ square using one strand each of A and B.
  • Drop A and pick up a second strand of color B.
  • Continue as in the first strip, but with the solid color squares being B.
  • Sew the strips together. Voila, plaid!

My problem was that when I got done I discovered my gauge had changed, and the strips did not match up like they should. Said strips are still in two bags under my work table in the laundry room. (I have a plan on what to do. Someday.)

In order to avoid this problem in the current afghan I planned to knit it all in one piece. But how to keep the balls of yarn from tangling and driving me right up the wall in row 2? Stay tuned

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4 Responses to WIP Wednesday: the initial plan.

  1. highlyreasonable says:

    I’m very much looking forward to the next installment of the story, in spite of the fact that I have my own guilty feelings about not having made afghans for my sons. I’m using the current 92 degrees and 73% humidity as my excuse for not starting today.

  2. Carole says:

    Oh boy. This is going to be fun to watch!

  3. gayle says:

    I made the older daughter a quilt many years ago. I am FINALLY finishing the quilt for younger daughter. I know all about the guilt… 8)
    I could figure out a plan for the a/b yarn trails I think, so I have no doubt you can!

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