Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Afghan in a minute C28
The yarn came first here. I bought five 100 gr hanks of each of three shades of Klippan's Mattgarn - rug yarn. It is aran weight, nice and thick quite tightly plied. I liked the colours, purple, burgundy and teal. I didn't buy the white hanks. To soften the yarn I put it in a normal wash in the washing machine. It did get softer and it unplied a bit as well, curling back on itself. Extra texture is no bad thing.
My idea at the time was to knit Woolly Thoughts' Curve of Pursuit, and I saved the pattern from one of the early issues of The Knitter. When I got it out to knit a test block I discovered that the yarn needs cutting between each segment, and there are eight segments in one round. That is by no means economical efficient knitting, and I would not have enjoyed it. So I abandoned it without regret. I wish I had read the pattern thoroughly when I first saw it. Otherwise I do like the design.
Thinking about an alternative easy pattern I thought a basket type stitch would be good as the blanket would lie flat. I found a pattern in The best from Annie's Attic - Afghan in a minute. My yarn is thinner, so it took me longer than a minute. I used the 10 stitch block and a 5 garter stitch integral edging from the pattern. My needles were 6 mm.
I enjoyed the knitting because it was so easy and I could do it while watching TV. I over-estimated how much yarn a full size blanket would take, so I cast on too few stitches. There would have been enough yarn for a wider blanket. I do like the blanket though, especially the contrast between the knit and purl blocks. The thickness is just right.
Afghan in a minute, The best from Annie's Attic C28
size 6 mm needles
Tension: 13 st per 10 cm
Size 115 cm by 170 cm, 1255 gr
Knitted 8 February to 19 April 2016