Skills-Builder: Great American Aran Afghan

A dear and long-time friend is getting married in February.  My customary wedding gift is a hand-knit afghan, and for this good friend, I wanted to “kick it up a notch” and knit a very special afghan.

I chose The Great American Aran Afghan, which is part of the Great American Afghan series by XRX Publishing.  There are several in this series, and it seems to be a contest along a theme, and the winning entries are included in the published book.

Yarn is as recommended in the book:  Encore (75% acrylic – 25% wool) from Plymouth Yarn Company.  The model is knit in natural or white, but I chose Oatmeal as a more neutral color.

The afghan is a series of “sampler-like” squares which are knit together and then a border knit around the perimeter.

The squares are extremely challenging!  I’m glad it’s knit a square at a time; I don’t think I would be able to cope if I had to knit something as challenging as this with a large “afghan-in-progress” on my lap.

Below is my first completed square – I think it’s likely the easiest in the book.  My friend’s wedding is in February.   For a 24-square afghan, that’s about 4 squares a month, with a month left for assembling and binding.  Wish me luck!

Great American Aran Afghan SQ1 06-01-2014 (Large)

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