Aran Afghan Update

Another square completed – 12 of 20.  Since I’m not working through the patterns in the book in any sort of order, I have suddenly realized that I probably should make notes so I don’t work the same square twice.

For those of you following at home, this is the Aran Afghan, from the Great American Afghan series.  The books are getting a bit hard to track down, but some of the yarn vendors carry them.  There are four in the series, including one for a children’s afghan.  They’re of a quilt-block, sampler design, and are terrific skill-building project, since they give you a great exposure to different styles of knitting, from aran, to cables, to entrelac.  Because each square is different, my attention tends to stay on task more than for other big projects.  Win-Win.

Yarn is Plymouth Encore (as recommended in the book) in color Taupe (I incorrectly identified it as Oatmeal in an earlier post).

Latest completed is the lower right (which, of course, is furthest from the the camera).  I didn’t think I would like to the squares that were knit “in the round,” but I find that they are actually easier, because you only have to keep track of one chart – worked four times (one for each side).  Both the top right and bottom right squares were knit this way – starting from the outside (in the round) and knitting your way to the center; something like a sock cap (but without the obvious shaping).

The only modifications I’m making to the patterns is that I’m omitting some of the bobbles.  I expect this afghan to be used, and bobbles are not necessarily comfortable for snuggling.  Some of the patterns have rather a lot of bobbles.

Aran Afghan 11-03-2014 WIP (Large)


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