Jason and the Patchwork Afghan – Part 1
I decided in December 2016 to start the Patchwork Blues Afghan. After all, who doesn’t need additional projects to keep busy around the holidays? It wasn’t a difficult project, although it got challenging at times with my experimentation. I used this project to experiment with the look-and-feel of the join techniques, which are a key part of number knitting (NK).
Why this project?
I chose this project when coming back to NK after I had to take some time off from fiber crafting. I wanted to get reacquainted with NK techniques via a straightforward pattern. Plus I had a bunch of Rowan wool that I’d bought on sale, with the idea that I would make a blanket at some point. So this was a good opportunity to use that yarn. This means being brave and using the colors I had, as opposed to buying yarn to fit the pattern recommendation. I’m pleased with the final result.
The patchwork afghan project uses NK squares and triangles. The large squares are straightforward knitting, and while they were tedious at times, it was always gratifying to begin the next one. The triangles decrease along the left, right, or both sides. It’s satisfying to move from piece to piece, and see this project progress. It’s not the fastest project in the world, but for a steady knitter each piece moves along relatively quickly. I finished this in just under two months.
Needles and Sizing
I started out using size US11 needles. I envisioned using one skein of yarn for each shape, but used up a skein before completing my first square! Upon re-measuring gauge, I had something like 13 stitches instead of the expected 12; plus my square was larger than the pattern’s suggested size. I re-knit this first square using another skein and US10.5 needles, and by the time I was done my gauge produced a slightly smaller square. However, the author does mention it’s better to be smaller than larger; and if this wool stretches when done, then the size will be just about right. Plus I only used one skein of yarn on this shape, which met with my goal. Not to mention the number of Rowan skeins in my stash!
To be continued…