Sometimes I like to participate in a knit along or for short a KAL. You will probably wonder: what is a KAL? A KAL or knitalong is where people get together and knit a common project. A typical knit along is not a teaching event, but you will learn a lot and at the same time you will make some good friends. I have noticed the fun and camaraderie among my own knitting students when everyone is knitting the same project. Fun part is: it does not matter whether we choose the same yarn or not, each knitting project comes out different. Not better or worse, just different. In 2014 I decided to join the “Knit Your Cables Afghan” by Edie Eckman. I love her designs and I knew this would be the perfect pattern for me. Ten bias-garter stitch squares and ten different cabled squares make up a checkerboard-style afghan. Each square is knit separately, then the pieces are sewn together and a border is picked up and knit.
Here is a picture of the one Edie Eckman designed and put together:
The knitting pattern is a free Ravelry download, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-your-cables-afghan
For my own cabled afghan I choose the suggested yarn Red Heart Soft, not in tan but in wine red. I figured this color would surely warm up my living room during the winter months. It took some time to finish all the squares because I have plenty of other projects at the same time. Remember a KAL is not a race…just knit at your own pace.
I loved knitting all those interesting cables. Here is my finished wonderful cabled blanket:
The original pattern only had a garter stitch border, bit I decided to knit a lacy edge. The pattern for the Lace Edge is from a vintage pattern. Little hard to decipher, some mistakes (!) in the original vintage pattern, but I managed to straighten it out. The lace edge is knitted separately, here is the written pattern:
CO 12 sts
First Row: K (All uneven rows are K until row 25)
Second Row: K 3, YO k2tog, 4 x, YO, K1
Fourth Row: K 3, YO k2tog, 4x, YO K2
Sixth Row: K3, YO k2tog, 4x, K1, YO, K2
Eight Row: K3. YO k2tog, 4x, K2, YO, K2
Tenth Row: K3, YO k2tog, 4x, K3, YO, K2
Twelfth Row: K3, YO k2tog, 4x, K4, YO, K2
Fourteenth Row: K3, YO k2tog, 4x, K5, YO, K2
Sixteenth Row: K3, YO k2tog, 4x, K6, YO, K2
Eighteenth Row: K3, YO k2tog, 4x K7, YO, K2
Twentieth Row: K3, YO k2tog, 4x, K8, YO, K2
Twenty-second Row: K3, YO k2tog, 4x, K9, YO, K2
Twenty-fourth Row: K3, YO k2tog, 9x, K2
Twenty-fifth Row: Bind off 11 sts, K. 12 sts
Repeat from 2nd to 25th row until desired length. Sew Lace Edge neatly around cabled afghan (see picture).
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