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In a Pinch Afghan

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With the perfect mix of cables and lace, the In a Pinch Afghan is a timeless pattern with stunning textural qualities. And because this knit afghan pattern is made with easy-to-care-for yarn, you'll be able to use it and wash it as often as you please.

In a Pinch Afghan
In a Pinch Afghan
This image courtesy of Redheart.com

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size: 10 or 6 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Notes

Throw measures 43” x 58”.

 

MATERIALS:

  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 4 skeins 661 Frosty Green
  • Circular Knitting Needle: 6mm [US 10] – 36”
  • Cable needle
  • 2 stitch markers
  • yarn needle


GAUGE: 18 sts = 5”; 25 rows = 5” in pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.


Special Abbreviation
ssk (slip, slip, knit) = Slip next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, to right needle; insert point of left needle into the fronts of these 2 sts and knit them together from this position.

 

THROW INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 155 sts. Do not join but work back and forth in rows.

Bottom Border

Row 1 (Right Side): K1, * P1, K1; repeat from * across.
Rows 2-5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: K1, [P1, K1] twice, place marker on needle, work to last 5 sts; place marker on needle, K1, [P1, K1] twice.

Continue to work first and last 5 sts of every row in Border pattern and begin working Cable pattern on sts between markers as follows:
Row 1: * K4, yo, ssk, P7, K2tog, yo, K3; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 2: * P6, K7, P5; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 3: * K3, [yo, ssk] twice, P5, [K2tog, yo] twice, K2; repeat from * to last st, K1.
Row 4: * P7, K5, P6; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 5: * K2, [yo, ssk] 3 times, P3, [K2tog, yo] 3 times, K1; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 6: * P8, K3, P7; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 7: K1, * [yo, ssk] 4 times, K1, [K2tog, yo] 4 times, K1; repeat from * across.
Row 8: * K2, P15, K1; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 9: * P2, [yo, ssk] 3 times, K3, [K2tog, yo] 3 times, P1; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 10: * K3, P13, K2; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 11: * P3, [yo, ssk] twice, K5, [K2tog, yo] twice, P2; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 12: * K4, P11, K3; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 13: * P4, yo ssk, K7, K2tog, yo, P3; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 14: * K5, P9, K4; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 15: * P5, K9, P4; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Rows 16 and 18: Repeat Row 14.
Row 17: Repeat Row 15.
Row 19: * P5; slip next 5 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, K4, then K5 from cable needle – cable made; P4; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Rows 20, 22, and 24: Repeat Row 14.
Rows 21 and 23: Repeat Row 15.
Row 25: * P4, K2tog, yo, K7, yo, ssk, P3; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 26: * K4, P11, K3; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 27: * P3, [K2tog, yo] twice, K5, [yo, ssk] twice, P2; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 28: * K3, P13, K2; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 29: * P2, [K2tog, yo] 3 times, K3, [yo, ssk] 3 times, P1; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 30: * K2, P15, K1; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 31: K1, * [K2tog, yo] 4 times, K1, [yo, ssk] 4 times, K1; repeat from * across.
Row 32: * P8, K3, P7; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 33: * K2, [K2tog, yo] 3 times, P3, [yo, ssk] 3 times, K1; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 34: * P7, K5, P6; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 35: * K3, [K2tog, yo] twice, P5, [yo, ssk] twice, K2; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 36: * P6, K7, P5; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 37: * K4, K2tog, yo, P7, yo, ssk, K3; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Row 38: * P5, K9, P4; repeat from * to last st; P1.
Row 39: * K5, P9, K4; repeat from * to last st; K1.
Rows 40 and 42: Repeat Row 38.
Row 41: Repeat Row 39.
Row 43: K5, P9, * cable, P9; repeat to last 5 sts; K5.
Rows 44, 46, and 48: Repeat Row 38.
Rows 45 and 47: Repeat Row 39.
Repeat Rows 1-48 four more times, then repeat Rows 1-38 once more. Remove stitch markers on last row.


Top Border: Work 6 rows same as for Bottom Border.
Bind off loosely in pattern.

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Have tried this pattern. Everytime I get to row the end of row 6 I don't have enough stitches! Have ripped it out 3 times and started over! Counted stitches after each row and always have 155. Get to end of row 6 and I always have 153 stitches! Am done messing with this pattern. Not happy.

Can someone who has made this pattern please respond/address this issue?

If you follow the directions precisely as written for Row 9 - you lose 11 stitches. I knitted and unknitted this row 3 times before I figured out that one of the knits should be a purl and one of the purls should be a knit in order to achieve the yo needed to allow for the ssk and 2tog stitches.

I am confused about the needle size: At the top of the pattern is says it is: Knitting Needle Size: 6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles; however in the Materials section it says: Circular Knitting Needle: 6 mm [US 10] 36. Which is correct for US needles: 6 or 10? On my conversion chart I have that a 6 mm is a size U. S. 10 and that a 4 mm is a size U. S. 6. I really like the pattern however just want to make sure on the needle size. Thanks!

The needles size is a 6mm-the notation at the top is an error-i checked it on the red heart site and the gauge indicates it is also a 6mm, someone has made an error converting a 6mm at the top of the page 6mm is a 10 US. Hope this helps.

Hi Knitters, Thank you for notifying us of the wrong needle size. We have updated the pattern information. -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I love the look, I hope to be able to do this once my other projects are completed

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