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Sherbet Surprise Afghan


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This knit afghan pattern is the quintessential summer project. With pastel stripes of the garter stitch mixed with the bumpy seed stitch, this afghan is a cool blend of texture and color. Drape this beautiful afghan over your couch and remember the all the highlights of summer, like eating rainbow sherbet by the beach.

Sherbet Surprise Afghan
Sherbet Surprise Afghan
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Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Approx 46 x 55 ins [117 x 139.5 cm].


  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) circular knitting needle 36 ins [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Lily Sugar ’n Cream (Solids: 70.9 g/2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
  • Contrast A (01712 Hot Green) 3 balls
  • Contrast C (01111 Mod Blue) 3 balls
  • Contrast D (01317 Hot Purple) 3 balls
  • Contrast F (01444 Mod Pink) 3 balls
  • Contrast G (01699 Tangerine) 3 balls
  • Lily Sugar ’n Cream Twists (56.7 g/2 oz; 86 m/95 yds)
  • Contrast B (20223 Mod Twists) 3 balls
  • Contrast E (20554 In Motion Twists) 3 balls

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

With A, cast on 199 sts. Do not join in rnd. Working back and forth across needle in rows, knit 9 rows (garter st), noting first row is WS.
**1st row: (RS). With B, K4. *K1. P1. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K5.
Last row forms Seed St Pat and Garter St side edges.
Rep last row 9 times more.
Next row: (RS). With C, knit.
Next row: K4. Purl to last 4 sts. K4.
Rep last 2 rows 4 times more.
With D, knit 10 rows Garter St.
With E, work 10 rows Seed St.
With F, knit 10 rows Garter St.
Next row: (RS). With G, knit.
Next row: K4. Purl to last 4 sts. K4.
Rep last 2 rows 4 times more.
With A, knit 10 rows Garter St.
Rep from ** until Blanket from beg measures approx 54 ins [137 cm], ending with 10 rows of G.
With A, knit 9 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).


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I made this pattern a couple of years ago. It is one of my most favorite things that I have completed. It cleans up nicely. I'd make it again in a heartbeat.

Do you cut each strand when you start a new color or do you weave them in and keep them bringing them along the side?

I would never make this with sugar n cream. It does not stand up to everyday use. I would pick a higher quality yarn.

how do I down load the pattern

Hi MCWL 0302815, You can actually print the pattern right from this page! Please select the "Print" Button on the upper left side of the pattern. Thanks, -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

i would love the pattern for the pillow that is shown with this afghan. do you have that pattern? i cant find it on this site. Thanks Lucille


I would love to make this, how can I print the pattern?

This pattern looks hard to do

The pattern is very easy, its quite basic, with only colour changes in it.

I am having trouble finding the yarn for the Sherbet Surprise Afgan. Is there a kit available?

Hi Linda, I would suggest visiting for great deals on yarn and a wide selection.

I've made several of these, and I found all the yarn at Walmart.

How can I adjust this pattern so it will be a baby blanket? I'm thinking 40 x 40 inches?

For a baby blanket, i would suggest cutting everything down by 2/3's. Divide your yarn amounts by 3, your cast on by 3 and the width of rows by 3 and use the 1/3 result as your guide/pattern. hopw this helps.

Is there any way to avoid cutting the yarn each time you add a new color

no there really isn't, if you try to carry the colours up the side, it will cause the whole thing to pucker up. hope this helps.

I made this afghan using a kit that I bought. It is very pretty.

Where did you get your kit?

it would be nice if there was a selection on the page to print the pattern.

The blue square above with the p in it. Click on it and it will give you the option to print. I did this and it did print

The colors are so beautiful, can't wait to get to town to buy the yarn. vern3522


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