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Grandma's Favorite Holiday Afghan

Grandmas Favorite Holiday Afghan

This timeless knit blanket pattern features a classic star stitch design in a festive plaid color layout. Grandma's Favorite Holiday Afghan is sure to bring Christmas cheer to any room of your home. Perfect for novice knitters, this blanket makes a great gift for a treasured friend or close family member. This classic Christmas knitting pattern is one you'll love taking out for winters to come.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials:

  • Decor (100 g/3.5 oz;190 m/208 yds)
    Main Color (MC) (16433 New Rose) 7 balls
    Contrast A (16523 New Green) 7 balls
    Contrast B (01614 Winter White) 5 balls
  • Size 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) knitting needles.
  • Size 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) circular knitting needle 36 ins [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension.

 

GAUGE:
18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.
22 sts and 22 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in Star Stitch Pat

 

MEASUREMENTS: Approx 42 ins x 50 ins [106.5 x 127 cm].

 

ABBREVIATIONS
Approx = approximately
Beg = beginning
P = purl
P3tog = Pass slipped stitch over
pat = pattern
rep = repeat
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
yrn = yarn round needle (makes 1 extra stitch)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

PANEL A (make 2).
With pair of needles and B, cast on 57 sts.
**1st row: (RS). With B, knit.
2nd row: With B, P1. *P3tog, leaving stitches on left-hand needle. yrn. P3tog the same sts - Star made. P1.
Rep from * to end of row.
3rd row: With MC, knit.
4th row: With MC, P3. *Star. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.
Rep last 4 rows of Star Stitch Pat 3 times more.**
With MC only, work 4 rows of Star Stitch Pat 12 times.
Rep from ** to ** once. Rep 4 rows of Star Pat 12 times, substituting A for B.***
Rep from ** to *** once, then from ** to ** once more.
With B, rep 1st and 2nd rows of Star Stitch Pat. Cast off loosely.

PANEL B (make 2).
With pair of needles and B, cast on 57 sts.
****1st row: (RS). With B, knit.
2nd row: With B, P1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
3rd row: With A, knit.
4th row: With A, P3. *Star. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2. Rep last 4 rows of Star Stitch Pat 3 times more.**** Rep Star Stitch Pat 11 times more, substituting MC for B. Rep from **** to **** once. With A only, rep 4 rows of Star Stitch Pat 12 times.*****
Rep from **** to ***** once, then from **** to **** once more.
With B, rep 1st and 2nd rows of Star Stitch Pat once. Cast off loosely.


FINISHING

Sew panels tog in the following sequence: B, A, B, A.
Edging: With RS facing, circular needle, and MC, beg at lower right corner of Afghan, pick up and knit 190 sts evenly along side of Afghan.
**Knit 1 row. With B, knit 2 rows. With A, knit 4 rows. Cast off knitwise.**
Rep for other side of Afghan.
With RS facing, circular needle, and MC, beg at right side edge of Afghan, pick up and knit 160 sts evenly across top edge of Afghan. Work from ** to ** as given for side edging.
Rep for bottom edge.

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Im a little confused with the second row star stitch instructions. Is there a tutorial?

This is a pretty afghan or throw pattern in holiday colors. However, I am not a big fan of stitching long panels together, and really don't like having to pick up 160 to 190 stitches along each edge (that means four times) to knit a border. I would just crochet a simple edging all around instead of doing that.

The asterisk character wasn't saved by the comment field. For the row that has what I believe is an erratum, type in the asterisk character where I spelled it out. IT's probably confusing because STAR refers to the STAR stitch, not asterisk. I think the authors of this pattern could have made this clearer by using other characters instead of 4 and 5 asterisks, hard to read.

This looks like a great pattern. I'm a bit confused. What's the difference between P1 asterisk Star and P1 asterisk? I make a star using the asterisk key. So I must be missing something. Thanks.

This is a lovely pattern but I think there is an erratum. I believe the 2nd row of Panel B should be P1, Star, p1 to end. I think I will type out the pattern and cut and paste the repeats because you use so many . Thanks for this pattern!

I just realized the asterisks didn't come through. I believe the second row of Panel B should be P1 asterisk Star, p1 asterisk. repeat asterisk to askerisk to end.

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