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Slip Stitch Afghan

Slip Stitch Afghan

You cant tell by its name, but this stunning afghan truly is a work of art. The Slip Stitch Afghan is a gorgeous knit blanket that features beautiful warm earth tones, brilliant shades of gold, and mesmerizing cool blues. The colors are displayed in a striped pattern and are interspersed with an interesting lattice stitch design. This eye-catching blanket is a unique finishing touch to your living or family room, and adds just the right amount of color and style.

Intermediate

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)

Size: 50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.5 cm)


MATERIALS

  • LION BRAND WOOL-EASE (Art. #620)
    • #159 Mustard 2 balls (A)
    • #177 Loden 2 balls (B)
    • #179 Chestnut Heather 2 balls (C)
    • or colors of your choice
  • LION BRAND AMAZING (Art. #825)
    • #211 Strawberry Fields 3 balls (D)
    • #204 Mesa 3 balls (E)
    • #213 Regatta 3 balls (F)
    • or colors of your choice
  • LION BRAND large-eyed blunt needle
  • Circular knitting needle size 9 (5.5 mm), 36 in. (91.5 cm) long


Gauge: 15 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) over pattern.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.


When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to match the gauge, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.


Stitch Explanation
Yo (yarn over)
An increase that also creates a small decorative hole (eyelet) in the fabric, worked as follows:
1. Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
2. Take yarn to back, over the right needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.

 

Notes

  1. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of sts. Work back and forth on the circular needle as if working on straight needles.
  2. Afghan is worked in one piece, with 9 sections worked in alternating st and color patterns.
  3. Sections 3-9 are repeats of Section 1 or Section 2, changing colors to create a striped effect. With yarn in front (wyif) refers to the side of the work facing you as you work the row; with yarn in back (wyib) refers to the side of the work that is away from you as you work the row.
  4. To move yarn from front to back or back to front, bring yarn between needles. Take care not to wrap yarn over a needle, this could create an additional st.
  5. Always sl sts as if to purl. On RS rows, sl sts as if to purl with yarn at back; on WS rows, sl sts as if to purl with yarn at front.
  6. Only one color is used on each row. Do not cut the unused color between color changes, carry the unused color along the side edge of your work.

AFGHAN
With A, cast on 182 sts.


Border
Knit 3 rows.


Section 1
Row 1 (RS): With A, knit.
Row 2 (WS): With A, k1, *(k3, yo, k1) 9 times, k36; rep from * once more, (k3, yo, k1) 9 times, k1.
Row 3: With D, k1, *(sl 1 wyib, drop yo from needle, k3) 9 times, k36; rep from * once more, (sl 1 wyib, drop yo from needle, k3) 9 times, k1.
Row 4: With D, k1, *(p3, sl 1 wyif) 9 times, p36; rep from * once more, (p3, sl 1 wyif) 9 times, k1.
Row 5: With D, k1, *(sl 1 wyib, k3) 9 times, k36; rep from * once more, (sl 1 wyib, k3) 9 times, k1.
Row 6: Rep Row 4.
Row 7: With A, knit.
Rep Rows 2-7 five more times.
Next Row (WS): With A, knit.


Section 2
Row 1 (RS): With B, knit.
Row 2 (WS): With B, k1, *k36, (k3, yo, k1) 9 times, rep from * once more, k to end of row.
Row 3: With E, k1, *k36, (sl 1 wyib, drop yo from needle, k3) 9 times, rep from * once more, k to end of row.
Row 4: With E, k1, *p36, (p3, sl 1 wyif) 9 times; rep from * once more, p to last st, k1.

Row 5: With E, k1, *k36, (sl 1 wyib, k3) 9 times; rep from * once more, k to end of row.
Row 6: Rep Row 4.
Row 7: With B, knit.
Rep Rows 2-7 five times more.
Next Row (WS): With B, knit.


Section 3
Rep Section 1; using C in place of A and F in place of D.


Section 4
Rep Section 2; using A in place of B and D in place of E.


Section 5
Rep Section 1; using B in place of A and E in place of D.


Section 6
Rep Section 2; using C in place of B and F in place of E.

Section 7
Rep Section 1.


Section 8
Rep Section 2.

Section 9
Rep Section 3.


Border
With C, knit 3 rows. Bind off.

FINISHING
Side Borders
With B, pick up and k 232 sts evenly spaced along one long edge of Afghan.
Knit 5 rows. Bind off.
Rep border along opposite long edge of Afghan.
Weave in ends.

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The only drawback to making this lovely afghan is that in order for it to come out exactly right like the photo, you are going to have to use exactly the same yarns in the same order. The yarns are self patterning so you wouldn't get the same effect if you substituted something else.

I've looked at this pattern several times but avoided it because I thought it would require a lot of color changes. Now I see it uses a self striping yarn to make most of those color changes. I think I'll have to go get some Lion Brand yarn and cast-on.

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