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Sherbet Surprise Afghan

This afghan is as easy to knit as sitting in the summer breeze while sipping a lemonade.

This afghan pattern is the quintessential summer knitting project for beginners. 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.

The light and lovely summer colors will easily cool down your hot summer space. You could easily rework the color scheme for this project if you'd prefer something bolder and brighter or even something with cool, winter hues instead.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

Finished SizeApprox 46 x 55 ins [117 x 139.5 cm]

Materials List

  • 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


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 am working on this project now and am brand new to knitting. The one frustration I have had is that I cannot find some of the yarns any longer, they are discontinued now doing my best to find substitutes. Also, since this is in the projects for beginners, it would be really nice if acronyms were explained somewhere on the pattern itself. I have looked them up online but having them included with the pattern would be so helpful.

This pattern's colors caught my eye, and I was very happy to see that it is made with cotton yarn! I love working with cotton. It's so comfortable, easy to work with, and you can just toss it in the wash when needed. I pinned this one to make, hopefully later this year for a gift.

I love these colors. They look delicious! Is there anyone here who has used sugarn' cream for an afghan? How did it hold up and wash up? I've never crocheted with cotton before so I am definitely curious. I really like this pattern and would like to attempt it but I want to make sure that my investment is protected.

I really want to make this afghan for my great niece however, I am having difficulty finding some of the colored yarns. Mod Blue (01111), Mod Pink (01444), Mod Twists (20223) and Motion Twists (20554). Help! Any suggestions for finding these yarns or substitutions?

Wow!! I can't stop staring at these colors. The yarn just seems to glow, and it looks so versatile.

The colors used in this afghan are inspired and its sure to brighten up any room. Making it out of cotton yarn will certainly give it a lot of drape and will be easy to care for. There is also some nice variety in the stitches used to create the stripes to keep the knitting interesting.

This looks vibrantly pretty. I like the colors much better than dull neutrals. What I really want is the pillow! Please send me the pattern? Pretty please?

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?

It doesn't actually say, but I cut them, my daughter didn't and she has a huge twisted mess up one side looks like a thick seam with nothing attached to it. Hope this helps someone.

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

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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