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Weekend Stashbuster Afghan

By: Smitha Katti from Fiskars

If you've been hoping to clear out some yarn from your collection, consider making a few knitted afghan patterns. Made with ten different types of yarn and broken down into 20 separate squares, this textural afghan will create the perfect showpiece to add to your living room decor. To make the Weekend Stashbuster Afghan, you'll always be knitting with four strands of yarn at the same time. This means not only will you be using up yarn from your stash, but this blanket can be completed in hardly any time at all.

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size19 or 15 mm

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

Materials:

  • A variety of yarns
  • knitting needle size 19
  • Crochet hook or yarn needle
     

Instructions:

 

  1. Knitting with a larger size needle is fast and fun! I am sharing a simple idea to make a nice snuggly blanket for your family. This is the perfect craft to keep your fingers busy while watching some TV. I pulled out a bunch of yarn from my collection – some textured bulky yarn and some regular yarn for this blanket.



    Weekend Stashbuster Afghan

  2. To make each block, cast 20 stitches on a size 19 needle, combining four different yarns as one.

    Weekend Stashbuster Afghan

  3. Work in Stockinette stitch on these stitches. Knit one row than purl the next one.  Knit and cast off each block when it reaches eight inches long. Make 20 such blocks.

  4. Once you have knit all 20 blocks, lay them out and arrange them in a pattern that you like.


  5. Sew or crochet the blocks together to form blanket.





     

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I think I really need to make this afghan to do some stash busting! The only change I would make is that after finishing a square I would change colors and keep going. That way I wouldn't have to seam together 20 squares, just several strips of squares instead. Pinned this one to make!

I don't typically make blankets because they take so much time, i tend to get bored. But, i really do love the idea of this afggan. It defintely seems like it would be quick using four strands, but I really like that you use different color strands as one because you can really mix colors and textures or make ombre looking squarea. Great idea!

Wondering if you could make this as one piece changing yarn as you go?

Wondering if you could make this as one piece changing yarn as you go?

This blanket is truly easy enough for a beginner to feel they have a successful project. The beauty of knitting squares is that they are so portable and a row can be finished in just a few minutes while on a break at work or just taking a few moments to relax at home. I love the designer's choice of yarns and the fuzzy boucle' paired with the worsted weight yarns give it a lot of character.

I am three squares into this project. I love it. I cannot wait until it is finished. So cozy

Looks like a great way to use up scrap yarn! Can't wait to try it.

Just wanted to say that I can't wait to finish this! I have to show this pattern to my knitting friends!

I'd love to see a picture when you're done!

I think this is going to be fun to knit...I just started it. I did have a question though. I'm wondering how big each of your blocks were and what specific weights of yarn you used. On my first block, I am using two worsted weight yarns, one fine weight yarn, and one super bulky yarn. My knitting needles are only a size 17 since that's the largest I have and with 20 stitches cast on an 6 rows done, my block is 12 1/2 inches wide. I'm going to go with it and probably just have a big snuggly blanket, but your pictures don't look like your blocks are that wide. Should I make the blocks longer than 8 inches so my blocks are more of a square do you think?

There isn't enough info for anyone on here to answer your questions, but the pattern does say to cast off the blocks when they reach 8" long. I'm not going to do all that sewing or crocheting, big waste of time in my opinion-I'll make mine in one piece. I have 19mm circulars and dying to find more patterns to use them.

Great idea. Thanks for sharing

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