Afghan Progress 70 Rows

I have finished 11,900 stitches and it measures about a foot. It should grow to between 5 and 6 feet when it is finished, depending on when I run out of yarn. It's big enough now that when I am working on it, I need a fan going, especially since the summer season is a curious time to be making this. It will, however, be ready for the winter months that lie ahead. Enjoy.


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Tom Hart's picture

Don't know what to say, Mark. It's beautiful, of course. But I just checked out the weather for Arlington Heights, IL on the National Weather Service website and it looks like you're knitting an afghan in a sauna! You must be into this craft!

And into cables as well. Do you use a cable needle for all those cables or have you mastered the no-needle technique? I'm currently working on a couple of double knit projects that have a lot of increases and decreases and every time you do either, you need to take a stitch off the needle and hold it while you perform the called-for maneuver. I don't use a cable needle but I do put the stitch on a safety pin-type stitch marker. I've heard of doing cables "free-style" with no cable needle or other such device, but I'm definitely not there yet. (And, frankly, can't imagine ever really being there.)

Anyway, it's a beautiful piece of work, Mark. All the best with it, Tom

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Tom,
Thanks for the compliment. The cabling I am doing is just two stitches and I found an online video that showed how to do it without a cable needle. Let's see if I can get this correct. I slip one stitch, then slip another, then put them both back on by pulling them off the right-hand needle by slipping the needle under the first slipped stitch then transferring them both to the left-hand needle. They are now twisted and you just knit as usual and voila, a nice little cable stitch. Here is the video that demonstrates the stitch.

Mini Cable Video

Hope this helps.


Bill's picture

that's a very cool little video! Thank you!

Tom Hart's picture

Simple, elegant, and brilliant! What amazing creatures knitters be!

bkeith's picture


Question -- when it's done, do you plan on blocking it to straighten that edge? Or leave it scalloped? I think both options are equally valid, just curious.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for your kind words. I think I'll leave it scalloped. Since it's a washable wool/acrylic (20%/80%), it probably won't block. Also, the pattern photo shows it scalloped. I like that it will drape well and the scallop will add a nice visual to that draping.

I know what you mean by the heat. I'm crocheting a wool shawl, but it's in motifs that are joined on the last row to the whole. The motifs are okay, but I have to take the entire shawl onto my lap to join. That's when the sweating starts, even though I am sitting beneath the ceiling fan. I guess I could run the air conditioner, but I like having my monthly electric bill below $35. Spinning would be cooler; the wheel sets up a draft. I'm anxious to see photos of the finished afghan.


CLABBERS's picture

Hi Charles,
It's weird about knitting large projects for winter, you have to start them in the summer! Since I have never seen an electric bill under $35, I'll just crank up the a/c and turn on a fan. Maybe we should take up knitting au natural when we are making a large item in the summer. Perhaps we could do a knitting retreat at a clothing-optional resort in the desert. Might give new meaning to "natural" fibers. LOL

Your shawl sounds neat. Take some pictures and post them so we can your progress.


CLABBERS's picture

You are very welcome, Bill. I thought it was pretty nifty. It was funny, after I had done many rows, I put the afghan down for a few days and promptly forgot how to do the 1x1 cable stitch. Try as I might, the memory banks were solidly locked. Thanks to the Internet and kind knitters who put these tutorials up for all to use, I was back in business.

Having seen it on your little video, I am considering using this two stitch cable on my sock k2p2 ribbing. Thank You!

Wow Mark,, it's really great! It inspires me. Thnx.

Kerry's picture

Beautiful afghan Mark, and I like that colour.