Afghan Class

3/23/10 - Update for you all, I added photos of the pattern book and the yarn I have chosen for my sampler afghan. I think it is going to be a lot of fun and a lot of learning! I'll keep you updated as I finish squares...

3/22/10 - So there was a recent post about starting a new class and several of you talked about your experiences in your first class. Well, I received an e-mail this weekend that talked about an afghan class that meets once a month at the LYS in my home town (which I am embarassed to say I'd never shopped at yet). So I thought, what the heck, I'll sign up. I went to my first class tonight. I was the only guy of course, but the LYS and the other knitters were wonderful! There were two others that were on their first night and several that were either almost done or somewhere in between. We all knit one of many squares out of an old pattern book that is the shop owner's grandmother's (circa 1963). There are 100 different stitches in the pattern book and you choose 63 (or any combo of the stitches) to knit then crochet together into a samper afghan. So I started my first square tonight which was a simple seed stitch square which I am very familiar doing after the baby afghan I just finished, but the other two that just started tonight are beginner knitters. So it was a lot of fun! We are using Plymouth Yarn Encore to knit these squares. I have decided to only use three colors for the whole afghan. Two tweed (one natural looking and one mint green) and one chocolate heathered. I will take some pictures tomorrow and post them somewhere. I'll let you know. Now the next class isn't until April 26th, so it will be torture to wait until then. The homework is to finish my square before then which I will probably finish it and a few others.

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Thepook's picture

That's awesome, Cory. Oddly I've never taken a class, but i feel the same way about teaching them. As for choice of yarn I love Plymouth Encore. I've used it in any number of projects and you never have to worry about washing. Goes through the washer and dryer with regular laundry and the color range is spectacular. One whole corner of our shop is dedicated to it. Check out the encore DK and Encore DK Sock yarns as well. Ok, commercial over. To tide you over before the 26th, see if they have knit nights. We're open late on Tuesdays and Thursdays till 9 and people start straggling in about 5ish and we just hang out and knit, talk, tell dirty jokes, bitch about life etc. It keeps me sane. Anywho, glad your first class was a success! 'Grats.


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MMario's picture

It looks like you are well under way; and it also appears you should have no problems with any squares that are knit/purl patterns....

So go ahead and crank out a few squares while waiting for the next class! If one gives you problems, move on to the next and save the problem child for the class.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice, Cory. I think I may even have a copy of that pattern book somewhere in the stacks of knitting stuff. Still, that type of afghan is a good way to become comfortable with all kinds of knitting and I hope you have a great time working on it. Those colors look just grand together. I have to agree that Encore is wonderful for this kind of project. Soft, easy to care for, and knits up with fantastic stitch definition. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Kerry's picture

I like the idea of just three colours, and such good colours.

Joe Moore's picture

That does look nice Cory. The more I see tweed yarn, the more I fall in love with it!