Afghan Suggestions, Please

I would like to begin work on an afghan project to be completed over the winter months. Being relatively new to knitting, I don't want one that is going to fry my brain with a lot of intricate stitches, but one that is still interesting. A few have you have replied to a different blog I posted and I thank you all for your suggestions. I'm still on the hunt and may incorporate some of your suggestions into a design of my own. Have any men in here made an afghan that you think a newbie could do?

Thanks and have a wonderful Christmas!!!



ronhuber's picture

MMario has a couple of easy designs that could be adapted to any size. I am thinking of, for example, his beginner's lace scarf or stole and his Faux Spanish Lace stole. These could be used with any needle size and wool weight and after making a good sized tension example that you wash and block, you could easily design an afghan of any size you wanted. In my experience, I have found that an afghan made with 100% wool in fingering weight on 4.5 or 5mm needles is much prettier and warmer than a heavy one in acrylic. The easiest afghan or shawl is one that is started in the middle with 8 or 12 stitches on 4 or 5 dp's and then increased at 4 points every second round. You can soon transfer the stitches to a circular needle. Any lace pattern can be incorporated between the increases, or not, and you end up with a lovely square shawl. MMario has one named Spanish Armada that has lace but you could just as easily knit it plain. It is easy because it is all knitting. I have company from Canada for the Christmas season and I am working on a plain one while they are here because it can be put down and picked up without worrying about losing your place and is mindless enough that you can carry on a sensible conversation while knitting it. Second to socks, a shawl is the most satisfying knit there is IMHO!

CLABBERS's picture

Hi MMario....I think our definitions of easy are miles apart, at least at first glance. I will print your reply and try to figure out the "knit-speak". But, I most certainly appreciate your knowledge, I just need to learn from figuring it out.
Happy Holidays!

MMario's picture

That was Ron answering; *grin*

he just dropped my name in there a few times....

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

teejtc's picture

You might consider the Elizabeth Zimmermann Garter Stitch Blanket.

You can see a picture of it at: Brooklyn Tweed's Website

I've never made one, but we got one as a baby gift when Petra (our 2nd - now 11 months) was born and absolutely love it. It's affectionately known in our house as "the uncles' blanket." :-)

Grace and Peace,

CLABBERS's picture

I found the Brooklyn Tweed's site and it is beautiful. I couldn't find the pattern for it anywhere. Any idea where I could get that?

Brooklyn Tweed took it from one of the Elizabeth Zimmerman books. I think it was The Opinionated Knitter.

vsidart's picture

Being the maker of the aforementioned "uncle's blanket," I can tell you that it's a great, easy pattern.... and works great in large sizes as well. I did one for us that's 5.5x8 feet... and just as easy. Look on my blog for pictures.

CLABBERS's picture

Hi guys,
Where did you get the pattern for making the "uncle's blanket"?

potterdc's picture

Yes, inquiring minds want to know!

Think less, enjoy it more.

teejtc's picture

It's on page 52 of the Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann.