Afghan pattern

Okey dokey...I need to ask a question.

I'd like to do an afghan for a Christmas present. Yes, I realize that I probably should have started on it months ago, but I DID just discover the joys of knitting this summer. :-)

I have a pattern that I could do on a loom, but since I've also discovered the joy of needles, I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple, yet stunning afghan that would work for a college kid.

Thanks...I really appreciate y'all's suggestions.



Joe-in Wyoming's picture

A really nice afghan can be knit in Feather and Fan, a traditional Shetland lace pattern. Simple repeats and has a wonderful wave ripple to it. You can either do it in a solid color, stripes of color, or in a tweedy type of yarn. With larger needles and worsted weight yarn, it knits up fairly fast. You could use the school colors if you wished.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Feather and Fan is one of the best patterns ever invented. Back when I was in school, I would have worn an FandF afghan to classes, along with my bell bottem pants and Beatle Boots.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Careful, Rex. You are showing our age...I understood every context of that. But I agree - with great bias - that F and F is truly one of the best patterns ever invented.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

I am unashamedly 67 years old-- and have not entirely outgrown being a flower child---although some of the blossoms have faded a bit.!!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have to concur with that sentiment, even though I am more of a second generation flower child.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

AKQGuy's picture

I'm having a visualization problem... And I'm going to leave it at that.

The knitting police will probably castigate me severely, but I would suggest acrylic yarn----very washable and capable of standing up to all sorts of college abuse. Next---knit with two or three strands on needles about as big as your pinkie finger. try a checkerboard pattern----knit 4/5/6 stitches-- purl same amount and do this for 4/5/6 rows-then reverse the sequence---I would keep an all knit 4 or 5 stitch border all around---then you wont really have to block it much--or not at all----do solid colors or change colors at will----maybe echoing the school colors. And don't scimp on the length----6 or 7 feet is good----this should develop at a pretty good speed.

akkamaddi's picture

I agree. Acrylic is washable, which is important in college. Dark colors hide stains. Don't get the cheapest-of-the-cheap if it feels bad. You don't want to discourage people from laying on it. Red Heart yarn is supposed to get softer if you wash it once. (I have not tried that, but will be in a few weeks.)

Something with triple yarn will be warm, thick, and soft. You can use three skeins at once, or use a trick called Navajo plying, which is essentially knitting with a stretched-out chain stitch (probably easier to join than three yarns).

scottly's picture

I've always liked this one from The Knitting Man(ual) though I've never made it. It's plain but elegant and knits with size 10s so it should move along pretty quickly and there is nothing terribly complicated about it. I would think any heavy worsted or aran yarn would look good. It looks really warm too.

CLABBERS's picture

Hey there Brent and Scotty,
I am about 2/3 of the way finished with making this afghan and I have really enjoyed making it. I especially like the way it drapes. I am using a very similar color. In the book, she suggests using a double strand of worsted weight, but I chose to keep things very simply by using one strand of chunky yarn that is 20% wool, 80% acrylic. I should be able to throw it in the washer and dryer with no issues.
Here's what mine looked like back in July. I am a lot further along now, but haven't taken and snapshots of it lately.

Good suggestion!


JRob's picture

Check out Jared Flood's website Brooklyn Tweed. He has a couple I like. He is a great designer.


AKQGuy's picture

I'm a yarn snob myself, but i do think that acrylic is a good choice for a college dorm situation. If need be it can be thrown in a machine to take care of things. There are some good blends I would lean towards. Berocco has a really great feeling acrylic/wool blend I would consider. It feels nicer than Encore and is able to be wahed and dried with no damage. I would also give precise care instructions to the recipient.

AKQGuy's picture

What i was thinking of was their "Vintage" line. Here's the link to the vitage chunky product at Berroco's site.

BrentGC's picture

Thanks guys for all these great suggestions!!! I hope I can get one done before Christmas. I'll keep you updated!! :-)