I thought I'd try my first knitted Christmas presents - one lap afghan each for my Mom and Dad. Never having done anything this large before, there are questions. As a beginner, I also want to stay inside a comfort or "safety" zone.
For both, I was thinking of about 36"x48". Is that a reasonable size for adults who like to sit in front of the TV? Dad is over 6feet tall, so there's no way I'm making something that will cover him, top to toe.
Possibilities for Dad - alternating bands (4-8 inches) of brick red and charcoal gray. Pattern - combinations of knit and purl. I found one called "Broken Check". 8 stitches x 8 stitches. Start with 8k, then 7k 1p, 6k 2k, 6k 3p, and so on. I'm not sure if this will come out here:
This also appears with an option to reverse the direction of the next row. I found both patterns in Barbara Abbey's "The Complete Book of Knitting." (1971)
Also possible would be some kind of basketweave pattern.
With the check pattern, it could be enlarged to more than an 8x8 stitch version. Any thoughts on how to match proportions of pattern size to project size?
Mom's options. I'd like to go with a single soft color, and try one of the simple lace options that has a built-in wave. I've heard about "Feather and Fan" and the book I mentioned has some options. Are yarnovers hard?
Sorry, I know that beginners usually have the wrong words for the right questions. I hope you understand. I'll take pics when all is complete. :)
Thanks in advance for your advice. I'm enjoying coming to this site.