7 Day Afghan

7 day afghan, yea right! I remember about two years ago ilhiker a.k.a Mark displayed for all of us a beautiful afghan he knitted and remarked "never again." I should have listened carefully to what he said. A while back I picked up this book at my local Friends of the Library book sale titled "7 Day Afghans," chose the one that I would like to do and got started. Whoops, how to start a row with a yarn over and each row started with one. Thanks fto Ken in Maine I figured that one out , but after about ten times of not being able to get past row three of the pattern I figured something was wrong with either me (which is always a possibility at my age) or the pattern. The ladies at the LYS were also stumped. So I googled the name of the afghan and WHAM, there it was on Ravelry with the correct pattern. Well, 7 MONTHS not days later I put the final touches on the damn thing. First thing I knit for myself and swear I will never knit anything that large again. Yea, sure! Talk about sore finger, arm, shoulder and wrist muscles! CONTEST: The first person that finds at least 10 mistakes will receive from me a free skein of yarn with free shipping. Take care. - John

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ronhuber's picture

You did a wonderful job - the afghan is gorgeous. When someone spots a mistake in my work, I always tell them I did it on purpose so people would not confuse it with something that was not hand made.

Bill's picture

It's beautiful!
You'll thoroughly enjoy it!

Thunderhorse54's picture

I'm just finishing up one myself, and I say the same...NEVER AGAIN! Also, it's the second large afghan (53" x 68") I've made both afghans with the exact same yarn. I'm so sick of it.

CLABBERS's picture

Really Nicely Done, John.
I am doing research now on the top of a duvet cover I want to make. I have made one afghan...all knitters should make at least one...and I am trying to find some yarn that will be affordable and light and soft and washable and...and...and...! I really like the color you chose. Did you use bulky yarn? It looks like you did. That's what I plan on doing. The pattern you chose is really quite stunning. I like cables done on a large scale like that. You should be proud. Is there anyone on this site who would actually look for mistakes? I hope not. If so, I can send them some of my work and it will keep them occupied with a counter for days! LOL

Beautiful workmanship!


phew's picture

Mark: The yarn wasn't quite bulky but as close as you can get to it and that was one of my problems. I should have used a US 11 needle and I used a 9 thus one of the reasons for it taking so long to knit. The other being all of the mistakes that I made and having to tink back gobs of rows. I also extended the length by adding 20 more rows. I ran our of yarn and the only place I could find it was in England, which I have to say shipped me my needs at no cost and it was here in California in five days. I thought the color was a neutral, but it does in fact look more white. The original pattern had the cables in powder blue, not one of my favorites, kinda up there with pink for me. Which begs the question why do most men prefer darker or neutral shades of color for their work? That is except for the slippers that you are making for you son. One could bicycle at night with those on and be seen by everyone. Yes, I know that is what he asked for. And of course I am in awe with the Bretheren socks that CraftyAndy makes. It takes courage to wear those colors. Oh, by the way I had to learn how to crochet to put the panels together. New tricks for an old dog! - John

Bill's picture

I love real colour! One of my complaints is that men's wear seems to only be available in navy, olive, grey, black, brown. I want turquoise, coral, purple.

CLABBERS's picture

John, don't tell my son, but I haven't ordered the blindlingly bright yarn yet. I have some very beautiful Ravelry Red Malabrigo Rasta yarn ... here's a link to it.
It is Super Bulky, 100% merino wool, 90 yards per skein, 150 grams per skein. Single. Slightly felted. I get 2.5 stitches to the inch using size 13 needles, but will probably use a size 11 so it will be more apt to keep it shape and be denser. It's lovely yarn to work with. I found a pattern by Liat Gat from Knitfreedom.com for precisely this yarn. It is a modified version of the pattern I use to make her socks. The only difference is that I will use a twisted stitch (ktbl) for the "sole" of the sock, making it more slipper-like. It will take a few tries to get the hang of working with such big yarn and big needles in such confined spaces, but it will be a very thick and warm slipper-sock for my son. I think this will be nicer than what I was going to make for him initially. Time will tell.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I'm not looking for mistakes...I'm just admiring the great piece of knitting. Congrats for sticking to it.

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

AKQGuy's picture

Wonderful work. It appears to beautifully knit and cozy as can be.

KenInMaine's picture

Wow, what a beautiful, cozy and warm looking afghan you've made. Despite (or maybe because of) all the hard work and time involved, I'm sure this will end of being one of your favorite and most cherished pieces of knitting. Great work!

Tallguy's picture

Beautifully done, and beautifully photographed too!

This is not a race. You should not feel that you need to get this (or anything) done in 7 days! That is only left to the gods to do things like that.

One thing that helps me when working on large projects like this is to have others on the go too, smaller things that will get done sooner. That way, I have something finished often enough to keep me interested in knitting. When something goes on forever and seemingly will never end, I get discouraged. So I keep a simple hat, a lace project, or mittens as a side project that I can work on when I get bored with the afghan.

btw, I just did a hat in about 3 hours! How's that for some distracted knitting?! Breaks up the monotony of an afghan.

colamanknits's picture

John, that is a beautiful throw. So what if it has a few mistakes in it. It's still beautiful piece of work and it's what makes it your own.

SAPBrown's picture

Looks heirloom quality to me.