Friday, July 6, 2007

The Endless Afghan - The Tenth Square

This square is also from the The Great North American Afghan. The design is a diamond inside the square.

Instead of using bobbles, the pattern is created via small eye cords of ten rows each. These cords are knitted on double pointed needles and worked directly into the square. The effect is quite striking although a trifle slow to knit.

The book states this technique is very old and has been used in the past to create intricate patterns.

As I finished pinning the square onto the blocking board, I suddenly realized that I made a slight miscalculation. I figured it would take roughly two weeks to complete two more squares on the afghan. Eight days later, I have completed both of them and the rest of the yarn is in California! I now had nothing to knit! Feeling faint, I headed to the Allyn Knit Shop for a wool fix just as the waves of nausea were beginning to surface. I made it just in time.

There, mixed in with the shelves of cashmere, wool, cotton and silk, was Elizabeth Lavold's Book #10 - The Kasmiri Love Collection.


The pattern that caught my eye was 'Lavinia". Silky Cashmere is unbelievably soft. It also has a fairly impressive price tag per skein and the pattern called for thirty skeins to knit the sweater in my size.Hmmmm. To knit or not to knit..........that is the question. No wait, there is no question. To knit!

7 comments:

Yarnhog said...

Must...have...that...sweater...
Wow. I must knit that. I love it. I am quite sure that I cannot afford that yarn without a home equity loan, however. I will be hunting down a worthy substitute. In the meantime, I'm off to find that book!

sophanne said...

That fiber is beautimous. How many more squares remain?

On the back of a pair of Clover circs I purchased yesterday there was something about using them in combination with dpns and straight needles for complicated knitting patterns. I thought "What in the world? How could things for this intermediate novice get much more complicated?" then there was your post. That afghan is going to be incredible.

Danielle said...

I agree...Wow! Both the pattern and yarn are simply gorgeous! (And, not to mention that square!! It sounds like a fun technique, even though its slow!)

Sharon said...

the square is just smashing! How many squares does it take to complete the afghan? Is edging involved? (duh, I should probably just get the book!) I am so excited for you about the Lavinia sweater. I love the color of the yarn, and I'll stay tuned!

knottykitty said...

So sad about that silky cashmere you HAD to go out and buy--hee hee!Love the color! And as always, the afghan square is awesome! :)

Lavendersheep said...

I think that is why I usually pack at least 5 projects on a trip. Though that is a good excuse for an emergency run to the yarn store. I'll have to keep that in mind for my next trip.

Mel said...

I agree with Lavender, who can resist a trip to a yarn shop? If you're ever in town, Sharon and I can show you around some of our wonderful locals.