FO Baby Afghan

CRobertK's picture

So you may have heard about the baby afghan I have been knitting for my cousin-in-law. Well I finally finished it last night! I guess it only took me a couple of weeks to do really, but I just couldn't wait to finish it. I couldn't wait to see my cousin-in-law's face when she holds it up!

This afghan is knit in four strips sewn together, four colors, and two patterns. Every other square is seed stitch and the others a large 4x4 cable. There is an inch of seed stitch on the sides and top/bottom of the afghan which helps prevent rolling up. I'd be happy to share more specifics on how it's knit up if anyone is interested. Just PM me.

The yarn I used is Lion Brand Homespun in the following colors: Lemonade, Spring Green, Lavender Sachet, and Blue Sky. I have knit a lot of projects with Homespun and it's not really one of my favorites, but I had these colors in my stash and thought they would look great together and be nice and soft for a baby afghan. I like the way it turned out. What do you think?

Cory

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Comments

scottly's picture

Wonderful! I would suggest

Wonderful! I would suggest blocking it to give that really finished touch but I'm not sure if Homespun blocks very well.

Thepook's picture

Awesome!!!

Awesome!!!

CRobertK's picture

Thank you everyone for the

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments... I bought a cute gift bag and some tissue paper in the same colors as the afghan along with an adorable Precious Moments card tonight. I put it all together and I think I'm going to deliver it tomorrow.

For anyone who'd like more information on the pattern and what I did to change it, I posted details in my Ravelry project list. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/CRobertK/cables-in-squares-throw I got the pattern for Christmas from my sister-in-law. I am doing this pattern in three Red Heart colors that will turn out more like the pattern calls for.

Here's a link to the LB website that shows the colors a little better. I need to work on my photography! Soon it will be nice out and I can take pics in some better natural light. http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/homespun.htm?categoryKey=1419041&start=25&pageLength=25 I think the green is more acidy.

I'm not a big fan of the Homespun because of the way it is made I guess. I get that it's meant to look like the name says. It frays terribly. While I'm knitting with it, particularly while doing the seed stitch (the pattern is in double strands), it bunches up while it twists. I constantly kept pushing the bunching down to the skein. Then when you cut it, you end up with a bunch of loose yarn that is essentially unuseable. You have to really burry your ends too when you weave them back in. I've seen some patterns that add it as fringe on the edges. It would be a twisted knotted mess in my opinion to fringe with it.

I don't think I will use the LB Homespun again. I bought this yarn so long ago and when I knew I needed to do a quick project for this baby, I grabbed it out of my stash and started knitting. It wasn't long before I remembered why it was tucked in the back of a drawer. LOL I have several balls left over from this project that I will probably donate to a friend who is just learning to knit and could use some extra yarn to "practice" with.

Thanks again everyone,

Cory

-- Why live and let live when we can live and help live?

Tom Hart's picture

What do I think, he says. I

What do I think, he says. I think I like it, says I. I'm especially impressed with the joining of the squares to each other. Nice work, Cory.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

This is very nice, Cory.

This is very nice, Cory. Lucky cousin and even luckier baby. I know several knitters who aren't fond of Homespun but I've not had any complaints about it on the few things I've knit. Your design puts forth the best it has to offer: Simple patterns seem most appropriate for it. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

ronhuber's picture

What a cheerful blanket.

What a cheerful blanket. You are going to be a popular cousin.

rc_in_sd's picture

Very nice, Cory!

Very nice, Cory!

albert's picture

Colorful and cute! What is

Colorful and cute! What is it that you don't like about the yarn?

what a fun sampler!!! Nice

what a fun sampler!!! Nice work. :)

QueerJoe's picture

Just beautiful...love your

Just beautiful...love your choice in colors, love the different blocks/stitch patterns and particularly like that it's not done in pastels.

In one photo (on my monitor) the green yarn looks real acidy and sharp (which I love) and in the others, it's more of a muted green...was just wondering what it really looks like?

Bill's picture

Great! Soft, Cheerful,

Great! Soft, Cheerful, Cuddly...what more could a baby want...