Random-Ass Afghan

YugiDean's picture

I started this afghan in December and finished it in March. I used a lace pattern that is meant to look like flames. I urge you to view the attached close-up to get a better view on the detail of it. For a list of all the yarns I used, you'll have to click "Read More." :-)

Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers: 1 skein
Cascade Yarns Bulky Leisure: 1 skein
Cascade Yarns Rustic: approximately 2 1/4 skeins
Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed: 3 skeins (almost)
Naturally Hand Knit Harmony 10 ply: 1 1/2 skeins
Noro Iro: 2 skeins
Patons Australia Inca: 4 skeins
Plymouth Yarn Galway Colornep: 2 skeins
Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran: 5 skeins (3 of one color, 2 of another)

That puts the total yardage at close to 2,800 yards. Don't ask me for measurements. LMAO

For those who are interested, I did not change my needle size AT ALL and simply picked a size that was mid-range for all the different yarn thicknesses (I think it was a size 9 US). This was generally not a problem, but once I hit the Noro Iro, which was much thicker than anticipated (I loved it, though), it was a bit tough to knit. Worth it, though!

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daveballarat's picture

I love it...

I love it... wonderful...

And the fact that you just did all the different yarns and didn't care ... and it worked... fantastic!

I have a few projects on the way, but once they are done, there's no stopping me for trying my first afghan.


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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great project. What is the

Great project. What is the title of the pattern? It reminds me of one of the traditional Shetland stitches, but it also resembles "Lilac Leaf" in Nancy Bush's book on Estonian lace. Either way, fantastic knitting and good color mixing. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

YugiDean's picture

Thank you! It's actually

Thank you! It's actually what I call, "Random-Ass Afghan." LOL I really just picked a bunch of different yarns (some in my stash, some not), lined them up on the floor in the order I wanted, then cast on a random number of stitches that roughly hit the width/length I wanted, then knitted each color so that I could do a kind of symmetrical color pattern. The stitch pattern itself is a random lace stitch I found in a Harmony Guide. I can't recall the name of it right off the top of my head, but it's something to do with flames. It's also similar to the pattern for the leaves used in the Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf, only those leaves were slanty, and these flames are not.

I hope that at least sort of answers your question.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks much. It gives me a

Thanks much. It gives me a great starting spot for finding the stitch; I've only done a quick peek at the Harmony Guides so that pattern never caught my eye. If I'd really looked at them, I'm sure it would have...it's the kind that I like. Especially for afghans. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Jason1978's picture

wow....won't you be comfy

wow....won't you be comfy this winter.... it's gorgeous

YugiDean's picture

My partner and I still use

My partner and I still use it. LOL It was cold up until recently and even now when you're lounging around in shorts and a t-shirt at night, it can still get a little chilly. I honestly didn't think I'd get to use it so soon. I finished it in mid-March and was thinking maybe one or two weeks of use and then it'd get put away.

mrossnyc's picture

Clever man, you are.

Clever man, you are.

chipsir's picture

Very very nice, of course I

Very very nice, of course I am quite attached to lace and you did a splendid job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mrossnyc's picture

I agree with Albert that the

I agree with Albert that the yarns look very similar. I think it came out beautifully and what a great way to bust through your stash!

YugiDean's picture

And I needed a stash-buster.

And I needed a stash-buster. My partner kept bringing me back wonderful yarn from Australia, but bless his heart, he doesn't know anything about knitting, so he'd never bring me back enough in one yarn to make a scarf or something like that. So I stockpiled then bought a couple of other yarns from my LYS to finish it all up. I let him think the afghan was his idea. LOL

AndrewNiehus's picture

So this is what I am going

So this is what I am going to do with all this damn yarn I can not find something to do with. It is very pretty, and I want one.

WillyG's picture

I like. Way to go!

I like. Way to go!

albert's picture

Beautiful stitchwork. From

Beautiful stitchwork. From the picture, the yarns have a very uniform look, as if they are different colors of the same yarn. Well done!