I finished the afghan this afternoon, after much frantic weaving in of ends. We will not speak of how much fun the weaving in of ends was not. I tossed it into the washing machine to even out all the stitches and remove some of the cat hair. As you can see, nothing in my house can ever be truly free of cat hair (that’s Azzie, who came skittering out of nowhere to inspect the second I laid this out on the floor). Good thing my little sister (who is getting this as a birthday present) has cats of her own, so she won’t mind a few extra cat hairs tagging along for the ride.
I made this using a basic 17 stitch, 4 row feather and fan pattern:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: (K2 tog) 3 times, yo, (k1, yo) 5 times, (K2 tog) 3 times for each 17 stitch set.
Row 4: Knit
Each stripe is 12 rows, or 3 sets of the pattern. I used Lion Brand Homespun in Gothic, Sierra, and Prairie, on size 11 needles, which gave me a nice soft weave. Homespun is a huge pain to work with, but for things like this it is so worth the extra hassle.
It’s wrapped and packed into a box, and I’ll drop it in the mail Monday morning and hope it arrives by her birthday. I hope she likes it!