It’s finally done! I took the cabled afghan to the knitting night at the library, and managed to nearly complete it there, then headed home and finished the last two rows. This morning I tucked in and trimmed all the loose ends, then tossed it into the washing machine to (hopefully) remove significant quantities of cat hair from all my ‘knitting’ assistants, then laid it out on the floor and snapped a few shots.
The full length shot
Close-up of the center cable pattern, and the ‘filler’ section of tile stitch for the middle.
Close-up of the Twining Trees motif
Oh, and for all my worrying about how to get the Trees to cable upside down, when I took it out of the washing machine, I couldn’t immediately tell which side was ‘up’, short of staring at the fabric to figure out which way the stitches were pointing. Which is exactly what I wanted – yay!
Edited to add pattern information, so it’s all in one place
Yarn: Red Heart, in Aran Fleck (since with six cats this had to be machine washable) – just under 5 skeins.
- Twining Trees
- Ring and Bobble (I made mine without the bobble – this is the outermost cable)
- Saxon/Celtic Braid
- Tile stitch was from the Stitch A Day calendar
- Center cabled motif was from this sweater by Estelle Designs
- Bottom strip under trees was a simple side-leaning Twist 2 back, every 8 stitches bordered on top and bottom by 2 rows of moss stitch; the strip that borders the center panel is a simple Cable 2 (front or back, depending on the side).
- Each cable set is separated by 2 stitches of plain old purl
Naturally, I immediately cast on and started swatching for the next afghan (which is going to be blissfully cable free, and thus will be finished in less than half the time). I’ll have in-progress pictures of that by the weekend, I think.
I’m also now pondering what sort of socks to make for my SockpalTwoza pal. I’ve got one sock currently on the needles (from months ago, in fact), and I’d like to get it finished before starting a new one. So I think this weekend I’ll be ‘clearing off’ the sock needles in preparation for something lovely for my sock pal. I’m thinking something lacy…..hmmm.