Feather and fan afghan

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!

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7 Responses to Feather and fan afghan

  1. Reb says:

    Gorgeous! I freaking love it!

  2. Lindsay says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful. How much yarn did you end up needing?

  3. Jenipurr says:

    I used a full 2 skeins of each color, and then had to do about 2 rows of the pattern for each color in a third skein. So I ended up needing 9 skeins (3 of each color), even though I barely used the last 3.

  4. KnitSteph says:

    Beautimous!! I love it!!

  5. lv2knit says:

    What does it mean when you say you pegged your pants (WendyKnits comment 4-6-05)??? I have never heard that phrase before.

  6. Jenipurr says:

    Pegging your pants (from Wendy’s comments) meant you rolled up the bottom hem as you folded in one side – basically you would narrow the bottom of the pants this way. You could then either wear the cute little sport socks, or you would double up slouch socks (preferrably in pastels). I think the theory was that it was supposed to make your legs look longer.

  7. lv2knit says:

    Thanks for the description!! I’m tall so all my pants have at least part of the pegged look — short!

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