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Ribbon Heart Afghan
RELEASE DATE: February
2001 -- This pattern was originally designed for Alpacas
Magazine for its Summer 2001 issue.
is a square afghan that works well as a baby blanket or lap robe. It was
designed as a belated graduation present for one of my nieces. It is
worked in garter stitch from the center out. Because of the way color
changes work in garter stitch, the stripes on the back don’t look
exactly the same as the front. A few parts are worked back and forth (knit
every row), but the rest is worked circularly (alternating knit and purl
rows). This afghan is the simplest project that I have designed using a
technique which I "unvented" as an evolution of Elizabeth
Zimmerman’s wonderful and famous garter stitch projects. I call it
"garden maze garter stitch", based on a fine suggestion from a
sister knitter – Thanks, Barb! Although this relatively simple project
doesn’t look very much like a maze, it certainly knits rather like one!
SIZE: It can
be made in 2 sizes, depending on yarn and needle size — about 36 or 45
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced
or adventurous intermediate.
- YARN: It can be made in either worsted weight or a thinner sport
weight or double knitting weight yarn. You will need 4 colors - I used
cream, burgundy, forest green, and slate blue or dark pink. Yardage for
worsted weight is in parentheses.
- Main Color – about 700 (900) yards
- Contrast Color A – about 360 (400) yards
- Contrast Color B – about 310 (350) yards
- Contrast Color C – about 175 (250) yards
- NEEDLES: Several circular Size 6 (9) needles – one no longer
than about 24-inches and the other one(s) longer. By the end of the
afghan when there are more than 800 stitches in a single row, I used two
needles with the thinner yarn, and used three with the thicker yarn. Use
them as if they are very long double point needles (just knit the
stitches off one needle onto another), and tightly twist rubber bands
around the unused needle ends if you’re concerned about the stitches
- Stitch marker for end of row marker
- Darning needle
- Small safety pins (optional) - used for marking row counts
- Rubber bands (optional) - used to keep stitches from falling off
needles; small hair binders work great.
GAUGE: About 22
stitches and 22 rows per 4 inches with the thinner yarn and about 17
stitches and 17 rows per 4 inches with the thicker yarn.
corner of afghan
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