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For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.
 
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Overview

For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.
 
Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans features 50 patterns for these cozy blankets, made with Berroco Comfort yarn—an affordable, ultra-soft acrylic/nylon blend—and designed by the Berroco team, headed by Norah Gaughan. The book includes something for everyone: The designs range from ultra-modern to traditional, from spare to embellished, and are inspired by sources as varied as Scottish tweeds, Japanese Ikat, and Delft pottery. Intended for knitters and crocheters of every skill level, this collection brings new life to the well-loved and versatile afghan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584798262
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 742,166
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Berroco began as Stanley Woolen Mills in 1810 and has gradually evolved into one of the largest importers and wholesalers of yarns, patterns, and supplies to independent yarn shops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Norah Gaughan, author of STC’s Knitting Nature, joined Berroco as design director after freelancing for most of the major yarn companies and knitting magazines in the industry.
Margery Winter was creative director at Berroco for 12 years, and has been editor-in-chief of Vogue Knitting and Family Circle Knitting, as well as the fashion editor of McCall's Needlework and Crafts.

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Comfort Knitted Afghans

An Heirloom Trio for a Cozy Home and Family


By Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, Thayer Allyson Gowdy

ABRAMS

Copyright © 2010 Berroco, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-58479-826-2


CHAPTER 1

Textured Knots


Basic two-over-two cables combine to form a lattice of intricate knots, diagonal arcs, and highly twisted ropes on this classic, textured afghan. The top and bottom of the afghan are ribbed, and the side edges are worked in garter stitch, which means there's no finishing to do once you have bound off except for weaving in a few ends and lightly blocking.


Finished Measurements

52" wide x 62" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 17 skeins #9756 Copen Blue


Needles

One 36" (90 cm) long or longer circular (circ) needle size US 6 (4 mm)

One 36" (90 cm) long or longer circular needle size US 8 (5 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Notions

Cable needle (cn); stitch markers


Gauge

24 sts and 22 rows = 4" (10 cm) in pattern from Knot Chart, using larger needles


Afghan

Using smaller needle, CO 308 sts.

Set-Up Row (RS): Work 5 sts in Garter st (knit every row), place marker (pm), work Section A of Knot Chart once, pm work Section B to last 19 sts, pm, work Section C once, pm, work in Garter st to end. Keeping first and last 5 sts in Garter st, repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Chart for 2", ending with a WS row.

Change to larger needle and work even until entire Chart is complete. Repeat Rows 1-32 of Chart until piece measures approximately 60" from the beginning, ending with Row 32. Change to smaller needles. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Chart for 2". BO all sts.


Finishing

Block lightly.


Bright Star

Inspired by the intricate piecing of patchwork quilts, the large, brightly colored stars in this afghan are mainly composed of mitered squares. Since the color changes within the squares are all in straight, intuitive lines, this is a perfect project on which to learn the art of intarsia. The straight lines also make the chart easy to memorize, so you can comfortably engage in conversation as you work.


Finished Measurements

50" wide x 60" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 4 skeins each #9725 Dutch Teal (A), #9724 Pumpkin (B), and #9743 Goldenrod (C); 3 skeins each #9753 Aegean Sea (D) and #9717 Raspberry Coulis (E)


Needles

One pair straight needles size US 9 (5.5 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Notions

Crochet hook size US H/8 (5 mm)


Gauge

18 sts and 17 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Garter stitch (knit every row)


Afghan

SQUARE A (make 16)

CO 22 sts A, 22 sts B, 22 sts C, then 22 sts A–88 sts.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Decrease Row 1 (RS): K21 A; k21, k2tog B; ssk, k21 C; k21 A–86 sts remain.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Decrease Row 2 (RS): K20 A; k21, k2tog B; ssk, k21 C; k20 A–84 sts remain.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Continue to work 1 less st at each side in A every RS row and AT THE SAME TIME, decrease 2 sts at center every RS row as established, work until no sts in A remain–22 sts in B and C remain. Change to D across all sts; continue to decrease 2 sts at center every RS row until 2 sts remain, ending with a RS row. K2tog. Fasten off remaining st.


NOTCHED SQUARE B (make 8)

Work as for Square 1 until no sts in A remain–22 sts in B and C remain. BO all sts.


SOLID SQUARES C (make 4)

Using E, CO 44 sts. Begin Garter st (knit every row); work even until piece measures 10" from the beginning, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


SOLID RECTANGLES D (make 4)

Using E, CO 44 sts. Begin Garter st; work even until piece measures 5" from the beginning, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


TOP RIGHT CORNER E

Using B, CO 22 sts. Knit 1 row.

Next Row (RS): K21 B; k1 A.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Next Row: K20 B; k2 A. Continue as established, working 1 less st in B and 1 more st in A every RS row until all sts are in A, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


TOP LEFT CORNER F

Using C, CO 22 sts. Knit 1 row.

Next Row (RS): K1 A; k21 C.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Next Row: K2 A; k20 C.

Continue as established, working 1 more st in A and 1 less st in C every RS row until all sts are in A, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER G

Work as for Top Left Corner, reversing A and C.


BOTTOM LEFT CORNER H

Work as for Top Right Corner, reversing A and B.


CENTER SIDE RECTANGLES I (make 2)

Using A, CO 44 sts. Knit 1 row.

Next Row (RS): K1 B; k42 A; k1 C.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Next Row: K2 B; k40 A; k2 C.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Continue as established, working 1 more st with B and C every RS row until no sts A remain, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


Finishing

Sew all pieces together following Assembly Diagram.

Edging: With RS facing, using crochet hook and D, work in sc around entire afghan, working 3 sc in each corner. Do not turn. Working from left to right, work in Reverse sc around entire afghan, working 3 Reverse sc in each corner, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Block lightly.


Swirl


Hexagons fit together like the cells of a honeycomb in this brightly colored baby blanket. The spirals are created by decreasing at the same spot on every round, and are further accented by eyelets, giving the whole afghan a sense of movement. For a more traditional baby gift, change the colors to all white, or try a variety of softer shades.


Finished Measurements

42" wide x 44" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 2 skeins each #9735 Delft Blue (A), #9726 Cornflower (B), and #9740 Seedling (C); 1 skein each #9743 Goldenrod (D) and #9732 Primary Yellow (E)


Needles

One 16" (40 cm) long circular (circ) needle size US 8 (5 mm)

One set of five double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 8 (5 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Notions

Stitch markers


Gauge

20 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Seed stitch


Stitch Pattern

SEED STITCH (odd number of sts; 1-row repeat)

All Rows: K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end.


Afghan

Note: You may begin at any point in the Assembly Diagram for the First Hexagon. Pick the center Hexagon to start with and work out in concentric rings from there, or pick a Hexagon on the outside edge and work in toward the center. Once you've worked the First Hexagon, you will pick up sts along one edge of it for the first edge of the next Hexagon, then cast on sts for the remaining edges. All of the following Hexagons will be worked off of the preceding Hexagons. Each Hexagon has 120 sts, 20 sts per side. You will always pick up 20 sts per side for each side of adjacent Hexagons, then cast on enough additional sts to get to 120 sts.


FIRST HEXAGON

Using circ needle and color of your choice, CO 120 sts, placing markers every 20 sts. Join and place a distinctive marker at beginning of rnd.

Note: Change to dpns when necessary for number of sts on needle.

Rnd 1 (RS): *P2, [k1, p1] 7 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–114 sts remain.

Rnd 2: *P1, [k1, p1] 7 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–108 sts remain.

Rnd 3: *P2, [k1, p1] 6 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–102 sts remain.

Rnd 4: *P1, [k1, p1] 6 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–96 sts remain.

Rnd 5: *P2, [k1, p1] 5 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–90 sts remain.

Rnd 6: *P1, [k1, p1] 5 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–84 sts remain.

Rnd 7: *P2, [k1, p1] 4 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–78 sts remain.

Rnd 8: *P1, [k1, p1] 4 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–72 sts remain.

Rnd 9: *P2, [k1, p1] 3 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–66 sts remain.

Rnd 10: *P1, [k1, p1] 3 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–60 sts remain.

Rnd 11: *P2, [k1, p1] 2 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–54 sts remain.

Rnd 12: *P1, [k1, p1] 2 times, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–48 sts remain.

Rnd 13: *P2, k1, p1, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–42 sts remain.

Rnd 14: *P1, k1, p1, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–36 sts remain.

Rnd 15: *P2, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–30 sts remain.

Rnd 16: *P1, ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–24 sts remain.

Rnd 17: *Ssk, yo, ssk; repeat from * to end–18 sts remain.

Rnd 18: *K1, ssk; repeat from * to end–12 sts remain.

Rnd 19: [Ssk] 6 times–6 sts remain. BO.


NEXT HEXAGON

Using color for next Hexagon in Assembly Diagram, pick up and knit 20 sts from First Hexagon. CO 100 sts for remaining sides, placing markers every 20 sts–120 sts. Complete as for First Hexagon.


REMAINING HEXAGONS

Using color for next Hexagon in Assembly Diagram, pick up and knit 20 sts per side for each adjacent 1 or more previous Hexagons, cast on additional sts for remaining sides to get to 120 sts, placing markers every 20 sts. Complete as for First Hexagon.


Finishing

Block lightly.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Comfort Knitted Afghans by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, Thayer Allyson Gowdy. Copyright © 2010 Berroco, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of ABRAMS.
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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Good (modern) afghan pattern collection

    I don't usually buy pattern books by yarn companies, but you can't go wrong with Berroco. I mean, Norah Gaughan and the other designers there do awesome stuff. (If you're a knitter, you must sign up for their pattern newsletter. Free patterns, people.) For the most part, the afghans in this book are impressive, and some wouldn't be that hard to do--and since all the patterns are done with the same (cheap, quick-to-knit) yarn, you could buy a ton of fiber and go crazy. I will say there were a few patterns that stretched the limits of the term "afghan" in my mind, especially one that looked like a crocheted poncho from the sixties. And, as seems to be the rule nowadays in blanket and afghan design, the measurements of these fiber creations aren't that big. I'm planning to double or triple some of the measurements just to have something that stands a chance of covering my entire body when I curl up on the couch. In Michigan, a blanket that can't keep you snuggly isn't worth making, even if it does look pretty. For some of the patterns, my warmth needs will mean brushing up on advanced geometry and algebra, as some of the colorwork/stitch patterns might be challenging to increase.

    In addition to knitted afghans (YAY!) there are crocheted afghans (blarg). (Disclaimer: I'm not fond of crochet as a rule--bad experiences with overwrought blankies from Grandma when I was little. Shudder.) But there was a crocheted one I might be reengineering into knit ...

    Overall, a useful and handy book for those who want impressive results on a budget.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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