Inspiring Afghans for Swedish Weaving

Inspiring Afghans for Swedish Weaving

by Katherine Kennedy

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ISBN-13: 9781590129203
Publisher: Annie's
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Edition description: None
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 385,894
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Katherine Kennedy has done needlework, mostly cross stitch, for as long as she can remember. But when she discovered Swedish weaving, Katherine just knew this was what she was meant to do. Her other passion is creating, so when she couldn’t find patterns for this newfound needlework, making her own designs was the natural solution. Within a short time, she was selling items at shows and in local Scandinavian shops. Katherine also started teaching, and it was her students who really encouraged her to look into publishing her design patterns. Just over a year later, her first book, Easy-Does-It Swedish Weave Towels, was published. She now has a full line of chart packs and kits that are distributed worldwide. “Many times I have had someone respond wistfully that they remember their mother or grandmother doing this type of needlework, perhaps even teaching them the basics, and they haven’t seen it for years. Just as exciting, though, is the reaction I get from those who are discovering Swedish weave for the first time,” says Katherine. She has been asked if she ever stitches just for fun, or whether it’s always for publication or sale. Katherine answers that it is always for fun, because she never tires of Swedish weaving, whether it is creating a new design, stitching one of her many designs or charting patterns. Katherine has been inspired by some of the old pattern books from the 1930s and ’40s. Most of her designs are original with a contemporary flare; even so, she also tries to maintain a more traditional look. She and her husband, Mark, live in Minnesota. They have 6 children and 3 grandchildren, whom they love spending time with.

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CHAPTER 1

Leapfrog

Enjoy evenings on the porch listening to the wonderful sounds of summer wrapped in this cozy afghan.

Finished Size

42 inches wide × 70 inches long (including fringe)

Skill Level

Easy

Materials

• Monk's cloth: 2 1/2 yds natural

• Medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn: 300 yds each olive and avocado

• Susan Bates 5-inch steel weaving needle, size 13 tapestry needle or a bodkin

• Basic sewing tools and supplies

Project Note

Refer to General Instructions for fabric preparation, stitch instructions and finishing techniques.

Yarn Lengths

All Rows: 2 1/2 lengths

Weaving the Design

1. Mark center of fabric. The red arrow on the chart indicates the center and starting point of your design.

2. Using darker shade of yarn, at the first float to the right of center, pull the needle and thread through until half of your yarn is on either side of the float. Starting with a triple loop stitch, stitch from that point to the left (reverse if left-handed), following the chart. Note that when stitching the diagonal straight stitches, you will skip over two floats, then stitch under one float, then skip over two, under one, etc. as shown on the chart (see photo).

3. Continue stitching design until you are about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Push the needle and yarn to the back and secure the yarn by running under 3–4 floats.

4. Turn the fabric and chart upside down and finish stitching the other half of Row 1.

5. For Row 2, stitch using the lighter shade of yarn. Continue stitching rows, as shown on chart, alternating yarn colors, until afghan is desired length.

6. To finish the bottom half of the afghan, turn both the afghan and the chart and complete this half just as you did the top half.

Finishing

After stitching is complete, see General Instructions for finishing techniques and finish as desired.

CHAPTER 2

Oasis

This lovely afghan will be perfect on those cool, dry evenings.

Finished Size

47 inches wide × 67 inches long (including fringe)

Skill Level

Easy

Materials

• Monk's cloth: 2 1/2 yds natural

• Medium (worsted) or fine (sport) weight acrylic yarn: 300 yds each navy, medium blue and periwinkle

• Susan Bates 5-inch steel weaving needle, size 13 tapestry needle or a bodkin

• Basic sewing tools and supplies

Project Note

Refer to General Instructions for fabric preparation, stitch instructions and finishing techniques.

Yarn Lengths

Rows 1–4: 2 lengths

Rows 5–7, 11 & 12: 2 1/2 lengths

Rows 8–10 & 13–15: 3 lengths

Weaving the Design

1. Mark center of fabric. The red arrow on the chart indicates the center and starting point of your design.

2. At that point, pull the needle and yarn through the center float, until half of your yarn is on either side of the float. Starting with a figure-8 stitch and a 2-length piece of the lightest color of yarn, stitch from that point to the left (reverse if left-handed), following the chart. Continue stitching until you are about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Push the needle and yarn to the back and secure the yarn by running under 3–4 floats.

3. Turn the fabric and chart upside down and finish stitching the other half of Row 1.

4. Continue stitching up the fabric, following the chart, finishing with a section of Rows 1–4, and alternating yarn colors as shown on the chart. Note that on the last row, you will stitch a loop stitch, in place of the figure-8 stitch.

5. When turning the fabric around to complete the bottom half of the afghan, you will start with Row 2 on the chart.

Finishing

After stitching is complete, see General Instructions for finishing techniques and finish as desired.

CHAPTER 3

Sierra

Whether in the mountains or your backyard, this afghan stitched in your favorite colors will be what you reach for to wrap up in as you sit by a crackling fire.

Finished Size

43 inches wide × 57 inches long (including fringe)

Skill Level

Easy

Materials

• Monk's cloth: 2 1/2 yds gray

• Medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn: 700 yds gray

• Susan Bates 5-inch steel weaving needle, size 13 tapestry needle or a bodkin

• Basic sewing tools and supplies

Project Note

Refer to General Instructions for fabric preparation, stitch instructions and finishing techniques.

Yarn Lengths

Rows 1, 5 & 6: 2 1/2 lengths

Rows 2–4: 2 lengths

Row 7: 3 lengths

Rows 8–19: 3 1/2 lengths

Weaving the Design

1. Mark center of fabric. The red arrow on the chart indicates the center and starting point of your design.

2. At that point, pull the needle and yarn through the center float, until half of your yarn is on either side of the float. Starting with a 2 1/2-length piece of yarn, note that your first stitch is a double loop stitch both above and below the centerline. Stitch from that point to the left (reverse if left-handed), following the chart. Continue stitching until you are about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Push the needle and yarn to the back and secure the yarn by running under 3–4 floats.

3. Turn the fabric and chart upside down and finish stitching the other half of Row 1.

4. Continue stitching up the fabric, following the chart.

5. After completing Rows 1–14, repeat Rows 1–12. Then repeat this entire sequence to complete the stitching on the top half of your afghan.

6. When turning the fabric around to complete the bottom half of the afghan, you will start with Row 2 on the chart. Stitch sequence of rows just as you did for the top half of the afghan design.

Finishing

After stitching is complete, see General Instructions for finishing techniques and finish as desired.

CHAPTER 4

Gemstones

Any parent will cherish this lovely afghan created especially for their new baby. It is sure to become a treasured heirloom.

Finished Size

42 inches wide × 50 inches long (including fringe)

Skill Level

Easy

Materials

• Monk's cloth: 2 yds white

• Medium (worsted) or fine (sport) weight acrylic yarn:

500 yds each periwinkle and medium blue

250 yds variegated

• Susan Bates 5-inch steel weaving needle, size 13 tapestry needle or a bodkin

• Basic sewing tools and supplies

Project Note

Refer to General Instructions for fabric preparation, stitch instructions and finishing techniques.

Yarn Lengths

Rows 1, 6 & 7: 3 lengths

Rows 2–5, 8 & 9: 2 1/2 lengths

Rows 10–15: 31/2 lengths

Weaving the Design

1. Mark center of fabric. The red arrow on the chart indicates the center and starting point of your design.

2. Starting with a 3-length piece of the variegated yarn, at the first float to the right of center, pull the needle and yarn through until half of your yarn is on either side of the float. Starting with a triple loop stitch, stitch from that point to the left (reverse if left-handed), following the chart. There are 7 straight stitches between each triple loop stitch in this first row. Continue stitching until you are about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Push the needle and yarn to the back and secure the yarn by running under 3–4 floats.

3. Turn the fabric and chart upside down and finish stitching the other half of Row 1.

4. Stitch Row 2, using a 2 1/2-length of the darker shade of solid yarn. Note that on Rows 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 as shown on the chart, when doing the diagonal straight stitches, you will skip over two floats, stitch under two floats and skip over two floats. For Rows 10–15, you just skip over the two center floats on the diagonal section of stitching (see photos).

5. Continue stitching, following the chart, using the appropriate color of yarn per row as shown on the chart.

6. After finishing Row 15, turn the chart and work down the chart from Row 15 to Row 1.

7. After getting back to Row 1, turn the chart once again and stitch up to Row 11. This will be the final row of the afghan.

8. To finish the bottom half of the afghan, turn both the afghan and the chart and complete this half just as you did the top half.

Finishing

After stitching is complete, see General Instructions for finishing techniques and finish as desired.

CHAPTER 5

Rock Candy

This fun design, reminiscent of the treat we enjoyed as a child, can be done in any color combination to complement your decor.

Finished Size

43 inches wide × 53 inches long (including fringe)

Skill Level

Easy

Materials

• Monk's cloth: 2 1/2 yds vanilla bean

• Medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn: 252 yds each teal and matching variegated

• Susan Bates 5-inch steel weaving needle, size 13 tapestry needle or a bodkin

• Basic sewing tools and supplies

Project Note

Refer to General Instructions for fabric preparation, stitch instructions and finishing techniques.

Yarn Lengths

Rows 1 & 9: 5 lengths

Rows 2, 7 & 8: 2 1/2 lengths

Rows 3–6: 3 lengths

Weaving the Design

1. Mark center of fabric. The red arrow on the chart indicates the center and starting point of your design.

2. Using a 5-length piece of the variegated yarn, at the first float pull the needle and yarn through until half of your yarn is on either side of the float. Starting with a twisted loop stitch, one above and one below the centerline, stitch from that point, to the left (reverse if left-handed), following the chart. Continue stitching until you are about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Push the needle and yarn to the back and secure the yarn by running under 3–4 floats.

3. Turn the fabric and chart upside down and finish stitching the other half of Row 1.

4. For Row 2, stitch using the teal yarn, noting that where indicated Rows 1 and 2 share floats. Continue stitching rows as shown on chart, alternating yarn colors, until afghan is desired length.

5. To finish the bottom half of the afghan, turn both the afghan and the chart and complete this half just as you did the top half.

Finishing

After stitching is complete, see General Instructions for finishing techniques and finish as desired.

CHAPTER 6

Surf

You can almost envision the waves crashing on the shore as you snuggle up in this cozy afghan, created to resemble the colors of water and sand coming together in perfect harmony.

Finished Size

44 inches wide × 68 inches long (including fringe)

Skill Level

Intermediate

Materials

• Monk's cloth: 2 1/2 yds natural

• Medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn:

256 yds turquoise

204 yds matching variegated

• Susan Bates 5-inch steel weaving needle, size 13 tapestry needle or a bodkin

• Basic sewing tools and supplies

Project Note

Refer to General Instructions for fabric preparation, stitch instructions and finishing techniques.

Yarn Lengths

Rows 1–3: 2 lengths

Rows 4–7 & 13–18: 2 1/2 lengths

Rows 8–12: 3 lengths

Weaving the Design

1. Mark center of fabric. The red arrow on the chart indicates the center and starting point of your design.

2. Using a 2-length piece of the variegated yarn, at the first float pull the needle and yarn through until half of your yarn is on either side of the float. You will be starting with a double loop stitch that goes above and below the centerline. Stitch from that point to the left (reverse if left-handed), following the chart. Continue stitching until you are about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Push the needle and yarn to the back and secure the yarn by running under 3–4 floats.

3. Turn the fabric and chart upside down and finish stitching the other half of Row 1.

4. Continue stitching Rows 2–7 as shown on the chart.

5. Note that it is important to then stitch Rows 13–18, using the solid color yarn, before stitching Rows 8–12. It will be very difficult to see where to stitch parts of Rows 13–18 if Rows 8–12 are stitched first.

6. Continue stitching, noting that the final row will be a repeat of Row 1, but you will stitch a loop stitch in place of the double loop stitch where that is indicated on the chart.

7. To finish the bottom half of the afghan, turn both the afghan and the chart and complete this half just as you did the top half.

Finishing

After stitching is complete, see General Instructions for finishing techniques and finish as desired.

CHAPTER 7

Jasmine

The ever-popular blue and white combination shown in this cozy afghan is timeless and will be the perfect addition to any decor.

Finished Size

44 inches wide × 56 inches long (including fringe)

Skill Level

Intermediate

Materials

• Monk's cloth: 2 1/2 yds dazzling blue

• Medium (worsted) or fine (sport) weight acrylic yarn: 500 yds white

• Susan Bates 5-inch steel weaving needle, size 13 tapestry needle or a bodkin

• Basic sewing tools and supplies

Project Note

Refer to General Instructions for fabric preparation, stitch instructions and finishing techniques.

Yarn Lengths

All Rows: 1 3/4 lengths

Weaving the Design

1. Mark center of fabric. One red arrow on the chart indicates the center of your design. The other red arrow indicates the starting point for stitching and is marked with the words "starting point."

2. Measure down from the center 1 3/4 inches and mark this spot. This is the starting point for stitching.

3. Using a 1 3/4-length piece of yarn, at the first float pull the needle and yarn through until half of your yarn is on either side of the float. Stitch from that point to the left (reverse if left-handed), following the chart. Note that after stitching 15 straight stitches, your next stitch will be a slant stitch down as you stitch that section of the design.

4. Continue stitching until you are about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Push the needle and yarn to the back and secure the yarn by running under 3–4 floats.

5. Turn the fabric and chart upside down and finish stitching the other half of Row 1.

6. Stitch Rows 1–5 as shown on the chart.

7. After stitching Rows 1–5 turn the chart and fabric and do a section of Rows 1–5 going from top to bottom, starting at the green arrow as shown on the chart. These rows will serve as your guide for stitching the rest of the design going from selvage to selvage. Note that when stitching a row from top to bottom, be sure to measure your length of yarn from the top of the fabric to the bottom.

8. Stitch full design from selvage to selvage to desired length.

9. To finish the bottom half of the afghan, turn both the afghan and the chart and complete this half just as you did the top half.

10. After completing all stitching from selvage to selvage, turn fabric and chart and complete all stitching from top to bottom.

Finishing

After stitching is complete, see General Instructions for finishing techniques and finish as desired.

CHAPTER 8

Laurel

The circular stitching of this design gives a floral impression and will look stunning in any chosen color combination.

Finished Size

44 inches wide × 68 inches long (including fringe)

Skill Level

Intermediate

Materials

• Monk's cloth: 2 1/2 yds ice gray

• Medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn: 300 yds each orchid and raspberry

• Susan Bates 5-inch steel weaving needle, size 13 tapestry needle or a bodkin

• Basic sewing tools and supplies

Project Note

Refer to General Instructions for fabric preparation, stitch instructions and finishing techniques.

Yarn Lengths

All Rows: 2 lengths

Weaving the Design

1. Mark center of fabric. The red arrow on the chart indicates the center and starting point of your design.

2. Using a 2-length piece of the lighter shade of yarn, at the first float to the right of center pull the needle and yarn through until half of your yarn is on either side of the float. Stitch from that point to the left (reverse if left-handed), following the chart. Continue stitching until you are about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Push the needle and yarn to the back and secure the yarn by running under 3–4 floats.

3. Turn the fabric and chart upside down and finish stitching the other half of Row 1.

4. Stitch Row 2 and then Rows 3–10 as shown on the chart.

5. After stitching Rows 1–10 turn the chart and fabric and do a section of Rows 1–10 going from top to bottom. These rows will serve as your guide for stitching the rest of the design going from selvage to selvage. Note that when stitching a row from top to bottom, be sure to measure your length of yarn from the top of the fabric to the bottom.

6. Stitch full design from selvage to selvage to desired length.

7. To finish the bottom half of the afghan, turn both the afghan and the chart and complete this half just as you did the top half.

8. After completing all stitching from selvage to selvage, turn fabric and chart and complete all stitching from top to bottom.

Finishing

After stitching is complete, see General Instructions for finishing techniques and finish as desired.

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Pattern Services and Revisions,
General Instructions,
Leapfrog,
Oasis,
Sierra,
Gemstones,
Rock Candy,
Surf,
Jasmine,
Laurel,

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