Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spinning, Knitting, and Remembering

Well I have made my first yarn and knitted a scarf for my DS dog Wiley.  He is a nut and absolutely loves it.  It is one of the ugliest things I have ever seen.  Lotsa thick and thin, a few over spun wiggly parts sticking out but all in all.... oh who am I kidding it is hideous.  LOL
I am still working on the sweater still have to sew in the sleeves.  I finished the gloves for my sister in law, at least I will make her birthday.  Still knitting on Yvaine.  I have finished a pair of socks for DD #2 and I have cast on a Pair for DD #1.  We call it Dragon's Tongue and it is done in Red hand painted Cascade Heritage.   The pattern is "Gush" by Yarnissima Marjan Hammink.  It is up on my Rav project page.

My big thing this post is I have figured out my Grandma Genevieve's Mile-a-Minute Afghan. Every one in the family has one in all its acrylic glory.  Mine is pink, Mom's was teal, and DS's is dark blue(I think).
And here it is for any one who wants one too.
Just a warning  I am not a pattern writer nor do I play one on TV.  This pattern is for personal use ONLY!

So here it goes...
                                     (C6B)                               (C6F)

Pattern repeat is 18 stitches
You can use any yarn and any size needles. This is an example of unknown yarn type in about a sport or DK weight  I cast on 37 stitches with the center stitch being a purl stitch.
When Gma knit the pattern she made strips and then sewed them together and added fringe to the cast on and off edges.  I don't like seaming so I added a purl stitch between pattern repeats.  In order the carry all the weight, you will need a large cable needle to work back and forth without doing damage to the carpal tunnel all knitters tend to aggravate.

Strip Instructions

Cast on 18 stitches
Row 1 (RS): K4, P2, K6, P2, K4
Row 2: (WS): K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2
Row 3-6: Repeat Rows 1 and 2
Row 7: K4, P2, C6F, P2, K4 (you can also C6B if you prefer)
Row 8: K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2

C6F=Slip 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front.  Knit next 3 stitches, then knit 3 stitches from cable needle.
C6B=Slip 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in back.  Knit next 3 stitches, then knit 3 stitches from cable needle.

If you want to do all the strips at once Cast on a multiple of 18 stitches plus an extra stitch minus 1 for each repeat.  i.e. 2 repeats you would cast on 37 sts, 3 repeats 56 sts, 4 repeats 75 sts (I hope).

I am  not sure if this pattern is published anywhere, this is what my Gma taught me through her swatches that were left to me.


  1. Thanks for the pattern, it is just what I wanted. You explained the repeats well, and it will help me in the future.

    1. Sorry I missed your reply. I hope the resulting blankets keep you and yours warm.

  2. This is the same pattern my Gram knitted for everyone too!