Blue Entralac Afghan

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Done! Finished!! Here it is draped over the arm of my chair:

and full out on the floor - with the Betty paw of approval:

and the detail shot:

And the stats:

  • Caron's Simply Soft - 18.5 skeins for body and 2.5 skeins for border - country blue
  • Size 6 needles
  • Base of 8 triangles with 20 stitches in each
  • 9 repeats (repeats = 1 row left hand slant, 1 row right hand slant)
  • Border = 1 row k, 1 row k1, p1 for 2.5 inches cast off with size K crochet hook
  • Took 30 days from start to finish - including the redo at the beginning

On to the next project! Which will be exactly the same thing only this time using two colors and probably a different border...

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

The border is very slow going. I think I have about 600 stitches on the needles - 2 sets of circular. I'm still thinking 2.5-3" is going to be best so slogging on...

Monday, April 14, 2003

I'm doing a border of 1 row k1,p1 and 1 row k. I'm not sure it's going to work really well but I won't be able to tell for sure until I'm done so what the heck. If it really doesn't work, I'll rip it out and redo it another way.

The color is off on this photo and I can't get it fixed. Sorry.

I finished the entralac part and I love it. It took 18.5 skeins of Caron's SimplySoft and is 61" by 46".

Now on to the border.


Sunday, April 13, 2003

This is a closeup of the finished corner but you can't really see it. I couldn't understand the instructions for the final row but when I got it started, it turned out to be the easiest of all!

Saturday, April 12, 2003

I'm on the home stretch here. I have one more row of rectangles before the final row of triangles and then the border.

Friday, April 11, 2003

Well, I have 2 cats and they, apparently, feel strongly about equal time. This shot features Betty. And for those of you who signed up to get new postings via email, I do have some news. The guy who runs the service has acknowledged the problem and is looking into the fix. You may even get this one via email!

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Jake was testing out the current afghan and I just couldn't stand to make him move. Better photo tomorrow. I've now used up 15 skeins. Judi left a question about the border. This has no border yet. My game plan is, when I've finished the rest of it, to pickup stitches on all four sides and then do the border from those stitches - probably 2.5-3" all the way around. I'm thinking maybe a K1,P1 row alternating with a knit row. Maybe.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

You'd think I could remember to at least smooth out the couch slip cover before I snapped the photo!

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

I'm still not entirely clear on how long to make this or how, exactly, the final row works. I think I'm absolutely going to have to make this one again to be sure I have all the particulars figured out!

Monday, April 07, 2003

It's really beginning to look like itself now. And, yes, that's a cat butt in the photo.

If any of you who signed up for the email notice are coming back here to see if I'm still knitting, I am. But the email notification sure isn't notifying. Sorry. I've sent email to the guy who runs the service but he's not answering...

Sunday, April 06, 2003

I got this shot when I hit the end of the row. It's a pretty fair look at what the finished product will look like (before border). I think it might be one of my favorites. But, then, I usually love best the one that's currently on the needles.

Saturday, April 05, 2003

The piece is now about 35" long. I've used a total of 10 skeins so far. This means, I'm about halfway done... (It's also about 49" wide.) It will need a border of some kind and some size - more than an inch, I think Probably 3 or 3.5" to balance out the design. So maybe about 20 more inches of pattern - 3 or 4 more rows. It will be a guess whatever I do.

Friday, April 04, 2003

I have in no way abandoned you! I am here. I just took a couple of days off for rearranging bookshelves. I am picking up the needles right now. Honest. There shall be an update within 24 hours.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Today's shot is a closeup so that, hopefully, you can better see what I'm doing. The two arrows show the rectangle sides that will be the basis for the next row. Each arrow is pointing to where the stitches get picked up. See? Confused? I can relate!

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

I rarely knit a project using more than one color. This is because I am way too lazy to finish off all those ends when I'm done. But, I'm thinking this would be really spectacular in two colors - one for each of the slants.

Monday, March 31, 2003

This pattern involves a lot of picking up of stitches. This is something I've never been very good at. But, I'm sure getting better! I dug our a smaller needle to use. The blanket is being done on size 6's (U.S. 6's) and the needle I'm using to pick up stitches is a 2. I pick them up all at once on the 2 and then knit (or purl) them off the 2. It's working pretty well.

Sunday, March 30, 2003

The back side of this afghan is nearly as interesting as the front. Very different but really kind of cool looking.

I'm still struggling (as you can see) with the color in the photos. I can't figure out why it is so different every day when I use the same variables every day. The true color is kin dof a denim blue.
So far I've used 6 skeins of this Caron's Simply Soft yarn.

Saturday, March 29, 2003

I finally have knitted up all the yarn that I ripped out before I started over! Whew.

Friday, March 28, 2003

This entrelac is still foreign to me. I do ok until I get to the edge triangles - they still throw me but so far... so good.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Tonight's update is brought to you by... Betty! I'm not making great progress and think this could turn out to be one of my favorites.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

I am really getting into this one now. It fascinates me how it all works now that I finally have it right.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

I'm thinking that I now have this pattern down - no more ripping. Whew. As usual, no extra charge for cat in the photo. I told him to move and he hunkered down. But I was able to get a nice end-of-row shot anyway.

Monday, March 24, 2003

This particular afghan is out to get me... I had to rip out another whole row last night. I hope I'm on course. For a simple knit and purl, this sucker is tricky!

Here I've numbered the rows for you so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. Row 1 is just the base triangles. Then each row is really a set of (in this case) 8 rectangles. Row 2 slants to the left, Row 3 slants to the right and row 4 is just getting started. It doesn't lay flat until you are at the end of the row. I'll capture that in a picture next time I get to the end of a row.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Ok, I'm back on track now and feeling much better about the project. Whew.

Saturday, March 22, 2003

Dumb, dumb, dumb. Will I ever learn? Probably not. All of the knitting books and knitting instructors since the beginning of time have said that the one law of knitting is make a swatch - a good swatch. I don't and I paid the price last night. When I got to the end of the row and could finally unfurl my work, I discovered that my afghan was going to be 120" wide (or long - didn't matter since it was still way too much...) Sigh. Had I made a decent swatch, of course. But, life goes on. Unravel and start again. Which I did. So today's photo is back a few steps...

I did snap a couple of shots of the Afghan That Ate Cleveland before I unraveled... Click and you shall see.

Friday, March 21, 2003

Happily Bloget is back working again so email updates are happening. Whew. Unfortunately, good photos aren't. I'm going to get a good photo when I get to the end of this row (a row, in this case is 11 sets of 20 st by 20 row blocks so it takes a while). Hopefully, I'll have that one for you tomorrow.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

This is so far, not the funnest afghan I've ever done. And it's slow going. But, I'm in the early stages yet.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Making progress that you can almost actually see!

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

I took a guess as to how many stitches - in this case really blocks of stitches - to cast on and I'm wondering if I may have too many. I guess we'll see.

Monday, March 17, 2003

Well, this is going to be an interesting one to watch develop. Because of the way entrelac is created, you never really get a nice, flat view. You are always finishing up the last half of the last 'row' and the first half of the next 'row' of slanting rectangles. See, here I am in the middle of one such row. It's really hard to picture the progress at this stage! It's sets of 20 stitchs on #6 needles using Caron's Simply Soft Country Blue.

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