Knitted Afghan

 

 

I interrupt your nap time with a new project.

This homemade Knit Afghan is a popular fixture at our house. Our cat Pixel has decided it’s the perfect spot to snooze the day away.

It’s the perfect spot for me too. This blanket is so warm and cozy that I kept knitting and knitting, not just because it was fun, but because it was so nice to have on my lap.

This blanket started out as a project for my son’s bed. However, I like it so much I want to keep it on the couch in the living room instead. I was inspired by a similar project in a vintage knitting book. I can’t imagine knitting a blanket big enough to cover an entire bed, but that was the general idea. I am not that ambitious.

I do love how it turned out. The neutral color is great with any decor and this yarn was a dream to work with, so soft and easy to knit. The project, although large, went together quite fast, working with the larger yarn is very satisfying because you can really see the progress you are making.

 

 

The problem was, the kitty thought this blanket was pretty nice too. Have you ever tried to knit with a 10 lb. ball of fur on your lap? It’s easier said than done. Yarn makes for a very interesting plaything, especially when it is constantly moving about. I have the scratches on my thighs to prove it.

This project is super easy, a brainless thing to do while you are watching the TV and cuddling with your cat.

Here’s how to make one:

You will need:

36″ circular needle, size 15

12 Skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Yarn, #123 Oatmeal

 

directions:

Cast on 113 stitches.

Knit 72 rows.

Cast off, weave in ends.

Using the leftover yarn (I had about 1/2 a skein left), cut 72 pieces of fringe 8″ long. Sew into short ends of blanket, folding the yarn in half, fringe will be 4″ long when finished. Trim ends if needed.

Finished size is 70″ x 90″, without fringe.

 

 

Be prepared to share your blanket with your furry critters.

They have claws you know.

 

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