I finished my sister’s afghan late last year, practically a year behind schedule. It seemed more important to take my time and do a good job than to rush through just to meet an arbitrary deadline. But after a year and some months, it was really a relief to have it done. This project wasn’t difficult, but it was ambitious, especially for a scatterbrained/ attention-deficit-suffering knitter such as myself. Truth be told, it languished for weeks at a time, sometimes even longer. Once I got two or three pattern repeats on the needles (a repeat was 50 rows!) it got too big to take anywhere. I finally had to go out of town for a weekend with some knitting friends to get it finished. But it’s done, and the recipient is very pleased. Sorry, sis- I didn’t mean for your wedding gift to be an anniversary present, but I do hope you like it.
I used KnitPick’s Wool of the Andes Worsted in “Mink Heather” for this project.
Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Worsted Weight
Gauge: 4.5 – 5 sts = 1″ on #6 – 9 needles (4.0mm-5.5mm)
Amount: 110 yards/50 gram ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat
WotA is incredibly reasonably priced (1.99 a ball x 20 skeins is a bargain) but I have to say that you get what you pay for. My initial feeling was that this very good yarn for the money, but as the afghan grew and took on weight, it wasn’t as great as I first thought. The knitted fabric felt thin for worsted, even though I got gauge on size 9s. The finished afghan seemed almost see-through, blocked slightly stretched per the pattern instructions.
But while the yarn is on the thin side, it is of excellent quality. I worked 19 and one half skeins and encountered exactly one knot. So while I am not really disappointed in the yarn, I don’t think I would use it again for an afghan, unless held double. It would probaby be good for clothing since it does have a nice drape and good stitch definition.
As for the pattern, I don’t have a single bad thing to say, other than it’s written kind of awkwardly. I was lucky enough to find someone on Ravelry who had made an Excel spreadsheet of the pattern, which was incredibly useful.
Happy wedding, sis!