Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Great (British) Aran Afghan

Hi all
Just wanted to drop a post from the UK to say hello - loving the pics of everyone's completed blocks. I was going to buy the Great American Aran Afghan book but amazon took so long to send it I got a stitch manual out of the library instead and have been making up blocks from various stitches for my own afghan. I have wondered what weight you usually use, because I think you don't have aran weight wool in the US? I'll post pics of my own blocks when I've worked out flickr!
happy knitting

Friday, October 26, 2007

Carol Adams Square - is there an error?

I have finished 3 squares already, and am about 2" into the Carol Adams square. It feels like there is an error in the pattern. In the picture, the cable section (Charts B and D) look like there should be 4 stockinette stitches in the middle, but the pattern says K2P2 twice.

What did you folks do for that square? I'm going to put it down, and start another one in the meantime, but my gut says that the right side rows for B and D should be P2K4P2.


Monday, October 01, 2007

Still have that question

I know you folks can help me; all your squares look great. I just finished my first one, but still have my question. Some of the squares indicate different size needles - but they do not give gauges. I am working with size 8 needles, because that matches the gauge on the first page. I don't understand if I need to change that size for the "different" squares, and if so, how do I figure out what to change it to?

Thanks in advance for your help.


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Cables and bobbles

I've finished another 2 squares. Barabara McIntire's - this just typifies aran for me - and Ann McCauley's. It's a good job I enjoy bobbles!

Both knitted in Cascade 220 (Oatmeal and Ice Mint) with 5mm KnitPicks Options needles.

Now, which one next ...........

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I've Only Just Begun!

Hi Folks - I'm brand new here. Your squares all look magnificent!! I was so happy to find this blog; I'm kind of overwhelmed before I even get started. I've purchased my wool, and found my gauge on size 8 needles. Now, I have a question right off the top.

I see that different patterns use different size needles, and the general instructions say to change needles according to the gauge on the various blocks - but I do not see gauges on the individual blocks. Am I missing something?

Planning to start today with one of the squares that looks like it is easiest. Of course, at the same time I am in the middle of knitting a sweater, and working on 3 different scrapbooks, and cross stitching a baby name hanging (we won't mention the 2 almost full time jobs).

I'd be glad of any help. Thanks so much - Alice

Friday, August 31, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

New to the KAL

I've only just discovered the GAAA book but I'm already hooked. These are my first two squares, knit in Cascade 220 (Oatmeal) with 5mm KnitPicks Options needles. I'm halfway through an afghan for my aunty for Christmas, so I'm going to add these two squares (and a few more) to it.

Now to decide which one to knit next. ;0)

Thursday, August 16, 2007


For those of you on, are you listing GAAA as one project or each square as a separate project?

I'm already on my third square! I'm in no rush because there's no deadline (I'm making this to keep). I'll probably get mine done around 2010 if I keep up at this rate :)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

New knitter attempting to complete the afghan before Christmas 2007....

Hi All,

I am relatively new to knitting, and I am teaching myself as I go along. I find that the videos on to be invaluable. I just finished my fourth square today - The Carol Adam's square. I had great difficulty making the gauge on this one and had to add an additional diamond pattern. Actually ripped it out more times than I care to mention. Has anyone else had trouble with the gauges on the squares? I am going to attempt to do one of the squares that require a circular needle. I've never worked with circular needles before, so wish me luck. My goal is to complete the afghan for a Christmas present (yes, this year!) Is it doable? I'll post photos after I block them.



Susan Rainey Square

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

I have finished!

After 20 months of work, I finally finished this beauty:I am so in love with this afghan! You can read about the project here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Any Updates?

I was searching for inspiration/motivation yesterday afternoon and I checked out most of the member blogs and links to pictures. Very cool stuff!

I noticed that many of our members don't have site or the existing sites don't work anymore. If you have a new blog or a link for pictures definitely let me know and I'll get everything updated. My email address is suziehomemaker323 AT yahoo DOT com.

Thanks! (I should actually have a finished square sometime this week - yay!)

Friday, May 18, 2007

New member from France


I am new to that KAL. My name is Sylvie and I am French. I am knitting this beautiful afghan with friends on a french yahoo group.

Here are the four squares I have already completed:

Happy knitting! :)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Alternative border

Hi all, I stumbled upon Susan Rainey's (the 1st prize winner) blog by accident and discovered that she had an alternative way of making the border. I think you may like to have a look. You can find the pattern here.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Problems with Kathleen Carty Square

I am working on this afghan to give to my future in-laws in thanks for all that they have done in preparation for my upcoming wedding in November. I have been crusing through the squares and have about 7 of them done. I decided to tackle the Kathleen Carty square and I am stumped. I can't seem to turn the corner from Chart A toChart B correctly. I am pretty sure I did Chart A correctly. I think I am doing the HKW's incorrectly. Any help?


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

8 squares completed!

Hi, I have also set myself a deadline ... and this afghan will be given away as a wedding gift. This way, I have been a lot more motivated to work on it ... one square at a time. So far, I have completed 8 squares. Here is the link to photos of my finished squares.

Afghan needed For Septmeber

I haven't posted in abit but I need to finish this afghan for September, so hopefully I will have progress soon. I have so much knitting to get doen, I need to sit and figure out a timeline, one block a week or three every two weeks....itt will be good to get it done...

A little switch and we're back in business

Amy contacted me and I'm now able to moderate. I added a new member for the first time this morning and I think it actually worked! Feel free to email me at suziehomemaker323 AT yahoo DOT com if you would like to join this knit along or if you're an existing member and you'd like to update your WIP link.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007


I know I'm a little late but I think I can try to moderate this blog. I tried to reach Amy at her yahoo email address but it bounced back to me undeliverable. Does anyone know how to reach her?

If we can't reach her is there any way to switch this over without her involved? I'm still a little new to Blogger so I'm not sure. Thanks!


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

suggestions please

getting ready to start my first square ~ any suggestions as to which would be the easiest to start with? i am going to use woolease worsted weight in white.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ann Strong

thanks for all your help I got my square done and it is beautiful

Monday, January 29, 2007

Judy Sumner Square

I haven't worked on this project for quite some time. But 2007 would be a year for me to clear up my WIPs. So, during the past weekend, I finished the Judy Sumner Square:

I didn't feel too much drawn to this square looking at the picture from the book, but I have to say I LOVE this square while working on it. The pattern is interesting and fun to knit. And the picturesque square is just lovely!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Ann Strong Square help on reading the instructions

I am working on the ann strong square of the aran afghan and I do not understand what rows they want me to use after row 8 they say to do up to row 20 on A chart but B and C only go to 8 what do I do with the stitches inbetween.

Monday, January 22, 2007

new here from Australia

Hello everybody. I'm from Australia, and just got the book from a Sydney company a few weeks ago. I don't know if the book has been available out here before now. It was great to find a website with some helpful tips.

I've knitted a few squares thus far. My advice to anyone newly beginning this project would probably be to start with the easiest squares first, listed in front of the book, just to get used to the abbreviations, knitting techniques and the charts. I'm just using a 12 ply wool for the project, and so far the guage seems to be okay.

So far, probably the hardest square for me has been the one by Georgie Vincent, pages 26-27. I have noticed that there are no yarn forwards in this book - only yarn overs. I am more used to yarn forwards. Most of the time, I don't think it makes that much of a difference. But in rows 8-13 of this square, you really need to use yarn over to get the right effect.

Some of the bobbles in the book are hard to work, especially on the smaller needles. Sometimes I put some of the stitches on a much smaller needle to make it easier to insert the other needle. Instead of knitting into the back of the stitch, you can slip off the stitch and put it back on so that it is slanting the other way, if that makes sense. Drawing the stitches through at the end to make the bobble can also be made easier by using a crochet hook.

I grew up in the town of Woomera, which of course had a lot of US personnel and their families. Even back then, I noticed how clever and creative some of the American ladies could be with their knitting. This afghan is no exception. Anyone interested in more creative knitting projects, I recommend this story - Happy knitting!


Would you like to moderate this blog?

Hi all--

I was wondering if anyone would like to take over the administration of the GAAAA blog? It doesn't take a whole lot of time, just a familiarity with blogger to be able to set up new people on the blog.

I finished this project over a year ago, so my ability to answer questions about it is waning at this point, and my knitting time has dropped significantly, as I've joined a roller derby league (the Ohio Roller Girls) so I am not blogging near as much as I was when this started.

If you are interested in helping me out and keeping this blog running, please let me know by emailing me at pixiegrrl24 AT yahoo DOT com.


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

2007 Resolution

I have one square done for this beautiful afghan and I have another that is only partially started. The problem is that I lost my piece of paper that I used to keep track of what row I was on for each section.

SO - my New Year's resolution is to rip that square and try to get at least a couple squares done this year. I think I'm just intimidated because it's one of the hardest patterns I have tried so far. I figure if I post this then it's got to be motivation for me to get going again! Only 362 days left!