Sunday, January 17, 2010

I'm all done!!

Wow! It's been 2 years - but the afghan is completed, sewn together, and has it's edging. All ready for use. What a wonderful adventure in knitting these years have been; I've learned a lot, and grown in self-confidence as well.

I made my afghan HUGE. It is 6 squares by 5 squares, for a total of 30 different squares. Most come from the Great American Aran Afghan Book, but some come from the Great American Afghan Book. The edging went on perfectly; didn't have to finesse a thing.

The color is green heather, and some squares have some touches of white. A few of the 2-color squares made me a bit unhappy, but I wasn't about to do them over! I especially love the 2-color squares with the trees, and the one with the flower buds.

Now...what to do next??


Pascale said...

It's a wonderful afghan...

I'm missing words... Splendid !

Gabi said...

It looks fantastic. Congrats!!!

Rebecca said...
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Rebecca said...

I absolutely love your choice of patterns and the color of yarn (I love the color you used!). I am in the beginning stages of starting the afghan and found yours to be extremely inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

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heritage patchwork said...

Looks extremely beautiful with intricate designs and a very nice shade that you can pretty much e=wear with anything.

Anita said...

This is totally gorgeous - I am wanting to try this out but would also like to make it bigger than the pattern I found here -
You mention a book - do you have a link to somewhere that sells it?

Alice said...

Anita - I bought both books at a local knitting store, but I just went to Google, and they are available all over the internet, including Amazon. Just go to, and enter Great American Afghan.

Good luck - Alice

Anita said...

Thanks Alice - going to order the book now!

Fran said...

Beautiful work!! You will enjoy this for years to come :)

Cheryl said...

OMG that is gorgeous!!

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It is beautifull !!! Wonderfull marvellous

Celtic Heart said...

I've had the book for quite a while now and have been wanting to start this project. Ladies you are an inspiration.

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Mary A said...

Beautiful Afghan!
What a beautiful afghan. I am in the beginning stages of planning my Great American Afghan. I just love the color you've used. I too wanted a variation from the basic natural color, which is very beautiful too, but I am a color person. I too will combine the aran and the the great american afghan design.

Could I ask you what color you used, you mentioned a green heather. I am curious because your photo looks like a camel color.

New to the Great American Aran Afghan blog and love planning my new afghan project and soon will be starting mine.

Alice said...

Sorry, I just saw your question now. I used Cascade = The Heathers 220 Color # 9460. Their colors don't seem to have names, only numbers. I would describe it as a green heather. I'm sure it is available online, if not in your local knitting store.

Marie Orlin said...

Hi all,
I am almost finished with the afghan. Three years tocreate, but two hand surgeries that slowed things down a little. Mine is 6 squares X 6 squares. I didn't like some of the designs and needed many more. So almost no stitch of the 36 squares is repeated, well except for the borders and background stitches to set off the various cables and patterns. It was a lot of fun and I really learned a lot! It's made of merino, Knipick's Bare Wool, Andes Worsted Yarn.

Something that worked well for me to put all the squares together was to crochet the edges from the back. The seams stayed nice and smooth and it was pretty easy to "ease in" any extra length/width.

Question: how would you wash and block it? Having taken so long to do, I'm sure "life" has rendered some squares less than pristine. A dry cleaners? My washing machine set on gentle with Woolite or something like that?
Thank you very much for any help.
Cheers & Happy New Year!