This 10” x 10” square was really quick to knit and I love how it turned out!
Alexandra of Two of Wands released the pattern for this first square on her website earlier this month. She said this basket weave stitch pattern was inspired by designers from 7 different countries coming together to collaborate on this year-long project.
|First square of the Traveling Knit Afghan project...before blocking.|
Keep reading below for tips on how to block the Traveling Afghan squares.
Click here to get the instructions for square #1 on the Two of Wands website.
WHAT IS THE TRAVELING AFGHAN PROJECT:
The Traveling Afghan is a collaborative project being created by designers around the world. The project is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn (they are providing yarn and underwriting all shipping costs!) and is being coordinated by the lovely and super organized Alexandra of Two of Wands.
Approximately every two weeks the Traveling Afghan will be mailed to a designer who will add their 10"x 10" square to the blanket.
When the designer reveals their square they will provide the instructions on their website for free. Makers can follow along through the year, collect the pattern instructions from each designer’s website and create their own sampler style afghan.
You can participate by using worsted weight yarn from your stash, purchasing a kit from Lion Brand Yarn website [affiliate link], or purchasing your preferred worsted weight yarn. (The project will require approximately 3,150 yards. More yarn needed if using multiple colorways.)
I am thrilled to be one of 25 knitting designers participating in the Traveling Knit Afghan project! This year-long collaborative effort will feature stories from the designers about their paths as makers, and will give you the opportunity to learn new stitches.
HOW TO BLOCK A TRAVELING AFGHAN SQUARE:
For best appearance, I highly recommend blocking each of the squares for the Traveling Afghan. Blocking works wonders to train your knitting to the desired dimensions and will improve the appearance of stitches.
If you have not blocked your knitting before this project is a great time to give it a try!
My plan is to block each square as I complete it so it won't be a huge project to block all 24 squares at the end of the year....that's the plan anyway!
NOTE: You may notice in the photos that I did not weave in the ends on my knitted square. Normally...I recommend weaving in all of the ends on the knitting project before blocking. For this project where many 10" square knitting pieces will be sewn together...I left very long ends and I will use those end pieces to sew the squares together as I join together the squares.
Here are the steps I used to block my first Traveling Afghan square....
1. Soak the finished square in a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes. Use your hand to push the knitting under the water so all parts of the knitting are submerged and wet.
|Soak in a bowl of cold water.|
|Use a colander to drain excess water.|
|Transfer to an old towel to soak up some excess water.|
Be careful with the pins...they can go through the mat and scratch the surface underneath!
|First square of Traveling Afghan pinned on the blocking mat.|
Check the stitches in the center of the piece and adjust as necessary to make the rows straight and even.
About blocking mats....
I have two sets of POCO-DIVO "child play mats". Each set includes nine 12" mats that fit together like puzzle pieces. (One piece shown in the photo above.) I have two sets so I have enough pieces to make a mat large enough to block large blankets. There are other blocking mat products available...including this set with grid lines and included T-pins looks very nice.
Another idea I learned from one of my customers is to use yoga mats or exercise foam mats for blocking...what a great 'multipurpose' idea!
If you do not have blocking mats...it is definitely possible to have good results without them. You can set your knitting up on old towels or a sheet...just make sure the surface underneath is water resistant.
5. Allow knitting to dry. If desired, set up a small fan to expedite the drying process. Or, place the knitting in front of a heating vent in the winter.
6. When the square is dry...store it in safe place and wait for the next Traveling Afghan square instructions to be revealed!
|Square #1 of Traveling Knit Afghan - After Blocking|
If you are making a large blanket in one large piece, click here to read more blocking tips on this blog post.
There have been some questions about how to join the squares together. I'm planning to do a future blog post on this topic!
I hope you enjoy participating in the Traveling Afghan project!
QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about the project....be sure to CLICK HERE to go to the information page here on my website. There's lots of information and answers to frequently asked questions.
If you still have questions after reading...send me an email at: FiftyFourTenStudio@gmail.com.
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