City classy and country cozy with lots of colors and stripes for this double knit afghan. Pick your own color scheme to match your décor or use festive fall colors, or get going on some holiday fun. We have selected warm, earthy yarns to portray the warm colors of the desert with the tweed effect of this gorgeous yarn. This afghan is knit in 3 sections for easy assembly and basic stitches. It knits up quickly.
Stitch Breakdown: All the edges of the afghan with color changes are worked in Stockinette stitch. The center of the afghan is worked in one color in Criss Cross stitch with color sections at top and bottom in Stockinette.
Criss Cross: This stitch consists of 2 different stitch weave patterns that are alternated and repeated. Row 1, row 2, row 1, row 2, etc. This stitch is explained with photos at How-to for double knit at www.knittingboard.com.
Row #1: Work from peg #1 back board to #4 front board. Continue across pegs, weaving every other peg. When you get to end of loom, bring yarn straight across and wrap all skipped pegs, working back to start. Hook over.
Row #2: Work from peg #1 back board to #3 front board. Then, around peg #2 on the back board and down to peg #5 on front board and then back to wrap peg #5 on back board. Continue working across pegs, weaving every other peg. At right end of loom, you will have consecutive wraps and this is correct. When you get to end of loom, bring yarn straight across and wrap all skipped pegs, working back to start. Hook over.
Start with center section. Set up loom for double knit with 1cm spacers.
Cast On 64 sts in (R) color yarn in Stockinette st. Lay anchor yarn of any yarn as it will be removed.
Work (4) rows in Stockinette.
Tie on (M) color. Cut and knot (R) color yarn.
Work 26 rows in Stockinette in (M) color. Do not cut.
Tie on (T) yarn and work (1) row. Cut and knot.
Tie on (M) color. Work 30 rows.
Work (4) rows of 2-color design.
2 Color Design:
Tie on (B) color at 3rd st between boards. Do not cut (M) color but lay it between peg 1 and 2.
*Row 1: Work (1) row in (B) color.
Row 2: Work 4 sts in (B) color in stockinette, skip 4 pegs and work next 4 sts in (B) color. Go across board working 4 pegs and skipping 4 pegs staying in stockinette for each section. Return to beginning to complete the stockinette row. Lay yarn down. Pick up (M) color and work across loom weaving all empty pegs, skipping the (B) pegs staying in Stockinette stitch and return to beginning. All pegs should have 2 loops. Hook over all sts.
Row 3,4,5,6: Repeat row 2 for a total of (5) 2-color design rows. The design will end with (M) color.
Row 7: Work 1 row in (B) color. Cut and knot (B) color.*
Pick up (M) color and work in Crisscross stitch for 130 rows. Lay yarn aside between peg 1 and 2.
Work the next (7) *rows same as above by repeating the 2-color design. Cut and knot (B) yarn.
Pick up (M) yarn and work in stockinette st for 30 rows. Do not cut (M) yarn.
Tie on (T) color. Work 1 row. Cut and knot.
Pick up (M) yarn, and work 26 rows in Stockinette. Cut and knot (M) yarn.
Tie on (R) color. Work 4 rows in Stockinette. Cut and knot (R) yarn. Bind off loosely with 2-loop crochet. Set piece aside.
Side Panels: (knit 2)
The side panels will match the center panel thru the 2-color design at top and bottom.
Cast On 32 sts in Stockinette stitch in (R) color yarn. Lay anchor yarn.
Work (4) rows in (R) color.
LOOM: 28” Knitting Board + extenders set up for double knit with 1cm spacing with 64 pegs.
YARN: Knit Picks City Tweed Aran/HW. 164 yds per ball. Colors used: 11 skeins, Snowshoe (M), 2 skeins, Toad Green (T), 3 skeins, Romance red (R), 2 skeins, Blueblood red (B) , 2 skeins of Pearl gray (P).
STITCHES: Stockinette and Criss Cross
NOTIONS: Knit hook, crochet hook size 5 or 6, large darning needle for sewing the 3 sections
GAUGE: 7 sts and 10 rows=2”
SIZE: 40” X 60”