Saturday, June 02, 2007

Hex Afghan


I got bad sock karma, people.

Let's just say that when I read "size 10.5" on the chart for the Vinnland socks I was working on, it never even crossed my mind to ask where this was a men's size 10.5 or a women's size 10.5. I can't get the sock over my heel. So I'm going to either frog it and start over, or find someone with a 10.5 foot to give this to. I'm not sure what the deal is, but both of my Kool-Aid-dyed sock projects are really sapping my knitting mojo.

To get it back, I decided to knit something from one of the myriad books I got for Christmas. I'm really intrigued by Nora Gaughan's Knitting Nature, but a lot of the sweaters are awfully complicated and let's face it -- my hips just can't rock a knit skirt. But there was this cool afghan project which is not awfully complicated, but looks quite elegant. Things will get complicated when I get to the lattice-knotted fringe at the end, but I'll cross that bridge later.

It's quite satisfying knitting. Just mindless enough to be able to knit while watching the tube, but still needing a bit of attention now and then. The pattern is made of alternating rows of hexagons in a 10-stitch pattern. Two rows of hexagons are 16 knitting rows tall, and then a 24 row pattern is thrown in, just to shake things up and keep it interesting.

The hexagons are divided down the middle with knit stitches on one side and purl stitches on the other. Two trapezoids are meeting up on their long sides to make the hexagrams. I see the trapezoids easily, but kind of have to squint to see the hexagons. I think the 2 5-stitch patterns make a kind of ribbing, so unless it's stretched out, it's hard to see.

I'd say I'm somewhere between 1/3 and halfway through -- and I've only used 3 of the 10 balls I bought in a lot on sale from Webs. I'm thinking I'll have enough left over to make a scarf. Gotta love Cascade 220.

1 comment:

  1. oh i can't wait to see this in all it's glory. it looks so pretty already. lovely color and pattern.

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