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Big Needle Stash Afghan

Big Needle Stash Afghan.

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Big Needles, Big Results:

Using giant size 50 knitting needles makes quick work of any project, especially this stash afghan, which involves holding four strands of yarn together all the time as you work.

The colors change randomly as you run out of one color and pick up another, making for a kaleidoscope type effect that has a ton of color and is fun to use to keep yourself warm or as a blanket under a tree for some spring and summer relaxation.

Materials:

  • a large quantity of yarn, can be any fiber and any weight ranging from light to bulky; amount will depend on how big you want your blanket
  • size 50 US knitting needles
  • scissors and crochet hook for weaving in ends

Gauge:

About 3 stitches and 4 rows per 4 inches in Garter Stitch. Gauge is not critical and is mostly determined by the size of the needles.

Size:

Size varies according to preference and quantity of yarn, but blanket shown is about 36 inches wide and 48 inches long. It stretches tremendously because of the weight of the stitches, and when held up is more like 60 inches long.

Instructions:

  1. Holding four strands of yarn together throughout, cast on 40 stitches.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch, changing yarns as you run out, for as long as you like, as long as you can knit with the quantity of yarn that you have, or for at least 48 inches to make a good-sized lap blanket.
  3. Bind off. Weave in ends with crochet hook (easier than a yarn needle on this project).

Project Tips:

Try not to think too much about coordinating yarns in this project. It's really fun if you don't pay a lot of attention to which yarns are being worked together and how and where color changes take place.

A single panel of this project can be worked to make a lap blanket, but you could also knit two or even three panels if you have a bunch of yarn to get rid of and sew them together to make a huge blanket.

This project gets heavy really fast, so go slowly and take lots of breaks!

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