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Child's Stash Afghan.

A close up on some of the stripes in a Child's Stash Afghan.

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Using up the Pieces:

A stash afghan is one of the best ways to get rid of a bunch of bits of yarn quickly. Because they're usually knit in a simple pattern stitch (this one is Garter Stitch) they come together really quickly and it's fun to watch the pattern unfold.

This small version of a stash afghan is perfect for a baby or small child who needs a little more color and comfort in his or her life.

You can use all sorts of colors and can mix yarn content some if you want, but remember if your blanket has any wool in it, it should not be machine washed.

Materials:

  • about 1,000 yards of different colors of worsted weight yarn from your stash -- scraps are fine, the more colors the merrier
  • one pair size 10 US circular needles, with a cable around 36 inches
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Gauge:

16 stitches and 28 rows per 4 inches (4 stitches and 7 rows per inch) in Garter Stitch. Gauge is not critical and may vary slightly depending on the yarn.

Size:

Finished size is 36 inches square, or keep knitting to make it longer if you like.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 144 stitches.
  2. Knit in Garter Stitch, changing colors and yarns whenever you like or whenever you run out of yarn, until piece measures 36 inches, or desired length. Cut yarn each time you end a stripe.
  3. Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.

Project Tips:

  • To give the blanket a bit of uniformity, make your first stripe and last stripe the same color and the same thickness.
  • If you like the look of clean stripes, try to end each stripe on the same side of the work.
  • All yarns should be basically the same weight, but having one that is a little thicker or thinner than the others is not going to make a huge difference. If you'd like to use some much thinner yarn, hold two strands together as you work.
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