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Quaker Rib Afghan

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Quaker Rib Afghan.

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Throw your Ribs Around:

This great ribby blanket is the perfect cover up for cool spring evenings on the back porch. In the summer, you can use it as a picnic blanket in the backyard, at the park or even on the beach.

The Quaker Rib pattern is super-easy to knit and the texture of the yarn makes it even more interesting, though you could always use a smoother yarn if you like.

Materials:

  • about 1,500 yards of bulky textured cotton yarn (I used Knit Picks Spinnaker, a 100 percent Pima cotton that has been discontinued)
  • one pair size 11 US circular needles, with as long of a cable as you can find
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Gauge:

10 stitches and 16 rows per 4 inches (2.5 stitches and 4 rows per inch) in pattern stitch. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Finished size is 50 inches by 50 inches.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 125 stitches.
  2. Work in Quaker Rib, as below, for 50 inches, ending with row 14.
  3. Bind off.
  4. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Quaker Rib:

Rows 1, 3, 5 and 6: Knit.

Rows 2 and 4: Purl.

Rows 7, 9 and 11: Knit.

Rows 8 and 10: Purl.

Rows 12 and 14: Knit.

Row 13: Purl

Repeat for pattern.

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