My cousin is getting married next month. Sadly because we grew up out of state and she’s the same age as my daughters, I don’t know here very well. Still I want to make her a memorable wedding gift. I asked for her color preferences – grays, teal, coral and yellow. That tells me her style is likely more contemporary than traditional. I decided to knit her an afghan in shades of gray and cream. I opted for just the gray because it is a neutral that should outlast her current color preferences. Next to do: choose a design.
I was originally going to use mitered squares in various shades of gray, heathered gray and cream. I took advantage of Craftsy.com’s discounts and ordered a bunch of Cascade 220. I love this soft and squishy wool and it’s one of my “go-to” choices for a worsted weight wool. Craftsy sells it at 35% off retail which my wallet likes, especially for larger projects.
What design should I use?
I have this lovely blanket pinned as inspiration even though this isn’t a pattern but a finished product (clicking the image will take you to the Asian site that sells it). Creating mitered squares is easy so I really don’t need a pattern to create this look. Mitered squares also look as good on the wrong side as the right side. That’s a factor I prefer when I make afghans which is one reason I choose to crochet them more often than knit them.
While waiting for the yarn, I found this stunning blanket pattern on Etsy. It has been written for sock yarn stash-busting but it should work up fine with worsted weight with larger needles. I’ll test size 8. I have no idea what the finished dimensions will be but I can probably add or subtract rounds as needed. So I bought it. I also may make it with left over sock yarn at some point.
It will be interesting to see how it works up in shades of gray. I’ll name this project my Domino Star Shades of Gray Afghan. Of course I will detail the project as I go and once done here on this blog.
What do you think?