FO Friday – Sampler Afghan - UC Sampler MKAL afghan

A couple of months ago, I reminded you of the insanity I began back in January 2014 to start three afghans at the same time.  At the end of July, I managed to finish the Checkerboard Textures Throw.  Now I have the 2nd of the three done.

Underground Crafter's 2014 Sampler Mystery Knit-a-long

This was a mystery sampler knit-a-long I purchase from Marie Segares (aka Underground Crafter).  I usually don’t like mystery KALs and certainly not if I am purchasing it, but this was well worth the price. If nothing else, I learned how to make neat edges on the squares! - UC Sampler MKAL afghan

The KAL started off with just simple knit and purl stitches to create patterns. Next we learned slip stitches which I had tried but not to that extent. Then we got to combine slipped stitches with yarn over and passing over (PSSO) to create more complex patterns, including drop stitches and a bit of lace … although not too much to create gaps in the afghan. Finally we got to cables. - UC Sampler MKAL sampler stitch 20 cables and lace

You know how I said last week that I don’t really mind cables anymore? I’d have to say it was thanks to this KAL. Working on small items (squares) in a couple different techniques gave me more confidence to keep going. - UC Sampler MKAL sampler stitch 24 - plaited cable with modifications

I’m not sure why this project sat lingering for so long. Once I made up my mind to finish the last 6 squares, it went quick. I was able to finish one square approximately every 1 1/2 days … on work days (meaning I only knit over lunch hour and/or at night).

Even seaming didn’t take as long as I had expected and I learned a “proper” way to seam (unlike my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants attempts prior). - UC Sampler MKAL sampler stitch 25

I was left with one skeins and just a tiny bit of yarn left over from my stash of this neutral color. I’m happy for the stash usage but even more so of the finished afghan. It is so soft and cozy … Little Chick is constantly using it along with “her” new pillows. It’s a wonder she doesn’t ask to sleep in the living room!

Pattern: Sampler Mystery Knit-a-Long
Designer: Marie Segares (Underground Crafter)
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn!
Colorway: 240 Linen
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One Reply to “FO Friday – Sampler Afghan”

  1. Great job! I admire people who set out to make afghans, and that’s just one at a time – you are a bold afghan-er to do three at a time!
    Also, I agree about the value of doing something unfamiliar on a small scale first. If I hadn’t made some toddler-size socks for a charity request, I doubt I ever would have fallen down the lovely rabbit hole of handknit socks, which are now my most frequent project. Ripping back an entire wonky toddler sock to reknit it correctly is downright humorous, compared to doing the same with even a few inches of a gazillion-stitch adult sock 🙂

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