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2009: The Year of the Afghan - January

by Lorena Haldeman

Overall, this afghan was designed to be a learn-


more-as-you-go project. While you could certainly
make an afghan out of the easiest first couple of
months, my hope is that as I up the challenge level
that you will rise to the occasion and take on some
new skills.

There has been much discussion on how to


assemble your afghan pieces when you are done.
There are many schools of thoughts ranging from
attaching them as you go, to seaming them
together when you are finished. Personally I went
with crocheting a single chain around each
square (this also gave me the opportunity to
crochet more chains around the smaller squares
and thus making all my squares the same size),
after which they were crocheted together in
strips, and those strips crocheted together to make the entire afghan. I encourage you to experiment and
find the best way that works for you!

Materials
75-100 yards of any worsted weight yarn

US Size 7 needles (whatever gets you gauge, although gauge is reasonably flexible as long as all of your
squares match each other; using larger needles and bigger yarn will get you a larger square, and using
smaller needles and thinner yarn will get you a smaller one.)

Finished Size
11x11 inches, blocked.

Gauge
4-5 sts/inch on a US 7-8

Key

Copyright 2009 by Lorena Haldeman. If you wish to donate to charity auctions or even sell finished objects from this pattern to financially offset your hard work, have at it! However, the
pattern itself is free and I have not received any financial compensation for writing it, so please do not make physical copies of this written pattern and charge money for it. Thanks, y'all,
and happy Making! Page 1
Directions
Cast on 45, using the Long Tail method (experienced knitters please feel free to substitute your favorite cast-
on method.

Knit three rows, and then follow the written instructions below, or the chart provided below the written
instructions.
- Rows 1-8 on the chart should be worked a total of 7 times

Row 1 (RS): k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3
Row 2 (WS): k6, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k6
Row 3: k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3
Row 4: k6, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k6
Row 5: k6, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k6
Row 6: k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3
Row 7: k6, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k6
Row 8: k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3, p3, k3

Repeat Rows 1-8 six more times, for a total of seven repeats.

Knit three rows

Bind off loosely

Weave in ends; block.

Copyright 2009 by Lorena Haldeman. If you wish to donate to charity auctions or even sell finished objects from this pattern to financially offset your hard work, have at it! However, the
pattern itself is free and I have not received any financial compensation for writing it, so please do not make physical copies of this written pattern and charge money for it. Thanks, y'all,
and happy Making! Page 2