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Birmingham, AL, United States

Elizabeth comes from a long line of fibre-obsessed women. She has recently taken up spinning, which fascinates her husband and confuses her cat.

A transplant from the wilds of Canada's west coast, ...

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Sastrugi Afghan

from Elizabeth Elliott
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Sastrugi Afghan
Sastrugi Afghan Sastrugi texture
Sastrugi Afghan Sastrugi detail
Sastrugi Afghan Sastrugi snuggling

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cable
  • decrease

Pattern Description:

Widely spaced cables give Sastrugi the texture of ripples in the snow. Worked on large needles, this project knits up quickly into an afghan that is lightweight yet warm and snuggly. The I-cord edging is knit along with the afghan, giving the piece a finished look without a lot of fuss. This pattern uses cables, I-cord cast on, and I-cord bind off; these techniques are explained in the pattern, as is the light fulling technique used for the sample. Instructions are both charted and written out.


9 stitches and 13 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 42"/107cm x 55"/140cm, size adjustable


  • Ístex Plötulopi/Unspun Icelandic (100% Icelandic wool; 328 yards/300 m per 100g), light ash heather: 6 plates. (Yarn is held double, so if substituting a bulky weight yarn, you will need approximately 800 yds/730 m.)
  • US15/10 mm or size needed to get gauge. Exact gauge is not essential, but gauge differences will affect size and yarn requirements.

You Will Also Need:

  • cable needle
  • yarn/tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Suggested yarn:

800 yards of Bulky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Ístex Plötulopi/Unspun Icelandic


Silver/Ash Heather

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