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I've been knitting all my life and currently spend most of my waking hours thinking about new ways to knit classic accessories. I love to spin my own yarn, learn new knitting techniques and get ...

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Unending Love Cable Afghan: Deidre and N

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Unending Love Cable Afghan: Deidre and N
Unending Love Cable Afghan: Deidre and N
Unending Love Cable Afghan: Deidre and N
Unending Love Cable Afghan: Deidre and N
Unending Love Cable Afghan: Deidre and N

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cable Cast On
  • knit
  • purl
  • Make Cables
  • Bind Off

Pattern Description:

Finished project measures approximately 37 inches wide and 46 inches long

Gauge is not critical.

The design has a repeating pattern of 24 rows, which is worked a total of 8 times.

Worsted Weight Yarn: 32 oz / 2040 yards. (Yarn is held double throughout project)
US Size 11 36 inch circular knitting needle
Cable needle or double pointed needle
20 Stitch Markers (paced between each repeat if desired)
Tapestry Needle

K = Knit
P = Purl
C4F = Cable 4 Front
C4B = Cable 4 Back
T3F = Twist 3 Front
T3B = Twist 3 Back
C8F= Cable 8 Front
C4R = Cross 4 Right
C4L = Cross 4 Left

Directions for each cable is included in pattern.

An excel check off grid is also included that clearly has each row documented in synch with stitch marker placement for a sure and accurate way to keep on track!

This project does entail a large time committment, however, the cables are basic and become intuitive once the pattern is established.

Inspired by the Irish story of Deidre and Naoise. There are several versions, but this one captured my heart:

The most beautiful woman in ancient Ireland, she was betrothed to the High King Conchobhar Mac Nessa but she fell in love with his nephew Naoise. Deirdre and Naoise eloped to Scotland where they lived a blissful exile for many years. By offering forgiveness, Conchobhar tricked them into returning to Ulster where Naoise was slain by the jealous Conchobhar. Deirdre threw herself from Conchobhar's chariot rather than live with the man who had caused Naoise's death. It was said that her grave was near to Naoise's and that a yew tree grew from each plot. The yew trees grew toward one another till their branches intertwined, joining the two lovers even after death.

The cables in this afghan symbolize the branches of the yew trees that grew together to be joined forever. This blanket will keep out the chill and surround the user with the feeling of love.


Gauge: 4-5 stitches / 3-4 rows per inch with stockinet stitch on size US 11 needles.

Gauge is not critical.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • One Size


  • 2040 Yards / 32 Oz Worsted Weight Yarn
  • US Size 11 36 inch circular needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • Cable Needle or Double Pointed Needle

You Will Also Need:

  • Darning Needle

Suggested yarn:

2040 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Lion Brand Pound of Love Acrylic