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Sastrugi Afghan


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl cable decrease GAUGE 9 stitches and 13 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 42"/107cm x 55"/140cm, size adjustable SUGGESTED YARN 800 yards of Bulky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Ístex Plötulopi/Unspun Icelandic COLORWAY Silver/Ash Heather

Recommended with this pattern

  • 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.
  • yarn/tapestry needle for weaving in ends

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Elizabeth Elliott
Elizabeth Elliott
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, Elizabeth is adjusting to life in the Dirty South with the help of her very Southern husband. She writes about her adventures in fibre at