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Unending Love Cable Afghan: Deidre and N


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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. Materials: 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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cable Cast On knit purl Make Cables Bind Off GAUGE 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 SUGGESTED YARN 2040 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Lion Brand Pound of Love Acrylic

Recommended with this pattern

  • 2040 Yards / 32 Oz Worsted Weight Yarn
  • US Size 11 36 inch circular needle
  • Stitch Markers

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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 creative with felted wool.