Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The circle afghan Pattern

I have had requests for my pattern on the circle afghan. If you have the MDK book -- it is based on the technique used for the circle of fun afghan -- I just use stockinette stitch instead of all knit and did a knit only border as I went. I hope you enjoy it -- and if you have questions let me know!!

Circular Afghan Pattern

I used Worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles. My gauge was about 4 stitches to 1 inch. I used this to decide how wide to make this afghan – keeping in mind that the number of stitches I casted on is half of the actual size of the afghan. So if you want to adjust the number of stitches or type of yarn – keep in mind that the stitch count should be divisible by 2.

Cast on 100 stitches.

Row 1 – Knit all stitches
Row 2 – Purl 92, knit 8
Row 3 – repeat row 1
Row 4 – repeat row 2

There is a border of stitches that we will be keeping all the way through. I did 4 stitches originally – I am writing the pattern for 8 stitches to be used on the outside border. These stitches will always be done as knit stitches while the body is done in stockinette stitch. I am using the colors in my afghan as a guide to where the stop and starts are – but you can use any color!!!

Row 5 – K2 in black, turn work
Row 6 – Sl1, K1
Row 7 – K4 in black, turn work
Row 8 – Sl1, K3
Row 9 – K6 in black, turn work
Row 10 – Sl1, K5
Row 11 – K8 in black, turn work
Row 12 – Sl1, K7
Row 13 – K8 in black, K2 in red, turn work
Row 14 – Sl1, P1 in red, K8 in black
Row 15 – K8 in black, K4 in red, turn work
Row 16 – Sl1, P3 in red, K8 in black
Row 17 – K8 in black, K6 in red, turn work
Row 18 – Sl1, P5 in red, K8 in black

Continue adding 2 more stitches to pattern until you have K8 in black and K88 in red. You will have 4 black stitches at the end unworked. I left those to make the center cleaner looking. After purling back those stitches you will have done about 96 rows in the first “pie”, you’ll be at row 100 in pattern.

Now will start decreasing the color “pie”

Row 101 – K8 in black, K 86 in red, turn work
Row 102 – Sl1, P 85 in red, K8 in black
Row 103 – K8 in black, K84 in red, turn work
Row 104 – Sl1, P83, K8 in black

Continue decreasing the color by two stitches on odd row until you are back at 2 stitches done – row 200. Remember you will always have the 100 stitches on the needle – you are just not working all of them every row.

Row 201 – Knit all stitches in black
Row 202 – Purl 92, k8
Row 203-208 – repeat 201 and 202 three more times

Repeat rows 5 to 208 four more times. Choosing different colors for the “pies”

On the fifth time (there will be 6 sections to the afghan) – repeat rows 5 to 204.

Bind off stitches – but do not cut yarn. Turn work and pickup 48 stitches along the inside edge of the afghan; you will have 49 stitches counting the last bind off stitch. Then follow pattern –

Row 1 -- knit to last 2 stitches K2 tog. – 48 stitches
Row 2 – K2 tog across row – 24 stitches
Row 3 – Knit all stitches
Row 4 – K2 tog across row – 12 stitches
Row 5 – knit all stitches
Row 6 – K2 tog across row – 6 stitches

Cut yarn and weave end through the last 6 stitches and tighten yarn. This will close the circle up. Then sew edge of purple to edge of red – this will be the spoke so the seam will be slightly hidden. Weave in ends and you are done!!!!

The pattern is copyrighted by Sarah McDonald and may be use for personal use only.


amy said...

Thank you for posting! I am considering making one of these for a friend who will be adopting a sweet little one from Taiwan in just a few days!

hakucho said...

Thanks so much for the pattern. I've bookmarked it. I love your blanket, its so colorful. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope! :)

Lynn said...

wish you had a picture. I have a half finished afghan that I've inherited with no directions. I think this may be the one or maybe it's the circle of fun afghan you mentioned in the MDK book. If you can't post a picture can you tell me which MDK book it's in? Cindy