Sunday, September 23, 2007

My First Knitted Afghan

Well here it is - my first afghan, knitted using one of my circle looms. Boy, I sure have a better appreciation of the investment of time placed in hand-made items now. I lost count of the number of hours it took me to knit this. And a loom is the fast way of producing a knitted item. I hate to think how long it would take me to knit using needles. :-) But I had a LOT of fun doing it so the time doesn't really count does it?









How do you knit an afghan on a circle loom? Well this one is done in 5 separate strips which are then sewn together. I've done it in Crows colours for my little Crows fan.




I love the pattern that using 2 strands of the same coloured yarn produces on the loom. All I used was the basic e-wrap stitch (well that's about the only stitch I know how to do so far lol).



It seems to be a hit with my 9 year old. Usually you can't go wrong with anything in his football teams colours. Now my 3 year old wants me to make him one. Only I don't have enough yarn left to do that. Maybe I'll do something for him after summer (ready for next winter).

If anyone wants to try making one of these and needs further instructions, just let me know.

6 comments:

Ali said...

The Afghan looks great ~ no wonder your 3 yr old has ordered one of his own! I've never even seem a knitting loom or heard of one before you first mentioned them.

lightening said...

I hadn't either until I spotted them in the Fox Collection catalogue. They seem to be big in the US. I wonder if it's something that will take off here or not? I took a bit of a risk when I ordered them, not knowing if I'd make use of them or not. So I'm kind of relieved it turned out to be a good investment.

Joy said...

Looks great! Well done! Hope you're feeling a little less stressed...

Love,

Joy

lightening said...

Thanks Joy...doing a bit better now. :-) Been a fairly tiring weekend though.

Kez said...

I am in awe! *bowing down before you* :)

lightening said...

LOL Kez - thanks for that. I needed a giggle. :-) Honestly, loom knitting is sooooo much easier than knitting with needles.