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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I Love Accidental Afghans

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I keep a dedicated size I-9 Susan Bates hook and a small scissors, in an old sewing basket where I toss all orphan yarn such as discontinued colors and/or otherwise random odds and ends. 

I was never huge fan of granny squares but when I only have a few minutes or if I am bored with my current project, I make granny squares.  Love, making them.  Really, really, really hated joining them.  I make many styles and the only rule is I never mix different weights of yarn.  So with the dedicated hook all my squares, with the same number of rounds, automatically become the same size.  When completed I toss the squares back in the basket.  I did not realize how quickly they accumulate as I don’t usually pay that much attention to the basket. Yet now I am taking a closer look at them because you can make so many different things with them. I find I can create several extra afghans a year this way and who does not want to have an accidental afghan or two around for donations or impromptu gifts ?

I have no material list for this item because much of it came straight from the odds and ends basket. The amount of yarn that you need would depend upon how large you wish to make your afghan.   
But I can tell you how I did so anyone can make it too.  

As always it's your project and your choice of colors.  I searched the basket for matching or identical, 4 round granny squares.  Then I needed a neutral color yarn so I selected Red Heart Super Saver yarn in an off white color.  I chose a NO DYE LOT YARN because I did not know how much yarn I would need to make enough squares and I knew this way I could buy one skein at a time if I ran out.

To create this afghan you must have the same number of plain squares as you have of the multi-colored squares.  While creating the off white, squares, I attached the matching squares to them, diagonal to each other, using the “Join as you go" method.  This turned the 4 individual small squares into one large square block. I felt joining fewer large blocks would be easier than joining many small blocks.  

When all the blocks are finished I always lay them out before I begin to join. When I get an arrangement I like I take a digital photo of that layout.Then I stack the blocks in the order in which they will be joined so can check the photo as I work to be sure I am following the pattern.  For this afghan you can see I alternated the large blocks so  each multi-color block would be surrounded by 4 plain blocks.

To finish this particular afghan I used a 5 chain flat braid join.  Again I chose a neutral color of Red Heart Super Saver No Dye Lot yarn.  I call Green neutral because if you look in your garden you will see every color blends with green.  There are many videos on how to do a 5 chain flat braid join on your tube as well as written tutorials on the internet so I will not cover that here.   

After I created this afghan I discovered the continuous join method.  The best part about the continuous join is I can join a whole afghan in one night.   The other best part is after you join a whole afghan in one night you only have two (2) yarn ends to work in, 1 where you started and 1 where you ended.

I highly recommend it.  Here are the links to the continuous join.

Part 1  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoBG9W9rpog&t=9s

Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foQB6X8q2a0&t=6s