So I went afghan pattern hunting. I’m not usually terribly picky about knitting patterns and often buy a pattern if it strikes my fancy, but after several days of looking I still hadn’t found one I liked. Then I thought, “Maybe I could design something myself…”
Designing had always been on my bucket list. The longer I looked, the closer it came to the day I would stick my toe in the “designing pond.” I looked through all my stitch pattern books and came up with a few I thought might work up into lovely afghans.
After several attempts at various designs, a chevron-type pattern ended up being my favorite, which turned out to be really simple: a pattern row followed by a purl row. I named the pattern Chevron Ripple Afghan. I could almost knit without thinking about the pattern. My original plan was to make all of them from the same pattern, which left various color combinations as the only way to make each one unique.
Then I went hunting for just the right yarn. It had to be worsted weight acrylic so young families could wash the afghans when they became soiled.
After looking at lots of yarn companies, I chose Knit Picks Brava Worsted. Their range of colors is stunning and the price reasonable: $2.99 for 218 yards—a real bargain.
I worked the first afghan in these three colors (4 balls: Wine, 3 balls: Dove Heather, and 1 ball: Mint). My daughter loved it!
Since then I’ve knitted 16 more (using other patterns for some of them) and have 10 more to go.