Oct 29, 2013

The Swafghan Backstory - Part 2

I'm about to share something so deeply private and personal, I can't believe I'm going to post this online for all to see.

Try not to hurt yourself laughing, ok?

Long ago in a knitting chair not-so-very far from here, I decided to make a multicolored sweater, using my modified version of the basket slip stitch. It doesn't have an official name, but I call it the windowpane stitch. (Every good stitch needs a name, right?)

The sweater-to-be was about two things and two things only: the stitch and the colors. No muss, no fuss, no nips, no tucks. No fancy bits, no furbelows.

Before I jumped right in with the knitting (something I've been known to do), it seemed smart to develop a plan. I began to play with markers to see how the concept worked on paper. (Brace yourself, here it comes.)

This is one of about 20 sketches, but I thought you'd particularly enjoy this one. Because yes, I did clip and stick yarn to the outline sketch. And no, this is not what I ended up knitting. Why?

Knitting, like life, rarely goes precisely as planned.

For those of you who've asked: The pattern has been released: Color Check Afghan.


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who jumps into knitting projects without much forethought. Sometimes the 'accidents' turn out wonderfully, and then other times, not so much! :)

  2. You did a great job of planning. What do you mean, you are hesitant to write about it. It is brilliant!!

  3. Well with that intriguing start I can't wait to see the project!

    You should see MY planning. I wrote an entire pattern off the top of my head once and followed it religiously. It was only for a headband, so not too big a project...but disgusting. Never again.

  4. Hee! I like your planning! What did you end up doing with the yarn?


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