Jan 18, 2015

Pattern | Breidan Reversible Afghan

In the mood for a simple knit? Love the look of cables? 

Breidan, the latest in the growing lineup of fast and easy reversible afghans, might well be the solution. It features two-stitch cables on the front and a 2x2 rib on the back. The simple cable technique prompted the name, which comes from a Middle English word for twist or braid.

The cable rib texture is extraordinarily versatile: It looks charming in soft shades, cheerful in brighter colors, classic in neutrals, and trendy in ombre or gradient hues. 

Below it's shown in vibrant berry tones, hot off the needles and unblocked, but I can readily visualize it worked in creamy winter white or varied shades of gray.

A variety of factors make this an appealing project. 

With Briedan, the:

  • Stitch is reversible, easy to execute and easy to memorize. Better yet, it does NOT require a cable needle.
  • Strip strategy keeps your project compact and portable. It’s easy to work a few quick rows on the go, and as a bonus you can knit afghans anytime and anywhere without the weight of a full blanket in your lap. 
  • Seaming method uses a modified three-needle bind off. It’s fast, easy and reliable, so assembly goes quickly and smoothly.
  • Pattern is simple enough for any moderately experienced beginner. It's concise but comprehensive: It includes a basic schematic along with directions, stitch counts, yardage and dimensions for three sizes (small/baby, medium/lapghan and large/throw), plus tips and tricks to make modifications easy.
  • Yarn choice is up to you. Breidan is particularly well-suited to yarn with a bit of memory, so worsted weight wool and wool blends are ideal.
  • Design is highly adaptable. Go classic with luscious yarn in a single color, fun with a mix of bright yarns from stash, or tailored with neutrals or tweeds.

Breidan is a quick knit, so even slow knitters (like me) can quickly complete a cozy, compact afghan to snuggle under now or create something timeless and classic for birthdays, holiday gift-giving or a new baby on the way.

Skill Level: 2 Easy
Yarn: Worsted Weight
Shown: Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep); Four Seasons (Classic Elite)
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 9 (5.5 mm)
Sizes: SML (baby-lapghan-throw)

Yardage (approx.): 900 (S), 1400 (M), 2000 (L)

All the versions shown were made with mid-weight cotton-wool blends that produce afghans perfect for year-round use, but both the pattern and stitch accommodate virtually any fiber blend and weight you choose. The pattern includes yardage estimates for three sizes, but to estimate how much yarn you might need for a different size, see Afghans | Size Matters.

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  1. Another beautiful design, love it!

  2. Lovely! I was just thinking about making something exactly like this the other day but hadn't chosen a pattern yet. I'm going to look this one up on Ravelry right now...

  3. Your work really looks wonderful! I like the cables and the colors!

  4. Oh my! That is such a lovely design! Love the blues/greys!

  5. Beautiful design and gorgeous colours.

  6. Very classy. I'm sure my Sis would love one, if I live long enough to make it (I'm a s-l-o-w knitter).

    1. Thank you, so glad you like it.

      Since I'm a slow knitter, too, I can relate ;)

      On average, it takes me about 6 to 8 weeks to make the Lapghan (M) size.

  7. Thank you all for your lovely comments, I'm so glad you like this design.


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