Sep 27, 2015

Pattern | Flashpoint Afghan

Longing for an easy, breezy knit for family, friends and gift-giving? 

Flashpoint could well be the solution. It combines triangular modules and simple techniques to create a striking afghan with zigzag lines flashing across the surface. 

The clean unisex design lets your yarn and color selections shine: Make it bold in brights, dramatic in darks, handsome in handpaints, sophisticated in subtle neutrals, terrific in team colors or vibrant in variegated yarn. Or work each module in a different shade to create an ombre or gradient effect, or chose different colors to make a rainbow afghan for someone young or young at heart.

This is a speedy, satisfying knit. The design features a crossed stockinette stitch on the front and plush texture on the back, so both sides are attractive. Modules knit quickly, stay compact, and are joined with crisp seams that highlight the construction, form the lightning flash and make seaming a cinch.

With Flashpoint, the:

  • Crossed stockinette stitch is easy to execute and produces a subtle texture on the front and a plush texture on the back.
  • Colorwork is a snap. Solid and striped versions are equally easy, since only one color is worked on a row.
  • Modular strategy keeps your project compact and portable. You can work a few quick rows on the go, and knit afghans anytime and anywhere without the weight of a blanket in your lap or on the needles. 
  • Seaming method uses a fresh variation on a three-needle bind off, so assembly goes quickly and smoothly.
  • Pattern is simple enough for any moderately experienced beginner. Concise but complete, it includes a basic schematic along with directions, stitch counts, yardage and dimensions for three sizes.
  • Yarn is bulky weight or its multi-strand equivalent, so your project grows quickly whether you use fresh fiber, yarn from stash or a blend of both.
  • Unisex design suits males and females of every age group young and old, so have fun and experiment with different color combinations, yarn textures and module arrangements. 

Work the pattern as written, or tailor it to your tastes using the tips, tricks and ideas for easy modifications included in the pattern, it's your choice. The handy Quick Reference guide provides detailed yardage estimates so customization is easy.

Picture the possibilities: Just change the colors, yarn and mix of solid and striped modules, and you can quickly create a stream of blankets suitable for everyone on your knitting list, from brand new babies to beloved grandparents.

Flashpoint | Fast & Easy Afghan
Yarn: Bulky or multi-strand equivalent
Shown: Korall (Laines du Nord), Torino Bulky (Tahki), Silk Blend Sport (Blackberry Ridge)
Needles: US 11 (8 mm)
Sizes: SML (baby-lapghan-throw)

Yardage (approx.): 750 (S), 1375 (M), 1850 (L)

Eager to cast on? Click here to purchase the pattern and read the Ravelry description. Whether you're trying to 
get a jumpstart on upcoming gifts or you're simply in the mood for cool weather knitting, Flashpoint is a fun, fast and easy afghan to make.

Shopping at your favorite yarn store? All patterns are activated for LYS in-store sales.

Want to know more? See FO | Flashpoint Bright & Bold and FO | Flashpoint Blue.

Making Flashpoint for your favorite fella? Check out these guy-worthy color combos.

Considering a multi-strand strategy? See this helpful conversion chart.


  1. Thanks, have been waiting for this pattern release. Am off to search the stash and cast on for some holiday knitting!

  2. Lovely! I can think of many color combinations that would be awesome in this pattern!

  3. Gorgeous pattern, I wish I had the patience for blankets!

  4. Oh wow isn't it stunning!! I love the bright colour combinations, they really make the pattern pop!

  5. Wow! That IS cool! Thank you for the info!

  6. Such a cool design! I especially love that second version with the stripes. I think a rainbow one would be fun to knit.

  7. Very nice design, I like the colour combination you've chosen in the first sample

  8. Very cool! Thank you for adding this to our link up. :)

  9. It's stunning! Thanks for sharing it on the Knitting Love Link Party :).

  10. I love the graphic boldness of your new pattern ~ gorgeous!

  11. Oh I just love this pattern - great for any style decorating. I am going to start with a baby blanket. Thanks - I needed a good blanket pattern.

  12. Oh I just love this pattern - great for any style decorating. I am going to start with a baby blanket. Thanks - I needed a good blanket pattern.

    1. So glad you like it, thank you! Looking forward to seeing your baby blanket.


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