Aug 14, 2016

FO | Angletyn Rainbow

From the beginning, I've been eager to make two versions of Angletyn: One worked in vivid shades set against black, and one in cheerful rainbow colors with cream.

While we were talking about other things, I've been quietly working on this project in the background. It turned out to be just the speedy knit I needed even with multiple projects competing for time and attention. I cast on in July and wove the last ends five weeks later. The bulky yarn and frequent color changes kept things moving at a satisfying pace, which is always motivating.

I fully intended to make broad stripes to illustrate that design option, but changed my mind midstream (one of the many advantages of this design). Yarn can yammer quite loudly, and this vocal bunch demanded rainbow chevrons in plain stockinette, so that was that. Sometimes the yarn wants what the yarn wants.

Each chevron was scaled to use about 100 yards to make the most of the yarn, which worked perfectly. The strip strategy kept the project compact and manageable even in the sweltering heat and humidity. The compact strips also made it possible to quickly work a few rows, even on days when there was little time for knitting.

The finished afghan is light, soft and cozy, and the rainbow colors are happy and inviting. When cold winter winds are blowing and the skies are grey, these qualities are sure to make this afghan a household favorite.

Here, it's fresh off the needles and still unblocked. Post-blocking I'll try to get better shots, but in the meantime, these will have to suffice. If you look at them just right, the afghan appears to be draped over a form, but actually it's laying flat. The dimensionality is an optical illusion created by the chevron design.

Afghan | Angletyn Rainbow
Yarn: Superwash Bulky (Valley Yarns)
Needles: US 11 (8 mm); US 15 (10 mm)
Size: Small (28 ins x 36 ins)
Yardage: 600 yards (approx.)

With multiple projects already on the needles, I need to finish a few things before I cast on another Angletyn, but that hasn't kept me from rummaging through the stash and pondering possibilities.

For instance, I've been playing with the idea of very narrow chevrons for an over-sized Missoni feel. On one hand, it could be a striking, effective way to use up leftovers and partial skeins. On the other hand, it could be so visually busy, it might resemble a mega-mess rather than a mega-Missoni. (I see some swatching in my future.)

Meanwhile, the best insights, as the Yarn Harlot says, often come from you, the readers, so let me know what you think. Is this idea worth pursuing or should I come up with a different strategy?

To buy the pattern, click here.
To learn more about this design, see Pattern | Angletyn Afghan.
To see a different version, go to FO | Angletyn Vivid.
To view rainbow color schemes, see 7 Cheerful Rainbow Color Combos.

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  1. Lovely! Making this design with narrow chevrons sounds intriguing, definitely an idea worth testing :)

  2. It is gorgeous! I'm sure it will definitely be a favorite. It looks quite cozy to curl under it with a good book!

    Your yarn did a good job of yammering direction!

  3. So pretty. I like that "the yarn wants what it wants". Very true!

  4. I really love your choice of colors. It turned out beautifully!

  5. This is very pretty. The colors work together well.


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