Nov 6, 2016

Pattern | Tikkyn Reversible Afghan

Fast, easy and reversible, Tikkyn offers unlimited possibilities. This Middle English word for a soft touch or small dot captures the charm of this afghan with its easy colorwork, cozy texture and versatile unisex appeal.

From rainbows to neutrals, just shift your color choices to suit everyone from babies and new moms to guys and grandmas. As an added plus, this slip stitch is easy to execute, makes colorwork a breeze, and produces a fabric that’s attractive on both sides. These marvelous qualities may explain why it's one of my all-time favorite stitches.

Strip construction keeps your project compact, portable and comfortable to work in any season. The modified three-needle method makes assembly a snap, creating polished seams that preserve drape and add stability.

With Tikkyn, the:

  • Slipped stitch is easy to execute and produces appealing textures on both sides.
  • Colorwork is a snap, because only one color is worked on a row.
  • Blocks are worked in strips, which simplifies work in progress and speeds assembly.
  • Strip strategy keeps your project compact and portable, so you can knit anytime and anywhere without the weight of a blanket on your lap or needles. 
  • Seams preserve drape and are a breeze to work, 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 popular sizes (baby, lapghan, throw).
  • Yarn is worsted weight or its equivalent, so your project grows quickly.
  • Unisex design suits everyone young or old, so have fun and experiment with different color combinations and arrangements. 
Skill Level 2: Easy
Yarn: Worsted weight; adapts to any weight and multi-stranding
Shown: Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep)
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Sizes: 3 sizes (baby, lapghan, throw)
Yardage (approx.): 925 to 1950 yards

Written for worsted weight yarn, the pattern includes directions for three popular sizes (baby, lapghan, throw) and readily adapts to other weights and multi-stranding. It includes layouts for two different color strategiesand offers suggestions for multiple block, color and strip combinations.

The version shown incorporates five rainbow shades set against cream for a light, fresh look, and it's worked in a cotton-wool blend for year-round appeal. 

The same block and strip arrangement would be lovely in soft wool and warm autumn tones, saturated brights, or neutral earth tones. This stitch also looks lovely worked in one color. So, work each strip in a different but related shade for a custom ombre or gradient effect. Pair a related solid with a speckled or variegated yarn for a fresh, unexpected look. Or simply choose a soft shade for a little one on the way, grey for the perfect guy-ghan, or burgundy for a rich, plush throw for your family.

It’s entirely up to you. You can follow the pattern as written, customize it using the yardage breakouts and useful tips, or do a mix of both.

Whatever approach you take, the end result will be a soft, cushy afghan that's so inviting and versatile, you may find yourself making one for every knitworthy person you know.

Looking for the pattern? Click here to buy it now.

Want to read more? See FO | Tikkyn Rainbow and FO | Tikkyn Flagstone.
Shopping at your favorite LYS? All patterns are activated for in-store sales.
Seeking inspiration? Read Beyond the Block: 20 Surefire Configurations.
Wrestling with color choices? These articles offer ideas and inspiration.
Considering a multi-strand or LOSY strategy? See this helpful conversion chart.


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