Can you believe it's June already? We are half-way through the year with this month and half-way through our Big 10 Charity Knit-a-Long for the Carolina Youth Development Center! To date we have knit more than 50 afghan blocks--isn't that incredible? It takes 49 to make a blanket so we are well on our way to finishing a second blanket and starting on a third one. I've been asked what my goal is and honestly, I don't want to limit the amazing generosity and talent of the knitters I know, so I have thus far not put forth a number. Wouldn't 5 completed blankets be wonderful, though? That's a total of 245 blocks, knit with love for kids in need.
To "spur" you on, another pattern and another contest!
Horseshoe Cable Afghan Block
You'll need: US Size 7 needles or size needed to achieve gauge of 5 sts = 1 inch; Worsted weight acrylic yarn. Finished size should be 7” x 9”.
C4B: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold in back. Knit next 2 stitches off left needle, then knit the 2 stitches that were put on the cable needle.
C4F: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold in front. Knit next 2 stitches off left needle, then knit the 2 stitches that were put on the cable needle.
CO 36 stitches
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7: k8, p2, k4, p8, k4, p2, k8
Row 2: k10, p4, C4B, C4F, p4, k10
Rows 4, 6, 8: k10, p4, k8, p4, k10
Knit for 8 repeats or a total of 9”.
Bind off in pattern. Weave in ends.
At the Charleston Knit in Public Day event on June 13, fabulous prizes will be awarded for:
- Most afghan blocks turned in by the time the event ends at 12:30
- Most knitting completed on a block during the morning.
- Most crocheting completed on a block during the morning.
If you can't make it to Knit in Public Day, you can instead participate in the alternate contest:
- Most afghan blocks turned in for the month of June.
Remember to weave in your ends before turning them in and you have until June 30 to be eligible for the month-long contest. Blocks turned in on June 13 at Knit in Public Day won't be counted for both contests, just for the contests on that day.
Questions? Let me know!
Here is the link to the page with previous patterns: Charity Knit-a-Long. You can use these patterns or make up your own--just aim for 7" x 9" for each block. Like this month's Horseshoe Cable block, they may not always come out exactly square but the magic of seaming covers a multitude of issues.