This snuggly afghan is sure to warm the heart of Old Man Winter himself!
- Worsted-weight yarn (Joy used
Plymouth Encore Worsted yarn*)
with 200 yards and 100 grams per
ball—6 balls of Delft Blue #517
(color A—medium blue); 3 balls of
Lt Wedgewood #514 (color B—light
blue); and 7 balls of Navy #848
(color C—dark blue)
- Knitting needles—size 8 (5.5mm)
straight and 29-inch size 8 (5.5mm)
- Two different contrasting colored yarns
for stitch markers
- Twelve 70-inch lengths of yarn for stitch
- Size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry or yarn needle
GAUGE: Working in garter st, 17 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches.
Garter stitch: Garter st:
- Row 1: (RS): K across row.
- Row 2: (WS): K across row.
- Repeat Rows 1 and 2 as directed.
K into st without removing st from needle, bring yarn forward between the needles and p into the same st.
Slip, slip, knit: SSK:
Sl next 2 sts one at a time onto right needle; insert the left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k them tog.
Garter stitch seam:
Insert needle into bottom lp of the edge st on the side the yarn is not attached to, then insert needle into top lp of corresponding st on the other side; pull yarn through both lps. Repeat until seam is complete.
WINDMILL SQUARES (make four for each block): Using Delft Blue (A) and leaving a 25-in. tail of yarn for two squares and a 6-in. tail of yarn for the remaining two squares, cast on 2 sts on straight needle.
- Large Triangle: Row 1: Inc in first st, k to end of row.
- Row 2: Repeat Row 1 until there are 40 sts.
- Fasten off Delft Blue (A).
- Small Triangles: Attach Lt Wedgewood (B). Row 1: K2tog, k 18, attach Navy (C), k 20.
- Row 2: K2tog, k every Navy (C) st with Navy (C), k every Lt Wedgewood (B) st with Lt Wedgewood (B). To change colors in the middle of the row, drop the old color and pick up the new color under the old one.
- Repeat Row 2 until there are 2 sts.
- K2tog using both yarns. Cut the yarns and pull the ends through the st just made.
WINDMILL BLOCKS (make 12): Lay four windmill squares right side up as shown in Fig. 1 on next page. Thread the long yarn end #1 onto tapestry needle and sew the squares together from A to B using the garter stitch seam method. Using the long yarn end #2, sew the squares together from C to D and join the center at all four points to form a windmill block. Fasten off.
- With circular needle and Navy (C), pick up 56 sts evenly spaced on each side of the windmill block.
- Place a same-color yarn stitch marker at each of three corners and a different-color yarn stitch marker at the fourth corner to mark the beginning of the round.
- Round 1: P all sts, slipping the markers as you come to them.
- Round 2: [K 1, inc, k around to 2 sts before next marker, inc, k 1, sl marker] four times.
- Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 three more times: 256 sts. Fasten off.
- Thread a 70-in. length of contrasting yarn through all sts and markers. Knot to secure ends.
- Use tapestry or yarn needle to weave in all loose yarn ends.
- Finishing: Refer to Afghan chart while joining blocks as directed in instructions that follow.
- Lay blocks right side up in three rows with four blocks in each row as shown.
- Insert crochet hook from front to back into first st after corner marker of one block and then into the corresponding st on an adjoining block. Using Navy (C), draw up a lp through the two sts, leaving a 12-in. tail of yarn. * Insert hk into next st on first block and the corresponding st on the second block, draw up a lp through both new sts and the lp on the hk; repeat from * to end of that side. Do not fasten off yarn.
- In the same way, join the remaining blocks. Then join the rows. Do not weave in loose ends.
EDGING: Referring to Fig. 2 and with RS facing, pick up the sts on the stitch holder from B to A. Attach Navy (C) and cast on 3 sts: 65 sts.
- Side: Row 1: K 2, SSK, sl 3 sts back to left needle.
- Repeat Row 1 until there are 3 sts remaining on left needle.
- Row 2: K 3.
- With left needle, which is now empty, pick up the sts on the stitch holder from C to B, then sl the 3 sts on the right needle to the left needle: 65 sts.
- Corner: Row 1: K 2, SSK, sl 3 sts back to left needle.
- Repeat Row 1 until there are 4 sts on left needle.
- Row 2: K 3, sl 3 sts back to left needle.
- Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
- Row 4: K 3.
- With left needle, which is now empty, pick up the sts on the stitch holder from the next side of this block (from left to right), sl the 3 sts on the right needle to the left needle: 65 sts.
- Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
- Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
- Repeat Row 1 until there are 3 sts on needle. K 3.
- With left needle, which is now empty, pick up the sts on the stitch holder from the next block (from left to right), sl the 3 sts on the right needle to the left needle: 65 sts.
- Continue in this way around the rest of the side and corner blocks.
- At the end of the last side block, do not work Row 2. Weave the remaining sts into the cast-on sts. Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
- Finishing: Remove all the yarn that was used for stitch holders and for stitch markers.
- Use tapestry or yarn needle and tail ends of seams to sew through block corners and unstitched adjoining edges of blocks. Weave in all loose ends.
- Block as needed.
- hk hook
- k knit
- lp(s) loop(s)
- p purl
- RS right side
- sl slip
- st(s) stitch(es)
- tog together
- WS wrong side
- * [ ] Instructions following asterisk or between brackets are repeated as directed.
Finished Size: Cozy Windmill Afghan measures about 51 inches wide x 68 inches long.
Cozy Windmill Afghan from Joy Doss of West Branch, Michigan.