Nanette's Needles

Afghan Panel

Posted on: February 10, 2011

I’m taking a break from my shrug again. I haven’t worked on it since I was sick and last week I made a swatch for a panel in an afghan my knitting group is working on. I only need to be concerned with the width, in this case. Hence the elongated nature of my swatch. And those are quilting pins, in case you wanted to know. I don’t quilt but I find them incredibly useful for other things. They even make a decent row marker when I can’t find anything else to use.

First Afghan Panel SwatchAnd those holes, up near the top edge, indicate the needle size the swatch was made with. In this case, there are 7 holes for U.S. size 7 needles. A trick I picked up from the book “Knitting With Novelty Yarns” by Laura Militzer Bryant and Barry Klein. I don’t know about you, but the paper I use to pin to my swatches somehow always fell off.

Anyway, I decided I needed to use a larger size needle so I’m swatching it again and since I’ve decided to do the panel in the eye of partridge stitch pattern, I’m doing the swatch in that pattern – using U.S. size 8 needles. (8 holes)

Afghan Panel - 2nd SwatchI made this swatch with only 30 stitches cast on because I already knew the 40 I cast on the first time was too many.

I really love the eye of partridge stitch. I have a sweater I bought some years ago that’s like a sampler of stitches and this was one of them. But I didn’t know what it was so I couldn’t replicate it. Even knitting shops couldn’t tell me. I finally found the stitch in a knitting dictionary I have. “Knitting Dictionary – 800 Stitches and Patterns”, by Margaret Hamilton-Hunt.

It’s a pretty simple stitch:

Row 1: *K1, sl 1 purlwise*
Row  2 and alt rows: P
Row 3: *Sl 1 purlwise, k1*

Anyway, I’m finding it’s a rather thick pattern. It should be lovely for an afghan. But will its thickness cause me to use more than the 1 skein of yarn we’ve all been allotted? I’m going to do one more swatch on on size 9 needles…


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