Expect Excellence - Striped Knit Afghan

If you have been keeping up with my Facebook page, you already know that I am in the process of creating a knit afghan to go with a new throw pillow I bought for our living room. I love the colors and the playful design of the pillow. So, I want the coordinating afghan to incorporate those features. Even though I plan on keeping the actual afghan for my home, I am writing down the pattern so I can sell it in my Etsy shop when my finished product is complete.

While I have done a lot of knitting over the years, I have never knit an entire afghan, I have only crocheted them. In knitting, the stitches are smaller, so projects just take longer to complete. That thought has always been enough to stop me from tackling a knit afghan. But, it's time for a change. I love the delicate patterns you can create with knitting, and I already had the perfect stitch in mind for this project.

I decided to work my afghan in striped sections for three reasons. First, it would be easy to see my progress. I can knit a scarf in a day or two, so I should be able to complete each section relatively quickly.  Second, even thought this project will take a few weeks to complete, if I work each strip in different colors I won't get bored with the pattern. Third, it's a lot more portable to work an afghan in sections instead of an entire piece.

After just a few days of work, I had completed the first three sections. I decided to stitch them together before starting the next stripe.

I am a firm believer that any project worth doing is worth doing well and that the back of a project should look as neat as the front. I have very high standards for myself and I expect excellence in each item I create.

That's why I was so thrilled at the way I was able to join these pieces together. On the front of the afghan, the seams are nearly invisible. You can barely see the strand of yarn that holds each section together.

On the back of the afghan, the seams are just as invisible.

I am very proud about how nicely this afghan is coming together. Although, my family probably thinks I am a little crazy because I keep making them look at the back of the project as I rant about how happy I am with it's appearance.

At least they still love and support me through all my obsessive pursuit of excellence through my crafts!



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The Chilly Dog: Expect Excellence - Striped Knit Afghan
Expect Excellence - Striped Knit Afghan
Any project worth doing is worth doing well. I expect excellence in each item I create including this playful and colorful knit afghan.
The Chilly Dog
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