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Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Eighteen by Northern Loop Knitwear

September 12, 2020
Traveling Knit Afghan - Square Eighteen designed by Northern Loop Knitwear and made by Fluffy Stitches

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Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Eighteen by Northern Loop Knitwear

Square Eighteen of the Traveling Knit Afghan is here and it’s got cables!!!

After the first stop with Originally Lovely, the Traveling Knit Afghan is making another stop in Minnesota. Read about this afghan’s itinerary in this post here.

Inspiration

Julia Anastasi of Northern Loop Knitwear is the designer of the eighteenth square of our afghan.

I must confess that I’d been waiting for a cabled square since the beginning of this afghan. So I was absolutely ecstatic when I saw this beauty! 😀 Julia designed this cabled square as an homage to her beginnings as a knitwear designer. The design is an adaptation from her first mitten pattern. And the story behind the mittens is just too good for me to spoil, so head over to her blog to read all about it! And while you’re there, check the other passion of this talented designer: earrings!

The eighteenth square of the Traveling Knit Afghan by Northern Loop Knitwear
Photo from Northern Loop Knitwear

Project

For this cabled square, I used the Cream Norway 10 ply yarn from Morris & Sons and I used my 4.0 mm knitting needles. I blocked the square with my blocking mats.

I’m head over heels over this afghan…

Square eighteen next to a stack formed by all the other squares

Pattern

All the materials and other information needed for the pattern are listed in Northern Loop Knitwear’s blog post.

Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Eighteen by Northern Loop Knitwear

Here is the pattern for Square Eighteen of the Traveling Knit Afghan.

As I said above, I was super excited when I saw this square! I wanted to learn how to make cables for a while and this was a golden opportunity. Before this square I had a lot of cable fear, as Julia calls it, but turns out , cables are a lot easier to do than what I thought. 😉

For this pattern you just need to know how to knit and purl. And yes, even for the cables! And once you get to the cables, Julia has prepared not one, but TWO photo tutorials, and TWO more videos on how to make them according to the materials you’ll be using. So you’re absolutely covered if, like me, you’ve never done a cable before! 😀

So, cable away and you’ll see that in no time, your square will be ready to block. Read more about blocking in this post here.

Square Eighteen blocking on one Red Suricata Blocking Mat

Final thoughts on Square Eighteen

I made my first cables!!

I’m so happy about this square! One of the reasons that I decided to do this project was to learn more knitting techniques and I kept wishing for a square with cables. And I couldn’t be happier with how it happened, because Julia was an amazing teacher and she really debunked all my cable fears with her clear tutorials. Thank you, Julia!

So try new things and ravel in that great feeling of accomplishment, and I’ll see you in the next square!

Learn how to make cables with square Eighteen of the Traveling Knit Afghan designed by Northern Loop Knitwear! Read all about it right here! #travelingknitafghan #travelingafghansproject #mylifeinyarn

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