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Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Ten by Whistle & Wool

May 15, 2020
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Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Ten by Whistle & Wool

Square Ten of the Traveling Knit Afghan, designed by Whistle & Wool is out and it’s got the wooliest texture you can imagine!

The Traveling Knit Afghan is enjoying some time in the Golden State. Its first stop in California was with Phanessa from Designs by Phanessa – read about it in this post here. You can read about how this all started in this post here!

Inspiration

The tenth square of the knit afghan is designed by Angie Bivins of Whistle & Wool.

I didn’t know Angie but it didn’t take long in her homepage for me to feel like I just found a kindred spirit! Her aim is to design classic and timeless pieces. Above all, simple projects, but with details and finishing touches that make them stand out. I cannot think of a better goal. 🙂

Her inspiration for this design comes from her family and her memories and it is just the sweetest dedication. So go to her blog post for this square and while you’re at it, just get lost in all the comfy feels evoked by her designs just by looking at them! 🙂

The tenth square of the Traveling Knit Afghan by Whistle and Wool
Photo from Whistle & Wool

Project

For the tenth square of my afghan, I’ve used the Cream coloured Norway 10 ply yarn from Morris & Sons.

I know I said I wouldn’t change the size of my needles, but the pattern of this square creates a dense fabric. I wanted to keep it light and didn’t want my stitches to look too tight, therefore I went up half a size and used 4.5 mm knitting needles.

To give the square the final finishing touch, I blocked it using my blocking mats. And don’t they all look gorgeous?

The ten squares of the Traveling Knit Afghan so far

Pattern

All the materials and other information needed for the pattern are listed in Whistle & Wool’s blog post.

Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Ten by Whistle & Wool

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

For this square, we’ll make the Nubbly Tweed stitch. If you’re like me and never heard of it before, you can relax and smile. Like in the Dot Stitch in Square Five, you’ll get this stitch with just knits and purls! Oh, and slipping one stitch purlwise. With just these 3 techniques in a 4-row pattern repeat, you’ll get a dense, tweed-like fabric you won’t be able to stop squeezing!

In this pattern, Angie doesn’t give you a number of rows to knit, but there is a gauge for reference. I looked at her row gauge and it’s actually quite high in comparison to previous squares. It’s 32 rows per 4” /10 cm. Funnily enough, I managed to go even higher and get 38 rows. This is to say, that I had to work 96 rows to get a square (quite a few rows). However, don’t let this discourage you, because the pattern works up very quickly. 🙂

After that, block the square to line up those sides perfectly. I’ve wet blocked mine, and it turned out amazing! Find out more about blocking in this post here!

Square Ten blocking on one Red Suricata Blocking Mat

Final thoughts on Square Ten

To sum it up, I can’t get enough of this texture.

The gorgeous fabric just amazes me and it’s incredible how we can achieve it using solely the basic stitches. Moreover, because it uses only knits and purls, this pattern is as relaxing as Angie intends her projects to be. Therefore, mission accomplished Angie! 🙂

See you in the next square!

Square Ten of the Traveling Knit Afghan, designed by Angie Bivins is out and it's got the wooliest texture you can imagine! Read all about it here! #travelingknitafghan #travelingafghansproject

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