Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Twenty One by Northknits

October 23, 2020
Traveling Knit Afghan - Square Twenty One designed by Northknits and made by Fluffy Stitches

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Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Twenty One by Northknits

Square Twenty One of the Traveling Knit Afghan is out and it has a beautiful ribbed pattern!

After dropping by in Hands Occupied Chicago studio, the Traveling Knit Afghan is still touring the city of Chicago. Read more on this afghan’s journey in this post here.


Jewell Washington of Northknits is the designer of the twenty first square of our afghan.

When I hear Jewell’s name the first thing that comes to my mind is Our Maker Life. OML is a movement for makers by makers launched in May 2016 founded by Jewell. Since then, OML has grown into a community of more than 100,000 fellow makers passionate about the fiber arts. The OML movement also has an annual international OML maker meet-up events, where makers have the opportunity to connect with other makers and industry professionals. That’s one of the reasons why this event is high on my list of top gifts for crocheters & knitters!

As if this were not impressive enough, Jewell also manages Northknits, her knit and crochet all-in-one pattern shop and blog. There she shares her love for DIY, exclusive pieces and pattern designs, and encouragement to embrace slow living. I definitely encourage you to visit her space and read her original approach to yarn life in her blog post, here.

The twenty-first square of the Traveling Knit Afghan by Northknits
Photo from Northknits


For this square, I used again the Cream Norway 10 ply yarn from Morris & Sons and my 4.0 mm knitting needles.

There are so many textures in this afghan!!!

Square Twenty One and the other squares laying on a flat surface


All the materials and other information needed for the pattern are listed in Northknits blog post.

Traveling Knit Afghan – Square Twenty One by Northknits

Here is the pattern for Square Twenty One of the Traveling Knit Afghan.

This square features a rib stitch called the Garter Rib Stitch. When I saw it – once again – I couldn’t believe you could get all this texture with just knits and purls, but once again… believe it! A beautiful and easy sequence of knits and purls over a 2-row repeat. And that’s it, technique-wise!

However, this square did need a little adjustment, as my gauge was nothing close to 14 stitches. I ended up casting on 42 stitches (and still needed to block somewhat aggressively) and making 66 rows to be able to get the 10”/25.5 cm.

Square Twenty One blocking on one Red Suricata Blocking Mat

Read more about blocking in this blog post here.

Final thoughts on Square Twenty One

An easy peasy square with a beautiful rib pattern!

Jewell is a fan of slow living and this square is a great expression of that. So take your time, enjoy the simplicity of making basic stitches, and see how wonderful the result is!

So, take care, and I’ll see you in the next square!

Square Twenty One of the Traveling Knit Afghan designed by Northknits is out and it has a beautiful and super easy ribbed pattern! Read more on the blog here! #travelingknitafghan #travelingafghansproject #mylifeinyarn

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