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Putting together an afghan done in strips
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Nov 20, 2012 20:17:57   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
I'm almost done with an afghan (all acrylic) I've been knitting in garter stitch strips. (It's yarn I purchased from Ice Yarns in Turkey; each ball has five big pompoms tied into it at irregular intervals.) I just knitted with one color until I came to the end of the ball of yarn and then started in on another color.

What do you think would be the best way to put the afghan together? And what color of yarn should I use?

I have to say that I'm not a crocheter. About all I know how to do is a crocheted chain, but even that is VERY uneven. ;-) But if you think that crocheting the afghan together is the best course to take, I'll try to teach myself how to do it.

Thanks for your advice and opinions!

Hazel
 
Nov 20, 2012 20:24:31   #
susanmos2000
 
I'd suggest a mattress stitch--easy, practically indestructible, and virtually invisible if done carefully.
Here's a link with instruction (video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y3kF_tr4sU
Good luck!
Nov 20, 2012 20:33:27   #
frankie2963
 
Hazel,
Do you have a pic of the strips? or let me know the colors and I can guide you on what color to use and as far as putting them together I would do a single crochet row around each strip then connect them with a slip stitch and then one more row of single crochet around the whole thing once it is put together...
Nov 21, 2012 00:17:05   #
AmyKnits (account disabled)
 
I agree with susanmos2000. You should use a mattress stitch as it is practically invisible and you can use either color when sewing two colors together.
Nov 21, 2012 01:38:32   #
Beverleyjean
 
AmyKnits wrote:
I agree with susanmos2000. You should use a mattress stitch as it is practically invisible and you can use either color when sewing two colors together.




I agree
Nov 21, 2012 07:19:28   #
ssimpson
 
I didn't request this, but the tutorial was very helpful for other projects I am working on.
 
Nov 21, 2012 08:42:01   #
7914_Susie
 
Is there any other stitch you can use that won't show the ridge on the back side of the afghan? I am ready to sew one up and would love it to look good on both sides?
Nov 21, 2012 12:15:26   #
Carol J.
 
Hazel said she don't crochet so that option is out. Pick one of the colors and go with it. I would use hair picks to hold the length together like you use stickpins in sewing. With a long strand for sewing,I would pick up a loop on one side of a strip and match it to the other side, pull up just to fit, not loose now tight, just bring the edges together. Repeat the length of the strips, if one is longer than the other, you will be able to tell when you get near the end, take out a row or more, bind off and finish off the sewing yarn in the seam.
You want the afghan to be flat all over and a mattress stitch will make a ridge and create a right and wrong side.

Carol J.
Nov 21, 2012 12:20:56   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
You folks are the BEST! Thank you for the words of wisdom you've sent me about how to put together my afghan.

Hazel
Nov 21, 2012 12:37:30   #
Ronie
 
carolj I like your idea it is how I did the counterpain squares. My squares had us do a YO at the beginning of each row but it is the same idea.

The mattress stitch is invisable from the front but does leave a ridge on the back.. BUT it also works best in my opinion on stocking knit stitch I have not used it with garter stitch.

I would love to see what you decide.. you may just have to realize that there will be a front and a back.. are the pom poms on both sides or just one??? You could also use the seaming as a decorative element and make it show on the top on purpose.. in that case I would do a embroidery stitch in a contrasting color along each seam.. it would also hide any imperfections you might make ... Kinda like a Crazy Quilt puts they embelishments on...
Nov 21, 2012 14:24:25   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
Ronie wrote:
are the pom poms on both sides or just one???


I've made sure to pull all the pompoms to the right side.

Still have a bit more of the final strip of the afghan to go. Once I've finished knitting it, I'll let you know what I decide to do to put it together.

But because I'm not a crocheter, I'm guessing I'll use the mattress stitch--even if that gives me a right side and a wrong side of the afghan. As long as the afghan keeps DH and me warm, that's all that matters, really. :-)

Thanks again for all the help, folks! You're great!

Hazel
 
Nov 21, 2012 20:19:55   #
ann-other-knitter
 
Hazel, I wish I had known about these strips for an afghan. If I had seen your post on what you planned to do, I would have given you instructions on how to knit the strips together as you go. Anyway my method to sew together is to put your sewing needle through the first knob of garter stitch, go to the other piece and put your needle through a knob. You go from side to side, alternating knobs. Of course the stitches will show, so maybe a completely different colour to those used in the strips. Ann
attach yarn to previous strip, cast on required number of sts.
attach yarn to previous strip, cast on required nu...
row 1. knit to last st. sl1, knit into first bar of last strip and
row 1. knit to last st. sl1, knit into first bar o...
psso new st. pulled up, turn
psso new st. pulled up, turn...
knit to end, next row knit to last st, slip that stitch, pullup new st. psso. turn
knit to end, next row knit to last st, slip that s...
2 ridges done. Continue this way until end, Bind off. Add a new strip
2 ridges done. Continue this way until end, Bind o...
Nov 21, 2012 22:48:24   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
ann-other-knitter wrote:
Hazel, I wish I had known about these strips for an afghan. If I had seen your post on what you planned to do, I would have given you instructions on how to knit the strips together as you go. Anyway my method to sew together is to put your sewing needle through the first knob of garter stitch, go to the other piece and put your needle through a knob. You go from side to side, alternating knobs. Of course the stitches will show, so maybe a completely different colour to those used in the strips. Ann
Hazel, I wish I had known about these strips for a... (show quote)


Looks like a really cool method for adding strips of afghan to each other!

Hazel
 
          
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