Herringbone Afghan

Herringbone Afghan in Maple Leafs colours

I little while ago I gifted an afghan to my cousin (I’ve just realized I never blogged it because I was waiting until after I gifted it to her, so I’ll have to do that), and she has since told me that her son (and her dog) keep stealing it on her. To prevent fighting over the blanket, I decided to make him his own. I may even go so far as to make one for the dog. We’ll see.

Because I want him to be happy with it, I asked her what colours she thought he would like. She consulted with him (but in a way which would not give away the surprise) and told me his response: Toronto Maple Leafs colours (royal blue and white), and yellow and green. Since I was doubtful that all four colours would go well together, I decided to go with Maple Leafs colours.

I searched online for a while for a suitable pattern, and then went through my pattern books and leaflets, and eventually decided on a this Herringbone afghan from Yarnspirations. I actually had a leaflet from a few years ago, and it was only after I started stitching, and looked at the pile of afghans sitting on the end of my futon, that I realized, I had previously made this same pattern in brown and pink! Apparently this pattern appeals to me!

The pattern was written for Bernat Super Value yarn, and I honestly can’t remember what yarn I used for my brown and pink one, but this time around I’m using Loops and Threads Impeccable in white and royal blue. You may notice that there is some pilling on my original afghan…I use it a lot, so it gets a lot of wear and has been through the washing machine many times. It’s a really, nice, warm blanket to cuddle with on the sofa on a chilly night.

Here is the new Maple Leafs afghan in progress. As you can see from this photo, and from my bullet journal, I’ve barely started.

Herringbone Afghan in Maple Leafs colours

I set up a page in my bullet journal to record my progress and so that I could easily see which row I should be working on in the pattern since it is all done in repeats. I’ve tried various methods of recording my progress on different projects, and I like this one because if I set it aside for a while, I don’t lose my notes. have also tried using One Note, and I haven’t made up my mind which method I prefer the most.

Do you have a preferred method for keeping track of your progress on projects? I would love if you would share what you’ve tried.

Published by Kate

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15 thoughts on “Herringbone Afghan

    1. I used to do that and always lost my paper, especially if I didn’t complete the project right away. I have a half finished knitted blanket that I started a few years ago, and I have no idea where I left off, lol.

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  1. I wish I had an organized method to keep track of things. My daughter gave me a notebook with graph paper in it so I could sketch out designs. I use it on and off when I’m being smart. I also use scraps of paper. Other times I keep tabs on my phone on my pages app or my notes app. If I ever want to look anything up, I first have to remember if I wrote it down, and once I remember THAT, which place I kept track of it! LOL Not very efficient.

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  2. I use row counters to keep track of what row I’m on. I used to have a “Clicky” counter by Knitpro that you can hang around your neck but I broke it pretty quick and decided to just use regular row counters (the round kind that can be fit on knitting needles). For crochet projects I just thread some scrap yarn through the row counter, tie a knot, and hang it off a stitch marker and then attach that to my project (this works for crochet projects as well as knitting projects that are knit in the round). I keep a project, the pattern for it, and its attached (or dangling) row counter together in a bag, that way whenever I get back to it everything is easy to pick up and work with, relative info about where I left off readily available. If I have to take notes as I’m working on something I make a photocopy of the pattern and keep all that together in the project bag. If it’s a huge project, like an afghan, it goes in the cabinet in my living room, not a bag.

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    1. Also, I forgot, you can buy row counters in bulk pretty cheap from Aliexpress and Amazon, as well as stitch markers. I think for a dollar I have all the stitch markers I’ll ever need a life time, and I must be an idiot because I make my own stitch markers with beads and findings.

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      1. I bought like 20 of them in bulk from Aliexpress and just figured it out because hey, I had some row counters. You can hang multiple ones to count pattern reps and dec – incr at the same time! I hope you take some of my ideas into consideration. I was a pro at losing track of things until I started bagging and photocopying. I recently picked up a project I hadn’t touched in months and just carried on as if I hadn’t left it forgotten for so long. If you’ve got a sewing machine, it’s easy to get organized with some reasonably priced fabric and a youtube tutorial on drawstring bags.

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        1. I’ve made drawstring bags before…I don’t know why I’ve never thought to make any for my projects. I love the idea of using multiple counters for tracking different things. I have two of those doubters, but now I’ll be looking for more.

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  3. I have a row counter ring, and my favorite thing about it, is that even when its in the bottom of my knitting bag, the buttons are set so that it never jumps ahead, even with the abuse it gets! Now that I’m used to it, I love that I can leave something for days and know where I am when I get back to it.


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