Heirloom Nine Patch Afghan
Honor our quiltmaking ancestors while knitting this traditional nine patch afghan in tweedy wool yarn. Gauge measurements for the pattern show 19 sts and 38 rows (including BO row) = 3 3/4” (9.5 cm) in garter st (diagonal measurement about 5” (12.5 cm).
In this nine-patch afghan, reminiscent of an antique Amish quilt, navy blue, ruby red, and olive green provide a striking contrast to the softer, more weathered-looking shades of gray, plum, oatmeal, salmon, pale pink, and yellow. The knitting of this afghan is especially simple because it is constructed of garter-stitch squares; the finishing is also easy, but requires close attention to detail to achieve strong, even seams that will last at least a few generations.
Rowan DK Tweed (100% wool; 120 yd 110 m/50 g): #859 swallow (MC), 13 skeins; #863 mustard, #850 wren, #861 mellow, #856 rowanberry, and #862 moody, 2 skeins each; #865 mulberry, #864 russet, #866 lush, #851 cricket, #853 hare, and #852 seal, 1 skein each.
Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2009: “Sharon O’Brien takes a cue from Amish quilts to arrange the garter-stitch squares of the Heirloom Nine-Patch Afghan. Saturated colors play against deep neutrals for striking contrast, while jagged edges bring the look up-to-date and simplify knitting. Pay homage to tradition by using colors left over from other projects and create an heirloom - wast not, want not.”
Finished Size: About 50” square.
Yarn: Rowan DK Tweed (100% wool; 120 yd 110 m/50 g): #859 swallow (navy blue; MC), 13 skeins; #863 mustard (yellow), #850 wren (light natural), #861 mellow (light pink), #856 rowanberry (red), and #862 moody (medium blue), 2 skeins each; #865 mulberry (dark plum), #864 russet (terra-cotta), #866 lush (olive green), #851 cricket (medium natural taupe), #853 hare (medium brown), and #852 seal (medium gray), 1 skein each. Yarn distributed by Westminster Fibers. See Notes about yarn.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook.
Gauge: 19 sts and 38 rows (including BO row) = 3¾” in garter st (diagonal measurement about 5”).