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Heirloom Nine Patch Afghan

Knitting
September 1999
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3.5 mm (E)
3480 yards (3182 m)
50 inches (127 cm) square
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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).

From Interweave
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.

Yarn
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”).