Patchwork Blues Afghan by Virginia Woods Bellamy

Patchwork Blues Afghan

January 1952
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
Approx 72 x 45 (easily made larger or smaller)

Yarn: C+; afghan or jumbo; any 4 colors; 8, 4-oz. skeins; weight, 2 pounds.

Needles: number 11 Gauge: 3 stitches to one inch

Chart: one box= 9 stitches; width varies; unit 1, 6 boxes wide; 9 x 6 = 54 stitches.

To knit: This combines squares and triangles. The squares are cast off on the right side, first row of last ridge, so that the unit picked up through the far loops of the cast-off chain may be outlined by the near loops.

The bias edge is achieved here by the addition of the triangles: Units 5 and 8 are 12 boxes wide, twice the width of the squares in the first four units. They are picked up from 2 squares and therefore have 108 stitches. Units 7 and 10, also equal triangles, make the other two opposite corners. They are picked up from units 1 and 4 respectively.
Units 6 and 9 are the only other triangles: unit 6 is a right triangle; unit 9, a left. Unit 6 is JKed to the cast-on row of unit l, and unit 9 is JPed to the castoff row of unit 2. In joining (JK and JP) these triangles as they are being knitted, remember to draw the yarn tightly on the joining stitch as well as on the first stitch of the next row. Otherwise, PK, CO and CF loosely, remembering that a tight line spoils the fabric.
Tie contrasting yarn on right side of first unit in all these designs, especially where there are many units. As you study each design, read and reread the symbols and rules until they become fixed in your mind.