A super easy, thick, tweedy, knitted afghan worked in one piece designed to use up your stash of extra yarn. I used mostly dk and worsted for mine - cottons, wools, acrylics, whatever I had on hand that I wanted to use up.
Before you even begin to think of casting on a stitch, you must gather up all your odd balls of yarn and spread them out on the floor. If there is someone in your household who does not understand this yarn collection obsession most of us have, you might want to do this when that person is not around. :)
The first thing to do is to remove those yarns that don't fall within the weight categories you've decided to use. Precision is not necessary, if it feels too thick or too thin, then that's all that counts, no matter what it says on the label (if there IS a label). You'll be using two strands together throughout, so I would advise against anything thicker than a worsted, but it's your stashghan, so indulge yourself. As for amounts, any strand that's long enough to work across the width or length a couple of times is long enough to use. As for the total quantity of yarn - it should weigh at least double what you think you'd need for a regular afghan - even more so if you're using lots of cotton yarns. But don't worry about that til you're done sorting and reviewing.
Next, sort by colour. You'll want a pile of neutrals (light, dark and in between), and a pile of your chosen colour. The colours should be all light to medium, or medium to dark. Now, begin another small pile consisting of a few balls of a colour (or colours) that go well with your main colour, preferably dark if your colour pile is lt-med, or light if your colour pile is med-dark. Bright colours will go well with either type of main colour. We'll call this your contrast pile. Your neutral pile and colour pile should not be too out of whack with each other sizewise (just eyeball it). I would say if one pile is more than twice as large as the other, remove some from the larger pile or try adding more to the smaller - being less strict with your categorizations. This is supposed to be fun, so don't sweat it if you think your ratios are off. This is all taken care of in the making of the stashghan.
|If 25 sts is:||100 sts is:||150 sts is:||200 sts is:||250 sts is:||300 sts is:||350 sts is:||400 sts is:|
|3 inches||12 in||18 in||24 in||30 in||36 in||42 in||48 in|
|4 inches||16 in||24 in||32 in||40 in||48 in||56 in||64 in|
|5 inches||20 in||30 in||40 in||50 in||60 in||70 in||80 in|
|6 inches||24 in||36 in||48 in||60 in||72 in||84 in||96 in|
|7 inches||28 in||42 in||56 in||70 in||84 in||98 in||112 in|
There are two ways to go about this. See the chart below for Method One - Planning Ahead. All you need to know is which yarn pile is largest, and which is medium. The smallest pile is always your contrast pile.
|Neutral||Colour||Contrast||Change Neutral yarns every 5 or 6 rows. Always have at least one Neutral in use at all times. Every few inches, use two neutrals together for 2 to 4 rows.||Change Colour yarns every 4 or 5 rows. There may be some times when there is no colour yarn in use for a few rows. Rarely, if ever, use two colours together at the same time.||Every few inches, not immediately before or immediately after a spot where you're using two neutrals together, instead of using a colour or neutral for one of your strands as you normally would, use a Constrast yarn for 2 to 4 rows.|
|Colour||Neutral||Contrast||Change Colour yarns every 5 or 6 rows. Always have at least one Colour in use at all times. Every few inches, use two colours together for 2 to 4 rows.||Change Neutral yarns every 4 or 5 rows. There may be some times when there is no neutral yarn in use for a few rows. Rarely, if ever, use two neutrals together at the same time.||Every few inches, not immediately before or immediately after a spot where you're using two Colours together, instead of using a colour or neutral for one of your strands as you normally would, use a Constrast yarn for 2 to 4 rows.|