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I bought some boucle from JoAnns a year ago with the intent to make an afgahn/throw. It's "our" colors from our wedding and is dark red, a rusty orange, and a deep brown. Because it was our wedding colors I wanted our theme to be included (we got married on the Autuman Equinox and had leaves and a fall theme going) so have been searching for <b><i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">the</span></i></b> right pattern.<br><br>
I was at DawnaRose's house today and looking through her Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns and found them. Yes them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My dillemma is the number of stitches required for each pattern.<br><br>
Originally I wanted to do three panels to be seamed together later. I wanted some garter on the edges and some stockinette plus the lace patterns. After it was finished it would look something like this:<br><br>
--//__//__|||__\\__\\--<br><br>
-- is garter, __ is stck, // and \\ lace pattern 1, and ||| lace pattern 2.<br><br>
I had planned on doing the center lace and the sections of stck. next to it as one panel and then the remaining side pieces as the other two panels. I'm debating this since my yarn is long strips of color as opposed to shorter sections.<br><br>
Anyway, I have never done an afgahn so I don't know the standard number to cast on. The side lace (// and \\) is done on 23 stitches plus 2 and the center one is done on 33 stitches plus 2. Seeing my basic construction how many would I cast on. (each // and \\ is one lace repeat so each side panel has 2 repeats). I don't know how many stitches I want in stck. or in garter. The garter is basically there to minimize curl. I have no problem trying something else in regards to border.
 

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Oh yeah and what size needles? I don't mind using any size but I don't want something super holey.
 

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Ok, are you using a worsted wt yarn? You could double it on.....say, 12's? or single on like 8's. (you know the drill..... gauge swatch!)<br><br>
And I'm getting 139 co, if you do 5garter or other border st on each side.<br><br>
Maybe browse a pattern or 10 on knittingpatterns.com and see if those #'s seem right, size wise.<br><br>
Shouldn't you be making soakers? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yes....no wait....no. I should be finishing socks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So where it says 23 (or 33) plus 2...do I cast on 23(33) or do I cast on 25(35)?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes....no wait....no. I should be finishing socks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So where it says 23 (or 33) plus 2...do I cast on 23(33) or do I cast on 25(35)?</div>
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Multiply the 23 (or 33) by as many repeats of the pattern as you want, then add those 2 sts. to the number. So if you wanted a 140ish stitch blanket, as a pp suggested, you could do this:<br><br>
Panel 1:<br><br>
8 sts. garter<br>
25 sts. lace 2<br>
5 sts. stockinette<br>
25 sts. lace 2<br><br>
Panel 2:<br><br>
5 sts. stockinette<br>
35 sts. lace 1<br>
5 sts. stockinette<br><br>
Panel 3:<br><br>
25 sts. lace 2<br>
5 sts. stockinette<br>
25 sts. lace 2<br>
8 sts. garter<br><br>
That would be 171 sts. Personally, I wouldn't do it in panels, I'd knit it all at once (but then, I HATE seaming). I made a baby blanket on 8's with sugar & cream cotton & used 132 sts. -- it ended up being a bit less than 3 ft. across. I'd definitely double the yarn & use 12's to do a bigger throw blanket.<br><br>
If you do seam, you will probably want to tack a few stitches on to each side for ease of seaming (although you'd have to talk to someone who actually KNEW how to seam for that... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). And as long as I'm throwing in my (rather expansive) .02, I'd do a seed stitch border instead of garter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Another way to do the color work would be to knit double stranded & do a graduated color change from top to bottom. Cast on with 2 stands of color A. After a foot or so of knitting in pattern(s), switch to one strand of color A & one of color B. A foot later, switch to 2 of color B, then one of B & C, and lastly, two of C. This would really minimize your finish work; plus, it looks really cool! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Oh, don't forget you'll probably want the garter/seed stitch/whatever border to be on the top & bottom too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes....no wait....no. I should be finishing socks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So where it says 23 (or 33) plus 2...do I cast on 23(33) or do I cast on 25(35)?</div>
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(23[33] x number of consecutive repeats) + 2[2]<br><br>
so... from left to right:<br>
X stitch border<br>
48 stitch lace panel (2 repeats)<br>
Y stitch in-between lace-pattern stitches<br>
35 stitch lace panel<br>
Y stitch in-between lace-pattern panel<br>
48 stitch lace panel (2 repeats)<br>
X stitch border<br>
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= 2X + 2Y + 131
 

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I've got a chunky weight shawl that I stopped knitting on at 185 stitches and that's 53 inches across. That said, it should be larger, but I was an idiot and instead of using a size 13 I used a 10 (that I thought was an 11). It has nearly 5 skeins of Plymouth Encore Chunky in it, so it weighs about 50g shy of 1 pound.<br><br>
That was working at 3.5 stitches to the inch.<br><br>
If the yarn you have is a worsted weight and you don't think you have enough to double strand it, you could probably find a similar yarn and use them together. That would make it go quite a bit faster.<br><br>
And I'd probably try to remember to put lifelines regularly. Have you swatched the yarn to see how it looks in the lace pattern?<br><br>
~amey
 

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Grrr. I did try and swatch last night on some 8's that were in my lap at the time. Have any of you knit with boucle before? It has one really thin thread through it that is black (in mine at least) and then wrapped around that is.......well I think they use boucle for doll hair to get the kinky curly effect without using a ton of yarn to do it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: it did not turn out well at all. I think I need to do bigger needles for sure and possibly switch to aluminum as I was using bamboo.<br><br>
I think I will attempt it one piece. The panel idea was so that I could focus on each lace pattern and not lose my spot or screw up as often. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think I will attempt it one piece. The panel idea was so that I could focus on each lace pattern and not lose my spot or screw up as often. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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What's the recommended needle. Sometimes on those "fancy" yarns they need a giant needle - like a 13 or something.<br><br>
As for the lace panels - stitch markers are your friends <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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boucle... ugh. I bought some cheapo jo-ann's boucle to make a throw for my sister a couple years ago...it became a pillow sham... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Definitely use lots & lots of stitch markers! I even used them on either side of the 3 stitch divider pattern -- I call it being "stupid proofed." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Ug, boucle SUCKS!! Poor DD picked out a boucle yarn for a poncho over a year ago, and I hate it. She keeps asking if I will ever make her poncho. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I would swatch. I'm not convinced that boucle and lace are a marriage made in heaven.<br>
Alternatively, I'd use two different yarns and knit sideways- a long garter stitch band in boucle, a lacy panel in matching double-stranded worsted, more boucle, different lace- and so on and so forth.
 

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Yeah, are the lacy parts even gonna show up in boucle?? I don't think they will, unless you go way big with the needles.
 

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I am making a shawl with one of those huge skeins of Jo-ann's boucle and a drop stitch pattern. I'm using size 13 needles, I think. You can barely see the pattern. I wouldn't bother doing some fancy lace with that yarn, even in big needles. I really love how this yarn shades gradually from one color into another though. It is a bit of a pain to knit, but the result is surprisingly beautiful. I also used it to knit a curly whirly scarf (like the Knit Picks potato chip scarf, but wider) and it came out pretty as well. It is also quite lightweight when knit, but still keeps you pretty warm.
 
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