The Traveling Afghan 2021 – Labyrinth

 

Traveling Afghan 2021

 

The Traveling Afghan is back, and it’s just as story-telling as last year’s, but this time, the squares are even bigger. Twice the size, to be exact. I was so excited when Arica reached out to me to participate in such an inclusive and meaningful collaborative project for the second year in a row! Like last year, there are two versions, the crochet, and knit versions, which are made up of talented and hard-working makers. Each square tells a story.

 

 

Like, before, I want to share my thanks to all involved in this fun project. Thank you, Arica of Skeins and Sticks Designs. The idea this year was to purl it forward. Similar to paying it forward, but with a fun knit pun twist on it. So it’s not just being in the moment but making a moment for others going forward. This blanket has a great representation of BIPOC and QTBIPOC makers, and purling or paying it forward helps raise our voices in the maker community and the world. We cannot forget one of the major yarn companies also made this possible and stands pretty much behind all makers supporting the craft and equality, Lion Brand Yarn.

 

How can you participate?

 

You can purchase the yarn; It Feels Like Butta for the Traveling Afghan now by heading on over the Lion Brand’s website. You can have fun with it and choose from various colors and still follow the same patterns. Be sure to visit the Skeins and Sticks Designs landing page for this project to keep up with the makers making the squares, their patterns, and follow along from there! Take it a step further and host a knit-a-long with your friends. 

 

 

Labyrinth

 

What I love most about making this square is how much more meaningful it is as the months grow closer to its reveal. These past couple of years have been a maze to me. Immersive and overwhelming sense. The unexpected around every corner or maybe a wall. Not sure what’s around the corner of plans. Wondering if there is a way out. I honestly feel like I don’t just speak for myself here. We’re all going through it, but a labyrinth is what I feel like. Maybe the maze just got bigger because even before the pandemic, life would sometimes surprise us. Sometimes for the better, and other times, not so much. Some of those unknowns are inviting, and things are better left unspoiled, making me rethink things. Do I want to find the exit so fast? Maybe there is more to learn and explore in this puzzle of life. I started to think of it as an obstacle that was not impossible but challenging and rewarding to me. To my mental health once I overcame it. All those who may be lost right now know there is an exit, but they’re just maybe something special waiting for you around that corner, too, because the future is an ever-shifting maze of possibilities. Now when I look at this pattern, it’s more therapeutic than it is puzzling. 

 

 

Materials

 

Lion Brand It Feels Like Butta Yarn 218 yards per skein (2) or any other worsted weight (4) yarn

US 7 | 4.5mm Needles

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

 

Finished Dimensions

 

20″ x 20″ | 50.8cm x 50.8cm

Knit Gauge: 4in x 4in | 18 sts x 26 r on #7 (4.5 mm)
 

 

Abbreviations

 

CO – Cast On

K – Knit

P – Purl

St – Stitches

BO – Bind off

 

Pattern

 

CO 126 stitches. This pattern is worked in multiples of 18 for your information. Free downloadable PDF version in my shop.

Row 1: Knit across the entire row.
 
Row 2: Purl across the entire row. 
 
Row 3: K3, *P3, K15; repeat from *, ending last repeat with K12.
 
Row 4: P12, * K3, P15; repeat from *, ending last repeat with P3.
 
Rows 5 & 6: Repeat rows 3 & 4.
 
*The next few rows will be the main pattern and your repeat.*
 
Row 7: *K3, P15; repeat from * to end.
 
Row 8: *K15, P3; repeat from * to end.
 
Row 9: *K3, P15; repeat from * to end.
 
Rows 10, 11, & 12: Repeat rows 7, 8, & 9.
 
Row 13: P12, *K3, P15; repeat from *, ending last repeat with P3.
 
Row 14: K3, *P3, K15; repeat * ending last repeat with K12.
 
Row 15: P12, *K3, P15; repeat from *, ending last repeat with P3.
 
Row 16: P6, *K3, P15; repeat from *, ending last repeat with P9.
 
Row 17: K9, *P3, K15; repeat from *, ending last repeat with K6.
 
Row 18: P6, *K3, P15; repeat from *, ending last repeat with P9.
 
Rows 19, 20, & 21: Repeat rows 16, 17, & 18.
 
Rows 22, 23, & 24: Repeat rows 13, 14, & 15. 
 
Repeat rows 7-24 until your square is 20″ inches tall. BO in the pattern.
 

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