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Aran Afghans: Charity Knitting Ideas

Card Adapted for Charity Knitting


The card pictured on this page is punched for Brother machines. Starting line is correct.

I use this card when I don't want to fringe the afghan, or even crochet an edge. It makes a fast finshed item suitable for a quick gift and ideal for someone interested in quantity, such as supplying needed items for homeless etc.

I use these for making blankets for Blankets for Canada (can use them for Warm up America blankets too) as well as creating a type of Poncho/Quillow item requested by homeless shelters through blankets for Canada too.

The idea is not mine, it is an embelishment on ideas of others, but I took the idea, turned it into a card/pattern that can be rotated in the machine without having to change cards or patterns.

The idea is simple: Start at row one, and finish on Row 9. Repeat the card as many times as you wish for the length you need.

Method: Cast on with an e-wrap, the number of stitches wide you need...make the decision based on your card...adding 3 stitches on the left ...for example: needles L15 and R12. If you use these needles, and then add in sets of 12 needles on either side of these, you will get a repeat of the row of diamonds with the lattice on the edge.

Knit one row to the left, set and lock your punchcard, set KC and knit to the right, release the card, push in both tuck buttons and knit.

When you finish the piece, just do the crochet cast-off.

then latch your panels together, had the ends and wash, and steam. You're finished.

Don't forget, the steaming is essential, and for my preference, I "KILL" the yarn, by steaming heavily. The blankets have a very soft drape and even some of the yarn that you think is awful turns out really lovely.

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