My Mother-In-Law gave me a bag full of yard odds and ends. I was thinking I need to do something about this growing stash of yarn! It was great that people kept giving me free yarn because it can be so expensive, but none of this stuff was enough to make a whole project really.I didn’t want to through away useable materials. I tried making hats but not all the colors were appropriate or I simply didn’t have enough of any one yarn. Then, I saw a beautiful designer afghan and inspiration hit.
A rainbow color-block afghan is what I decided to make with all my yarn. First I went through my stash to find all the yarns of like kinds and started looking for my rainbow colors. I tried to keep it balanced using an “S” shaped pattern for the colors snaking in 3 rows to the bottom. Yellow, orange and red in the top row, pinks, purples blues in the second row, blues and green on the bottom. I realized I have quite a bit of green yarn so I didn’t want to get to heavy handed with it.
All the blocks have a 52 row max, so I wouldn’t overwhelm the quilt if I had a little to much of any one color. Many of the blocks turned out smaller as I didn’t have much of many of the yarns. I made 3 strips that are 48 stitches across by 260 rows . I joined the rows to each other as I knit the blanket. This afghan was knitted on a knitting machine, but just as easily could be made using single crochet or hand knit.
Make the blanket smaller or larger as your stash of yarn will make. The one I made was lap quilt/baby blanket sized. You can also add tassels or a crocheted edging to this design to make it fit your home or the person you are making it for.
I love how my afghan turned out and I might try a gradient afghan next time with all the green yarn I have!