Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are?
....You could be swingin' on a star! :)
I'm singin' and swingin' on a star right now....the Bernat Star Afghan! I'm SO excited about making this gorgeous afghan.
I'm knitting the afghan with black, red, and grey yarns, as a Christmas gift for my stepson. He asked for an afghan a couple years ago, and I haven't been able to get it accomplished. BAD SANDY!! So, now that I'm a Bernat blogger, it's the perfect opportunity to get his afghan created.
I'm using Bernat Super Value yarn, which is perfect for afghans. It's long wearing and has a soft feel. Don't believe me? Get to your local craft store and touch it for yourself.
I'm especially happy with the "True Grey" color. It has such a beautiful depth to it - just lovely. "Berry" is a very rich and vibrant red...sure to stand out in the afghan. And "Black" is a deeply saturated color, which looks like it will hold up well over time without fading.
I cast on the blanket, using double pointed needles, and soon created a cute little triangle.
After working 22 rows, I realized that I would need a list, to help me remember which color I should be using, and how many knit stitches I should have between the increases and decreases. So, I went to my computer and created an Excel spreadsheet. You can see a portion of it here:
Now, I just check off each row as I complete it. I'm also using a row counter, as a double-check. Over time, I've learned that I can easily forget which row I'm knitting, particularly if I'm watching TV while I knit.
I had the hardest time getting that stitch right, and kept getting the wrong number of stitches on my rows. I finally figured out that you have to do that increase in ONE STITCH, and THEN carry the stitch over to the other needle. Here's a video I made to show how to do that stitch increase, as well as the decrease afterwards:
Good luck with your Bernat Star Afghan!