Yes, believe it or not.....I have actually FINISHED my Bernat Star Afghan!
This is the largest project I've ever knit by myself, so I am very proud.
It sure did take a lot of persistence and patience, but it DID come to a beautiful end. I knit my afghan using size 10 needles instead of the size suggested in the pattern. I knew the larger needles would be easier on my hands, and I would be able to finish the afghan quicker as well. Since I used larger needles, I was able to stop knitting with 10 rows left to go on the pattern. I was afraid the afghan would be too large if I did all the rows....and I was right!
When I finished all the knitting, I worked on weaving in all the ends, then placed the afghan in the washing machine for a cool rinse with fabric softener. After taking it from the washer, I took my damp afghan outside and displayed it on the front of my car for a quick photo. Looks good, doesn't it?
As you can see, it still needed blocking. So, I took the afghan inside, and placed it on my usual blocking pad. But the pad was too small for this huge thing. So, I just used push pins, and hung the afghan on the wall. Ha!
(The wall will be worked on this year anyway, when we are having repairs done in our house. So I'm not worried about damaging it.)
I'm very pleased with my star afghan....even though it looks a little different from the model on the Bernat website. My star is more of a "stylized" star, instead of a straight, perfect star. Fine with me...I'm sure my step-son will enjoy it, no matter what shape it's in.
Time to get started on my next Bernat project - Woo Hoo!