A Star Needs LOTS of Stitches!

I know one thing....my stepson had better LOVE this afghan!  I am working my little hands to the bone to knit this huge star blanket for him.  If he doesn't like it, he'd better PRETEND to like it.

So far, I'm about a third of the way through the pattern, and I already have over 400 stitches on the needles.  When I get to the last row, there will be more than 1,000 stitches on the needles.  That's a LOT of stitches!

When I started the pattern, I was using double-pointed needles, and had a tiny triangle in my hands.  Next, I switched to a small circular needle, then to a larger circular needle.  Now, I'm using TWO circular needles, and it's starting to feel kinda tight already.  I think I might end up using four needles, just to keep my hands from hurting.  This is a big project!

I do have a good momentum going right now, though.  And I finally figured out where to put my stitch markers.  The two circular needles are red and green.  I start each round with the green needles (Green means "Go!"), and I finish each round with the red needles (you got it....Red means "Stop!").  The stitch markers are arranged at the star points and at the inner edges of the points.  I'm calling them the peaks and the valleys, just to make it easier to describe.

There are eight points on the star, so I'm using eight PINK stitch markers to mark the points (Pink for "Peaks"), and eight WHITE stitch markers for the valleys.  The pink markers are before the increase stitches, and the white markers are after the decrease stitches.  It sounds more complicated than it really is.  Anyway, it's making sense to ME, and I'm the one doing the knitting....so I guess that's all that matters.  Ha!

Last week, my star afghan looked like a star pillow:

Now, the blanket is about the size of a seat cushion, so there is still a lot of knitting to do.

I just hope I can finish the blanket in the next few weeks.  Here's hoping!

- Shandeh

Comments

Wow that does look like a lot of work, but will be beautiful when it is finished. Good luck and may the frogging Gods look with favor upon you!!!

when you are knitting with multiple round needles, when you are knitting with the green needle with the old stitches are you knitting on to the other end of the green needle? I'm trying to picture this but having difficulties. also, how long are the round needles you are using at this point? I know they come in several different lengths. Thanks. I think this is a wonderful project and I would like to do it with left over balls of yarn, scrappy fashion.

At this point, I'm using two 29 inch circulars, and knitting with the same color points, like you mentioned. So, my knitting looks like a "figure 8" while I'm working on it. Eventually, these needles will be too small, so I'll be using longer needles then. (40 inch)

I think your idea of using scrap yarns is WONDERFUL! I think I might have to make one like that myself. Good plan!

Thanks for the encouragement! It's a lot of work, but it is more beautiful every day.

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