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Home : Patterns : Parallel Bars Afghan

Free Knitting Pattern: Parallel Bars Afghan

Lion Brand® Silky Twist
Pattern #: L10505
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
About 45 x 54 in. (114.5 x 137 cm)


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Color (A)
Silky Twist

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Color (B)
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Color (C)
Silky Twist

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Color (D)
Silky Twist

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Silky Twist
Olive Linen Paradise Pink Ash Mist Teal Cactus Oatmeal Java
Cherry Red Hyacinth Purple Haze Amethyst
*Silky Twist (Article #927). 99% Acrylic, 1% Polyester; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (130yds/119m) pull skeins

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•  927-203 Silky Twist Yarn: Paradise Pink
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•  927-204 Silky Twist Yarn: Ash Mist
$ 15.38  
Note: (C)
•  927-213 Silky Twist Yarn: Amethyst
$ 23.07  
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Parallel Bars Afghan

Lion Brand® Silky Twist


16 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


1. Afghan is made of 3 Panels sewn together.
2. Each Panel is worked in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with Garter st (k every row) borders.

Panel (make 3)

With A, cast on 63 sts.
Rows 1-2: Knit.
Row 3 (RS): With A, k2, place marker (pm), k to last 2 sts, pm, k last 2 sts for border.
Row 4: With A, k2, slip marker (sm), p to last 2 sts, sm, k2.
Continue as established, working sts outside of markers (the first and last 2 sts) in Garter st (k every row), the remaining sts in St st (k on RS, p on WS), changing color as follows:
Rows 5 and 6: With A.
Rows 7-24: With B.
Rows 25-28: With C.
Rows 29-42: With D.
Rows 43 and 44: With B.
Rows 45-56: With C.
Rows 57-62: With A.
Rows 63-68: With B.
Rows 69-82: With D.
Rows 83-90: With B.
Rows 91 and 92: With A.
Rows 93-98: With D.
Rows 99-104: With C.
Rows 105 and 106: With B.
Rows 107-118: With A.
Rows 119 and 120: With D.
Rows 121-128: With C.
Rows 129-132: With B.
Rows 133-144: With D.
Rows 145-162: With A.
Rows 163-170: With C.
Rows 171-178: With B.
Rows 179-190: With D.
Rows 191-196: With C.
Rows 197-210: With B.
Rows 211-224: With A.
Rows 225-230: With C, removing markers on last row.
Rows 231-233: With C, knit.
Bind off.

Lay Panels onto a flat surface, with cast on ends of Panels at lower edge. Reverse the center Panel so that bound off end is at lower edge. Seam Panels together along long sides.
Weave in ends.

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k = knit p = purl
Pm = place marker rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side sm = slip marker
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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Parallel Bars Afghan Reviewed by V. L. on 2013-02-11 ****
Made this blanket. Once I got used to the yarn - it went smoothly and ended as a beautiful blanket. However, you need to buy 3 of the Ash mist and not 2 as written in the directions.

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