FELTED PIECES (make 6 - 3 with A, 1 with B, 2 with C)
With A, cast on 110 sts.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS), working back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles, until almost all yarn has been used.
Bind off. Weave in ends.
Repeat with all remaining skeins of A, B and C.
Wash pieces by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. Pull into shape, then allow pieces to dry thoroughly.
The next step is to cut Octagons and Squares from the felt colors of your choice. Use white chalk to trace the shapes onto felt made with A or C and blue chalk to trace onto felt made with B.
Octagons (cut 40)
Trace the Octagon shape onto tissue paper, then cut out along marked line. There are 2 ways to transfer the Octagon shape onto the felt - simply choose the method that works best for you!
1. With straight pins, pin the traced shape onto the felt. With scissors, cut the felt just outside the edge of the tissue pattern.
2. Lay traced shape onto a piece of cardboard. With pencil, draw around outside edge of tissue shape. Remove the tissue shape from the cardboard, and cut along marked lines to make a cardboard octagon.
For each Octagon, lay the cardboard octagon onto felt. With tailor's chalk, trace around cardboard. Remove cardboard and with scissors, cut the felt along the marked line.
Squares (cut 50)
We found it easiest to cut the Squares using a ruler, rotary cutter and a cutting mat. If using a rotary cutter to cut Squares, simply cut 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) wide strips across the width of the felted fabric then cut off 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) pieces. If you prefer to cut with scissors, you'll need to draw the shapes onto the felt using tailor's chalk and a ruler, then cut along the marked lines using scissors.
The next step is to embroider the Octagons.
1. The Afghan design is meant to encourage creativity allowing you to tell 'your' story. Choose desired motifs from design motif patterns -
L30043 - Friends and Family
L30044 - Nature
L30045 - Just for Fun
L30046 - Letters
L30047 - Numbers
L30052 - Animals
Change the size of the motifs as you like, or use your own designs!
2. Trace desired motifs onto tissue or tear away stabilizer then cut them out leaving a border outside the traced lines. With sewing needle and thread, baste each piece of tissue onto an Octagon. Be sure to keep your basting stitches away from the traced lines of the motif.
3. Using embroidery sts as desired, and colors from the D-I yarn packs as desired, embroider motifs onto the Octagons. We used simple embroidery sts - French knots, lots of straight stitch, cross stitch, back stitch, and stem stitch.
4. Clip the basting threads. If you used tissue paper, dampen the tissue lightly then carefully remove the paper, leaving your embroidery stitches intact.
5. To remove stabilizer, follow the package directions. 6. With embroidery needle and D-I yarn colors as desired, work blanket st around the outside edge of each Octagon.
7. 22 of the Squares are also embroidered. These are the Squares that will be placed around the outside edge of the Afghan. Again, creativity is encouraged! Embroider fewer Squares if you wish, with colors as desired. We embroidered small free form motifs onto the Squares - simple things like wavy lines, scattered French knots or a few cross stitches.
Find a large flat surface on which your work can remain undisturbed. Lay out the Octagons into 8 rows of 5 Octagons each. Fill in the spaces between Octagons with the Squares. Place the embroidered Squares between the Octagons along the outside edges of the Afghan. With quilter's safety pins, pin Octagons and Squares together along adjoining edges to hold everything in place. From WS, with sewing needle and thread, whipstitch the pieces together.
With D-I yarn colors as desired, embroider blanket st along the outside edges of each of the edging Squares.