Last year, Alexi of Two of Wands reached out to me asking if I would like to take part in the Lion Brand Traveling Afghan project. Um, heck yes, I do. So behold my square (#7) for the blanket!
What is the Traveling Afghan Project?
The Traveling Afghan project is a year long blanket project brought together by Lion Brand Yarn using Woolease. In an effort to bring makers together from all around the world, they came up with the “My Life in Yarn” campaign! This project has both a knit blanket version, and a crochet, meaning there is a total of 49 different designers adding their creativity to squares of their own that you can make along with us. At the end, you will have a stunning blanket, will have met new people, and learnt a whole bunch of new techniques you may not have known before.
Go on. . .
There are two traveling afghans (a knit version and a crochet version) that set sail from New York City and are journeying to a new designer every two weeks. Each designer is creating a 10″ x 10″ square to add to the blanket before sending it off to the next person. All the designers are publishing their square patterns for free online so that YOU can follow along with us and create your own knit or crochet afghan! I am pleased to be the 7th stop of the knit afghan and have loved following along with all the squares that have already been made. This year-long collaborative effort will feature stories from the designers about their paths as makers, and will give you the opportunity to learn new stitches and make new friends in the community along the way!
SO MUCH FUN, right?!
Here’s how you can participate:
1. Purchase a yarn kit now for either the knit or crochet Traveling Afghan so you have everything you need to get started with us when the first square pattern is released in January. Note that you do not need to purchase a kit to join – you’re welcome to use any yarn you like, including what you already have in your stash! You’ll need worsted weight yarn and size US 8 (5mm) knitting needles or a J/10 (6mm) crochet hook.
2. Visit this page here for the itineraries of the afghans below along with the master list of all designers and links to their sites so you can follow along as they travel around the world and new patterns get released.
3. Follow the designers on social media to get updates on their pattern releases and learn about their maker journeys. There may even be some giveaways to enter!
4. Host a CAL or KAL with your local maker friends! Get together throughout the year in person or online to add your squares. We would love to see YOUR life in yarn too, so make sure to tag Lion Brand Yarn and My Life in Yarn in your posts and use the hashtags #travelingafghans #lionbrandyarn and #mylifeinyarn and either #travelingknitafghan or #travelingcrochetafghan. You can also post your projects to Ravelry (see FAQ below for Ravelry details and step by step instructions).
#1 – 1/1-1/13 – New York City, USA – Alexandra Tavel of Two of Wands
#2 – 1/15-1/28 – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – Sandra Gutierrez of Nomad Stitches
#3 – 1/29-2/11 – Dublin, Ireland – Katie Moore of The Queen Stitch
#4 – 2/12-2/25 – Nova Scotia, Canada – Kelly Brooks of Knitbrooks
#5 – 2/26-3/10 – Alberta, Canada – Stephanie Lau of All About Ami
#6 – 3/11-3/24 – Alberta, Canada – Chantal Miyagishima of Knitatude
#7 – 3/25-4/7 – BC, Canada – Christie Bodden of Christie Bodden Designs
#8 – 4/8-4/21 – Oregon, USA – Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles
#9 – 4/22-5/5 – California, USA – Phanessa Fong of Designs by Phanessa
#10 – 5/6-5/19 – California, USA – Angie Bivins of Whistle & Wool
#11 – 5/20-6/2 – California, USA – Jane Tsou of Gorilla Knits
#12 – 6/3-6/16 – Nevada, USA – Chenoa Wilcox of jellyKNITTING
#13 – 6/17-6/30 – Utah, USA – Rachel Misner of Evelyn & Peter
#14 – 7/1-7/14 – Colorado, USA – Jessica Potasz of Mama in a Stitch
#15 – 7/15-7/28 – Kansas, USA – Jerica Tompkins of Yarn Hook Needles
#16 – 7/29-8/11 – Kansas, USA – Mary Lee of Fifty Four Ten Studio
#17 – 8/12-8/25 – Minnesota, USA – Kaitlin Barthold of Originally Lovely
#18 – 8/26-9/8 – Minnesota, USA – Julia Anastasi of Northern Loop Knitwear
#19 – 9/9-9/22 – Winona, MN, USA – Trista Ziemendorf of While They Dream
#20 – 9/23-10/6 – Illinois, USA – Heidi Gustad of Hands Occupied
#21 – 10/7-10/20 – Illinois, USA – Jewell Washington of Northknits
#22 – 10/21-11/3 – Michigan, USA – Destiny Meyer of Knifty Knittings
#23 – 11/4-11/17 – Virginia, USA – Nathan Bryant of Loop N Threads
#24 – 11/18-12/1 – Rhode Island, USA – Jake Kenyon of Kenyarn
#25 – 12/2-12/16 – New Jersey, USA – Vanessa Coscarelli Black of Vanessa Knits
Hey Christie – so what’s YOUR yarn story?
If you follow me on Instagram or know me in person? You know that my humour is all that I have, even at its worst. The very, very short but sweet version: I learned to knit in 2017 because I really wanted to learn to arm knit those insanely giant blankets. Which I did and my shoulders shoulders finally got the workout they deserved. Arm knitting soon turned into learning how to knit and purl and then I immersed myself into all things yarn. I fell in love with knitting, the maker community and now have the honour to be a member of the Our Maker Life Team. Christie Bodden Designs is a labour of both sarcasm and love. The rest, as they say? Is history(Ish).
Why the square design?
I am originally from the United States and moved to Canada 10 years ago. I live in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island and that’s been the inspiration for my square.
I have 3 young children and we spend a great deal of time, year-round, at the beach or hiking. We love the forest, the ocean and everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The people and the scenery here are unlike no other and I couldn’t be more proud to call a place home.
My favourite stitch pattern reminds me of both the ocean and the forest. Nautical but also natural. It’s a diagonal stitch design that, to me, represents the waves or even the leaves on the trees (many which remain on the trees all year because of the mild climate here). Now, I may be seeing things and you may think I’m totally out there, because hello, but I feel like the contemporary vibe just mixes in with the motif I was going for(ish).
The Making Waves Square Pattern
What you need:
•1 skeins of Lion Brand Woolease or approximately 72m/79yards of another worsted weight yarn, category 4
•Size US 8/5mm needles Size US
CO = Cast On
K = Knit
P = Purl
ST(S) = Stitch(es)
BO = Bind Off
Garter Stitch Border
On 5mm needles CO 48 sts
Rows 1-4: K all sts
Start the diagonal pattern
Row 1: K4 *K4, P4* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 2: K4 *K3, P4, K1* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 3: K4 *P2, K4, P2* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 4: K4 *K1, P4, K3* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 5: K4 *P4, K4* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 6: K4 *P3, K4, P1* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 7: K4 *P1, K4, P3* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 8: K4 *K4, P4* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 9: K4 *K3, P4, K1* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 10: K4 *P2, K4, P2* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 11: K4 *K1, P4, K3* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 12: K4 *P4, K4* repeat * to * to last 4 sts, K4
Repeat rows 1-12 four more times.
Then repeat rows 1-5 once more.
Rows 1-4: K all sts
Row 5: BO all sts
Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Block your piece. I repeat: BLOCK YOUR PIECE to ensure it will be 10” x 10” to line up with the other squares of your Traveling Afghan. Thread your tail end of yarn onto a darning needle. Using mattress stitch or a wip stitch, seam your square to the rest of your #traveingKnitAfghans project. Or if you hate seaming, like me? Beg someone to do it for you (which I didn’t do, I swear).
Do you have questions? Send me an email at email@example.com, or find me here:
Instagram – @christieboddendesigns
Facebook – www.facebook.com/christieboddendeisgns
The fine print
This pattern is a copyright of Christie Bodden Designs. Making Waves Squares created using this pattern may be sold with credit given to Christie Bodden Designs. Pattern and photos can not be used for resale purposes.
Please share your work with the hashtag #TravelingAfghans and #christieboddendesigns to share the handmade love!