I thought I had knitted my last afghan for a while, but… I had a lot of leftover yarn and someone who REALLY wanted an afghan made in this pattern… :o) This afghan is made with the mock cable fisherman knit pattern and like the feather and fan it consists of only four pattern rows, so it makes up very quickly.

Here is the basic mock cable pattern:

Row 1: This will be the right (front) side of the afghan. Knit 5, purl 2; * slip 1, knit 2, pass the slipped stitch over the 2 knit stitches; purl 2, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, knit 5.

Row 2: Knit 7; * purl 1, yarn over, purl 1, knit 2; repeat from * to last 5 stitches, knit 5.

Row 3: Knit 5, purl 2; * knit 3 (knitting the yarn over from the previous row as a stitch), purl 2; repeat from * to last 5 stitches, knit 5.

Row 4: Knit 7; * purl 3, knit 2; repeat from * to last 5 stitches, knit 5.

I repeat rows 1 through 4 until the afghan measures as long as I want it to be, always ending after a row 4.

I’ve made so many of these in various lengths and widths, I know the pattern by heart. I usually use a size 10 1/2 36-inch circular needle and worsted weight yarn. (The pattern suggests a size 11 needle, worsted weight yarn, and 157 stitches to make an afghan roughly measuring 42 by 55 inches… gauge: 7 stitches = 2 inches.)

I always add two rows of plain knitting for the top border and two rows of plain knitting for the bottom border so I can add a long knotted fringe on both ends of the afghan.

My next project… maybe a sweater?