Approximately 226,000 Stitches

My Traveler’s Life Afghan, four years in the making. I started this back in January 2008 as a long-term project that would help me use up small amounts of yarn leftover from other projects. Today was Binding-Off Day!

January 2008

November 2008

Earlier today

…And now.

The details –
Pattern: Traveler’s Life Afghan by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarns used: 100% worsted-weight animal fiber; including wool, alpaca, cashmere, angora, mohair, and llama
Needles: Size 9 US Addi circulars, 40″ cord
Size: 86″ long by 96″ wide (fits a king-sized bed as a bedspread)

I cast-on 365 stitches, I changed color every row, and I knit for approximately 620 rows. This is a garter stitch blanket, so every row is knit, without purling. The finished blanket weighs about 2800 grams. That means that if I had bought the yarn for this (instead of using leftovers) I would have needed to buy 28 hanks. That’s over 6,000 yards.

Now? I will continue to use up leftovers by making another Log Cabin Quilt. Should have another bedspread in 2016. 🙂

53 comments on “Approximately 226,000 Stitches

  1. Gorgeous bedspread! I know this is going to sound totally ‘beginner-ish’ but did you have to block it to get it squared, or did it just miraculously end up squared?

  2. Betty Jean – thank you for the note. This blanket is in garter stitch, which does not require blocking to be perfectly square.

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  3. Hi there

    I’m doing a Traveller’s Life Afghan myself. I cast on 410st and it is about 40cm long so far. But it is getting very heavy! As someone with a bit of experience I was wondering how you dealt with this. I’ve been tossing up between soldiering on or knitting a series of sections and grafting them together. Any thoughts?

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