In the previous century, I bought a Leisure Arts booklet called 60 Easy-To-Knit Pattern Stitches Combine to Create Sampler Afghans. I was so excited that I decided that I was going to knit all 60 squares and make three afghans and give them as gifts to my mother, my mother-in-law and my sister.
As I was cleaning up and organizing my UFOs I discovered that I had made 16 squares. It was time to finish up this project! I could knit four more squares and do just one afghan.
As I was zipping along, the twentieth square, called the Large Bobble Rib, bought me to a grinding halt. Why? Because I hate knitting bobbles! All that back and forth on a small number of stitches drive me crazy. This square had 9 bobbles on every fourth row. I will probably have to do more than 160 bobbles to finish this square. Can I endure this torture?
I couldn’t do it – I put it down after the first bobble. Did I want this to remain an UFO for another 15 years? NO – I will not let a bobble defeat me. I then remembered that I pinned a tutorial on how to crochet bobbles into a knitted project (see here).
I tried it and I could not believe how easy it is and the bobbles look so uniform. I am actually having fun knitting (and crocheting) this square.
I am well on my way to finishing my square. I will post pictures of the finished afghan soon and it will be another Sean’s Gift blanket.
Keep on knitting!