Bold Braid Afghan Pattern

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Bold Braid Afghan Pattern

Knitted in strips with bands of shading colors worked in stockinette stitch and twisted cables.

COATS & CLARK'S "RED HEART" KNITTING WORSTED, 4 Ply, Art. E. 234 (4 oz. "Tangle-Proof" Pull-Out Skeins): 4 skeins each of No. 647 Surf Green, No. 651 Field Green and No. 690 Dk. Green.

Knitting needles, 1 pair No. 8.

Afghan measures 42 x 64½ inches ... Each strip measures 6 x 64½ inches

GAUGE: 5 sts = 1 inch; 6 rows = 1 inch.

NOTE: When changing colors, twist the unused color around the other to prevent making holes. Carry yarn not in use loosely in back of work.

STRIP (Make 7) ... Starting at nar­row edge, cast on as follows: With Dk. Green 10 sts, with Field Green 10 sts, with Surf Green 10 sts. 1st row (wrong side): With Surf Green p 3, k 4, p 3, with Field Green p 3, k 4, p 3, with Dk. Green p 3, k 4, p 3. 2nd row: With colors as estab­lished (k 3, p 4, k 3) 3 times. Next 3 rows: Repeat first, 2nd and first rows. 6th row (Cable Twist row): With Dk. Green k 3, p 4, slip next 3 sts on a cable holder and hold in back of work, with Field Green k next 3 sts, with Dk. Green, k the 3 sts from cable holder (right cable twist made); with Field Green p 4, slip next 3 sts on a cable holder and hold in front of work, with Surf Green k next 3 sts, with Field Green k the 3 sts from cable holder (left cable twist made); with Surf Green p 4, k 3. 7th row: With Surf Green p 3, k 4, with Field Green p 3, with Surf Green p 3, with Field Green k 4, with Dk. Green p 3, with Field Green p 3, with Dk. Green k 4, p 3. 8th row: Using colors as established on needle, k 3, (p 4, k 6) twice; p 4, k 3. Next 5 rows: Repeat 7th and 8th rows alternately twice; then repeat 7th row once more. 14th row: With Dk. Green k 3, p 4, slip the next 3 sts on a cable holder and hold in back of work, k next 3 sts, with Field Green k the 3 sts from cable holder, p 4, slip next 3 sts on cable holder and hold in front of work, with Field Green k next 3 sts, with Surf Green, k the 3 sts from cable holder, p 4, k 3. (Colors are now back in original order.) 15th and 16th rows: Repeat first and 2nd rows. Repeat last 16 rows for pattern until total length is about 64½ inches long, ending with 4th or 10th row. Bind off. Block each strip. Sew strips together lengthwise. With right side facing, work 1 row of sc closely along each long edge, matching colors. Turn. Next row: Sl st in each sc across.

FRINGE ... Cut 8 strands of yarn, each 12 inches long for each fringe. Make 3 matching fringes in each color stripe.