First designed as a block of the month club, Norah’s Vintage Afghan is made up of 20 unique cabled blocks worked in 5 colors to measure 48″ x 60″. Due to the blanket’s huge success and popularity, we decided to release the pattern as a free PDF! Now everyone can knit the blanket and there are a variety of ways to make it your own.
First choose your yarns…
The blanket is worked in Vintage, but Ultra Alpaca is a great substitute if you are looking for a 100% natural fiber. Like Vintage, Ultra Alpaca has a huge color palate to choose from and will keep you cozy and warm through the cold winter months.
In the original pattern, Norah designed 20 different cabled blocks to make up the blanket. It is beautiful!
But if you are feeling like making it a little more manageable for yourself, you could simply choose a one or a few and repeat them!
I tend to like more simple pieces so perhaps I would work Block 1 in one color and repeat it 20 times. I love that it looks like ripples in the sand at low tide. Follow the construction of the pattern, including orienting the squares according to the arrows, but work only the chart/charts that you want!
If size or price are an issue, you could make it a bit smaller working only 16 squares, measuring approximately 48″ x 48″.
Or just a bit smaller for a perfect baby blanket or lap blanket, at 36″ x 48″.
After we released the pattern PDF yesterday, people wrote in asking if they could knit the blanket in strips and then seam the strips together. The answer is yes! BUT this will require just a little bit of planning and change the orientation of the knitted blocks, making your blanket look a bit different than the original. Referring back to the schematic, you could knit column one (Blocks 17, 13, 9, 5 and 1), column two (Blocks 18, 14, 10, 6 and 2), column three (Blocks 19, 15, 11, 7 and 3) and column 4 (Blocks 20, 16, 12, 8 and 4). Then seam the four columns together to form the blanket.
That blanket would look something like this…
The list of ways to modify the Vintage Afghan could go on and on. The choice is up to you! That is the fun part : )