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Yesterday we went to our niece’s second birthday party. I was talking to my SIL’s FIL and he said something about how girls don’t take up sewing and knitting and crochet like they used to. I said I can knit and crochet and would sew if I could afford a machine. He got excited and asked what kind of things I can make and I told him I stick to smaller things like baby blankets and socks and such. He asked me to make an afghan. Avery, our niece, was his first grandchild and he had a neighbor make one for her in exchange for a donation to their favorite college, Georgia Tech. He doesn’t want to impose on her again, but he now has a grandson and doesn’t want him left out of this tradition. He asked if I would consider doing this and he’d pay for the yarn up front. I want to do this for him because he’s a good man and has always been kind to me.

The afghan HAS TO BE white and gold (Georgia Tech colors) and soft and “normal afghan size,” but can be knit or crochet and any pattern I want. He asked SIL to show me the one that was made for Avery, but she was so busy I think she forgot. (I'm going to call her about it today)

I’m excited to do this, but I’m looking for a pattern, if anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them. I’ve never made anything this big and I’m excited and scared all at once. My first ideas were the traditional crochet afghans like my grandmother always made: the ripple and the granny square, but I may loose my mind doing that for the entire length of a bed. Complicated patterns like cables and lace would not be an issue, but I would like to be done by Christmas.

Any suggestions?

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Comment by Katylynn85 on August 24, 2009 at 3:30am
Thanks ladies! I'm am planning to talk to SILs FIL (after SIL calls me back) to verify some details. I know that, while it's for a baby, it's not to be a baby blanket, it is supposed to be about the size of a full bed. My grandmother made afghans for my brothers and I when we were little that are to be wedding gifts, so I'm the only one that has mine, and it's about the size I think he wants, but I'm going to check with him first on everything.
Comment by Mrs. K on August 23, 2009 at 1:00pm
An "easy" baby blanket pattern is on ravelry:
I've started this off last week and it's turning out nicely. And it would look lovely in white and gold (I'm doing it in white and am really happy with it).
But I have to agree with Susan. First get an idea what the first afghan looks like. You might find this is something completely different.
Hope you find the right thing and are real happy with it, same as your SILs FIL.
Happy knitting!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on August 23, 2009 at 9:34am
I would definitely find out what the first afghan looks like before making any final decision. And once you find a pattern be sure to run it past him for an approval. I hate to have dissatisfied customers.

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