Knit Yourself a Log Cabin

by Craig on June 25, 2010

Cottage Creations’ Log Cabin Afghan is a fun and colorful garter stitch blanket. If you’re a new knitter, you’ll learn to pick up stitches and to do a 3-needle bind off. For experienced knitters, it’s an easy project to take with you on your travels.

We knit our afghan with Ella Rae Classic Superwash yarn. There are lots of colors to choose from and Classic Superwash is soft, durable, and washable; perfect for everyday use!

The colors we used in our afghan are:

#26 deep red
#14 beige
#13 light copper
#15 saddle
#05 kiwi
#12 olive
#21 hunter
#20 deep brown

The Log Cabin Afghan pattern is inspired by log cabin quilt blocks – one of the oldest and most popular quilting squares. The blocks traditionally begin with a red square, which represents the chimney on a house. Rectangles of different colored fabric are attached in rotating layers with dark shades on one side and light shades on the other. Once enough squares are sewn, they can be assembled in any number of ways aligning or opposing the light and dark sides. For quilters, the log cabin makes good use of stash fabric.

Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations translated the quilted log cabin square into a knitted square using leftover yarns of the same gauge. The afghan is entirely knit. The individual blocks are made in garter stitch and attached with a 3-needle bind off. The pattern provides yardage requirements for 2 sizes of afghan – baby or lap robe at 40 by 40 inches with a border and full-size at 48 by 66 inches with a border – and several alternatives for arranging the blocks. It easy to make a smaller or larger afghan, though, by changing the number of squares you make. We knit 12 squares and had a finished measurement of 32 by 44 inches.

The Log Cabin Afghan makes a great wedding gift or charity project, where each knitter can make one square. It’s big project that you can really get in to and will give you or a friend an afghan to be enjoyed for years to come.

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