This is the second afghan I have ever made. I used a pattern found in a book called Learn to Knit on Long Looms by Anne Bipes. I prefer using a loom for knitting and crocheting because I suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome, which becomes aggravated when I use hooks and crochet needles. For many years, I completely gave up on crocheting and knitting because of the pain and numbness. I was so happy to discover looms through some of the students at the school where I work (I’m a librarian). I went out and bought some looms and fell in love with it and the finished projects turned out so beautifully. I am now hoarding yarn like crazy. It’s wonderful to be able to knit and crochet again.
This afghan was a long-term project and took many months to complete. I began working on it at the end of August 2012 and didn’t finish it until April 2013 (granted, I didn’t spend all of my spare time on it). I calculated that it took over 200 hours of work to finish.
The pattern was easy to follow and included detailed step-by-step instructions. The only thing I would change about the pattern is I would start with a chain cast on when starting the afghan and taking it off. It would give the edges the same look but seems to me to be an easier way to do it.
Of course, what project is complete without the help of the four-legged members of my family. Elmer loved swatting at my string as I worked along the loom.
My favorite part about this afghan is it is double-sided and thick. I worked on it during the winter, so it kept me warm. I also love the length of it (50x68 inches). All in all, it was a great project and fun to do.