The Twisted Stitches of CNY's Knitting Challenge 2000
This year's knitting challenge will combine our guild's charity work with
your creativity and knitting skills. We will be making afghan squares which will be used to make laprobes
to donate to Hospice, one of our chosen charities for the year.
The "rules" of the challenge are as follows:
- Each square's finished size will be 12" square.
- Each squares will have a 3 st-/3-ridge garter stitch border around it
to facilitate putting the finished squares together into a laprobe. That
is, start and finish each square with 3 ridges (6 rows) of garter stitch
and keep the first and last 3 stitches of each row in garter stitch.
- Use worsted weight acrylics/synthetics or washable wool or wool
blends. No cottons or fibers, such as "normal" wool, mohair, alpaca,
rayon, etc., which require handwashing, please. We want the afghans to be
easy to care for, and therefore, the yarns used must be machine washable
- Squares should be finished off, ready to use, with all ends neatly
worked in. Wash and block your squares, if necessary.
- Any color or colors may be used in the square.
- Any pattern stitch or knitting technique may
used in a square. Have fun -- anything goes, from simple garter stitch and
knit/purl texture patterns to fair isle, intarsia, cables, mosaic knitting
patterns, and so on. If doing a pattern which involves stranding, please
keep any floats to a minimum, catching up the unused strands every 2 or 3
stitches, so they will be less likely to catch on things.
- You may use or adapt commercially available patterns or designs, or
create original afghan squares.
All machine washable and dryable squares received will be used for
laprobes destined for Hospice, but only those which follow the above rules
will be counted towards the challenge.
Bring all finished squares to the June meeting for judging. If you are
unable to attend this meeting, please send your squares to Esther S.
Bozak. (See membership directory for local address.) Please make sure your
set of squares are clearly labeled with your name.
Two awards will be given:
If you have any questions about the challenge, or if you would like to
volunteer to help put the squares together into laprobes, please contact
the challenge coordinator, Esther S.
- A prize will be given to the member who knits the greatest total
number of squares. Pattern stitches and designs will not be considered;
the squares can be in any number of pattern stitches and designs, even
all of the same pattern stitch or design.
- A prize will be given to the member who knits the greatest number of
different pattern stitches and designs. Each square will count as one
pattern stitch or design. Squares which are a duplicate of another,
ignoring color combinations, will not be counted.
Last Updated: December 28, 1999
Comments & questions to: Esther S. Bozak, firstname.lastname@example.org