Rowan Mystery Afghan KAL – Week 2 Update

It’s week 2 of the knit-along already! The second clue can be downloaded here, remember that you need a free Rowan member account to get the download.
Week 2 - Nordic Star Pattern

Week 2’s Nordic Star pattern has only a chart, not written instructions as seen in last week’s pattern. If you’ve not worked with charts before, Dayana has posted some great advice in the week 2 discussion thread on Ravelry. Do check it out!

So, here’s what the Garter Stitch Waves square for week 1 looks like in my shades:
Week 1 - Garter Waves shades

I found that my squares came out more rectangular than actually square and a little larger than the the pattern suggested they would (20 x 20 cm). I was going to struggle to block them to anything less than 22 cm wide and I really wanted them to end up properly square, so I blocked them really hard lengthwise to get a 22 x 22 cm result.

Yesterday evening was spent blocking all 6 squares, so I’m officially all finished for week 1.
Week 1 completed squares

As I was lucky enough to get an early sneak-peek at the week 2 pattern, I have already completed two squares for this week and also blocked them last night. I found that these squares came out smaller than the week 1 squares and also had an even greater disparity between their width and height. Again I was easily able to block them to 22 cm wide but had to stretch them even more to block them to 22 cm tall, but I managed it with some significant effort. I had seriously sore fingertips after all that opening and closing of safety pins!

Here are two squares for this week so far, one in each of my shades:

Week 2 - Nordic Star shades

Update: An early draft of the week 2 pattern had fewer rows above and below the main star pattern. I mistakenly used the old pattern instead of the updated version, which is why my squares were so significantly shorter than they were wide! I will be using the correct version of the pattern for the other four squares I knit for this week.

How have your week 1 squares gone so far? Are you ready and raring to go for week 2?


  • Hannah Ackroyd

    30 April 2014 at 19:39 Reply

    These are really pretty and I love the colours!

    • Sarah

      01 May 2014 at 09:14 Reply

      Thank you, Hannah! Pure Wool Worsted has some really wonderful shades and it gives great stitch definition for the garter stitch patterns that have been used in the two square designs so far.

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