Linda Walsh’s Mustgo

We have a dish in our family called MUSTGO SOUP. Anything in the fridge more than a few days, must go. So I plop them all together in a soup pot with some V-8, which makes great soup stock, and VOILA! “Must Go” soup. A few years ago, I took the idea into my studio and now make MUSTGO Afghans. If you are like me, you may have similar or complementary colors in your stash, so try this idea. This is what I do with my left overs.

By: Linda Walsh

Materials:
Long circular needle – US Size whatever is appropriate to produce a light, airy fabric.

Miscellaneous yarn of coordinating colors. How much is enough depends on how large you want the finished blanket to be. Mixing weights can produce nice effects, or you can double lighter weight yarns – it’s up to you!

Gauge:
Not critical – again the idea is to produce something that’s much less dense than would be appropriate for a sweater.

Instructions:
Cast on around 300 stitches.

Knit about 20 rows of garter stitch, picking up a different strand of yarn for each row. Leave a tail at the beginning and end of each row. You should have about 10 garter stitch “ridges” to ensure a firm and uncurling edge. Because you are using a circular needle and leaving the yarn-end tails, you don’t have to turn the work around to go back. Just snip off the tail (leaving enough for your chosen edge treatment) and go back to the beginning. Pick up a new strand of yarn and start across again. If you are knitting across in this fashion, note that garter stitch is produced by ALTERNATING rows of knit and purl. Garter stitch borders of this width are personal preferences. Seed stitch works fine, as well.

Switch to stocking stitch with a garter (or seed, or whatever) border to match the ends. 10 ridges on the end balances with 10 garter stiches on each side and so on. You can work stocking stitch (or something else, but keep it simple) for the center. As before, when you work each row, pick up a different strand of yarn, leaving a tail at each end. Continue working the rows…border, stocking stitch middle, border…then go back to the beginning to work for the next row. This method of working without turning is especially convenient when the Afghan gets large and heavy towards the end.

By varying your choice of yarns you can get stripes, random colors, color families, etc. Each one, one of a kind! It is amazing how yarns you might not think would work together do in a project like this.

When the Afghan is as large as you like, Knit an ending border that matches the beginning border. For example, if you used 10 rows of garter stitch to start, finish by knitting a matching 10 rows of garter stitch. Bind off loosely.

Finishing:
This is another step that invites creativity. Braid the yarn end fringes or knot them together, macrame style. You could even make a thick edge cord by twisting them together French-braid style down the length of the Afghan.

Experiment!