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Knitted Carnival Afghan

2 December 2010

This pattern gives the impression of carnival tents. The example is a 32 inch square lapghan, but instructions for given for five sizes, and the pattern can be easily adjusted to make any size desired. Row is a multiple of 18 plus 3 stitches.

This example was made using Caron Simply Soft yarn, an acrylic worsted weight, and size 8 (5mm) needles.

Size: The blanket can be made any size you like. Five sizes are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small3242.6717.27906.5
Small35.9247.8921.751142.09
Medium39.8453.1226.761404.87
Large43.7658.3432.281694.83
Extra Large47.6763.5638.322011.97

Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn, see chart above for amounts.
Size 8 (5mm) knitting needles

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
S2KP2 - slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over

Instructions:

The number of cast on stitches should be a multiple of 18 plus 3.

Cast on these number of stitches for these widths:
32″ = 147
36″ = 165
39.75″ = 183
43.75″ = 201
47.75″ = 219

Row 1: k3, * yo, k6, S2KP2, k6, yo, k3, repeat from *

Row 2: k3, p1, (p1, k1) 6 times, * p6, (p1, k1) 6 times, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, p2, k3

Row 3: k4, yo, k5, S2KP2, k5, yo, * k5, yo, k5, S2KP2, k5, yo, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k4

Row 4: k3, p2, (p1, k1) 2 times, p3, (k1, p1) 2 times, * p7, (p1, k1) 2 times, p3, (k1, p1) 2 times, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, p2, k3

Row 5: k3, p2, yo, k4, S2KP2, k4, yo, * p7, yo, k4, S2KP2, k4, yo, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, p2, k3

Row 6: k6,  (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, * k9, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1,  repeat from * to last 6 stitches, k6

Row 7: k3, p3, yo, k3, S2KP2, k3, yo,* p9, yo, k3, S2KP2, k3, yo, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p3, k3

Row 8: k3, p5, k1, p3, k1, * p13, k1, p3, k1, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, p5, k3

Row 9: k7, yo, k2, S2KP2, k2, yo,* k11, yo, k2, S2KP2, k2, yo, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, k7

Row 10: k3, p6, k1, p1, k1, * p15, k1, p1, k1, repeat from * to last 9 stitches, p6, k3

Row 11: k8, yo, k1, S2KP2, k1, yo,* k13, yo, k1, S2KP2, k1, yo, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, k8

Row 12: k9, p3, * k15, p3 repeat from * to last 9 stitches, k9

Row 13: k3, p6, yo, S2KP2, yo, * p15, yo, S2KP2, yo, repeat from * to last 9 stitches,  p6, k3

Row 14: knit

Continue by repeating these 14 rows until desired length is reached.  Pattern can be made in a single color or color changes can be made between repeats if desired.

On the last repeat, work the 13th row as follows:

Row 13: k9, yo, S2KP2, yo, * k15, yo, S2KP2, yo, repeat from * to last 9 stitches,  k9

Cast off while working row 14.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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120 Comments to “Knitted Carnival Afghan”

  1. This carnival afghan looks really cool. You are really talented!!!!!I did not notice a needle size and I was also wondering if you use two strands of yarn.

    Thanks,

    Mich

  2. I started reading the pattern, what does S2KP2 mean?

    Thanks, Mich

  3. I will add information to the pattern about the what I used for the example. This should work with most yarns and appropriate needles for the yarn.

    The S2KP2 is explained right before the Cast on of the pattern.

    • S2KP2 – slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over
      what does together, knitwise mean. or explain a little better, then after you do together, knitwise you pearl? thanks for your help

      • Insert the needle into the next two stitches as though you were going to knit them together, but instead of knitting them, just slip them to the other needle. Knit the next stitch. Pass the two slipped stitches over the just knitted stitch (as you would for a bind off). Hope that helps.

  4. Wow..Love love love this…cant wait to get to store for yarn…I have a wedding gift to make…this patter will be it..in the brides colors….thanks for posting

  5. Please give me instructions on how you would adjust size to a full-size afghan. Thank you!!

  6. I love it! It is so easy and it comes out so beautiful Thanks!!!!

  7. Would this make a nice baby blanket with baby/sport yarn and small circular needles? I’m always looking for new patterns for babies. If you can give me adjustments that would be great.

    • I think it would definitely make a nice baby blanket. With sport weight yarn and size 6 needles, I think the widths would work out approximately as follows:

      Cast on 147 – 26.5″ in width
      Cast on 165 – 30″ in width
      Cast on 183 – 33″ in width
      Cast on 201 – 36.5″ in width

  8. Do you have difficulty with Simply Soft pilling? I’m getting really frustrated with it with my items that I knit because after a couple of uses it pills like crazy; also after it’s washed, watch out! Pills pills pills everywhere.

    • It does tend to pill. I wash it on the handwash setting on my machine. I crochet as well, but typically not with Simply Soft because it also tends to split.

  9. Approximately how much yarn do you need for this afgahn? I would probably use the Caron Simply Soft. Thanks.

  10. i wood like know what is s2kp2

  11. Hi. I just saw this from the ALL FREE KNITTING WEB SITE. I live in Durban in South Africa. I would like to say its an unusual throw. I haven’t seen any patttern like it here.I would like to say to Sue B (that its a lovely idea to give a knitted throw for a weeding gift). I would like to make friends with ladies who knit and crochet. I have been doing this for many years but doing it everyday now as I am not working at the moment.
    Thanks Mama for a lovely website.
    Kind regards

    Pam.SA

    • Hi Pam,
      I’d love to correspond with you. I live and knit/crochet in Oregon.
      Jutta

    • Hi Pam,
      I’m a knitter and also crochet. I would like to hear from you. I am also in a knitting group, we halp each other with any problems.

    • Hi Pam, I too am nuts about knitting and crocheting. I have just returned to New Zealand from America where I lived for 19 years and I can’t beleive the price of yarn over here but I will just have to make the most of it I suppose. I did bring a lot of yarn from the States so that will keep me going for a while. I too have given afghans to people for wedding gifts and they are always appreciated. Up till now all the afghans I have made have been crochet but I will sure be trying this one. Would love to hear from you. Maureen

    • I love to meet people from around the world that enjoy knitting. I’m so glad to meet someone from South Africa. I am from Oklahoma in the USA, nice to meet you. I have been knitting for over 40 yrs. as well as crocheting. I usually knit baby blankets and long newborn dresses that some people refer to as Christening dresses, but I just give them as heirloom keepsake dresses. I have also knitted sweaters as well. What do you like to knit and do you get nice yarns over there?

  12. How much worsted weight yarn would I need to do a full sized afghan. It’s a lovely pattern and I’m anxious to try it.

  13. I printed the Knitted Carnival Afghan pattern but it doesn’t give the size needles to use or how much yarn to buy to make this afghan. I really like the pattern.

    Thank you, Marcella

  14. is beauttifull my friends at my knitting group going to love it thanks

  15. Its a beautiful afgan, thanks for the pattern, busy knitting for my seventh great granddaughter right now, but made a copy and will do this this winter,too hot in Florida to do it no. Keep up the good work and wonderful site.

  16. How many ounces would you suggest for a Baby afgan using size 6 needles

  17. Shirley Baumbach

    I love the pattern! I’m starting a baby blanket with 4 ply yarn now. We’ll see how long it takes me and maybe this can be a hurry up project! Hope so, it seems I get invited to baby showers often since I make the gifts and am the only one with hand made items. I carry knitting with me every place I go, used to knit while my husband drove. Now I have to do the driving and it sure has cut into my knitting time.
    Thanks for a wonderful pattern.
    Shirley

  18. this is a cool site, thanks.

  19. Do you have any chwmo cap patterns?

  20. sorry meant chemo caps

  21. Love the look of this afghan. I will definitely make this. Now I am anxious to go pick out some yarn. Thanks for sharing this pattern!!

  22. I LOVE YOUR SITE, PATTERNS, SUGGESTIONS, ETC. my biggest problem – I knit too tight ^ even though I adjust kneedle size everything comes out short (afghams, baby blankets, etc)HELP thanks for any suggestions.

    • I knit a lot looser now than I did years ago. I slowed down my knitting and made a conscious effort to change my tension. After a while it became a habit.

      If upping your needle size doesn’t help, I really don’t know of any other tricks than just trying to form new habits.

  23. Interesting Afgan pattern

  24. I am a new knitter- but think I can tackle this- my question is: Do I cast on first? I ask this because this pattern line came before the cast on! (below)
    S2KP2 – slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over
    Do you ALWAYS cast on 1st? If so what is this (S2KP2 – slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over) in your pattern for before it says to cast on? Sorry- hope you understand this goofy question :0)

    • The S2KP2 is a special stitch that you will use later in the pattern. It is just explaining that this is the abbreviation for the stitch. You almost always have to cast on first for most patterns.

  25. Love this pattern. Can you use it to make a shawl.How many stitches would you cast on say for 18′ or 22′ wide shawl?
    Thanks

  26. Very nice pattern…my thinking cap came on and I am now in the process of working with stitches to make a scarf…I am pretty sure it will turn out……here I go!!!

  27. Thank you so much for a pattern my Mother called a Fan pattern for Afghan’s. So pretty when made, and as she passed 6 year’s ago, and I did not have this, I was so pleased to find it here. Bless you

  28. I have started this afghan and absolutely love it!!! I was going to give it away. But I think I will keep this one and make another to give away. This is the first afghan that I have knitted. I am a fairly new knitter. but this pattern makes you look like you are pretty experienced.
    Thanks so much for sharing this.

  29. I crochet baby afghans for all the grandbabies of friends. My grandson told me at the end of my Surprise 80th Birthday party, that I am going to be a GREAT Grandma! WOW! That was almost as good as a surprise party! Maybe better!

  30. How many stitches do you cast on for the picture you have shown? If I am right it says multiples of 18 plus 3. Does that mean only 21 stitches? What if I would like to make a full afghan how many would I cast on? Also how many different colors did you use?

    Thank you

    Marlene

    Beautiful pattern by the way

    • I made a 32″ wide lapghan by casting 147 stitches (18×8+3). For 36″ width, cast on 165. For 40″ width, cast on 183. For 44″ width, cast on 201.

      Basically, each repeat is 4 inches wide.

      I used three different colors, but you can use as few or as many as you like and I think it would work out beautifully.

  31. I just read somr of your answers to the quetions that were asked. I havent knitted an afghan in years but I was looking for a new pattern. My mm taught me how to make this afghab that is called the broomstick lace afghan.I made them fot gifts. Right now I am making on e for a christmas gift for my fruend. If you would like the pattern maybe I cam send it to you on line. Signed Betty Castonia

  32. This pattern is great But i seem to be a bit lost. your S2KP2. I know you have to slip the two over the slip stitch.
    but what is th P2 do you pearl 2 stitches after that or the 2 that you have passed over? Sorry i do alot of knitting i have been knitting since i was 5 and this has just floord me

    • S2KP2 – slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over

      so the P2 part is “pass 2″ slipped stitches over.

      This is not a standard abbreviation but rather a shorthand I’m using instead of continually repeating “psso” in the pattern. I’m sorry my shorthand was confusing.

  33. did you have tear yours out and start over? i have had to tear mine out about six times and start over

    • Can’t say that I’ve had that problem. What problems are you having that are causing you to have to rip it out and start over?

  34. ithink i understand a little better now.iam having a little trouble with the slipping of the 2 sttches over i didnt quite under stand that part of the pattern

  35. i still dont understand the S2KP2 means. You aee i am left handed so which needle do i pass the other stitches to.Maybe you could explain this to me a little more so i can understand it a little better

    • I’ll speak in terms of the needle with unknitted stitches that you are working from and the needle with finished stitches.

      First insert your needle into the next two stitches as though you were going to knit them together, but instead, transfer them to your needle with finished stitches. Next, knit the next stitch. Next, using your unfinished stitch needle, take the two slipped stitches that you didn’t knit and slip them over that last knitted stitch. The result should be that the center stitch of the three involved stitches should be the one on the top.

  36. it took me a while but i figured it out. i have been practicing before i make one for a wedding gift. My niece is getting married next march so i would like to make her one for a gift

  37. I seen this pattern here and I said to myself I want this one. I am a 78 year old greatgrandmother of 20 and I am going to start making these for my children, my grandchildren all 12 of them. I had 7 children. enough of that. I have a question about the needles in all these patterns on this site.
    Why don’t they put the US size on them with the size they now have. I don’t know the size when they don’t put US before the number. Is there a site where they give both of the sizes I don’t know what you call the other one the one they use on this site. I know I should know this, but I never seen it like this on patterns that I have knitted in the past years. Thank you so very much and God Bless you.

    • I’m so glad you like the pattern. All the needle sizes I give are US sizes. I also give the mm sizes since those are universal and based on actual size.

    • I’m finishing up 74 – two children, but only one has children — they have decided to not tell me they have children.

      So, I live vicariously through the grands and greats of friends. Hug all of yours for me, please.

  38. I have started this over and over again … it just doesn’t work.. starting with line 3.. then it comes out even in other rows then its off again.. did you knit yours according to the directions you gave?? if I do (1) sequence of the 18+3 stitches its beautiful.. once I get to line 3 its off… when I did a 3 repeat.. does it even out over more repeats.. but at times it says to p3 and k3 when there are only 5 stitches left.. other times it says to k4 when there are 7 stitches left.. its just off somewhere.. does anyone else have this problem?

  39. Patricia Szpotowicz

    I would just like to applaod you for realizing some people have trouble reading the small print and I am one of those people. Thank you so much.

    Patricia

  40. Patricia Szpotowicz

    You gave us the pattern for the Carnival Afghan but there is no yarn yardage stated.How much yarn do we use?

    • My 32 inch square afghan took 600 yards. I would be happy to calculate yardage for whatever size you would like to make if you give me the size.

  41. could you please explain row 5 . the yo, p7. DoI have to wrap the yarn around twice?

    • It is like that because after the yarn over you have to bring the yarn forward for the purl. The result should be just one yarn loop on top of the needle.

  42. About Simply Soft ‘pilling’…I wrote the company and the lady who answered advised me to hand wash, do not scrub the item, but to gently twist and squueze water out, then to dry flat. I gathered it was any rough handling is what causes the yarn to pill. That’s a shame ‘cos I have some really gorgeous Simply Soft yarn I plan to use. It also is very difficult to work with if you need to undo knitting. I found it horrid for twisting itself and it can be really time consuming getting this yarn un-knitted. I do love the pattern for this afghan…wonder how it would work making it on the super large needles? (Size 50′s)

  43. I really like this pattern. I have not knitted in years and just recently started again, by knitting my 18 day old grandson a hoodie would you believe in camo. Now I’m wanting to knit afghans one for loveseat, sofa and recliner and this one is going to be a definite make. I’m using different colors for mine. My room is in brown tones with burgandy accent. I’ll have fun picking my colors. Thank you for this beautiful pattern.

  44. Hey girls!
    I just happened upon this pattern and I think it’s amazing!! It’s going to be my next project. Now that I’ve found you ladies, I’ll be back often! Keep up the good work. You’re all so helpful.

  45. How would this pattern work with a #5 bulky yarn and #10.5-11 size needles? If possible, how many stitches to cast on for a 38-40 by 50-52 afghan and how much yarn? As usual, I have screwed up the math to a fare-thee-well.

  46. Thanks for the prompt reply. I forgot to ask, what is the multiple/repeat?

  47. I was wondering. With the “yo”, is it your intent to increase the number of stitches? If so then just switch from knit to purl or from purl to knit without bringing the yard forward or backward and it automatically creates the “yo increase”.

    • I agree. When going from k to p or p to k the yo technique is different than the standard. In this case the yo indicates adding a stitch. Thanks for the clarification.

      • Thank you for the quick response. I just learned that my niece is having a baby in 5 months so I am working on some baby things (cocoon, blanket, mittens, booties, etc) and I thought this would make a great baby blanket.

  48. I have started this pattern four times and it just does not come out right. I used the cast on of 201 stitches and it does not work out. Plese let me know if anyone else has this problem.

    • Do you have too many or too few stitches and how many? I can help if I have more information about what is happening.

    • I am having the same problem as Sally, just can’t get the stitches to come out right. I had the right amount of stitches (201) counted them twice.

      • Make sure your s2kp2 is using 3 stitches. If you tell me how it is getting off – how many stitiches more or less you have than you expect – I can better help.

      • What am I doing wrong??? on row 2 – I k3 p1 once *p1 k1 6 times, p6* 10 times, last 5, p2 k3 once. It doesn’t come out right. I am using 201 stitches.

        • In the last repeat, the p6 is replaced by p2, k3. This is one of the earlier patterns I wrote and since then I have learned how to write instructions more clearly. I think I need to do a rewrite on this one to make it less confusing.

        • What am I doing wrong??? on row 2 – I k3 p1 once *p1 k1 6 times, p6* 10 times, last 5, p2 k3 once. It doesn’t come out right. I am using 201 stitches.
          K3 p3 one time
          *P1, K1 6 TIMES, P6* BETWEEN THE * 10 TIMES
          THERE ARE 15 STITCHES LEFT OVER

          • The beginning should be k3, p1 so four stitches
            The the repeat is 18 stitches over and over.
            You should have 17 stitches left over – which I think you would if you had k3, p1 instead of k3, p3.
            On that last repeat the p6 is replaced with p2, k3, so the last repeat is 17 stitches.

            This is one of the earlier patterns I wrote, and it is very confusing with the replacements in the repeat at the end of each row. I have just now rewritten it so that it is more clear.

        • What am I doing wrong??? on row 2 – I k3 p1 once *p1 k1 6 times, p6* 10 times, last 5, p2 k3 once. It doesn’t come out right. I am using 201 stitches.
          K3 p3 one time
          *P1, K1 6 TIMES, P6* BETWEEN THE * 10 TIMES
          P2 K3 ONCE
          THERE ARE 12 STITCHES LEFT OVER

          • 201 Sts
            k3 , p1 =4 sts
            p1,k1 6 times, p6 =18 sts X 10 =180 sts
            ( 4+180 =184.) 201 -184 = 17sts left
            p1,k1 x 6 =12sts then last 5 sts P2,k3.
            Hope this helps Glenda. :-)

  49. I have been looking forward to starting an afghan now that Christmas is over and I’ve decided on this pattern. It really looks beautiful. I’ve already bought my yarn. I bought Loops & Threads “Impeccable” in colors teal, rouge, and off white. I’m going to make mine a full-sized blanket and plan to start it as soon as I finish a shawl that’s 3/4 finished. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern!

    BTW, if there are any knitters/crocheters out there in the northeast TN area, I’m always interested in a knitting buddy!

  50. How Much Yarn/

  51. YEAH, after many tries I have mastered this pattern. It takes a lot of attention to detail. And a lot of counting.
    Sally

  52. Love your pattern. Thank you for all the updates you have taken care of making things more clear to understand.

    To my fellow knitters, if you want to chat with other knitters, go to http://www.knittingparadise.com It is a terrific forum for sharing all kinds of information.

  53. The pattern listed above, is it the revised version you mentioned? If not, where may it be obtained?

    Thank you,

  54. Thank you. I have printed it and will make it as soon as I am finished with the baby blanket I am doing now. Pattern looks easy to do. One question, does the yarn need to be worsted or double strand baby yarn?

    • The gauging for the yarn requirements and sizing given in the pattern is based on worsted weight, but the pattern will work with any weight yarn. I would just recommend using the needle size recommended by the yarn and you would need to adjust your cast on accordingly.

  55. This is such a lovely pattern! Thank you for sharing and as I am expecting my first grandchild around April I hope to have atleast , started it by then! Here in the part of India i live we dont have a great variety of yarn but I have been looking around online and hope I may be able to find something Suitable as well as affordable.

  56. In row 7, it says to “repeat from * to the last 5 stitches, p3,k3″ How can you p3,k3 into 5 stitches? This may be apparent after I actually start the project, and i apologize if this is so.

    It just reading through the pattern and copying it onto index cards, I came up with this question.

  57. I would like to make this as a baby blanket. I am not sure what size a typical blanket would be. I have plenty of yarn — 3 skeins of one color and 2 of the other. {Red Heart Soft, 5oz, 256 yds., worsted (4)} Could you please get me started with cast on and how much I might use? I don’t need to use it all! LOL

    Thanks so much!

    • It depends on its use. Swaddling and receiving blankets are usual from 30 to 36 inches square. A typical general purpose baby blanket is around 36″ by 40″. A crib blanket is about 36″ by 50″.

      For these widths cast on -
      32″ = 147
      36″ = 165

      Yards needed for these finished sizes -
      32″ by 32″ – 680 yards
      36″ by 36″ – 860 yards
      36″ by 40″ – 956 yards
      36″ by 50″ – 1195 yards

  58. i am having trouble understanding the pattern iike to knit but i am having trouble with the knitwise part of the pattern.

  59. hey mama tucker i am left handed will the pattern come out the same

  60. Hello – Nice to meet you. My name is Sherry and I’m from Daytona Beach, FL in the USA. I have crocheted off and on for at least 45 years, but I am fairly new to knitting. I have knitted a table runner and a couple of plain baby blankets. Right now I am trying to conquer a 3 color honeycomb stitch for an extra- large afghan! The one edge is so messy that I’ll probably have to put a crocheted edge on it. When I’ve finished that I want to try your Knitted Carnival Afghan! Can’t wait! Thanks so much for such beautiful patterns.

  61. Hello!! I came across this afghan pattern because I have a love for all things carnival and thought it would be fun to knit up something that has a pattern that looks like carnival tents!

    I have never made an afghan before. I am rather new to knitting. I taught myself about 3 years ago and have only made small projects or things that I just kind of make up in my head and try out. I belong to two knitting groups. The ladies I knit with have helped me IMMENSELY! They have given me nice yarns, different needles, and lots and lots of great knitting magazines! (I just graduated from college and am a self employed freelance writer so money has been awfully tight for a while!!) I have been dying to try a throw and this looks like it will be the one I try! I do wonder, though, what a good yarn would be to begin with? I am on a budget and noticed that you said this pattern would take at least two skeins. Can you give me any suggestions of very affordable yarn that will wash well and be cozy?

    Thank you so much for your hard work and the free patterns. Sometimes it is hard to find really high quality patterns for free. I always appreciate it when I do find them. Also, if any of you ladies who are on this thread would be interested in being email buddies, please let me know! I am always looking for ladies who knit from around the country and the world to talk to, share ideas with, and even trade interesting yarns or knitting notions!

    Thanks!!

    Erin

    • I made mine with Caron Simply Soft which is a very affordable yarn. It is acrylic but very soft and cozy.

      • Thanks for getting back to me!

        I will look for that type of yarn. Do you think I would find it at my local yarn shop? Or is mainly sold at Micheal’s or JoAnn’s?

        Also, if I were to alternate colors, would I knit the pattern once and swap to another color and then go back and forth after each of the pattern sections? Or, do you think it would be more aesthetically pleasing to do a few sections of the pattern before swapping colors? I have never done color work before. I always either make things in one color or I use the self-striping yarn to get my projects more colorful.

        Thanks!
        Erin

        • Micheal’s and JoAnn’s for sure.

          On the color changes, it’s really up to you. I did two repeats in a color before swapping, but one would also look nice.

  62. Hello,

    I was wondering if it was possible to use circular needles with this pattern? If it is, would the size be the same, size 8?

    Thanks – Vicki

    • Yes. Use a size 8 circular and just knit back and forth like on straight needles. I always make afghans on circular needles since they can be so heavy.

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