Traveling Afghan “Hugs” Square

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Hello September! I can’t believe we’re already in the ninth month of the year! 2021 seems to be flying by. It’s almost as if you blink and a month has passed! With a new month means we’ve arrived at the ninth square for the Knit Traveling Afghan hosted by Lion Brand! I’m so excited to be part of this amazing project for its second year! So many amazing designers have contributed squares, and I’m thoroughly honored to have been included!

When I was approached with the opportunity to pitch an idea for a square I was nervous and almost didn’t commit. I did and still do consider myself a beginner knitter, but I thrive in challenging situations. Something deep down said to give this opportunity my best try. I’m glad I listened to that voice and have been able to present to you a free pattern to further the Traveling Afghan journey! This year’s theme for the knit blanket is “Purl it Forward.”

“Purl it Forward” is a play on words of the saying “pay it forward.” These past few years and current times have been uncomfortable, tragic, loaded with uncertainty, loss, and suffering for many of us. This blanket projects is designed to inspire us all to think and be bigger than ourselves in order to come together for a greater good. We’re all different, but much of our experiences are the same. I feel as though the colors and textures found throughout my contribution and the blanket as a whole reflect this message.

Traveling Afghan “Hugs” Square is my take on spreading kindness within our communities, and being mindful of others needs. A hug may seem like a small act of affection, but with these trying times receiving a hug has almost become a luxury. Because of social distancing, respecting public health ordinance and recommendations, a hug might be hard to come by or see happening amongst loved ones. I made this square as my opportunity to send a hug from me to you.

I hope you enjoy this pattern. It was a labor of love! If you wish to help support my work, you may purchase a printable PDF of this pattern for ONLY $1 here! The PDF includes all written instructions as well as an easy to follow chart! Read on to find all materials, notions, and the completed for FREE!

Pattern

Needles: US 7/4.5mm

Gauge: 17s x 27 rs blocked

Yarn: 2 Balls of Feels Like Butta; Dusty Blue

Final Size: 20” square

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Large-eye tapestry needle

Notes: The Traveling Afghan Knit Blanket for 2021 consist of (12) 20” squares. This pattern contains the pattern for the “hugs” square ONLY. “Hugs” square consists of a seed/moss stitch border surrounding “hugs” graphic; consisting of stockinette and purl stitches. This pattern is worked flat; back and forth in rows from bottom up. Keep your tension relaxed to meet and maintain gauge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast On
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • () – Indicates remaining # of stitches
  • [] – Indicate a repeat

CO 81 sts.

Row 1(RS)-27: k, p to end, turn.

Row 28-46 (EVEN Rows): [k, p] 7 times, p 53, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 29-47 (ODD Rows): [k, p ] 7 times, k 53, [p, k ] 7 times, turn.

Row 48: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p 4, k 6, p 7, k 5, p 6, k 5, p 5, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 49: [k, p] 7 times, [k 4, p 7] twice, k 5, p 8, k 3, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 50: [k, p ] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p 2, k 3, p 4, k 3, [p 3, k 3] twice, p 2, [k 3, p 3] twice, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 51: [k, p] 7 times, k 2, p 3, k 6, p, k, p 3, k 5, p 3, k, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 52: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p, k 3, p 5, k 3, p 8, k 3, p 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 53: [k, p] 7 times, k 2, p 3, k 8, p 3, k 5, p 3, k, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 54: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p 2, k 2, p 5, k 3, p 8, k 3, p 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 55: [k, p] 7 times, k 2, p 3, k 8, p 3, k 4, p 2, k 3, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2 [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 56: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p 9, k 3, p 8, k 3, p 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 57: [k, p] 7 times, k 2, p 3, k 8, p 3, k 9, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 58: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p 9, k 3, p 8, k 3, p 2 [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 59: [k, p] 7 times, k 2, p 3, k 8, p 3, k 9, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 60: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p 9, k 3, p 7, k 4, p 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 61: [k, p] 7 times, k 3, p 7, k 3, p 3, k, p 4, k 4, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 62: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p 3, k 9, p 2, k 7, p 4, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 63: [k, p] 7 times, k 8, p 4, k, p 4, k 3, p 4, k, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2 [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 64: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p, k 3, p 5, k 3, p, k 3, p 9, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 65: [k, p] 7 times, k 9, p 3, k, p 3, k 5, p 3, k, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 66: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p, k 3, p 5, k 3, p, k 3, p 9, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 67: [k, p] 7 times, k 9, p 3, k, p 3, k 5, p 3, k, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 7, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 68: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 7, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p, k 3, p 5, k 3, p, k 3, p 9, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 69: [k, p] 7 times, k 9, p 3, k, p 3, k 5, p 3, k, p 3, k 6, p 3, k, p 3, k 6, p 4, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 70: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 5, p 4, k 4, p, k 3, p 6, k 3, p, k 3, p 5, k 3, p, k 3, p 6, k, p 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 71: [k, p] 7 times, k 2, [p 3, k 3] 3 times, p 3, k 2, p 3, k 6, p 3, k 2, p 12, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 72: [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p, k 7, p 3, k 3, p 6, k 3, p 3, k 7, p 5, k 7, p 3 [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 73: [k, p] 7 times, k 4, p 5, k 7, p 5, k 5, p 2, k 6, p 2, k 5, p 5, k 2, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 74-86 (EVEN Rows): [k, p] 7 times, p 2, k 3, p 48, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 75-87 (ODD Rows): [k, p] 7 times, k 48, p 3, k 2, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 88: Repeat Row 74.

Row 89-107 (ODD Rows): [k, p] 7 times, k 53, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 90-108 (EVEN Rows): [k, p] 7 times, p 53, [p, k] 7 times, turn.

Row 109-134: k, p to end, turn.

Bind off in pattern.

Finishing

Weave in ends, steam block, and mattress stitch to previous blanket squares. Enjoy!

 

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This pattern and its contents are sole property of Leah Gordon. You may not sell or redistribute any portion or use these images as your own. Pattern for personal use only.

 

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