Rios Slip Stitch Afghan
As I mentioned this past Friday, I was able to finish the Rios Slip Stitch Afghan. Just thought I’d give blog readers the full story about this project.
Who Owns The Rios Slip Stitch Afghan Design?
A local friend of mine is an artist. She includes fiber arts in her repertoire. As such, social media has presented her with a lot of advertisements for yarn-related businesses.
One of those promotional posts is from beWoolen Yarn & Supplies, selling their kit for a beautiful knitted afghan project. The kit includes 10 hanks of Malabrigo Rios, a beWoolen logo zip-top clear view tote, along with a full color printed pattern for a slip-stitch afghan. It retails for $182 plus shipping.
My friend wanted to knit this afghan, but knew she could get Malabrigo Rios for less than $18 a skein. She wasn’t willing to pay $182 for an afghan kit.
I told her that I could write her a pattern for a similar afghan if she wanted to buy her own Rios.
Then, I got offered two incredibly good sale offers for Malabrigo Rios for under $12 a hank. And shipping was free if I bought enough. So I bought enough for more than two afghans and offered to sell my friend any of it for my cost.
Seeing all this beautiful yarn, I decided to make the afghan myself. And then I found a pattern for a Rios slip stitch baby blanket.
It turns out this pattern has instructions for both a baby blanket AND and afghan. It looks like the same type of pattern for $5.
My friend is a relatively new knitter. She asked me to give her a simpler pattern for an afghan using Rios. She’s now working on a woven-stitch afghan (with i-cord edging).
The finished afghan is just beautiful. It’s big, it’s soft and it’s truly gorgeous.
The finished measurements before blocking was about 48″x58″. Since Rios is superwash, it relaxes a lot when wet and blocked. Final size was about 57″x72″ after blocking.
All ready to give as a gift next week at the retreat!