Noro Chevron Afghan

Noro Bias Stripe Afghan

Adapted from the design book Timeless Noro Knit Blankets, published by Sixth+Spring Books in 2019, this pattern offers many possibilities for using up color-change yarns you have in your stash, so long as they are of similar weight.  Naturally, the book suggests that you use Noro self-striping yarns.  However, I used two Lion Brand yarns:  Pound of Love yarn for the A color and Mandala Sparkle for the B color.

The pattern alternates two rows each of yarn A and yarn B.  Yarn A rows will always be knit rows (to form the raised ridges), while yarn B will always be first row knit, second row purl.  Increases and decreases always take place on the right side (RS) rows.  Six 60” long stripes are blocked and sewn together to make an afghan measuring about 39” x 60”.

Materials required:

A yarn:  Six 100g (3.5oz/196 yards) balls of a #4 aran or worsted yarn in a plain color

B yarn:  Ten 50g (1.75oz/110 yards) balls of a #4 weight self-striping or color-change yarn

One pair 5.5mm or 6mm or even 6.5mm needles, depending on taste and the drape you prefer.

Instructions:

Strip 1 – you will make three of these

  1. With yarn A, cast on 4sts and knit two rows. (4)
    1. Increase Row 1 (RS): with yarn B, kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb;  two stitches increased.
    2. Increase Row 2 (WS): with yarn B, purl complete row.
    3. Increase Row 3 (RS): with yarn A, kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb;  two stitches increased.
    4. Increase Row 4 (WS): with yarn B, knit complete row.
  2. Repeat rows 1-4 eight times; you should have 40 stitches, finished on the wrong side knit row.**
    1. Bias Row 1 (RS): With Yarn B, ssk, knit to last stitch, kfb.
    2. Bias Row 2 (WS): With Yarn B, purl complete row.
    3. Bias Row 3 (RS): With Yarn A, ssk, knit to last stitch, kfb.
    4. Bias Row 4 (WS): With Yarn A, knit complete row.
  3. Repeat these four bias rows until the long edge of the strip measures 60”, then start decrease:
    1. Decrease Row 1: With Yarn B, ssk, knit to last two stitches, k2tog (two stitches decreased).
    2. Decrease Row 2: With Yarn B, purl complete row.
    3. Decrease Row 3: With Yarn A, ssk, knit to last two stitches, k2tog (two stitches decreased).
    4. Decrease Row 4:  With Yarn A, knit complete row.
  4. Repeat last four rows seven times more until there are only four stitches. Use Yarn A to bind off.

Strip 2 – you will make three of these

  1. Work exactly the same as for Strip 1 until you have 40 stitches – at point **. Then…
    1. Bias Row 1 (RS): With Yarn B, kfb, knit to last stitch, k2tog.
    2. Bias Row 2 (WS): With Yarn B, purl complete row.
    3. Bias Row 3 (RS): With Yarn A, kfb, knit to last stitch, k2tog.
    4. Bias Row 4 (WS): With Yarn A, knit complete row.
  2. Repeat bias rows 1-4 until the long edge of the strip measures 60”; then work decreases as for Strip 1.  Use Yarn A to bind off.

Finishing: 

Block each strip to 8.5” x 60”.  Sew long edges of strips together, alternating Strips 1 and 2 to create the chevron pattern.  Weave in the ends.

Use a 5mm hook to crochet all the way around the edge, twice, to form a narrow border.  Wash and block lightly to smooth out the seams and tighten the corners.

Here is the printable file:  Noro Bias Stripe Afghan.

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