I have never made this pattern before but know the sts. I want to put 5 sts on each side for border. I have never made a swatch since all my past afghans already stated how many to cast on.
I am using Premier Ever Soft yarn, US needle 8, 18 sts 18 rows = 4". Each skein is 3 oz and I have 20 skeins. I would like to have 40-45" w afghan. If I need more yarn, I will get it.
The pattern itself is a multiple of 18 sts + whatever side border; I chose 5 sts ea side. It also states the gauge should usually be 5 sts to the inch or more
k5, k2tog 3 times, (k1,yo) 6 times, k2tog 3 times rep from * to * until last sts, k5.
Someone else was trying to help me with a swatch but it is not making any sense. She told me to cast on 40 sts and work pattern for 5". For the pattern row I am not able to decipher where she is getting the 40 sts from. I see the 18 sts in the pattern row.
Can someone please help me with a swatch or even how many to cast on using what the yarn calls for? I am so grateful for any help.