FO: Speed Stix 6 Hour Afghan

I believe it took me longer than 6 hours. I’m kind of a slow knitter, and in between I worked on a couple other projects. I did not add the fringe because frankly, I don’t like fringe, plus I’ve heard homespun unravels easily.

The speed stix were weird but it worked! i think it looks nice, it’s for my grandma.

Good job! I thought about buying the speed stix but after looking at them, I decided they were really too big for me to work with so I’ve resolved to using smaller needles for any afghan I decide to knit.

It will make a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing.:yay::yay:

Thanks!

Those speed stix were awkward as heck to work with! Like knitting with broom handles or something. But it did the job, I never would of finished an afghan in that short of a time on small needles.

Even though I went back to work on a project that I’m using size 10 1/2 needles and cascade 220 Quattro for, and it was like knitting with toothpicks and dental floss after those huge needles and four strands of homespun!

I’m new to the board, but I just happened to come across your post. I am just now starting to knit one of those fast finish throws myself, and I am wondering what colors did you use for yours? It is absolutely beautiful!

Six hours? Or even a little more… :passedout:

Very nice!

Thanks everyone!

Knitter78, I used Tudor, Fuchsia and Deco.

It turned out beautiful! The speed stix are a bugger to work with, but you sure can finish a nice gift in record time with them!

Great job!! :happydance:

I have the speed stix but haven’t made anything with them…I wondered if they would hurt my hands after awhile :teehee:

Lovely colors! It’s amazing you could make that much fabric in so short a time, no matter what size the needles. Your grandma is going to be warm!

:rofl: … like broomstick handles. Looks great! So this is just 4 strands held together and regular old stockinette stitch? 6 hours huh.

[SIZE=1](—> Marni checks out her broom closet)[/SIZE]

yes, 4 strands held together, and stockinette. It was awkward but you get a rhythm going after awhile. But 34 stitches of four strand homespun is a terror to keep on those speed stix. It’s very squished up. But I would do it again, for the quickness and ease of it. Plus I think it really does a nice job.

Cool! 6 hours, wow. I keep saying I’m going to crochet an afghan cuz I need another, but maybe I could knit one. I might go down to a tiny size 17 or something and two strands of heavy worsted. How much yarn did you need?

what are [I]your[/I] finished demensions, roughly? I’m thinking of making one for my fil, but he’s a big guy and I want to make sure it’d fit over him.

mwedzi, I used 8 skeins of Homespun. Well not all of it, I do have a little leftover.

jberry16, I’m not sure, I can measure it when I get home tonight. We had a guest who is at least 6 ft and he used it as a blanket to cover up. It really is more like a snuggle blanket though.

I was looking around this morning and discovered that www.stitchdiva.com has the size 35’s & 50’s on a circular!! They have them 24" and 32" long … They aren’t cheap, but if you were going to use them a lot, it would be worth the investment. Certainly much easier to work with than the straight needles and would give your stitches much more room. I don’t have any plans right now to make any more of these afghans, but I will definitely keep this in mind when I do. Just thought I’d pass this along.

Beautiful job!! :thumbsup: Grandma will love it! I have the speed stix too and like you said the first thing I thought of was broom handles–good minds think alike:teehee:

spectorkitty: would you do it again? anything you’d change on the pattern?
contemplating doing this for my fil for Christmast.

That’s nice, I heard that it is quite a work-out when you use those big needles… are your arms tired?
But it looks pretty and it’s nice to have quick results. Also, with the cold weather coming up you will be glad to have a soft, warm afghan.
Try making a sock with size 2 needles now. THAT will feel strange

So you used homespun yarn? I am making a sweater/duster out of that for my stepmother… does it really unravel easily? I want to make a very durable sweater/duster (She wore her storebought one until it absolutely fell apart), but if homespun unravels then i will frog it and start with another yarn (i am only 12 rows in, so if i frog then NOW would be the time)

maleknitter, well the ends did unravel, that is one reason I didn’t add the fringe. There are some posts on this site about homespun, I bet if you did a search you could find them. I found it easy to work with though. I haven’t found any problem with the knit part, just the ends that unraveled.

jberry16, yes I’d do it again, in fact I plan on making two more of them for Christmas presents. Nothing at all against homespun but I thought of using something like the wool ease thick and quick for one and homespun for the other. By the way I just measured and it is 6 ft 4 inches long and 2 1/2 feet wide. You can’t get very wide on the speed stix, but it is long enough to snuggle in. It would of been longer but to tell the truth I wanted to bind off and see how it turned out. Plus my grandma is little tiny and 6 ft is plenty long enough!

Wanda, i just looked at those needles and those are awesome! The whole time I was using the speed stix, everyone kept asking me if I could make it wider and I had to keep saying no I couldn’t. But now I could! Thanks!!