# Too many stitches!

I’m currently working on a Fibonacci sequence afghan done in mitered squares. When finished, it should somewhat look like this:

If you aren’t familiar with the Fibonacci sequence, it is a series of numbers where each one is the sum of the previous two. Starting with 1 the sequence is…
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, …

I decided to multiply each number by 10 so the first square would be a decent size to start. I cast on 21 stitches so each side will have 10 plus I have one stitch for the diagonal line). So the square for 2 is 20 stitches on each side (or 41 stitches total).

My problem is that I’m barely halfway done with it (I’m on the square for 13…130 stitches on each side) and I don’t think my needles will be long enough for the next square let alone any more. The next square represents 21 meaning that it will have 210 stitches on each side. I will have to cast on 210 stitches plus one stitch for the diagonal and THEN pick up ANOTHER 210 stitches to join it to the afghan. At 40", the circular needles I’m using were barely long enough to handle the 261 stitches of my current block. I seriously doubt they will accommodate over 400 stitches for the next one. And I’m making this afghan to fit a full-sized bed.

Does anyone have a suggestion how to get through the next block? Or did I commit to the impossible? I’m at a total loss!

Do you have interchangeable needles? Can you connect two cables together to lengthen the needles?

I don’t understand the photo so I don’t know how this will all go together. Is there a reason that your numbers have to keep increasing or can you repeat the sequence starting over at 10?

Each square is added to the long side of what is already completed. It’s the way the sequence works. So when I complete the square I’m making now, the long side of the afghan is 210 stitches. If I start the sequence back at the beginning, it ruins the visual of the spiral.

No. I only have fixed needles. The particular ones I’m using and size 9 and 40" long. I wish I had interchanganle needles, but my budget is next to nothing.

How big is the blanket now along the edges?
What about working with two circular needles? You’d use one ball of yarn so the work would be joined but knit one half with needle one and the second half with needle 2.

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That sounds like an idea. I will see if I can make that work. I am still working on the current square. When I get finished with it I’ll see if that works for the next one. Thanks.

Salmonmac, I piggy-backed the needles like you suggested. Half of the stitches on one circular and the other half on a second. So far it’s working. And as an added bonus, I know where the center stitch is for the double decrease!

Great. It’ll be fun to see this blanket!

ETA: Wonderful photo over in What’cha Knitting. It’s going well.

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It’s just taking so long to do this block. I know that mitered squares decrease 2 st every other row, but with so many stitches (and the yarn feels very tacky–I hate acrylic) I only get 2 rows done per hour.

Sometimes it’s just a slog. It’ll be worth it though.

So do you think I can get this finished by the 15th? That’s my son’s birthday. He’s always complaining how cold his room is in the summer because the A/C cools his room the most.

Maybe you can take the added pressure of a time limit off by giving him the blanket on the needles with an IOU. It’ll surely be finished by summer and AC season, and he’ll still have a lovely present to unwrap.

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