Invaders From Outer Space by ShoedivaOriginals

Invaders From Outer Space

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Aran (8 wpi) ?
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1250 yards (1143 m)
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These charts form the Invaders From Outer Space Afghan; perfect for any bedroom, particularly for the gamers amongst you!! Each chart worked in worsted weight yarn forms a block approximately 10” square, so the blanket is a perfect size for a cot bed or first toddler bed, or makes an adorable throw for a playroom or portable play rug for taking to Grandma’s house.

Usually for worsted weight yarn I would use between a 5mm and 6mm set of needles to get the drape I like (no surprise that I have way too many 5.5mm hooks and needles in my grab bag!) 5mm is great for a somewhat hardier material, perfect for a floor blanket (and I back mine with polar fleece, quilting along the edges of the squares once sewn together) while 6mm have more drape (but weave those ends in well if you tend to knit a little looser than the gauge on the ballband).

Basically, with the way these patterns work, you could use any weight of yarn; just work to the yarn gauge and needle size uniformly over the blanket and it will all be fine & dandy.

With each block being just 42 stitches across, intarsia becomes a manageable challenge for the novice, or a fun and portable project for the more experienced yarnaholic! The beauty of charted projects is that any yarn and needle size you like can be substituted throughout. As long as you maintain your own gauge throughout your project, your afghan will be soft, beautiful and a delight to make and receive! I hope that you enjoy making yours as much as I did!