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Nancy’s Favourite Afghan by Nancy Duff

Swatch of the stitch used in Nancy's afghan

This image shows a swatch of the basketweave pattern used in Nancy’s afghan worked with worsted weight yarn on 4mm needles.


48 oz or so of worsted weight yarn
US size 17 needles

Gauge and Size

Note from Sarah: Unfortunately Nancy wasn’t able to give me a finished size and gauge for this pattern. Here are a list of finished sizes for the gauge you might get with these size needles and yarn. If you knit a swatch in stocking stitch, you’ll be able to pick the fabric you like the best.

7 sts to 4 inches will give you a 74″ square afghan,
8 sts to 4 inches will give a 65″ square afghan, and
9 sts to 4 inches will give you a 57 and 3/4 inch square afghan.


Cast on 130 stitches with double yarn and knit 10 rows of garter stitch, then start the pattern:

Rows 1-10: K5, (P10, K10) repeat to last 5sts, K5

Rows 11-20: K5, (K10, P10) repeat to last 5sts, K5

I work the afghan 18 blocks tall but you can do more or less as you like – if you want to do a baby blanket, you use single yarn and a size 11 needle – with the baby blanket I do between 10 and 12 blocks.

End with 10 rows of garter stitch.

This pattern is copyright © the estate of Nancy Duff, all rights reserved. Image copyright Sarah Bradberry 1999. All rights reserved.