Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pam's Comfort Cables Crocheted Afghan

Last year, some friends and I found out that another dear friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. We all wanted to do something for her, and because we were all crocheters and designers, we came up with the idea of crocheting a comfort afghan for her. We thought about how to do this - we all were in various parts of the country. How could we get together for one afghan? How could we all use the same yarn, same dye lot, same gauge? How could we make the afghan especially for Pam? Well, we thought of doing squares - each one would make one. What kind? Cables - Pam's favorite stitch. What color - her favorites. And Pink for breast cancer. What yarn? Knit Picks graciously provided the yarn for this project. So we set out to do this. We crocheted. All the designers put in time to make one or two original squares. We decided we would like to publish the patterns as a downloadable booklet, so we had to do more. Some of us tech edited the projects. Some donated money for shipping the extra yarn, that the designers didn't use, to Tammy Hildebrand, who not only put the afghan squares together, but also coordinated the whole effort! Thanks Tammy! And  then we had to write an introduction to the booklet - Diane Moyer and I did that. We had to have someone with awesome graphic art and layout skills to make this whole thing work. Amie Hirtes Bentley did this. And Knit Picks decided they wanted to sell this on their web site. So here is the site:

Details about the book:
Title: Pam's Comfort Cables
20 pages including front cover, table of contents, and contributor's page
24 cabled designs
100% of proceeds go to Pam Gillette

And here are some of the pictures from the book:

This is my cable design. It's an easy one. 

The nice thing about this pattern book is that you can use any of the 24 different designs. All of them, or some of them. You can use any colors you want. You can personalize the afghan and learn how to make crocheted cables, all at the same time! We'd love to see pictures of your completed afghans. We're on Ravelry - you can go to my Ravelry page (martyagm), and post your picture. 
And thanks for helping to support our friend!

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