Monday, August 27, 2012

For Twins: The Tree of Life Afghan

An Excuse to do some Cable-Knitting

Oh those babies.  I think I have a sickness.  I can never, ever, get enough of babies.  Not everyone's a baby person, and that's ok.  I know I'm not alone in my diseased-state, for I have spoken with many of you that share this baby-obsession, and we know who we are :)

Recently I was able to visit a good friend and see her newborn twins. I've always wondered what it would be like to have twins. Twins are fascinating creatures, and much as I feel confident holding a newborn (I've had 5 of them!) holding TWO newborns at once was a little disconcerting at first. 


Of course, twins are the perfect excuse to feed my baby knitting mania!  I wanted to make a blanket for them (and about 100 other things).  Come to think of it, should have been two blankets, but one had to do.
I decided on this one, called the Tree of Life Baby Afghan.  Two trees twining together, inseperable.  Trees are symbolic on so many levels, and in so many cultures.  This is a pattern that involves cable-knitting, where your work crosses over itself to create braids or twists.  It's actually very simple to do, but very impressive, and lends itself to some amazing fiber-design possibilites.   

What fun it was to make! 
 Coming Soon:  A lace shawl, a painted furniture project, and a trip to Port Townsend. 


  1. You are SO. COOL. I wish I had the patience to make something so gorgeous...I can't even manage crochet slippers. I love reading your blog. :)

  2. This is beautiful Nancy! You are so talented!

  3. I love how it turned out! Great job, you are so talented, but of course I already knew that. :)

  4. Thanks so much! I'm glad it turned out looking good too, that is not always the case :)

  5. Beautiful babies, beautiful blanket. I have just finished the eternal knot blanket by Daniel Yuhas, for my new grandbaby to be born any day now. I have printed Lionbrand's tree of life pattern, but I prefer the simplicity of the center portion in your afghan. Can you provide a pattern for this version of the blanket? I hope you can. A friend is going to be a grandmother for the second time in November and I would love to make this special project for her. Thanks for your creative time. Gundi Sheppard

  6. Hi there, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner!

    If you are on ravelry, the link to the modified tree of life with the center portion patter is here:

    If that doesn't work, try this link here:

    Let me know if that doesn't work and I'll find a way to get you the pattern!