The first time I knit this pattern was in 1968. It's from McCall's Needlework and Crafts, and I made it in the exact same colors as the pattern picture -- gold and black. It was a gift to my sister in gratitude for helping me out during some challenging times. She later passed it along to our mother. And since neither one of them is around anymore, I don't know what became of the afghan. Hopefully it is keeping someone warm and snug.
In the ensuing 10-15 years I made two more. Don't remember which came first, the rust/brown or the light/dark blue. Each took about a year to knit; what with a full-time job, motherhood, and graduate school, time for knitting was limited. But the pattern is so wonderful that even now I'm tempted to make one more.
What's so great about it? Well, it's a doubleknit, which makes it really fun. Had I been confronted with the dreaded word DOUBLEKNIT at the beginning I probably would never have had the audacity to believe I could knit this pattern. But no mention was made. I simply followed the very easy instructions and soon perceived that somehow, magically, I was knitting two separate pieces of fabric that were linked together in just a few spots.
A dotted pattern is created on the other side. And the squares allow one to have a sense of accomplishment. (Hah! Another row of squares completed!) It's a great winter project, because the completed part keeps your lap warm while you are adding to it.
Having hung onto this very old pattern over all the years and all the traveling, it seems a shame not to put it to some use. The pages are a little brown, but still readable. I suspect I won't actually knit another whole afghan, although I might attempt a pillow or two. That wouldn't take long.