The free pattern can be found here. Unfortunately I had several projects that had to come first so it stayed on the list for a LONG time. A few weeks ago I happened to walk down the clearance aisle at Walmart and discovered the variegated yarn in the pattern there. So I bought several skeins so they didn't run out before I had a chance to make this afghan. I rarely actually follow the exact colors used by the designers when I find a pattern I really like, but for this one this particular colorway really adds to the watercolor effect.
I made a few modifications but mainly followed the pattern pretty closely. One of the modifications I made was to add a chain-1 between the corner dc-clusters on round 2 of each granny square so I could join the granny squares as I went along and avoided a lot of sewing. I also used a size K crochet hook instead of L.
I'll definitely be making this afghan again, possibly in other color combinations.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
|My daughter crocheting|
It's I Love Yarn Day! How are you celebrating? I gave my 8-year-old her first crochet lesson. Actually, we started out with a knitting lesson. She understood what she was supposed to do, but holding the yarn and the needles and not losing her live stitches was causing a little problem. So we decided to hold the knitting lesson for another day and switch to crochet. Then she didn't have so many loose stitches to worry about.
|Closeup of my daughter crocheting|
Monday, October 8, 2012
I searched Ravelry for a cute but quick-to-make poncho pattern and this is what I found. Several people had commented that the neck opening was too big, so to account for this I made the smallest size and then just added more rows to make it long enough for my daughter.
I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Chocolate, Plum Wine, Soft Pink and White and used less than 1 skein of each color. (Probably 1/2 to 3/4 of each color.) The color pattern I used was as follows:
Row 1: Chocolate
Row 2: Plum Wine
Row 3: Soft Pink
Row 4: White
Row 5: Soft Pink
Row 6: Plum Wine
Row 7: Chocolate
Row 8: Plum Wine
Row 9: Soft Pink
Row 10: White
Row 11: Soft Pink
Row 12: Plum Wine
Row 13: Chocolate
Row 14: Plum Wine
Row 15: Soft Pink
Row 16: White
Row 17: Soft Pink
Row 18: Plum Wine
Row 19: Chocolate
Row 20: Plum Wine
Row 21: Soft Pink
Row 22: White
Row 23: Soft Pink
Row 24: Plum Wine
Row 25: Chocolate
Friday, April 27, 2012
You'll need medium worsted weight yarn (yarn category "4") in three different shades - light (Color A), medium (Color B), dark (Color C). For this one I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn. I don't remember what the exact colors were called, but I used not quite a full skein of each in white, light dusty rose, and dark rose. I used a size I crochet hook.
Abbreviations: Ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet
With Color A, ch 100.
(Ch 65 for 18" long premie or doll afghan. Ch 118 for 42" long baby afghan.)
Row 1: 2 dc in fourth ch from hook, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch as last sc, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. 2 dc in last sc, sc in next ch-2 space, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 space, sc in next ch-2 space. Repeat from * across.
Rows 3-4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Change to Color B. Repeat Row 2.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: Change to Color C. Repeat Row 2.
Row 8: Repeat Row 2.
Row 9: Change to Color A. Repeat Row 2.
Row 10: Repeat Row 2.
Row 11: Change to Color B. Repeat Row 2.
Row 12: Repeat Row 2.
Continue repeating Row 2, working 2 rows of each color in stripe sequence established (Color A, then B, then C) until afghan is about 2" less than desired width, ending with Color A. Work 3 more rows with Color A. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Turn afghan around and join Color A with a sc in last sc (on the opposite side of the beginning chain). Ch 2, 2 dc in same sc, sc in next ch-2 space, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 space. Repeat from * to the end of the row. Fasten off, weave in ends.
If you make this afghan I'd love to see a picture of it! If you have any questions please let me know.