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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wedding Gift Crocheted Afghan Coming Along

In my recent post about the Close Scallops Stitch in crochet, I showed you a video on how to work the stitch and shared with you the written pattern. Today you get to see the project I am working on using this stitch. As I mentioned before, it is an afghan for my niece's wedding gift and it's working up rather quickly. Yippee! That is exciting for two reasons. The first is that the wedding is in November and it would be nice to send it to her before the wedding. The second reason is a little more selfish and that is because it's getting very cold here in New England and the longer the afghan gets, the warmer it keeps me while I am working on it!

Here are a few pictures of the project and the stitch:

Close Scallops AfghanThis is how far I've gotten since starting to work on it not quite a week ago. I think I'm on my fifth skein of yarn already. The yarn I am using is Red Heart's Easy Tweed bulky weight yarn which calls for a size J crochet hook, but I am using a size K. The color is called Pistachio and when I first received it in the mail I was just a little bit apprehensive about the color. It was a little more ... uh ... green than I expected it to be. But now that I have worked with it and I see how it looks in this pattern, I really like it.

Close Scallops AfghanThe picture above shows the beginning of the piece. You can see how straight the bottom and side edges are, and notice that you can't really see the holes from where the scallops are formed in the single crochet like you could on the sample from the video. This is because of the yarn being bulky weight combined with the use of a crochet hook that is closer to the size recommended for the yarn being used.

Close Scallops AfghanThis picture shows the top edge with the pretty scallop the stitch makes. When I am finished crocheting the afghan, I will stitch one row of single crochet on the bottom edge of the afghan and work a pattern row so that the scallops will be on both ends. Then I will work a single crochet row on each side of the afghan and a pattern row. This will put a nice scalloped border all the way around the afghan, as well as add a little bit to the width of the afghan.

So what do you think of the Close Scallops stitch? Could you see yourself cuddled up under an afghan like this? Why don't you give it a try!

Happy Stitching!

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  • It's prefect and unique wedding gift... I like this!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 25, 2008 at 2:07 AM  

  • I do a similar block stitch but after the first full row (the row worked into the starting chain) I turn the piece and work the pattern on the other side of the starting chain. Then I continue to work the piece as normal. This creates a scalloped edge on the starting row like the final row. I prefer this edge over the straight edge. It takes some practice but I think the more balanced look is worth it.

    Have fun!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 2, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

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