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Monday, February 14, 2011

Crocheted Wedding Gift Afghan ~ Complete!

This is the time of year when I love to have a big crochet project going so that I can sit and relax in the evening and keep my lap nice and warm! Well, my most recent project is finished and ready to be mailed to my niece and her new husband. I do hope they like it and that it keeps them warm for many years to come. My lap will need to find something else to keep it warm now!


Crossed Double Crochet AfghanYou may recognize it from the tutorial I just posted about how I trim my fringe.


Crossed Double Crochet AfghanI saw this afghan kit on my favorite online yarn craft store, Mary Maxim, before Christmas and fell in love with it immediately. I looked at it in their catalog and on their website, trying to figure out how the stitch pattern was made. Once it became available to order, I jumped at the chance and ordered it right away.


Crossed Double Crochet AfghanIf you're looking for an easy and fun afghan pattern, you might want to check this one out over at Mary Maxim and give it a try. Once I worked the pattern stitch about two times, I never had to look at the pattern again, except to get the colors in the right order. It's clever and easy and so pretty! And here's a bonus...you don't even have to weave in any of the ends, which is the worst part of making an afghan with so many color changes!

The yarn that came with the kit is Red Heart Super Saver, which I had not been too happy with using on the last few projects I made with it. But I must say I was quite pleased with the quality of these skeins of yarn that I received with this kit. It was all top quality, with no bad spots of yarn that was too thick or too thin, and only one skein had a tied break in the yarn. Perhaps Red Heart listened to customers who complained about poor quality control in the past few years and has tightened up on that. I do hope so because you just can't beat Red Heart for long lasting, sturdy yarns in great colors.

I have received a request for a tutorial on how to do double knotted fringe, so that's on my to do list and will hopefully be coming up soon, along with a few more ways to use crossed double crochet in your projects.

Happy Stitching!

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3 Comments:

  • Very pretty - I love these colors together. I know the newlyweds will treasure this gift. I have been disappointed in Red Heart yarns - maybe I should give Red Heart another try - I do love the Red Heart soft yarn.

    By Blogger annemarie, At February 17, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

  • Hello. Thanks so much for posting the tutorial for the crossed double crochet. Very nice. I have a question for you. I ordered the Reflections afghan from Maxim and just received it. I'm very anxious to get started on it. . . giving it to a grandson. I noticed that the pattern for the afghan has a little different crossed double crochet than your tutorial shows. They have put the chain one betwen the crossed double crochet clusters, where your tutorial shows adding the chain one between the two crossed posts. I was wondering if you modified the pattern for the Reflections Afthan that you made, matching the method shown on your tutorial, or did you follow the directions that come with the afghan materials exactly. I'm thinking I would like the more open cross, which is what a chain between the posts would give. I'm just curious how you did it. Thanks very much. Judy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 15, 2013 at 12:29 AM  

  • Hi Judy, I loved that Reflections pattern because there are no ends to weave in when you are finished! Woo hoo! When I made my two afghans with that pattern, I followed the pattern exactly. I also liked the way the crosses looked with the sc in between. In my tutorials, I showed a few other ways to do a crossed stitch as well, just to illustrate how you can get different looks with small changes to a stitch. Have fun making your afghan! I'd love to see a picture when you are finished!

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At November 15, 2013 at 7:06 AM  

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