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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Decisions, Decisions ~ A New Crocheted Afghan Project

Summer crocheting is in full swing here in New England the past few weeks as we have been enjoying some unseasonably cool weather. You won't hear a word of complaint from me! I love cool, dry days and cozy nights! A friend recently commissioned me to crochet a twin bed sized afghan for each of her children but I had to tell her that a project like that would most likely have to wait until the hot summer was over and the cool fall weather arrived. And then I ran across a great sale on Red Heart Super Saver yarn, quite by accident since I would not normally drive a half hour to purchase yarn. I'm so spoiled having a Michael's and a Joann's and a Walmart with a good craft department within 5 minutes of my house. For some reason, I looked up AC Moore online to see if I could get a better selection of the colors I needed, and there was the sale announcement! Naturally I had to go! Not only did this store have a good sale, but they also had a better selection of exactly the colors I was looking for. I purchased a boatload of yarn that day! And then the cool weather pattern set in. Perfect timing!

Before I could jump in and start crocheting, I had to make a decision. This was the hard part, deciding what stitch or pattern I was going to use. For the boy's afghan, I had already decided to do a simple corner-to-corner in blues with white in between. For the girl's afghan, blues and purples were requested and I had three shades of each, plus soft white so I had to find a pattern that would look good with all these colors. Time to audition some ideas...


The Red Heart website has so many free patterns to choose from, but I narrowed it down to a few and got to work crocheting a small swatch of this first shell pattern that I thought would look good in gradients of blues and purples. After stitching the pattern as written, I decided the double-triple crochet shells were just too loose for my taste. I am not a fan of afghans with a lot of holes in them, especially for kids. So I rewrote the pattern to use double crochet shells...


...and incorporated a second color once I had the pattern rewritten. It was nice enough, but seemed a bit too busy considering that there would be seven colors involved. This pattern also required a bit too much thought, and I have discovered that thoughtless patterns are so much more relaxing! I must be getting lazy in my old age!


So I moved on to this wave pattern, also from the Red Heart website. It was actually shown in gradients of several colors, so I knew it would work with my colors. The only question was if I would enjoy working the pattern. So I gave it a try. It wasn't too bad, but there was something about it that didn't sit well with me. After working a few repeats, I realized what I was not liking was the extreme shape of the wave. It was too steep, not as gentle as I wanted. So out came those stitches and I kept searching.


These are the colors for the girl's afghan I am making. In order, they are: Soft Navy, Royal, Light Blue, Soft White, Dark Orchid, Medium Purple, Pale Plum, Soft White.

Next time I'll share with you the pattern I finally decided to stick with and some pictures of my progress. The cool weather only lasted a short time and we are heading back into some sticky hot summer weather now, but it was great while it lasted and allowed me to get a head start on this fun project. I'll enjoy summer while it's here, but fall can't come soon enough for me! How about you?

Happy Stitching!

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3 Comments:

  • So good to see a post from you! Love the colors in the girl afghan. Red heart soft white is a favorite of mine - not a stark white nor a yellowish white. I love the soft ripple pattern on Attic 24. Hope you are enjoying your summer. You would not like Texas - our summer has been extremely hot and humid - 90 plus temps with 90 plus humidity - not a good combination. Enjoy your remaining summer before your children are back to the school routine!

    By Blogger annemarie, At August 2, 2017 at 7:17 AM  

  • So good to hear from you! Love the yarn for the girls afghan. Red Heart soft white is my favorite - not stark white and no yellow undertones. Have you seen the soft wave pattern on Attic 24. I really enjoy her pattern and have used it several times. You would not like our Texas weather - 90 degree temps and 90% humidity - miserable summer weather here. I hope you enjoy the remaining summer with your children - school time is just around the corner!

    By Blogger annemarie, At August 2, 2017 at 1:53 PM  

  • Hello Mary Grace enjoyed your post and will be interested in what you choose Kind regards lyn

    By Blogger O'faigh, At August 15, 2017 at 4:11 AM  

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