It is not only finished it has been received, so I can finally share this recent project with you! I made the Persian Tile Afghan for my wonderful cousin and her hubby in the Pacific Northwest. You can obtain the pattern of a kit from the designer Janie Crow (here). It is stunning! The pattern comes as a multi-page booklet in full-color. The only downside was that it was in British terms which means that I had to be a little careful when working it up. I must also crochet with a really tight gauge as I did end up ordering what amounted to two sets of the yarn to get a similar size as the pattern. I just kept going until I ran out of one color and was forced to stop. Totally worth it!
I used Stylecraft Special DK to work-up this project, I will admit that I usually use Vanna’s Choice for inexpensive acrylic but this Stylecraft is growing on me. It is a little lighter weight than Vanna’s Choice but sometimes that is just perfect.
I, again, sewed in my ends as I went which was good thinking on my part. The row with the shells creates a lot of ends and while I dislike sewing in end, doing 20 at one time is way better than doing 400 at a time!
I really liked this pattern and it was no big deal to wait for it to arrive from the UK. The yarn shipped from the UK as well but it just takes a little planning.
Since I ordered the pattern and yarn Janie Crow has released a new color variation on this, it is gorgeous. I feel it calling to me even now. Want to check it out (here)? They are calling it Eastern Jewels. I must resist as I have way too many projects in the queue, yes still.
This was taken after washing and the yarn seems to wash very well. I usually wash projects before they are gifted, I have to get that dog/cat hair off, or at least a little diminished.
I have a few more gifts that have been received and will be sharing those soon! Cheers and have a wonderful New Year!
The project I am sharing today is a crocheted baby blanket that I didn’t manage to get done before the baby arrived but he hasn’t started college yet so I think that I am okay. I started by following a pattern for a crocodile stitch blanket which once I got the hang of was really fun and it looked super cool but it was just taking me too long and using too much yarn. I still might make another one like that down the road . You can find that pattern here. Again, I really liked this pattern but I have too many other things going on and I don’t think that I am the fastest crocheter.
So, I switched gears and switched to an easier pattern that really whipped up quickly. Here is the link to that pattern; Modern Grace Design. This was just what I needed.
I used Bernat Softee Baby Solid in Mint and used about 3 1/2 skeins to create this. The pattern had you use a contrasting color of yarn for the edging but I decided to stick with the solid color. If I were to make it again I think that I would do the contrasting border. This yarn was easy to work with and is so very soft.
This was a very easy pattern and I think that it would make a great project for a beginner crocheter. I am all for challenging yourself to learn new techniques but sometimes you just need an easy one.
This is a great project for a boy or girl and there are so many color options and yarns out there. I was thinking that this pattern would be nice in a super-chunky yarn for an afghan type project.
I have a granny-square blanket that I have started that I need to get working on but I have too many other things in the hopper right now, not to mention two more baby blankets. I really like making gifts for people because I think that it really shows that you care and in today’s busy world it isn’t something that happens all the time.
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