Never ending Granny Afghan
This is a section of a Christmas gift I made for my brother. I used the Never Ending Granny Afghan pattern by Michael Sellick.
Normally with granny squares you do one round and then change to a new ball of wool. I do not know about you, but I hate sewing all those ends in.
Take another look at the picture. Do you see that I have used five balls of wool? Can you see that instead of a square the pattern is going in spirals?
What happens is that after you do one round, you turn the afghan back to the start and pick up on the next colour. It is very quick and easy.
If you like videos there is a link from the free ebook to a video tutorial.
The next project I am just finishing is a corner to corner afghan. It is very quick to do and looks great. Each square is four stitches and you are crocheting into the end stitch when making the following square.
You start at one corner and increase each row until you have the width of the afghan you want. Then you only increase on one side of the afghan until you have the length you want.
In this picture you can see that after the green stripe I started on the dark blue and decided that the project had reached width I wanted. To get the length I continued increasing on one side only. This created a corner on one side, but the bottom side keeps growing.
Once I have the desired length I stop increasing and as I am following a straight edge I actually start decreasing the length of the rows until I finish back in a corner. You can also just make out in the photo that you get a nice zig-zag when you change colours. I have tried to be random with the colour changes and thrifty with the yarn, but for a cleaner look you should change the colour at the end of the row.
All that is left is to sew in the ends.
This example is long and thin as I will be using it as a chair cover.
So you probably want these links to the corner to corner pattern and perhaps a video from Red Heart.com?
This pattern would look great on cushions. I am considering using up scrap wool to make a scarf this way.
By the time the challenge period was coming to a close I was slightly pressed for time. There was a total of ten different patterns to create a square and a minimum of two of each square had to be in the project.
Then the squares had to be sewn together … or did they? Did you know that you can crochet the squares together? Having some gold yarn left over from my squares I used these to create a raised edging around the squares which I find really sets off each square.
Then came the border which had to have a minimum of four rounds. Running out of time and wool this was a challenge I could have done without. In the end I did a basic crochet border (and then later cried when I saw the beautiful way the other participants of the challenge finished theirs).
So this is how mine finished up. It looks better in real life.
As a relative newbie to the crocheting world I am delighted to have learned so many different patterns. I could not have done it without the accompanying videos and can say with hand on heart that I am no longer afraid to try out more advanced techniques. They may not turn out the way the pattern creator visualised, but at the end of the day I am one step closer to being a proper crocheting person.
The workbook for the challenge is here. It has links to all the patterns and videos.
Plus if you go to the Crochet Crowd website you can see all the entries to the challenge. See if you can spot my entry. Marvel at the adaptions to the free patterns that people made.