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.
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.
tStitch-cation Summer Challenge
The next stitch I have learned during the Crochet Crowds Stitch-cation Summer Challenge is the Cross Stitch. It is so easy to do.
Basically you skip a stitch, do a treble into the next two stitches and then do a treble into the stitch you skipped. That creates the single cross stitch. You repeat this across the square. The first row is the cross stitch and the second row is a basic crochet stitch.
Note that this is not two stitches creating a cross but one stitch crossing over in front of the two stitches you just did. Simple.
I first did this in a single colour, but for my second square I alternated my colours every two rows. Alternating the colours made it easier to see where you were in the pattern, but between me and you sewing all those ends in is not something I enjoy. There is a reason I never took up sewing.
This is the view from the back.
Stich-cation Summer Challenge
On to the fourth new stitch. Using the back loop to create ridges.
This was a reasonably easy pattern to do. Once you get used to using only the back loop of the stitch you are crocheting into you can fly through the square easily.
Stich-cation Summer Challenge 2014
The Crochet Crowds summer challenge starts tomorrow 1st July and I am quite excited. I have my 5mm crochet hook, 9 balls of wool of different colours and a bundle of new project enthusiasm.
This time around we will be making an afghan and learning 10 new stitch combinations. As a person who only took up a crochet hook last year this is a great way for me to learn new techniques.
There is a nice workbook to download showing you the different squares to make, along with links to the written pattern and a tutorial video for each square.
In case you missed the link it is http://thecrochetcrowd.com/stitch-cation/
For the challenge you have to make each square at least twice. As I am a beginner I will do one square in one colour and for the second square use multiple colours. This is subject to change depending on how difficult I find the stitches or how often I change my mind.