I PROMISE I’m going to try to post some more stuff this year. Life gets nuts and this is the last thing I think to do, particularly during times I’m trying to keep my head above water with my schoolwork.
But I couldn’t resist popping back in today, even if it’s just to brag a little.
I finished my first crocheted afghan! (See it here, classing up my Target futon)
I started in August, and worked on it in bits and pieces since then. Some of the hexagon were made while sitting in the ICU room with my mom, lots were done sitting in my apartment while drinking iced coffee and watching Game of Thrones. My biggest mistake (and one I likely wont repeat again) was choosing a pattern which necessitated making over 300 individual hexagons. Those suckers were time-consuming, but I think I could make them in my sleep now.
I used this hexagon pattern: http://oneloopshort.blogspot.com/2009/07/super-simple-hexagon.html
I used really cheap yarn, a few different brands, but whatever was on sale at Michael’s really. For that reason, the yarn costs came in easily under $50.
Here’s a close-up of the hexagons
I started this project without any understanding of how big I wanted the final afghan to be, so I just kept adding rows until I was satisfied with the size. With about 300 hexagons, I got an acceptable size for use on a full bed.
Here’s a photo of the afghan on my bed (I do not actually use the afghan on my bed because my apartment is inexplicably boiling hot all the time.)
(Calendar posters available at The Paper Source, if you were wondering)
I used this method to join the hexagons (note: if I were to do this again, I’d probably join them as I went, as opposed to joining a pile of 300 after they were all done) : http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-granny-sqaures.html
And here’s the picture of the afghan as it currently sits (please ignore my dying plants- we’re currently battling spider mites…):
Anyway, I love the final project, and it was a great distraction while I was making it. I got an afghan pattern book for Christmas, so I’m already planning my next project; I’ll either do something with a much larger granny square, or I’ll attempt to foray into tunisian crochet.
I hope you’re all having a lovely new year, and are still staying totally on top of any resolutions you’ve made!
Crochet bragging rights are a go.