Saturday, May 09, 2009
Pattern: Chocolate-covered Cherries Afghan by Lion Brand Yarn
I've always wanted to do a granny square....well...once I decided to put down the needles long enough to really get into crocheting.
I am here to declare that you are not a true crocheter until you've done a granny square!!! ;op
From the start I knew there would not be a bunch of mini squares (as most granny square afghans are traditionally done) by my hands; as I didn't want to put a whole lot of "elbow grease" in it (seaming, changing tons of colors, etc.)
With that being said One Big Ole Granny Square was perfect for me!! :o)
Presenting....Cella whose namesake comes from my absolute fav chocolate covered cherries!! How fitting ;o)
Time: I did this "lapghan" in honor of March Crochet Month working off and on it until April (about a month). It really is a smooth sailing project and quite addictive!
Size: My 2009 afghan (one has been done every year since Lizzie!) is 40 rounds total and measures at 52.5" x 48.5".
I never intended to make it that large until another Purl in my knitting group caught the granny square bug too (along with a couple others) and was making her project huge for a male recipient...so I thought I should keep going too! Haha!
I just love how it drapes over my legs and keeps me warm. Even cozier doubled up!
HOOK/Yarn: This is my 1st crochet project so my first time having to say "hook" vs. needles in my post and hitting the "crochet" button on Ravelry ;op which was just a bit different for me.
On this lapghan I used a size K hook with Vanna's Choice yarn (first time dipping into this yarn brand), which needed 6 balls in expresso and 4 balls in Cranberry. I will say VC is one of the better acrylic yarns I've used thus far.
Modifications: I pretty much stuck to the pattern (how hard is a granny square right?!? Very cookie cut).
However, since I was still trying to get comfortable with crocheting and getting my tension right I never did the 1 ch. in between the 3 dc.
And of course you may have noticed I did my "border" with 4 rounds in red and 3 rounds in brown ending with a SC edging. That is really not a mod, but more of a designer's choice ;o)
I will make a reminder note that in doing the edging for the corners to do 4sc next time versus 3sc as they are curling up a bit.
What I learned: That I was very proud of myself doing my first 100% crochet project...finally!
I also learned how to do color change, join new yarn, and weave all my ends in as I crocheted! Yay!and there were a lots of them!!
Towards the end I learned that crocheting can be addictive like knitting too :oD
I didn't want it to endI started another one!!!
This was actually a gift to my close girlfriend for her 30th birthday (this weekend! which is why I can now blog about both afghans...she has it!!).
I whipped this one up even faster as I started it on a Thursday and it was washed and mail delivered to her by the following Friday!!
I was burning up the yarn on this one ;op Gotta love my ergonomic hook! ;o)
Specs on #2: On this one I used the I Love This Yarn brand only thru H.obby L.obby 2 balls of Red and 1 ball of Antique White (only one ball as you saw what happened to the second ball Hahaha).
These colors were chosen b/c it is both (my friend and I) sorority colors!! OOO-OOP!
I liked this particular yarn in that there was twice as much in the ball for a better value! It is also super soft, but after being washed it becomes a bit stiff and sheds more than the Vanna's Choice yarn. That is minor for the value! Next time I would just put a fabric softener liquid ball in my washer ;o)
This was done a bit smaller since I had a shorter window of time to complete it. Strawberry Shortcake (hey..sticking with the food theme haha) has 29 rounds and measures at 42" x 40" with a red SC trim to complete it.
Verdict: Again I am so proud to complete not 1 but 2 crochet projects coming straight out the gate!
This is absolutely a great pattern to start warming up your hookin' skills on!
And mighty cozy to knock the A/C chill off your legs this summer too ;o)