Unlike the previous section, the Berry Stitch (in paprika) from The Big Book of Crochet Stitches gave me no trouble.
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After completing the second section of mink brown double crochets I switched back to wheat and started a section with a modified version of another stitch from The Big Book of Crochet Stitches, Ups and Downs. It’s an easy stitch that’s fun and produces a nice texture and solid appearance. I had some ups and downs when I was stubborn and insisted on working too late one night wanting to finish this section and made a mistake and ended up having to rip out several rows until I found it and redo them. At the time I kept telling myself to take a break. Maybe next time I will listen….
I completed the second section of the afghan recently, the first color change to wheat and the first set of special stitches. For this section I modified the Bobblin’ Along stitch in The Big Book of Crochet Stitches.
The third section of the afghan is made up of more double crochet stitches in mink brown. I’m almost done with the fourth section, new special stitches in wheat: stay tuned!
I started my first afghan over the weekend. I’m making it in Lion Brand Wool-Ease; I picked up the Wheat a while ago (thanks mom!) and scored some Mink Brown on clearance. I’ve been holding onto the Paprika ever since last winter when we decided what colors we wanted and have just been keeping an eye out for sales, since I knew it would be a while before I actually got around to starting it.
I’m excited to try some new stitches from the wonderful Big Book Of Crochet Stitches (again, thanks mom!) with my first design. The afghan will be alternating stripes, and I started the first section with mink brown in easy, fast double crochets. I’m just starting the first wheat section, and decided to do bobbles, which are pretty fun to make, although they took me considerably longer than double crochets.
I’m making the afghan wider than most of the patterns I’ve been browsing as per request. So far it’s pretty soft and I can’t wait until it gets long enough for me to test its warmth, since we’ve been locked into single digit temperatures the past few days.
For version one I used Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in Grey(ish). For version two I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Forest Green Heather for the wrister and Mink Brown for the edging. Both yarns are really soft and great to work with; I think the Sheep(ish) worked up a little tighter, although I do tend to crochet a little tight. I thought the wool blends would make the wristers warm, especially with the open stitch I used. The Pine Trees Stitch is really fun, easy, and fast and I can’t wait to try it in other projects.
I haven’t yet written up this pattern but have been thinking about it.
I designed this shawl for my girl Cherie using SWTC Pure, which is so soft and drapes beautifully. I made the shawl long and narrow, so that it not only looks great when worn around your shoulders, but still covers your back when pulled up around your head. The double arch stitch that dominates the pattern ensures the shawl has texture and depth while allowing the airiness of the stitch to shine through. I considered adding tassels or fringe for about a week before deciding to leave it alone; I love how the geometric ends of each row fall when the shawl is worn. The pattern is for sale on Ravelry.