Friday, August 26, 2011

Adventures in Yarn

While the house is packed up & I'm counting down to our flight (!), I figured I would finally add some photos of the blankets I've made this year.
There are several.
Of course, a few of them have been given away already, so not all will be featured here. And there is one that is a work-in-progress, and it is the second blanket for which I created the pattern. When it is finished I'll post directions.

Ok, this one was actually completed last fall, but it was the first afghan that I made! The pattern is "Cozy 'Man-Ghan'" from Caron International & is available for free here. Husband loves it, obviously-see him smiling?
This one, I made for my mother-in-law. The pattern is for the Dublin Country Throw by and is available for free here. It took most of the summer to make, mainly because I was working on it while in school & between other stuff.

This one I made on a whim. I wanted to make another filet crochet throw, and I had the idea initially for it to read "I am loved" on one line & repeat itself. Then I started charting, and I realized that 1) it would be a really wide afghan & 2) it would use a lot more yarn than I actually had. So, I searched and found this chart, then transposed it to negative. Also, the charts for the font are here.
Finally, here is the massive granny square blanket. No, really, these granny squares are each 12" across. The story behind this is, I was plowing through the clearance bins at Michael's and found a few balls of Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds that were about $1.99 each. So I bought them. And had no clue what to do with them.
I found myself idly making granny squares, and just kept making more of them until I had 17 big squares and just a few odds & ends of yarn left. Then I joined the squares into strips of four, then joined the strips. Maybe I'll get some more yarn and make this bigger. Maybe.

Finally, this one I started about a week ago. I just decided to wing it with the pattern, and so far it's turning out nicely. When it is done I will attempt to write out the pattern for it.

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