Thursday, February 27, 2014

1970's Inspired Afghan

I've been away for a long time...since November.  It isn't that I haven't been crafting.  Between the holidays and some stressful events our family has endured, blogging was not a priority.  I have several projects to make up for lost time and to get back on track. 

A year ago to the day I posted about a project in the works, an afghan I was crocheting using yarn I had purchased second hand.  The colors were very 1970-ish and I just love them.  They remind me of home.  Well, a year later and the afghan is done.  I crocheted granny squares every time I sat at bowling league or bowling practice or drum lessons with my son.  I used up all of the yarn that came in my thrift store find in these colors and am very happy with how it turned out.  I had originally planned on using this in my guest room, but have decided that I will be giving it to my Mom for her 88th birthday.  (yup, you read that right.  Mom will be 88 on St. Patrick's Day!)

Here is the finished afghan.

Just granny squares (5 rounds each) joined together with single crochet.  First making rows and then joining the rows together.  This afghan has 80 squares - 10 rows of 8 squares each.  After joining, I single crocheted around the outer edge.  You may be able to see that the gold yarn in the joining rows is 2 different colors.  I ran out of one so I just used up another gold I had.  Next, I made an edging of 5 chains, attaching with a single crochet (SC) to the edging.  To attach, I skipped over 3 SC in the edging, attaching in the next through both loops on top.  To make the edging look more lacy, I did a second row.  This row, as you may be able to see in the picture below, was attached by SC to the middle of the loop of the previous row, and followed by 5 single crochets. 

Happy Crafting!


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