This was also a challenge posted by Mickey of the Crochet Crowd for the winter.
This again is a free Red Heart pattern and can be found here http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/give-%E2%80%98em-spirit-crochet-wristers. I finished both of them using Red Heart Super Saver Aran and Coffee – all leftovers from my Juicy Fruits and Whipped Cream Afghan!!
So, I finally finished the Summer (2012) Crochet Challenge by the Crochet Crowd. It has been more than half a year that I completed it. What with life going on as it is never got a chance to post the pictures.
Here I am almost a year later than the deadline posting pictures of the finished afghan.
I chose to make my afghan big enough to fit a full sized bed. By far, this is my largest crochet project (yet!) and measures 87 inches by 69 inches. My choice of colors are Aran, Buff, Cafe Latte, Coffee and to pop the colors Burgundy. I ended up using approximately 8 skeins of Aran and 1.5 skeins of the other colors. I also threw in a couple of rows of Linen just to use up the remaining half of a skein from a previous project. Its a relatively easy pattern to follow and was fun to do except that I kept putting it down due to its sheer size :(.
The pattern is a free Red Heart patter and can be found here http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/juicy-fruits-and-whipped-cr%C3%A8me-throw.
Coming July 1st, 2013 is the launch of the Summer Long Challenge with The Crochet Crowd. Though a lot of crocheters store their yarn and hooks over the summer, many crocheters hook all year long. I should know, I am one of them.
Challenge is July 1st, 2013 – September 2nd, 2013 (Labour Day)
We are currently doing a Cathy’s Hook Club Challenge with the Amazing Shawl. It’s now my turn for Mikey’s Afghan Club Challenge. That means it’s an afghan challenge.
Cathy and I decided to do an entire summer challenge for a few reasons:
- Many people emailed and left comments asking for the next challenge. We are going to keep the momentum going.
- We want you to enjoy your summer and not feel under the clock with having an afghan done in merely 4 weeks.
- Summer is usually about spending time with family and friends.
- We know…
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Looking forward to this challenge. Hope to finish this on time :D.
I got tired of crocheting large blankets – they get heavy and are not much fun to tag along. To make my life easier I thought of making granny squares. After looking on the internet for free project with granny squares (yes, I always look up the internet for free projects as I am a GREAT fan of free stuff and there are a ton of great projects and tutorials out there!) I decided to make the African Flower Square/Hexagon (see tutorial here: http://heidibearscreative.blogspot.com/2010/05/african-flower-hexagon-crochet-tutorial.html) afghan. However, I planned on using Red Heart Worsted weight yarn and by the time I finished one flower I found it to be too big for my taste. Instead, I decided to use an afghan from a friend as a sample. This is what I could make out of the pattern – there may be many similar patterns out there and I hope I am not violating any copyright. I would also like to mention that this is my first attempt at writing a pattern so bear with me and if you find any errors please let me know. I will be glad to correct any mistakes I make. Thank you for your patience.
Stitches used: slip stitch, chain, sc, dc, beginning bobble, bobble.
How to make a beginning bobble: Chain 2, yarn over, draw up a loop in the same stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
How to make a bobble: Yarn over draw up a loop on the dc (3 loops on hook), yarn over pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over draw up a loop on the same dc (4 loops on hook), yarn over pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
Colors that I am using: Redheart Super Saver Aran (A), Watercolor (B) and Light Sage (C). I have two skeins of each color. To ensure that I am using equal amount of each yarn and to create some variation I am switching the yarns around. For example, hexagon 1 uses A, B, C, A; hexagon 2 uses B, C, A, B and hexagon c uses C, A, B, C. You can have any other variation that you like.
Round 1. With A: RS. In a magic loop, chain three (counts as a dc) and make 11 dc. Slip stitch on top of the chain three space. Fasten off. Do not turn. (12 dc).
Round 2. With B: With RS facing, attach yarn with a slip stitch any dc. Make beginning bobble, chain 1. *Make bobble on the next dc, chain 1*. Repeat from * to * 11 more times. Slip stitch on top of beginning bobble. Fasten off. Do not turn. (12 bobble, 12 chain 1 spaces).
Round 3. With C: With RS facing, attach yarn with slip stitch to any chain 1 space. Chain 3, make 2dc in the same chain 1 space, chain 1. *Make 3 dc in the next chain 1 space, chain 1*. Repeat from * to * 11 more times. Slip stitch on top of the chain 3. Fasten off. Do not turn. (36 dc, 12 chain 1 spaces).
Round 4. With A: With RS facing, attach yarn with sc to any chain 1 space. *Chain 3, sc on the next chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * 10 times. Chain 3, slip stitch on top of the first sc. Do not fasten off. Do not turn. (12 chain 3 spaces).
Round 5. Slip stitch in to the next chain 3 space, Chain 3, make 2 dc in the same chain 1 space. *3 dc, chain 2 (forms corner), 3 dc all in the next chain space, 3 dc in the next chain 3 space*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. 3 dc, chain 2, 3 dc in the next chain 3 space. Slip stitch on top of the chain 3. Fasten off. (54 dc).
You can make all the hexagons and then sew them together using whip stitch or join as you go with the second hexagon onwards. I will write about the join as you go method later. Its very simple and I followed the instructions from the pattern here http://redheart.com/free-patterns/happy-hexagon-throw.
PS: I will be posting some photographs later.