Friday, January 17, 2014

My Kaleidoscope Throw

I am really pleased with the way this afghan turned out! It was by far the most complicated thing I had crocheted so far and you know what... it really wasn't that complicated at all once I got the hang of it! I would have NEVER tried something like this yet if it weren't for Mikey over at the Crochet Crowd. After all, I'd only been crocheting a couple months. He made a wonderful video tutorial on how to do this afghan and let me tell you....it made it soooo much easier!! I wasn't real good at reading patterns yet so it was super helpful to me to have him explaining it all as you go. This afghan was my entry for the Crochet Crowd's Kaleidoscope Afghan Challenge, it was the 1st challenge I ever participated in. It is over now although I believe you can still submit pictures through email to have them added to their photo gallery. Here are the links

CROCHET CROWD WEBSITE, BLOG      VIDEO TUTORIAL      FREE PATTERN

I made two alteration to the original pattern,
   The first ~ I did a color change for Round 7. In the original pattern, Round 6 & 7 are supposed to be the same color, all that negative space didn't visually appeal to me, I like the look of the afghan this way much better and the hexes looks bigger too, it don't seem to look like they are floating around like in the original pattern. 
   
   The second was the creation of the half hexes. I did not like the big holes left at the end once I got done putting all the hexes together. I felt that the afghan needed to be squared off. Instructions to how "I" did them is below. It may not be the "right" way but it worked for me. Remember, I am a newbie to crochet so I don't know all the rules and such yet, lol.

My afghan...


Here's a list of the yarn and colors I used...

Round 1&2 ~ Red Heart Super Saver, Watercolor
Round 3 ~ Red Heart Super Saver, Lemon
Round 4 ~ Red Heart Super Saver, Pale Plum
Round 5 ~ Red Heart Super Saver, Medium Purple
Round 6 ~ Red Heart Super Saver, Dark Orchid
Round 7 ~ Lion Brand Pound of Love, Antique White

a closer look....


The Half-Hexes

This may not be the "right" way but it is my way and it worked for me, lol. Hopefully it all makes sense. This is my 1st time trying to write down and explain what I did.

 Round 1~ Ch3, SS into 1st chain to make a ring, Ch3, SC, Ch2, SC, Ch2, SC










 Round 2 ~ Ch3, turn, SC into 1st Ch2 space, Ch2, SC into same space, Ch1, SC into next Ch2 space, Ch2, SC into same space, Ch1, SC into Ch3 space, Ch2, SC, Ch3, SS to center ring to FO.

 Round 3 ~ SS into Ch3 space, SC, small shell (5DC) in 1st Ch2 space, SC into next Ch1 space, small shell in next Ch2 space, SC into next Ch1 space, small shell in next Ch2 space, SC into Ch3, FO


Note: For this round and the remaining rounds you always start on the right side of the half-hex looking at the pictures.





Round 4 ~ SS into 1st SC, Ch3, 2DC in same space, Ch1, SC into center DC of 1st shell, Ch1, small shell into SC, Ch1, SC into center DC of next shell, Ch1, small shell into SC, Ch1, SC into center DC of next shell, Ch1, small shell into SC, Ch1, 3DC in last SC, FO






 Round 5 ~  SS into 1st DC, SC into same DC, Ch1, large shell (7DC) in 1st SC, Ch1, SC into center DC of next shell, Ch1, large shell in next SC, Ch1, SC into center DC of next shell, Ch1, large shell in next SC, Ch1, SC into 3rd DC, FO

Round 6 ~ SS into 1st SC, Ch5, 3DC all into same SC, Ch2, SC into center of large shell, Ch2, corner shell (3DC,Ch2, 3DC) in next SC, Ch2, SC into center of next large shell, Ch2, corner shell in next SC, Ch2, SC into center of next large shell, Ch2, corner shell in next SC, Ch2, 3DC into last SC, Ch5, SS to same SC, FO.

To connect to afghan, start your chaining in space to right of center hole (see picture below for start and flat side instructions), once you get to Ch5 on the corner start to connect as you did the other hexes.



It still wasn't done.....needed a border!!

The border was not on when I submitted this afghan to the challenge.I didn't get it done till the day before the challenge ended so there was no time for that, lol. I added it later and let me just say it took FOREVER!!! I have many hours into this darn border but was very happy when it was done. I just figured it out as I went. No pattern for this one, sorry :o(

                  All done :o)



This afghan was a Christmas present for my older sister.

Thanks for looking, till next time...HAPPY HOOKING!!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Hobby!!

I am now a hooker!! Yup, that's right....I taught myself to crochet over the summer. Shame on you, what did you think I was talking about, lol! We made a trip back home to WI this past summer. While we were there, I was completely fascinated watching my wonderful sister-in-law Heather crochet. Well, need less to say, my fascination turned to curiosity and now to a new addiction!! This is my latest project....



The pattern can be found here. It is in Russian but can be translated with Google translate. The pattern is a diagram which is super easy to follow. The only change I made was to the center, I made the Off Whiite 2 rounds instead of 1 and the Sable 2 rounds instead of 3.


I chose the colors to coordinate with my bed spread. That turned into a chore in and of itself. 4 brands of yarn and 2 stores later I had them all picked out and ready to go. Here is my list of yarns and their colors...

Cream: Red Heart Soft ~ Off White
Tan: Bernat Satin ~ Sable
Light Green: Red Heart Soft ~ Spearmint
Dark Green: I love this yarn ~ Dark Olive
Light Red: Bernat Satin ~ Rouge
Dark Red: Caron Simply Soft ~ Autumn Red
Purple: Bernat Satin ~ Plum Mist Heather

It looks like 6 squares cover a twin bed so I plan on making 12 total to cover my king size bed. I can't wait till I'm done with these, I'm really kind of excited to do a project this big. 

Till next time....Thanks for looking and Happy Hooking!!!