While doing a little urban hiking today, we crossed some railroad tracks, and were amazed at all the railroad spikes littering the ground. There were dozens of them! I picked up a couple to bring home, but as yet, haven't had any waves of inspiration. I'm dying to think of something to do with them - anytime there's such a plethora of free, unusual items, I search for a reason to gather and bring them all home!
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone! I'm sure I'll never finish a big piece that fast again! I was so happy to be done, but my fingers are already itching to start on something new! Maybe something smaller this time, like a shawl or scarf...
jezebel_1982 - a crossed double crochet stitch is really easy, and worked out great for blankets. I found it in the Harmony Guides Basic Crochet Stitches book. Here's the description:
Multiple of 2 sts (add 2 for base chain) Special abbreviation: 2Cdc (2 crossed double crochets) = skip next st, 1 dc into next st, 1 dc into skipped st working over previous dc
1st row (rs) - skip 3ch (count as 1 dc), *2Cdc over next 2ch; rep from * ending 1 dc into last ch, turn 2nd row - 1 ch (counts as 1sc), skip 1 st, 1sc into next and each st to end, working last st into top of tch, turn. 3rd row - 3 ch (count as 1 dc), skip 1 st, *work 2Cdc over next 2 sts; rep from * ending 1dc into tch, turn. Rep 2nd and 3rd rows.
You can also skip the 2nd row, and not add a row of sc between each row of 2Cdc, but I think the sc row adds some stability. I also found it's a great pattern for such a large project because you can visually line up the rows, and don't have to count stitches each time (the crosses should line up in columns). After about 1/4 of the blanket, I stopped counting stitches and just did a visual check after every 10-20 stitches.
I have been a woman possessed with this project. Started it on August 23 and just finished it up today. I'd made only one other blanket before and it was out of granny squares - much smaller pieces, much easier to manage. And it took me the better part of a year, off and on. This was the first time I ever made anything so BIG! But I'm thrilled with the results. Just in time for cool weather, too.
Final measurements are 57" x 74". Alternating rows of crossed double crochet stitch and single crochet. Size H (5.00) hook. Took about 9 skeins of Impeccable worsted weight 100% acrylic yarn, which I think is Michael's store brand yarn. 4 colors repeating over a 6-4-2 row count. The colors and row count are copied from a little rug in my kitchen that I've always loved. Inspiration comes from the strangest places sometimes!
After many adjustments to yarn and hook size, I've made about 15 of the 40 squares I need to make this wrap. I decided to skip ahead to see how to put them together (pages 5 and 6), and am completely STUMPED! Has anyone EVER made this before? Or can you decipher what I'm supposed to do here? I see the points where the squares should be joined, but HOW are they joined? I'm totally confused, and 15 squares in. Will this end up being a spring scarf instead? If anyone can help, please let me know.
Can anyone tell me: 1- How many peyote stitch rows are in the step 1 diagram? 2- Can you tell me, using the colors of the beads in the diagram (the first 8 columns, say), the order that I should add beads on if I'm making this and which row it is? (Eg. Row 1 - green, green, blue, red, blue; row 2 - green, blue, blue, green - whatever)
I think if I can get the first part made, I'll be able to figure out steps 2-8 - although, we'll see! That part of my brain could also be gone!
If I'd known I would be drawing a total blank on this stuff, I wouldn't have waited until the absolute last minute on this (I'm seeing her tomorrow, of course)!
Such a great idea. My first Xmas with the cats I lost so many glass ornaments. The cats are pretty immune to the tree now and ignore it, but this will be my first tree with 2 big dogs, with big strong wagging tails! Thanks for the reminder to hang ornaments up HIGH!