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« on: February 03, 2008 12:19:21 PM »

My New Year's crocheting resolution was to make something larger than a scarf. I'm participating in the Block-a-Month CAL, but didn't want to wait 12 months to finish, so I tackled this lapghan/throw/baby blanket in the meantime.




Excuse the wonkiness and the cat. Overall, I'm extremely proud of it. It's super soft, I love the colors and it only took me 10 days to do. Now, I just need to work on joining squares. I did the single crochet through the back loops method, which works well up to a point. I don't like the gaps between the corners of the squares. If anyone has an alternative method they like, please share.

Here's the link to the free pattern.

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70201A.html

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008 12:39:19 PM »

That's awesome. How did you get the more ... molded? look, as opposed to just a regular square? I love the look of the wonkiness. (That's one of my fave words BTW, not to mention one that is usually used to describe my style.)
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008 05:08:43 PM »

ooh, pretty! i like those colors.   Grin

i've always just used slip stitch for joining.  i don't know how you did it, but maybe if you lined them up & joined them in rows & columns like they do quilt squares on a machine?  then they would be joined in a solid line & it seems you would avoid the gaps.  i've never done squares though, so it's just guessing.

did you block it?  the woman who reviewed the pattern said she had to block it some.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008 09:37:26 PM »

Very cool! Love the colors!
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008 01:07:41 AM »

 Cheesy  i want to first say that i love your blanket.  the colors are awesome.  but the best part has to be your kitty...so sweet.  nice work!
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008 03:49:26 AM »

 Lips sealed Love the colors...wish I could make something like that! *wishes*
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008 03:22:20 PM »

I love it. The colors are great. I make big granny square blankets because I'm scared of sewing all the block together and have them coming apart.  Embarrassed  Any tips?  Huh
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008 04:57:32 PM »

Just slip stitch the blocks together to make rows (or columns) and then slip stitch the rows together. I do all of the slip stitching on the backside of the afghan. The last one that I did I just sat in my bed and put a big pillow on my lap and then laid out the squares/rows in front of me. This way I could have the pieces close to my face without bending over too much.
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2008 11:04:48 AM »

That's awesome. How did you get the more ... molded? look, as opposed to just a regular square? I love the look of the wonkiness. (That's one of my fave words BTW, not to mention one that is usually used to describe my style.)

Basically, the "molded" look just kind of happened. I used Red Heart Super Soft yarn. I did my first square with the recommended hook and it came out too small. I frogged it and went up a hook size and got the correct guage, but it made the square much less tight and much more drapey.

While I hear that acrylic yarn "can" be blocked, it's a major pain in the a**. Since it's just for myself when I'm on the couch watching TV, I don't really care that it's not perfectly straight. I actually like the wonkiness myself.
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2008 11:50:56 AM »

That looks great!!  I've just started experimenting with granny squares and really wanted to make a blanket for my daughter, but I didn't want something that looked like a holdover from the 70's, you know?  This is a perfect pattern - thanks so much!!
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