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« on: April 24, 2008 02:52:20 PM »

So, for my very first crocheted blanket, I want to make a LGBTQ pride flag. As there are no patterns for such a blanket, I am having some trouble trying to decide how to go about doing it. Which would be easier and/or look the best? a) Doing it all at once, switching the yarn after 10 rows or so b) making a "scarf" of each color and then sewing them together or c) doing it small granny square style and stitching all of them together at the end. Any input would be of great help!
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008 06:07:26 PM »

A common complaint with making afghans in pieces is weaving in the ends.  If you make it as one piece you can crochet over the ends of the previous colour so all you'll be left with is the tail at the beginning and the tail at the end to deal with.

If it were me, I'd do it all in one piece.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2008 06:22:54 PM »

LGBTQ ?

With all one piece as fantasticmio said when you're done you're done. If you are planning six colors at 10" per color you end up with 60" times the width. So basically a lap size afghan. Is that your goal? The "scarf" idea will be noticeable where the edges are joined. With small squares you will have far more options for layout but as fantasticmio said lots of ends to take care of. I have learned from doing grannies square and such to weave the ends in as I go. Or do a bunch of squares then weave those ends in. Then do some more squares.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2008 04:24:02 AM »

sactownsue: LGBTQ stands for (roughly) lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (there are some other terms that share letters, but you get the idea I think ^_^)

Manji: I just remembered the downside to doing it all in one piece: if it's warm where you live it can get to be a problem as the afghan gets bigger!

I'd still do it as one piece.  I haven't found a joining method that I really like yet.

It'd be easy enough to figure out how big to make each stripe, just decide how big you want the blanket to be and divide by the number of colours you're using.  Then start stitching the first colour until it's the right size, count the rows, and make the others the same number of rows (assuming you're using the same kind of yarn for each, of course).

You'll have to post pictures of it when you're done!
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2008 06:46:01 AM »

I agree with the other comments also. It's nice to crochet right over the ends. You do have a lot of options though. Do you want to stick to stripes across, or are you comfortable with a ripple or star shape? There are tons of possibilities.

A rainbow star blanket from kbauer
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217400.0

Granny rainbows from RedMenace and flyingmouse29
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160250.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=141332.0

superstitch's stripey afghan (which could easily be done in rainbow)
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227588.0

boarderchic's stripes afghan
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=96295.0

I think any version could be awesome honestly.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008 07:02:33 PM »

http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/AfghansThrows/CD723-06+Motif+Mania.htm

This is a pattern where you join little grannies as you go.  They list ideas for doing shawls and such, but you could make an afghan pretty easily.  I've tried the pattern out with some scrap yarn, and it makes a fairly light weight square.

ps to dotsamantha -- thanks for putting those links together.  I'm trying to make up my mind on a huge multicolored afghan myself, and that gave me some great options.  Also, I remembered seeing and loving the one by superstitch, but couldn't for the life of me remember anything useful about it when trying to find it again...thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2008 07:29:03 PM »

I've been working on and off on a leather pride afghan for ages and faced the same question... I decided on doing little granny squares, and stitching them together into stripes and then assembling the stripes - I'm guessing this is kind of like what SummerGirlfriend is linking to, but I can't read patterns to save my life! But this way I could work on parts as I had time - grannys when I only had a few stolen moments and stitching when I could spend a little more time on the project. This has suited both my crazy schedule and occasionally short attention span Wink
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2008 03:09:08 AM »

I actually made a rainbow pride blanket as a gift when I first started crocheting. I used a I hook and caron simply soft brites yarn and crocheted it all in one piece. I just chained until the afghan was as wide as I wanted it to be and then half double crocheted. You can decide on how big each stripe is depending on your gauge and how big you want it to be. Good luck!
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