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hipmama1970
« on: February 11, 2009 05:19:49 PM »



This is a baby blanket I made from the Annie's Attic Six-Pointed Star pattern. The original pattern makes a blanket that's 69" in diameter, I just stopped after I reached about 40". As you can see, it was past the point where the star reaches 24 points.

I had a few questions, and I went ahead and figured them out because I couldn't find any help anywhere. So, I figured I'd tell you all what I figured out, then if someone else makes this, maybe it will go a little easier. You all have done that 6 jillion times for me, so I hope this helps someone sometime! Smiley

I had to start it over after it went to 12 points, because the middle bit (the white in my version) was WAY too loose. The white bits are the only places where you use double crochet, and it started rolling up into a concave surface. When I started over, I used a smaller hook on the dc parts, and it worked up just fine. I don't think this is a pattern flaw. I don't sc very often, and that's when this pattern gets complicated, so I think I just clamped down when I got there. It's OK, though, now I have a pointy bowl made out of yarn in case I should ever need one.   Wink

If I were to make this blanket again, I wouldn't work in BLO. It ended up having a very sharp appearance, and I think it would be just fine without it. Especially for a baby blanket, there was just too much going on.

It's a beautiful and well-written pattern. There were a few times when I thought, "This can't be right," but I just held on and did what it said and I ended up in the right place.

One more comment, there is a LOT of counting involved to keep this project on track. It's not one of those patterns where you "get the rhythm" and can just go off on your own. I needed to refer to the pattern every step of every way, and if I slacked in the counting I'd end up with the wrong number of stitches. (Not bad enough to have to frog it, I just "fudged" it to the right number of stitches, and it was pretty forgiving. I'm not proud, but I was under a deadline...) So, if that's not your thing, you'd probably do better with a different pattern. That's not normally my thing, but I really feel like the end result was worth it! It's just a gorgeous blanket!

Thanks for looking, I'm so excited about this project!  Smiley
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Jen, homeschooling mom of 4
sherlynnmills
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009 05:32:02 PM »

Thats really neat how the point of the star changes... hmmm
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loca4crafts
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009 06:28:11 PM »

I love this afghan and think I need to try one.  Beautiful Smiley
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imacuckoo
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009 06:33:11 PM »

Beautiful! That's a lucky baby!
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there's something wrong with me...i'm a cuckoo!
hipmama1970
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009 09:35:09 PM »

Thank you! It really was a lot of fun Smiley
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Jen, homeschooling mom of 4
bethr311
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009 09:46:38 PM »

That's just gorgeous, you did a great job!  I like this much better than the five point afghan, I just hate paying for patterns. 

I think I like the back loop only, it gives the finished product more texture.  IMHO.
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hipmama1970
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2009 12:07:04 PM »

I think the BLO would be better on a full-sized afghan, because it would help delineate the pattern when you can't see the whole piece (like it's folded or you're all wrapped in it. Since the baby one was just the middle part, it didn't seem as necessary. It looked fine, though, and I think it turned out well Smiley
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Jen, homeschooling mom of 4
ninja_knitter
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2009 07:28:49 AM »

great work! beautiful afghan, I'm jealous of whatever baby is getting it as a present (:
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tamirive
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2009 07:38:36 AM »

That is awesome! If I stare at it too long it starts to move! Great work! Off to fin the pattern!
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