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« on: August 02, 2005 12:28:43 AM »


i had known for a while that a friend of mine was having a baby, though i thought her due-date was mid-july. boy was i wrong! it was the end of may. well, i got back from school, ordered the yarn, and then crocheted this granny-square baby afghan in five days.

i used knitpicks' crayon yarn. it's 100% cotton, and very soft. i fell in eat with this yarn so much that i'm planning to make a pair of lounge pants out of it someday. this yarn is ideal baby project yarn for many reasons - it's 100% cotton, very soft, machine washable, and best of all, it comes in bright primary and secondary colors, not just pukey pastels - in fact there's only two pastels.

the squares are really easy - the squares are red, yellow and blue, and then it's put together with green. i crocheted twelve three-round squares out of each of the three primary colors. then each color is paired with the other colors, and i did another two rounds like this. then i did one round of green, and sewed the squares together the edging (not seen in this photo) is reverse double-crochet also in green.

one note - when allowed to run around the washing machine on its own, a project made out of crayon will come out looking like a drowned rat. machine drying restores its fluffiness. however, smaller projects can be thrown into a pillowcase and washed - this reduces pilling, as well as reducing all the fuzz the yarn can shed, also, it won't come out looking stretched out and funny. after washing, take the bone out of the pillowcase and block to dry.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2005 09:03:08 AM »

 Grin I really like it and am impressed. The baby will like the contrasting colors too.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2005 10:07:50 AM »

That's beautiful!

I really eat granny squares!  I should actually learn to crochet so I can make some lol

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2005 10:19:23 AM »

By the way, how did you like the crayola?

I'm considering buying some to make the retro throw...but am curious how neat the yarn really is before I commit...
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2005 03:06:10 PM »

Impressive, I eat the colors!
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2005 10:10:28 PM »

thankies, chickadees!

the baby loves the afghan - it's currently draped over one of his floor toys (you know, the things with all the dangly bits that the baby lays under) and he plays with it. i've also made him a hooded sweater of the same yarn (no pics yet) and both afghan and sweater will be put to good use when the weather gets colder. i may also make him some stuffed toys, since i have more leftover yarn.

i absolutely eat the crayon yarn - it's wonderfully soft. but see my caveat about machine washing - the yarn sheds and pills in the washer. it fares far better when washed in a pillowcase. but, as far as i have seen, the yarn holds up wonderfully in finished products.

i can't reccommend this yarn enough, it's wonderful to work with and wonderful in finished products. i'm quickly coming to eat knitpicks! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2005 07:27:34 PM »

I'm getting ready to crochet a baby blanket for my sister-in-law and my brother.  That yarn sounds great, but I have no idea how much I need.  How big is your blanket, and how much did you use?   Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2005 01:00:21 PM »

hmmm... let's see... i bought 16 skeins, 4 each of four colors. and i used a smidge more than half of it (i either used 2 skeins of a color, or used a small bit of the third skein). each square is a little more than 6 inches, so alltogether, it's a little over 3 feet each way.
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2005 10:09:03 PM »

Thanks!  I'm completely clueless when it comes to purchasing enough yarn, and I don't have the extra cash to overbuy by a whole lot!
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2005 08:21:10 PM »

well, i bought just enough to get the free shipping. and since just a little over half went into the afghan, i had enough yarn left over to make a sweater for the same baby, and i still have some more to do something with.
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