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1  Settlers of Catan'ghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by LyraAmbrose on: April 16, 2013 10:04:04 AM
One of my friends is a HUGE Settlers of Catan geek so for his birthday I made him an Afghan that looks like the base game's board. He really loves it and was very surprised when I gave it to him yesterday, what with it being two months late.

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2  Rebel Alliance Citadel Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by LyraAmbrose on: October 09, 2012 10:07:05 AM
After finishing the Death Star Afghan, I worked on a few other things before finally tackling this. One of my friends is a *huge* fan of both Star Wars and Mass Effect, so I combined the fandoms just for her.

The afghan is 17 squares wide and 28 squares long and about 50" x 75" after joining and the border. Each granny square is two rows big (the Death Star's were three) and they were about 2.5" wide. I used the continuous join method to throw it all together. I was smart this time and worked in all of the ends from the color changes as I was going rather than leaving it all for the end. The border is just two rows all the way around of the granny square stitch, which made the blanket edge a bit wavy.

To make the design, I first decided how many squares wide I wanted the blanket to be. Then I overlaid a grid on top of the design on photoshop the appropriate size and started filling in squares until I got the look I wanted. I've found that more complex designs require more squares, which is a lot more work and makes the afghan quite a bit bigger.

I unfortunately didn't take any in-progress pictures as I was both focusing on getting it done and trying to keep what I was doing from the recipient. All of the secrecy and work was more than worth it to see the look on her face when she opened it up last night and finally realized what it was.

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3  That's no moon... It's a Death Star Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by LyraAmbrose on: July 27, 2012 01:33:48 PM
I kept seeing all of these really cool pixelated afghans floating around on here, ravelry, and pintrest. "I can do that," I told myself. A good friend of mine had a birthday coming up (it was Friday, July 20th. I'm week late) and I was completely stumped on what to make for him. He loves Star Wars. Somehow the two ideas merged and hence, the Death Star Afghan was born.

It is made of 400 granny squares, about 3.5" across each. Some are closer to 3", some are closer to 4"; I was having trouble staying consistent. It's about 75-80" wide and tall and *really* heavy. It took me a month and a half and somewhere around 100 hours to complete it all. I was going ZOMG SQUARES! for quite some time.

To join the squares, I used a variation of the continuous join method (doing 3 chains rather than the 5 the tutorial I found did), joining 40 squares at a time (two rows) so I had 10 long strips to join together. I knew I'd go nuts if I had to sew all those squares together, so I was happy when I stumbled upon the method (http://knitting-crochet.wonderhowto.com/how-to/join-crocheted-granny-squares-using-five-chain-flat-braid-method-403631/).  I kept switching colors so the joins wouldn't stand out as much and I wish I had worked in the ends as I went, rather than waiting for the end to do it.

To do the pattern, I pulled out a piece of graph paper and started filling in squares until I was happy with it. Then I transferred it to a digital file so I could print off copies to mark up as I got squares done or rows joined. A friend thinks it looks like a monochromatic pokeball, and it kinda does.

All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out. It was the first afghan I'd ever made, but certainly not the last. It was a good learning experience. It turned out *way* bigger than I thought it would. If I was to do it again, I'd change a few things.

a) I'd make sure I had enough yarn from the same lot. The very left four rows of the medium grey are a different shade than the rest of them. I didn't find this out until I was joining those squares with the different shaded yarn. A friend has told me to call it a 'stylistic element'.
b) I'd give myself more time to get it done. I've been marathon crocheting since I started the blanket, and I keep adding projects, so I'm not slowing down.
c) I'd use the actual continuous join method, rather than only partway continuous. Some of the joins between the strips are pretty ugly since I couldn't quite figure out a way to make it look right. Changing the colors didn't help the ugliness. Had I used a solid color for all of the joins, the ugly would have been hidden well.
d) I wouldn't join all ten strips in a single day in almost a single sitting. My neck, upper back, and shoulders were sore for a few days after that.

My next project is another granny square afghan, slightly smaller squares this time, to look like the Rebel Alliance Logo. I have until nearly Thanksgiving it that one done, thankfully.

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