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« on: December 01, 2006 06:46:53 PM »

Hi, everyone.  I'm new a new member to this board, though I've lurked before.  I am getting married in six months and would like to make afghans for each of my five bridesmaids.  Skill-wise, I'd say I'm an advanced beginner (I've made scarves and pillows before).

I'm doing single-color granny square afghans, with each square bordered in white.  Each bridesmaid will be getting a different color. Im doing the granny square route b/c theyre more easily portable than a row-by-row afghan. Plus, one of my biggest challenges as a crocheter is keeping the tension consistent to keep the piece even, and it is easier for me to do this with granny squares.

Has anyone done this before? Is this feasible? Is it even a good idea? Any tips or tricks?

Some more info:

1. To provide variety, I am also including store bought gifts. Ill probably giving the bridesmaids with ye olde canvas tote bag with the afghan, spa gift sets, and probably something else TBD. Itll be a good mix, for those who aren't really down with getting only a homemade gift.

2. Which granny square should I make? Which looks better, will make a warmer blanket, etc.?

Basic square: http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/101/f101

Harvest square: http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/01granny/harv


« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2006 06:51:39 PM »

I couldn't link to the patterns you have, but I can say that I think this is pretty ambitious for bridesmaid gifts.

It is a lovely idea, but 5 afghans in 6 months is a LOT for a bride-to-be to make.

Maybe you could do crochet totebags instead? 

« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2006 10:57:28 PM »

I can't imagine myself taking on such a large project!  You'll be busy with planning a wedding and 5 granny squared afghans is a LARGE project.  You might get tired of making granny squares after doing just one afghan, and then you will have to sew them together and tuck in all those yarn ends! (I hate that task!)  Maybe make one afghan and see how that goes?  You could keep it for your new home or give it to your maid of honor. 

Sorry to be a doubting debbie! Just my two cents!
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2006 07:08:39 PM »

I think it sounds like a beautiful idea--but might I suggest a different pattern?  There is one that's a 5 hour afghan (I think that's the right one) on the lion brand website--it's a very quick afghan and I've added fringe to it as well.  I made it with a P hook and two strands of worsted weight yarn, so it took me longer than 5 hours, but it was still very quick.  That way, you can crank them out faster.

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Only 4 1/2 hours!
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2006 06:08:36 AM »

I made 4 throws for christmas, one for each of my 4 siblings in about three months.  I made lots of other stuff in between though.

So my suggestion would be try and keep it small, I made them so they would be comfortable enough to snuggle with on the couch, but not so big that they'd be cumbersome.  My husband usually doesn't like any of my crochet projects, but he gave me the thumbs up on these!

This is three of them, without trim.  The fourth is green with lavender trim for my littlest sister. 

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