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« on: August 08, 2007 09:09:20 AM »

I acquired a massive amount of white acrylic yarn from my Aunt and I can't think of what to do with it other than crochet an afghan.  Since one color sounds pretty boring, I'd also like to stashbust a bunch of stray balls of different colored yarns as well, but I will only have one skein or less than one skein (like, 200 ft skeins) of each color.  Any thoughts on a pattern I can use with one dominant color and an opportunity to incorporate a small amount of other colors?

I'm pretty new to the crochet scene so I think I need a pattern I can just stick to rather than rely on my own ingenuity to make it up as I go along.

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2007 12:53:20 PM »

There's some afghan CALs. There's the rectangle one, the round ripple, star-ghan...

Oh! And I was browsing through Crochetville the other day, and they have this thing called the Van Gogh afghan. It's where you gradually change colors to make it look shaded. Like AA, then AB, then BB, and so on...
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2007 11:49:44 PM »

There's a lot of possibilities, depending on how you want to go about it. Granny squares are always a good way to stash bust and make a great looking afghan. Ripple afghans look nice too.

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/afghans.php

This site has a ton of afghan patterns and if you go back to the pattern index, there's more than a few categories for different sized squares too.

If you want to keep it simple, just chain to how wide you want it (full sized or just a lapghan) and double crochet across. Change colors every few rows and since you have so much white, make that your main color.

Or, you could make squares and use the white on the last round and use the white to join them. I've done that more than a few times for afghans when I had a surplus of one color that I wanted to get rid of (I usually have a ton of ecru or black hanging around...).

In the end, it really depends on what look and level of difficulty you want to tackle. I hope that helped *hugs*
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2007 05:48:53 AM »

You could make yo-yos out of the various colors and crochet them together and make a border out of white.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007 09:14:12 AM »

Thanks for the mass treasury of afghan patterns!

I think I may have to go the "freestyle" granny square route... even though I was sort of hoping to avoid anything that required creativity/thinking... lol.  Oh well.  Half-way through I probably would have gotten bored with the pattern anyway. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2007 02:35:36 PM »

I have a scrap-ghan my grandmaman made for me when I was a kid, it's rows of various colours with white inbetween.  She just did rows of single crochet until she ran out of a colour, joined the white, did a few more rows, switched to a different colour, repeat, etc.  Bordered the whole thing with more white.  It's insanely warm because of the sc but I love it.  You'd be able to avoid the granny square route at least.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2007 05:28:15 PM »

Thanks for the mass treasury of afghan patterns!

I think I may have to go the "freestyle" granny square route... even though I was sort of hoping to avoid anything that required creativity/thinking... lol.  Oh well.  Half-way through I probably would have gotten bored with the pattern anyway. Smiley
You could just do straight rows in double or single crochet. The only creative part is deciding how wide/how long and how many rows of each color.

I like sunspotted's afghan suggestion. That way, you wouldn't have to decide on when to switch colors... just work until you run out of a color and go back to white Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2007 07:07:35 PM »

I started stash-busting a couple months ago by making one large granny square.  I've put it aside for a couple weeks, but when I want something that doesn't require much thought, I pick it up again.  It's easy and you can make as many rounds as you want with one color and then just switch to something else.
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2007 08:37:31 PM »

There are a couple mini=books out there on scrap afghans or granny square afghans. One scrap afghan I liked you make 1 round granny squares and then join them into strips but going around the edges in the same pattern as a granny square in black.
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2007 10:07:01 AM »

I know you're not an FOC and therefore cannot access the tagging system, but a few months ago I went through and tagged a lot of afghans. I just searched the word "afghan" on the completed projects board.

Here are a few helpful tagged posts:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=113390.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=115584.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=152561.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=153801.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154235.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73149.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=147633.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=130127.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=125317.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108052.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105295.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=115063.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99198.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89772.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=49727.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38982.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21773.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10576.0

thats hardly even 1/10th of the possible tagged posts. Im sure there are dozens of pages if you search. Also, I searched "afghan" ont he discussions and questions board and got 18 pages of results (x 15 results per page = 270 threads about afghans Wink )
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