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« on: February 25, 2009 07:33:28 PM »

I have a habit of picking a craft, and make-make-making for a few weeks, then picking something else. Well. I've decided to pick up crochet (an excellent swap partner sent me a hook-roll with a few hooks in it a while back), and, having successfully made a very few swatches, have decided to plan something rather ambitious -- a chevron-patterned afghan  Shocked

I know.

So, if anyone has any tips or pieces of advice (up to and including "make some smaller pieces before you waste all that yarn"), I solicit you for them!

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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009 09:22:09 PM »

Make an afghan made of smaller motifs. First, because you can take it with you and are more likely to be able to complete something before you grow bored, and secondly, if you do get bored before finishing the afghan, you can join the motifs into a smaller project, thus, no ufo staring at you from the back of the closet. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009 04:31:39 PM »

My first ever crocheted project was a blanket - striped, done entirely in dc's.  It was large enough to cover the top and hang over the sides a bit a full sized bed...

I say go for it.  If that is what you want to make - go for it.  Break the rules of the whole make a granny blanket or something small then sewing them all together - there is nothing worse than crocheting 120 squares only to be stuck sewing them all together when you are done.

I would pick out a pattern that does not call for anything fancy - no crossed stitches or front/back posts - or even ones that tell you to work only in a front or back loop.  That would just drive you batty on a first project.  Just stick to a simple basic chevron and understand that it will take time to do - but in the end you can be like me and say yup.  My first project was a big horking blanket!!


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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009 10:57:54 PM »

I think you should pick a pattern that you like, and if you like the chevron, go for it. BUT I say, make a small chevron scarf or square purse or something first... just to get yourself in to the routine of the chevron stitch. If you are like me (which it sounds like you are a little) you will want to master the blanket and go on to resin or something, so I say make sure you 'own' the chevron pattern by making something small first OR take your time, read the pattern, count your stitches and go slow at the beginning because I gotta say, when you get going, and then you notice a mistake three rows down in that huge blanket you are not going to want to frog the thing, and then when the whole project is done, and the first rows look like doo doo, you won't want to show anyone your project!
Moral of the story, practice a little, go for the big project and then move on to wood carving! Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009 08:34:11 PM »

When I hear "chevron" I think of ripple stitch, and if that's the same thing, then it's not that hard to do - a few plain stitches, an increase, a few plain stitches, a decrease, etc. To me it's ambitious because of the size; will you get bored before you finish it? I might :-) , but if you won't, I say - go for it!
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009 08:12:03 AM »

The first ever adult afghan I made was a chevron and I loved it but they have some sound advice start small. My grandma used to tell me to start with a baby blanket first to get used to the pattern and then see if you like the colors then make a big one. Cause even if you don't like it you can always find someone who wants a baby blanket. Good luck take it slow and don't get discouraged.

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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2009 12:25:35 PM »

My first "big" project was a granny square blanket.. and I STILL have all those silly granny squares sitting in a box someplace waiting to be assembled. Over time I got better and better at making grannies.. meaning the first ones I made look to me, now, to be rather pathetic and I'm not crazy about actually using them now that I can do so much better.
However when I next tried doing a chevron blanket for my mother.. I was actually able to finish it! Somehow with it being an all in one piece.. it was easier to get myself motivated to finish it. (Also it help it was VERY cold that winter so I got to snuggle under it as I worked. hehe) Being its all one piece and its simple a repeating pattern its DOABLE for a beginner. Oh and its excellent practice at increasing your speed. I'm So quick at dc's now.. Cheesy
I'd definitely give the chevron/ripple blankies a thumbs up.. Wink

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