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« on: September 29, 2012 02:52:01 PM »

I made this for a my cousin and his wife, who had a baby boy earlier this year.  It's made up of motifs from Red Heart's Circles in Octagons Throw.  The yarn used was Caron Simply Soft in White, Dark Country Blue, and Soft Blue.  The total dimensions are approximately 3' by 4'.

The afghan is made up of 63 of the octagons / circles, 48 squares linking them together, and 28 triangles to make the edges even.  The border consists of one sc row of white and two sc rows of each of the blues.  I realized later that I could have added four more triangles to make the blanket a perfect rectangle, but ultimately, I think it looks neat with the "cut off corners" look.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined. 

After weaving the tails (and man, there are a TON with this pattern), I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2012 03:07:42 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2012 07:10:48 PM »

Wow, that is really beautiful. How long did it take you to complete? Also, can you feel the fabric glue on the blanket?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2012 09:31:16 PM »

Thanks so much for the comments, everyone.

How long did it take you to complete? Also, can you feel the fabric glue on the blanket?

It took a couple of months, but I worked on it constantly during that time.  I would say that weaving in the tails (I actually weave with the crochet hook instead of crocheting the ends into the work) took at least 1/3 to 40% of the total time.  That's how many ends there are.

Aleene's OK to Wash It glue feels like a medium soft, somewhat pliable plastic blob when dried.  So it is detectable to the touch, but I prefer it to Fabric-tac or Aleene's Fabric Fusion, which are other glues I've used.  The latter two dry faster (48 hours), but leave a hard, dry, scratchy blob.  The directions for Aleene's OK to Wash It claim it takes 7-10 days for the glue to cure, although I have found 7 days is sufficient.  I think the trade-off in the feel of the final product is worth the extra drying time; I factor in the additional time into the project.  All three are washable after drying.

I hope that answered your questions.  Please let me know if you have questions or comments. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2012 01:07:48 PM »

wow, that is so pretty!
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012 10:43:02 AM »

beautiful, I love the corners.

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2012 03:14:28 AM »

this is lovely Smiley
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