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PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
I put this border, in black, on the corner-to-corner afghan I made. It really put a nice finish on the blanket. I'm hoping to sell it this weekend at a craft fair, so I'll post a pic when I display it on a rack.

 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
I decided to challenge myself last week and try to follow along with this tutorial:
For as ornate as it looks, it mostly just slight variations on the double crochet stitch, and the intricacy comes from how they are placed.

Only part one of the video is available to far (she also posted the left-handed version). Part two was scheduled to post yesterday but it hasn't yet, so now I am waiting anxiously. Here is my work in progress after completing part one:
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It is very plush and thick by design. Not at all a flat piece like I am used to creating. I am not sure what I will end up doing with the end result after I finish the remaining segments of the pattern, but I am having fun with the process, which surely counts for a lot.

Honestly, the hardest part for me was working those first 8 clusters of stitches into a "magic ring". I was having a hard time crocheting around a couple flimsy strands of yarn that seemed way more apt to twist than when I work into a ring of chain stitches. After several attempts, I finally got it and was able to cinch it tight, but even still I ended up with a finger-sized hole in the center. They did not meet up as snugly as in the instructor's version. So yeah, more to come on this piece. I thought maybe some of you might like to try it along with me.
 
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GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
The same instructor that posted the video I shared above as well as that "virus pattern" I used to create my mum's birthday afghan has a lot of other great pattern videos too. This one is almost a cross between the shell design of the virus pattern and a classic granny square. I definitely want to try this at some point soon. I also thought PTree15 might like it too:

What I discovered by simply watching this video, is I have reached a point in my own crochet journey where I can truly look at a piece and predict where the pattern is going next, where the next stitches will be placed, etc. I found myself thinking a couple instructions ahead of the tutorial. Even without having crocheted along, I was thrilled with that progress from a technical standpoint.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
My boyfriend just told me his mum would like a tight-knit shawl in a blue/indigo color. So I guess that's my next project decided. I'll be sending her some patterns to choose from and picking up yarn over the weekend, most likely.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
I decided to challenge myself last week and try to follow along with this tutorial:
For as ornate as it looks, it mostly just slight variations on the double crochet stitch, and the intricacy comes from how they are placed.

Only part one of the video is available to far (she also posted the left-handed version). Part two was scheduled to post yesterday but it hasn't yet, so now I am waiting anxiously. Here is my work in progress after completing part one:
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It is very plush and thick by design. Not at all a flat piece like I am used to creating. I am not sure what I will end up doing with the end result after I finish the remaining segments of the pattern, but I am having fun with the process, which surely counts for a lot.

Honestly, the hardest part for me was working those first 8 clusters of stitches into a "magic ring". I was having a hard time crocheting around a couple flimsy strands of yarn that seemed way more apt to twist than when I work into a ring of chain stitches. After several attempts, I finally got it and was able to cinch it tight, but even still I ended up with a finger-sized hole in the center. They did not meet up as snugly as in the instructor's version. So yeah, more to come on this piece. I thought maybe some of you might like to try it along with me.
Wow, that is cool! I will be checking this out for sure, along with the granny shells. They both are so pretty!
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
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Here is the corner-to-corner afghan at the library craft fair. I got a lot of lovely compliments on it, but no sales. I managed to make $60, but the fair itself wasn't that busy. It still was loads of fun, though. My mom was one of the organizers, and I helped out with setup and cleanup. The library made more than $1,000 from the table fees, a raffle and sales of library merch.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
@GingerFoxx That's beautiful! I imagine you find it relaxing- meditative? I had to rip out rows just doing a potholder :fp:
Counting stitches in my head can be pleasantly rhythmic. Then there are those occasional "a-ha" moments when a strange or challenging pattern suddenly starts to make sense and come more naturally than when I started it. I do find it quite meditative much of the time.

Don't get me wrong, I had to restart almost every round of that current project at least once to get the stitch count right. But thankfully, crochet is forgiving enough to allow you unlimited "do-overs" if you are patient enough. It's part of the process though... Like one of those zen gardens. You can spend as much time as you like being meticulous and creating something beautiful, and when it no longer suits you, you can wipe it out and start from scratch.
 
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