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GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
I think it's considered easy to intermediate, depending on the week(a new part of the pattern comes out each week). It mainly uses, sc, dc, hdc, bpdc and bean stitch, which is a variation of the puff stitch. Most people who are beginners have trouble with the bpdc(back post double crochet.

ps. Keep in mind that I am using US terms.
I'm pretty solid with the basic stitches, but I have only followed YouTube tutorials for my patterns so far, no written patterns yet. My brain is familiar with knitting abbreviations, but it will take a while for me to memorize all the crochet ones. I bet I would enjoy this pattern at some point down the line.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
Every day brings a new crochet adventure for me these days...

Thomas spoke with his wife who reminded him of a gender reveal party this weekend for one of their sisters who is pregnant. Now he wants me to make a full/queen size blanket using the same kaleidoscope granny pattern, but in different colors to be determined based on the gender. He wants it to be a keepsake the child can keep and enjoy throughout its life, so the colors will be something other than traditional baby pastels. I plan to exchange the spare skeins of yarn I picked up for the first project for whatever colors they decide on.

On a side note... I am a bit taken aback by the notion my creation could become a family heirloom or treasured possession for this child.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Every day brings a new crochet adventure for me these days...

Thomas spoke with his wife who reminded him of a gender reveal party this weekend for one of their sisters who is pregnant. Now he wants me to make a full/queen size blanket using the same kaleidoscope granny pattern, but in different colors to be determined based on the gender. He wants it to be a keepsake the child can keep and enjoy throughout its life, so the colors will be something other than traditional baby pastels. I plan to exchange the spare skeins of yarn I picked up for the first project for whatever colors they decide on.

On a side note... I am a bit taken aback by the notion my creation could become a family heirloom or treasured possession for this child.
It is really something when someone puts such a great value on a handmade object. Last year, I donated a twin-size afghan to a raffle that helped raise funds for the beach association my parents belong to. The woman who won cried tears of joy because she found the afghan so beautiful. It made me feel really good to bring such joy to another.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Here is my corner-to-corner. I am going to put a black border on it. I should have made it a few stitches wider, but with a border, that should provide total coverage. It's about half an inch less wide than I wanted. That said, I'm pleased with how it came out.

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PTree15

Beach bum
How long did that take you? It's very pretty!
Thank you. I would say about three or four weeks, though I didn't work on it every day because I was working on other projects as well. It goes fairly fast, though, with an H hook.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
Here is my corner-to-corner. I am going to put a black border on it. I should have made it a few stitches wider, but with a border, that should provide total coverage. It's about half an inch less wide than I wanted. That said, I'm pleased with how it came out.
Gorgeous! Great color combination as well! You did a wonderful job with the stitches. I can see why someone would feel honored to have one of your creations.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
Thank you. I would say about three or four weeks, though I didn't work on it every day because I was working on other projects as well. It goes fairly fast, though, with an H hook.
My queen size C2C took forever as compared to my other projects. Partly because I started it when I had been crocheting for less than a month. The only hook I owned was a size F, and I kept running out of yarns to use from my remnant stash until coworkers chipped in. Next time I make one, I am sure it will be a much faster endeavor.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Gorgeous! Great color combination as well! You did a wonderful job with the stitches. I can see why someone would feel honored to have one of your creations.
Thank you! I am trying to use up a lot of yarn that was left over from other projects. I am making a serious dent in the supply. 😄
 

PTree15

Beach bum
My queen size C2C took forever as compared to my other projects. Partly because I started it when I had been crocheting for less than a month. The only hook I owned was a size F, and I kept running out of yarns to use from my remnant stash until coworkers chipped in. Next time I make one, I am sure it will be a much faster endeavor.
You have made incredible progress in a short period of time. I am impressed!
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
Thomas is having a niece, so he decided on a twin-size blanket, same kaleidoscope granny pattern, in pink, purple and white. That size will be suitable for a crib, for the child's first real bed, and still be useful as a throw or couch-sized blanket when she matures. I'll need to change the configuration slightly to make the blanket rectangular. Depending how many shades of the colors I use, I will probably connect some array of smaller squares, then use varying width borders to achieve a rectangular shape.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
I spent a lot of time in the car this weekend, traveling to and from Maine for my boyfriend's annual family meeting. Plus there was a lot of casual time spent sitting and socializing. That allowed me the opportunity to complete HALF of the total squares I will need for the twin-size blanket I am making for my coworker's future niece.

Here is what it looks like so far. The squares will continue the same layout in a 3 square by 4 square rectangle. Then I will probably use the lavender color you see in the outer triangles to make a solid border around the whole perimeter. I tell you though... it will probably take a full day just to weave in all the tails on the back side. So may color changes!
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PTree15

Beach bum
I spent a lot of time in the car this weekend, traveling to and from Maine for my boyfriend's annual family meeting. Plus there was a lot of casual time spent sitting and socializing. That allowed me the opportunity to complete HALF of the total squares I will need for the twin-size blanket I am making for my coworker's future niece.

Here is what it looks like so far. The squares will continue the same layout in a 3 square by 4 square rectangle. Then I will probably use the lavender color you see in the outer triangles to make a solid border around the whole perimeter. I tell you though... it will probably take a full day just to weave in all the tails on the back side. So may color changes!
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That is stunning. Well done!!!
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
I finished the twelfth and final square yesterday. I started weaving in the yarn ends from all the color changes. That means roughly 35 yarn ends PER square! Very slow going, but I want to get all that done before I join the squares together. The final step will be adding the border. I am hoping to have the project done by the end of this coming weekend. It depends how motivated I am after work during the week.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
I finished the twelfth and final square yesterday. I started weaving in the yarn ends from all the color changes. That means roughly 35 yarn ends PER square! Very slow going, but I want to get all that done before I join the squares together. The final step will be adding the border. I am hoping to have the project done by the end of this coming weekend. It depends how motivated I am after work during the week.
Wow, I am impressed! I still have to put the border on my corner-to-corner afghan. I am going to try to sell it at a craft fair I'm in next month. I still haven't decided on a price, but I think it will be in the $175-$250 range. A girl can dream. :D Today, I'm actually knitting. I need to restock my supply of cable-knit ear warmers. I managed to sell 10 at our summer craft fair at the beach. Not too bad considering it was about 95 degrees that day. :)

ETA: Weaving can be a pain when you have a lot of color changes. I try do it as I go along, but sometimes I leave it to the end as well. :D
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
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Here are the finished squares that I am just barely in the process of joining. It is going more slowly than I even anticipated. I am not as adept with a sewing needle.

I am using the "mattress stitch" for a seamless join. I am sure (or at least hoping) after 12 squares I will be more fluid with the whole process. I posted this same photo on social media last night and already another coworker is interested in commissioning me! I am shocked, humbled and flattered by the overwhelming flood of reactions and comments.
 
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