Sometimes, an idea pops out in your head, then stays cozy in there for a while, until it’s grown enough to become concrete… Just like a baby actually :p
This particular one started when I read a French blog post about a knitted patchwork afghan a few months ago.
Then, it grew when I ran into the Proyecto Colcha 2.0 from De Estraperlo blog.
It grew again when I discovered the soft 100% acrylic Katia Alaska yarn ! (Yes, I’m a bit jealous not to live in the United States you know, where there are zillions of acrylic yarn to chose from ! I don’t know why but here in France, there is mainly coton and wool yarn… And sadly, I’m allergic to wool ! )
Finally, it grew again when my grandma got me those amazing vintage crochet magazines from her attic ! A real goldmine !
And that was the time when THE idea, decided to become concrete. Be warn though ! When the baby wants to come out, you can’t do nothing to stop it ! :D I tried to explain it that I had work to do, I had patterns to write and so on, but all I got from it was a tiny compromise : I would only make one square per day, no more !
And that’s how I started with the Proyecto Colcha squares :
I liked them a lot, but I didn’t want to make twice the same square, so that’s when I started to go through my newly acquired vintage magazines to find some new stitches :
I also improvised some of them, like the one with a star in a circle one which you might have recognized :) or the one with the back and front post double crochet ribs (which I totally got wrong, naively thinking that it would go back to a square shape with a good blocking !). Then I also added some classics like the granny square.
As for the final touch, I really wanted to add some textured square, and learn how to make beautiful cables. I had already made some but nothing too fancy ! Then I found this afghan by Crochet Gypsy that looked perfect to me ! (I gladly spend a bit of money on patterns that learn me new things :p). And here are the 2 last ones !
I made a bit of blocking every other day to be able to assemble the afghan as soon as I would be done with the squares !
And here goes the assembling !
I started with the width :
Then went on with the lenght :
And finally the border !
And that’s it !
Of course, I know that my afghan is far from being perfect with all my experiments and all ! But I love it like that :p Just like a little bird with a missing leg ^^
And, it seems that I’m not the only one to like it ^^
Thank you for sharing your Sampler Afghan. It is a beautiful blanket of memories to bring you pleasure in many seasons to come.
Thank you Kathleen ! Indeed ! It does already ! :) Have a nice day !
I’ve over 65 years of stash … yarns not used up. Now I am on a mission to use it up. Amigurumi is doing it’s bit. But this mix of squares would be perfect for lapghans for the elderly in nursing homes. Our local church makes them for that purpose. Being nearly 83, I know the comfort of them. I could learn stitches I don’t know and turn them into lapghans. That aught to keep me out of mischief. Thanks for the brilliant idea!
Ow! You made my day ! I love how crochet is so inter-generational ! I’m glad this gave you an idea to use up your stash :)