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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2006-11-20 22:32
Subject: Boring to everyone but me
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This is the pattern for the afghan I'm making for my sister. Well, the layout of the crochet blocks, that is.





Design #1: 13 Blocks (Sunflower)
Design #2: 12 Blocks (Dark Green lacy round blocks)
Design #3:  4 *or* 12 Blocks (Butterfly)
Design #4:  ? Blocks ?
Design #5:  8 Blocks (Light green panel)
Design #6:  4 Blocks (Light blue lacy panels)

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mbumby
User: mbumby
Date: 2006-11-21 15:43 (UTC)
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So from 2 designs to 3 to 6. Wow. Are you going to post completed squares of each of the 6? I like what I see here.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2006-11-21 18:26 (UTC)
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Not exactly. I will post a photo of the completed afghan, but probably not exemplars of each type of block. Some of the "designs" are repeats of existing colors -- for example, the green that's around the sunflower, that's being repeated as its own block (made with alternating rows of SC and DC -- very simple). I also figured out how to do the lacy done-in-the-round block without going around in a circle (simply alternate rows of DC (row 1) and DC-CH (row 2)) and am doing that in the blue that's similar in darkness to the light green, only blue. (Can you tell I suck at color terminology? I never did understand precisely what shade and/or hue are supposed to refer to).

So far I have two solid green blocks finished, half of another green, and about 1/3 of a block of the blue.

Do you happen to know why people crochet in-the-round? I imagine a number of designs are possible only if you go around in a circle, but I want to know if it is more than that. If going in a circle somehow lends stability to the design or lessens the need for blocking or, most of all, if there a good reason to choose patterns based on circles over simple blocks made by going back and forth across rows.
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mbumby
User: mbumby
Date: 2006-11-21 18:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't know -- but thinking on the stuff I've done -- any "make blocks and put them together" sorts of dealies (like you're doing here) was started at the center of each of the individual squares.

The first thing I thought of was that the edges are nicer if they're just the tippy-top of your last crochet row rather than the top, the chain, and the edges X 2. That could be why all the baby blankets I've made, while they start out doing a long chain and going back and forth, all have a border.

The second thing I thought of was that if you're going for square that's easier to do when you're adding the same dimension to each of 4 sides than trying to figure out how many rows of DC/SC you need to be the same as 30 stitches across...

Just ideas -- no knowledge.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2006-11-21 19:03 (UTC)
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From the first afghan I made, I know it's possible to sew panels together fairly evenly even if the rows aren't matching up exactly. I saw that when joining panels made from blocks made of SC with those made with SC-through-the-front-loop-only. The height of the rows vary dramatically between the two methods.

As far as this afghan goes, I think if the squares measure close to 12 inches (as measured with a ruler or tape measure), then I'll be okay. But then I started to wonder what color I should stitch the pieces together with and started to wonder if I should crochet a row or two of SC all the way around each block (using the same color) in order to disguise the joints. I think this is part of why you see a border made with SC around most baby blankets -- and i wonder if it lends strenth to the finished project.

Somehow I don't think I'm going to get this one done in time for Christmas.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2006-11-21 18:51 (UTC)
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Wait a minute. I think I miscounted. The butterfly has to be either 4, 8, or 12 blocks, depending upon which color represents it. It's possible that there are only five designs, not six.
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