A Beautiful Baby Afghan

Many, many months ago, I finished a baby afghan for a young couple having their first baby. I figure that I’d better post about the afghan before the child is old enough to go to college! Ha.

Most of you know that I came back to crochet after a 20+ year absence. The pattern for this pretty afghan was in a the book that I bought to relearn the basics of the craft.

Fortunately for me, the new mom had already picked out the color palette for the baby’s room and I’m happy to report that this little girl was not going to have to suffer with pink. (I am not fond of pink.) So the color scheme of the baby afghan is lavender. The beautiful base color (the color used most in the pattern) turned out to be identical to the wall color painted in the baby’s room–no, I had not seen it ahead of time. So that was a bit of serendipity. The other two colors are white and a darker purple for accent. I love how the afghan turned out and apparently, so does the baby!

I’ve never been so careful to make sure that each yarn tail was properly secured. I knew that, as an item intended to be used and not set on a shelf for years, it had to be durable. My grandmother taught me that. Every afghan she ever made is still in use today. Grammer, as I called her, passed away in 1993 one month before her 98th birthday. But her handiwork lives on. I wanted to create something with that kind of durability. I hope I have.

The project itself was fairly easy to work anywhere, even with 3 skeins of yarn, because each square created was small and very portable. So it saw trips to my monthly CraftUp group as well as girl nights with friends, etc. It was a top-secret project, so they were all sworn to secrecy as to who it was for and what it was. For me, that’s half the fun of a project: keeping it secret until the big surprise reveal.

I loved working the pattern, too. It’s just so pretty. Here is a bit of the detail:

I think the whole thing, start to finish, took about 2 1/2 months to complete. The only big stressor was: “She’s due WHEN?”  and of course, “Are first babies usually early or late…please let it be late!” But ultimately, I had it done and gifted on time; and by that I mean BEFORE the baby was born.

Project Updates

After a long absence and lack of promised updates, I’m here to catch you up on the latest happenings in the crafting arena! First things first. Although it is stopped at the moment, I am halfway through a beautiful Aran (rhymes with Cairn, like the terrier, and also hails from Scotland) crochet project. It is a sampler afghan and will be gorgeous when finished. The pattern is full of basket weave, cable, and arrow stitches and is both fun to crochet and pretty to look at.

This afghan will be a total of 30 squares sewn together. The pattern comes from a book I found one day at JoAnn Fabric. I fell in love with the afghans I saw. 

I had to stop the afghan project for a bit, because I wanted to focus on custom crochet sweaters for a while. Yes, I found yet another book for these. It’s an interesting concept of about 10 sweaters that you make to learn various aspects of customizing a crocheted sweater. For example, if you are really long in the waist, you’ll learn how to lengthen a pattern the correct amount to accommodate you. The goal is to understand your correct measurements and know just what you need to do to fix any pattern to make the end product fit you perfectly, whatever your style or comfort requirements. The book is called, curiously enough, Custom Crocheted Sweaters by Dora Ohrenstein.

I started at the beginning of the book with a simple pattern for a floating tee. Bottom up construction teaches you how to adjust the bust width, sleeve length, and neck opening. The design of the pattern is also just lovely. You can see how pretty it is even in the gauge swatch. The sweater comes together in two pieces, front and back that are shaped, you might have guessed as a T. I’m only about 25 rows into the first half right now, but if I’ve done my measurements and ease correctly, I should end up with a nicely proportions sweater that is lightweight enough to wear during our usually mild winters.