winter crochet project

Several unplanned days being snowed in off and on over the last couple months makes for lots of time to finish lingering projects.

afghan_construction

I started this sampler square crochet wool afghan almost three years ago. Admittedly, most of that time it’s been stashed in a craft closet.

final_blocking

Each square is a different pattern. I knew I’d get bored doing the same stitch over and over.

blocking_close

Before connecting the squares, I soaked them in a diluted solution of hair conditioner and water, rinsed, and blocked them. I pinned the damp squares to an interlocking rubber floor mat. Blocking makes the squares flat and even, and helps the pattern show up better. Once the squares were dry, I crocheted them together into 8’x7″ strips, and crocheted a 3″ plain strip to put in between and give the afghan structure.

finished_afghan

Finally, it’s done. It turned out much bigger than I’d planned. It’ll keep a few people warm on the couch for sure.

One comment

  1. […] got my swift and winder some time ago when I was crocheting a large winter white afghan that ended up taking 45 hanks of wool. Forty-five hanks would have been beyond tedious to wind by […]

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