I’m still working out what I want to do with a bunch of sweet green wool yarn I was gifted. Right now it’s going to be a Tunisian crochet afghan. (Click here for my tutorial on basic Tunisian crochet.)
Since I’m using only one color, I’m experimenting with lots of different textures. My main resource for the different stitches and patterns is this website: My Tunisian Crochet. Sadly, some of the links on the site are broken, but the information that is there is fantastic, especially the youtube videos of how to work different stitches. Head on over if you want to spice up your Tunisian crochet repertoire.
Here’s the afghan stripe on my hook right now. I love the texture!
Yesterday I finished up the light green baby blanket I’ve been working on. Still with a month to spare!
I thought a round, frilly border would be a good accent for this very geometric pattern, so I whipped up some shells around the edge. The border went so quick that I somehow felt I was cheating or being sloppy. I guess crocheting still comes easier to me than knitting.
I used size 6 (4.25 mm) needles with light weight yarn, so it turned out quite stretchy and light. Then I went and used some huge crocheting hook (size K, 6.5 mm) for the border so it would be as stretchy as the blanket.
It also makes a nice sort of wrap to wear.
Anyway, it has Pippin’s approval!
Remember that green blanket I was knitting back in June? Well, it’s almost finished. I took some long breaks from it to sew Medieval garb, but now I’m back on the knitting horse (nesting might have something to do with this).
As soon as I finish the big green square, I will crochet or knit a thin white border around the edge. I’m inclined to crochet the border, because I know more tricks with crocheting than knitting, but I’ve heard that I’ll have to be careful since the two types of work stretch so differently. Anyone have experience mixing knit and crochet? Any tips you can offer?
I’ve crocheted or knitted a number of baby blankets over the years, but this one is extra special for me, because it’s the first that I intend to keep. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in November.
I still only have a vague idea of what that actually means. But I do know one thing–I’ll have a captive recipient for all sorts of knitted and crocheted projects during the next few years. Mwahahahahaha.
As you see, I’m using the twill pattern I developed back in April when I got a knitting itch. Three guesses why I was itching to knit.
Almost three months to the day since I started this project, it is finished!
I’m quite pleased with it.
I based the checkerboard design off several blankets I saw online, but the stripes were my own invention. The alternating sections of knit and purl are 12 stitches wide by 16 rows tall, plus a border of garter stitch 7 rows tall on the top and bottom and 7 stitches wide on the sides. I used size 6 circular needles and medium weight acrylic yarn.
It ended up being 44 inches by 37 inches (.9m x 1.1m), big enough to warm my lap.
I hope my friends’ baby girl will get some good use out of it.
Either way, I’d call my fourth knitting project a complete success.