When I look for a crochet afghan pattern to embark on
crocheting, I have to ask myself one question, "Will I get bored." It's a flaw
I hate to admit to, but I'm sure I am not the only crocheter who struggles with
being easily distracted, especially after I have figured out a stitch pattern
or design. I've had to force myself to finish the second sleeve because I know
I would look funny in a one sleeved cardigan.
The size of a crochet blanket intensifies this flaw. That is
a lot of fabrics or a large number of squares to finish. Laurinda Reddig to the
rescue. Not only does her new book, Reversible
Color Crochet, teach a new crochet technique, she also includes 28 afghan
blocks that can be mixed and matched to create your own afghan. You can create
several of the same blocks, multiples of a few different blocks, or design a
sampler afghan where the blocks are never repeated. Laurinda also includes 10
afghan patterns that show innovative ways to combine afghan squares.
But it isn't just the combination of different blocks that
make Laurinda's fun and relatively quick to finish. They are all worked in
double or half double crochet. That is where the ingenuity of her crochet intarsia
technique comes in. The yarn is not carried along the top of the stitches like
with tapestry crochet or carried along the back of the piece to create floats.
Instead individual lengths of yarn are cut and generally
wrapped into bobbins. With each color change, you drop the previous color and
begin using the next color, picking the previous color back up on the next row.
It's actually quite easy.
Another great thing about blanket created using afghan blocks
is that they make great travel projects. Even if you work them in wool yarn,
each square is relatively small and won't be heavy and hot in your lap.
Order or download your copy of Reversible Color Crochet and have your own afghan finished by first
P.S. Are you easily distracted by new designs when crocheting? Share your tips for finishing projects in the comments.