Several of the innovative afghans in the book
draw inspiration from traditional quilt patterns, joining strips of color as
you would strips of fabric.
The Cabine De Dentelle Afghan, the Peerie
Baby Blanket, and the Bethlehem Star all use blocks of color, joined to each
other as you go, to create geometrical shapes. The beauty of crocheting afghans
in blocks of color is the ability to create a warm dense fabric that remains
visually striking through your color choice.
In order to create these afghans, sections of
crochet are worked into not only the top row of previous blocks but also into
those blocks' row ends. Learning a few tricks can make working into row ends
easier and give the finished piece more stability and a cleaner appearance.
When working in single crochet row ends, work
one stitch in each single crochet row (see Figure 1).
When working in double crochet row ends, work
two stitches in each row end. This can be done in one of two ways:
1. Work into the side of the post of the
row-end stitch: for the first stitch, insert the hook under the top two strands
at the top of the post; for the second stitch, insert the hook under the top
two strands at the base of the post (see Figure 2).
2. Crochet in the top of the stitch closest to
the row end: For the first stitch, insert your hook under the top two strands
of the last stitch of the row (see Figure 3). For the second stitch, insert
your hook under two strands about midway down the post.
Practice working into row ends and create a
fun colorwork crocheted baby blanket with the Peerie Baby Blanket or be
inspired by traditional quilting with the Bethlehem Star.
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