This is my first attempt to make an afghan that you have to follow tiny blocks to make the patterns. I'm having trouble finding where I am(blocks real small) I have something to make it larger(magnifier) but it'sstill hard to find where I'm at---Lose my row real fast. Any Suggestions? Also making this type of afghan, do you have to cut your yarn when there is a few rows between colors----does that mean you have to tuck in all your ends? Any help you can give me is appreciated. BDK
You could also take your pattern to a copier place and have them enlarge it for you. It might stretch over a couple of pages instead of one, but would be easier to read. The larger of the two magnetic boards will hold 2 pages at a time.
This magnetic board will hold your pattern and the longest magnet lets you keep track of what line you are working on. It's what I use when I do graphed patterns...wouldn't attempt them without it!
The Lo-Ran 12x18 magnetic board: http://www.joann.com/12-x18-big-board-magnet-board-/prd2659/
The Lo-Ran folding stand for the board: http://www.herrschners.com/product.aspx?sku=327888&sk=magnetic+board+
The smaller Lo-Ran 8x10 magnetic board: http://www.herrschners.com/product.aspx?id=&pid=3860
They also sell a magnetic line magnifier: http://www.herrschners.com/product.aspx?id=&pid=4016
Hope these help!
One way to keep track of your rows is to use a Post-It note, moving it as you do each row. Another way is to use a colored pencil and color in the rows as you work them. I like to use at least three different colored pencils. That way I know exactly where I am in the pattern.
It is not necessary to cut your yarn when changing colors. I lay the yarn over the row I am working on and work over it, laying it over the next row and work over it again, making sure this piece of yarn is "caught" in the crochet work.