Where did you find THIS pattern???? It is absolutely stunning!
In a Leisure Arts book called A Year of Baby Afghans Book 4 - it's August
How difficult was this to make and what is the actual skill level on the pattern? Thank -you. I love it, You did a fantastic job.
The skill level listed on the pattern is 'experienced'. I can't say that it was really hard - but you had to really pay attention - each row got quite lengthy and you worked from the center out - I think I finally got one of those magnet boards to keep track of where I was on each row. I had the pattern and was planning on making it and then my daughter and I went to the Knit out and crochet in Minneapolis, Minn. last year and they had it made up and that sort of inspired me to go ahead and make it! I entered it in our state fair this last year too but it didn't win. I was happy with it though.
I have been crocheting forever...this afgan is very beatiful but I have trouble with the joining corners any hints
Lucille - I made this quite a while back - can't remember exactly what I did with the joining corners - but it does seem like I remember thinking that they didn't look quite like I wanted them too - if you can believe I just gave it away less than a week ago! So I can't go and look at it either. Where are you on it - I mean are you in the middle part before the animals or working the animals? I will look at my pattern and see if I can tell anything by that. And post again after I look at it.
I am also having problems with the corners. I think the confusion is with the chain in the beginning of the row and the half double and single crochet at the end. If I do as the directions say, I am off by one stitch when counting my stitches. The corners also do not look like what is in the picture. I am right at the beginning of the afghan but I had started another one and got as far as the animals and I had to rip it out because the sides were not equal. Can anyone help me?
I'm gonna get my book out tomorrow - actually it already is tomorrow - its after midnight! ha! So I am going to go to bed then tomorrow I am going to look at my pattern book and see if I think I can be of any help.
Ok - I started working the afghan so I could remember how it was done. It is kind of confusing as to the joining. The ch 2 at the beginning has to be worked around too as an FPdc - it is easy to miss but you have to work around it too - on row 2 where it says to work FPdc around next 5 stitches just remember that it says 'stitches' and not dc as you will have to work around the hdc that you worked in each corner. When you come to the joining part you have to join with a sc in the top of the ch 2 instead of joining with a slip stitch. Using a sc makes it possible to again use the ch 2 as your first stitch that you will FPdc around. If Sally and Lucille want to email me email@example.com I can try to take pics of the stitches that you will use while I do it and send them to you - that being if you still aren't sure by the explanation I tried to give. It is sometimes kinda hard to explain in writing - so much easier if I could just show you! :) Anyway - I hope this helps - like I said - if you would like me to take pics of the crochet hook going around the stitches so you know for sure just email me - Jodi
I love this baby afghan, how can I get this pattern.
Hi I just made one myself and the joining end was tricky. I'm happy to say I finished it late last night. Make sure and count each side take the number and divide by 4 to know how many each side should have then when you get to the end there will be one left half double in that one then a single crochet in the chain 2 to finsih. It doesn't look exacltly like the other sides but that was the only way I got it to come close the directions to me are a bit misleading. I also had to do each row of the animals on a spreadsheet as well as put them on a graph paper to see how they would join up. Its easy to make a mistake but what I found that worked best is when I put them on a spreadsheet and read it from the bottom up it all started to make sense. I used two colors and a thicker yarn so the blanket came out to the size of a full size bed.
Just remember in the corner of each side you will do a halfdouble chain 1 halfdouble that will give you that hole that divides the blanket and gives it the square edge counting it each time will help you to put it in the right place every time and ensure you don't add any extra single crochet spaces to any side of the blanket.