Well friends, are you ready to see our crochet-a-long project for 2016? I'm keeping with the theme of 10 inch squares, so these will be totally interchangeable with the squares from our 2015 project.
Some folks like sampler afghans, some don't. I happen to fall into the 'love' sampler afghans category. I have a pretty large stash of yarn - and love putting it to use. My parents were the type to pick up yarn whenever they would find it at a yard sale and bring it to me. So - when they brought me yarn, it was typically by the box, and often pretty random colors and types. So, instead of purchasing yarn to make sure this project was all matchy matchy, I just pulled various yarns from my stash to use. One thing I have found, is that as a general rule, a border will go a long way in tying randomness together. So, while I really did use just whatever I had around for the blocks, I picked one yarn to border all of the blocks with, join them together, and put a final border around the entire thing. In our 2015 project, the blocks were all whipstitched together at the end. This one is a join-as-you-go (jaygo) project. This means that as you add the finishing border to the blocks, you'll actually be joining the blocks in the final round. If you've never done a jaygo project, it's a great technique to learn!
Here is a photo of my finished afghan, but remember yours will look different depending on the yarn you use!
|taraduff 2016 CAL|
Things you will need:
Yarn: #4 yarns (worsted) from your stash (some yarns featured in mine are caron simply soft, red heart soft and Deborah Norville Everyday Worsted) For the border, I used 3-4 skeins Caron Simply Soft in Dark Grey Heather
Hook size: US H8/5.00mm (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Gauge: In double crochet 13 stitches x 10 rows = 4 inches square
This is the only gauge I will give for this project. Each square is a different stitch pattern, so watch your blocks that they all turn out approximately the same size (10 inches square)
Anywho - the first two blocks are coming soon. I promise I'll have them posted early next week.