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Baby Boy Afghan
Created By: Susan L Kirkpatrick
Pattern Source: other:

I've been working on this afghan for the last month, hoping to complete it before "baby boy" made his appearance. It seems that I crossed the finish line, before he even started the race! And I even have time for the story of this afghan! I wanted to make a "baby" afghan, but not an afghan that screamed "BABY!" Do you know what I mean? So, my search began and I found this one by Lion Brand . . . it's called a "sampler afghan" and I loved it. I love that the pattern has 6 different rectangles, each with a different texture, made using a couple different stitches - puff stitch and front post treble stitch - as well as varying basic stitches - single and double crochet (crocheting in the back loop only, changing colors to make stripes, etc.). I decided to make this afghan using baby weight yarn and chose a pretty blue, white, and green.

But of course I couldn't just follow the directions :) My first change was instead of making Square 1 using the same color for all three squares, and Square 2 using the same color, and Square 3 using the same color, etc. etc., I made one of Square 1 in each color - 1 blue, 1 white, 1 green. Same for the rest of solid color squares. This resulted in 15 solid colored squares. My next change was for the striped squares. I made 3 according to the directions, varying only which color I started with. So the striping varies for these 3 squares. That made a total of 18 squares and I needed 20 squares to make this afghan so I made two extra striped squares. But of course, I couldn't just make 2 more striped squares. For these last two, I made every third row twice as wide as the others. This gives the rectangle a little more interest (I thought) like the textured rectangles.

I joined the rectangles using the slip stitch method which worked very well. But I felt it needed a more "finished" look! At this point I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do, so I just single crocheted around the entire afghan in blue. This wasn't enough, so I crocheted once more around the entire afghan, this time with white and duplicating the puff stitch from Square 1. This was perfect, I thought. When that row was done, I finished it off, once more round the afghan, this time single crocheting with green. And . . . VOILA! I was done but it needed to be blocked. The border was curling and the seams were too pronounced. I bought these terrific rubber floor tiles from Lowes for under $20 (instead of a $100 blocking table) that join together like a jig saw puzzle; used rust proof pins and pinned all around the border stretching/laying the afghan flat; and then used my steam iron to "set" it. I held the iron several inches above the afghan and blasted the seams and border. My terminology may not be correct, but hopefully you get the idea! I love how this turned out and would definitely make this afghan again . . . maybe for a future grand-daughter in different colors (pink, green, and pale gray?) or even for a "big" person to use! Check out my blog at www.54pineapples.blogspot.com for all the details!



 
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