I’ve made quite a number of hats now, and while I enjoy coming up with new designs for hats, I started to think of other items I could crochet to try and broaden my horizons and improve my skills. I started looking on pinterest for different crochet ideas, and I thought that making a baby afghan would be such a great challenge! Just the size itself is something to keep me occupied for a while! I had the idea to make it for my very good friend who had her second daughter this spring.
When I first started on my crochet craze, I shared with my sister-in-law what I was making and she suddenly offered me 2 large unused skeins of babysoft yarn. I thought that these would be put to good use for the afghan. I began looking for different patterns to use and actually started two patterns before I settled on this final one. I started a granny square blanket, but this didn’t seem to be as interesting in just one color. Most granny pattern afghans I see are interesting not just in their pattern, but also in their color choices. Since I had two balls of yarn of a gauge that I didn’t normally use, I wanted to try and use it all up. I didn’t want to buy more colors of the same type of yarn, so I was going to make a monochromatic blanket.
As I was browsing pinterest for interesting ideas, I came across an image for the broomstick lace crochet stitch here that I thought was beautiful! I wasn’t sure how this would turn out for a blanket, but I figured I’d give it a go. My first round of this stitch, I followed the directions on the blog. But, I found I had difficulty keeping the loops the same size when they were all just hanging out like that. I researched a little more and saw that some sites suggested using a thick knitting needle to hold all of the loose stitches before gathering them and crocheting them together. Since I don’t have any knitting needles on hand, I scoured my apartment for something that would serve and ended up using one of our wooden cooking spoons. My husband was a little confused when I went to the kitchen and came back triumphantly wielding a wooden spoon to hunker down and crochet with! Haha! Well, it works, so you use what you have, right?
This was my first afghan and it definitely had its challenges. I had quite a difficult time keeping track of all the stitches and ended up dropping a number of stitches and having to pull out half of my progress at one point, which set me back about a week of work! It was frustrating, but in the end, I’m glad that I did it since it really made a difference to the end result. Finishing this blanket left me more relieved than anything, but I’m glad that I took on the challenge!