Two summers ago, we spent a week in the White Mountains and I decided I needed a new hobby. Yep, right then and there. Crochet. I really didn’t think about it much or ponder the idea, I just went for it. I headed into town (where they have only a Wal-Mart) and hit up the craft department.
Now, I have never crocheted (or knitted) before, in fact, the last yarn/string project I remember doing was making knotted embroidery floss bracelets in Junior High… So, to say I started from scratch couldn’t be more accurate.
I bought the book “I Taught Myself Crochet”, which included an instructional DVD (score!) along with numerous crochet hooks, afghan patterns (why mess with something small, go big right?), several colors of yarn, and of course a handy carrying case.
Well, thanks to the book, YouTube, and some diligence I was able to pick up some simple stitches and spent 2 whole days in my PJ’s on the sofa doing nothing but crocheting a perfectly imperfect and flawed piece of random – was going to be an afghan, until it took on a completely jagged and unsightly shape. Scrap that.
Upon arriving home later that week, I was inspired to start a “real” project, so I bought some more yarn and began again. This pattern of starting and ripping out, and then eventually abandoning projects continued on for several more weeks.
Finally, in hopes of actually completing a project, I decided on something easy; a simple throw-sized afghan, with only 1 stitch, and minimal color changes. I could do that! After only a week and a half and 18,000 stitches, I am extremely proud to announce, I’VE FINISHED MY FIRST CROCHET BLANKET!
The pattern I used was simple, the entire blanket is crocheted in double crochet (dc), nothing fancy. Using a “J” or 6 mm hook, I chained 120 and did 150 rows (for a total of 18,000 stitches!).
For the border, I did one row of single crochet (sc) and then on top of that, one row of double crochet (dc) all the way around – that’s it! The finished size is approximately 50 x 60″.
The coolest part about the project was the random stripe generator I found online , which I used to create the inconsistent stripe pattern. It allows you to select your colors and the amount of rows you’ll need and then it generates the pattern for you! If you don’t like it, resubmit your selections until you find one that is visually appealing to you. Then you just print it out and follow the pattern. This is not something I would normally do, considering I am a minimalist usually, but I ended up loving the unpredictable colors and chunkiness of this blanket, not to mention the fact that I actually completed an afghan!
I am more inspired than ever to begin my next project and couldn’t be happier with the way this blanket turned out. It’s simple, tailored, and very, very warm!