The afghan that eluded me: an adventure in crochet

When I first learned to crochet in 1998, I lived in Bella Vista, California.

Located in Shasta County just east of the Redding, it was (and perhaps still is), a bit of a wild west outpost, and in my quest for all things crochet I scoured the available bookstores and fabric stores for anything — anything at all.

On one such excursion, I came across a copy of book titled “Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting & Knitting” which contained a pattern for Jackie H. Curry’s design for a “Granny Square Sampler Afghan.”

crochet granny square sampler afghan
The afghan that eluded me after the last end was woven in

I was immediately smitten.

I bought the book, headed home, and was certain that I would have the blanket made in no time.

But the truth proved to be different. While I was able to read the directions correctly, it turned out that not all of the directions were correct, and I was not yet a sufficiently experience crocheter to be able to recognize the difference, so it wasn’t until thirteen years had passed that I finally had the experience and determination needed to finish my first rendition of this blanket which by then I had come to think of as “The Afghan That Eluded Me,”

Here it is in 41 installments:

Granny Square Sampler Afghan

Square D-2

Square E-2

Square E-3

Square E-6

Square H-1

Square F-2

Square F-1

Square B-4

Square G-1

Square C-4

Starting to put it together

Squares A-1, A-2, A-4, A-5, & A-6

Weaving in ends

Square D-1

Square B-1

Square I-1

Square E-4

Square E-1

The zen of weaving in ends

Square B-2

The Afghan that has eluded me

Square C-3

Square C-2

Square C-5

Square D-4

Square B-5

The devil is in the details: Square D-3

Square B-3

Square E-5

The best laid schemes of mice and men

Square D-5 Redux

Square C-1 and photos of D-5

The elusive square I-2

Square I-2

Update on: The Afghan That Has Eluded Me

Putting It All Together (Almost)

Slow but steady progress on the afghan-that-has-eluded-me

We resume our regularly scheduled programming….

OMG! The afghan-that-has-eluded-me is nearly finished

Putting avoidance behavior to good use

OMG! I finished the-afghan-that-has-eluded me