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

I never fully considered the possibility that this day would come, but I finished the Granny Square Sampler Afghan today. My 4.5 mm Etimo hook and stash of Red Heart Super Saver yarn have seen me through this project in it’s entirety.

Here it is with with the border completed and every end woven in:

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Better Homes and Gardens Crochet Granny Square Sampler Afghan

and here are views that capture other details:

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Corner detail of crochet border

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A view from the corner of the crochet blanket

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A view toward the center crochet squares

The afghan ruffles a bit more than is comfortable for me, but part of what I wanted to accomplish with this afghan was to push myself to do something I haven’t done before, and to that end, I was successful.

I am more more at ease with projects where all of the pieces fit neatly together and the planes of the finished project lies smooth and flat. Other than hyperbolic planes which are supposed to ruffle, I am not entirely happy when the pieces don’t fit together as I think they should.

Despite the fact that I know that right angles and perfect planes don’t occur in nature as often as they do in math, I still carry with me the expectation that things are made to fit together, and in my crochet, I am constantly working toward that in an effort to smooth over the vagaries of the world as it exists.

Having finished this project means, of necessity, that I must move forward to something else, that I must embark on another crochet adventure, and for just one moment, I have no idea what that will be.

18 thoughts on “OMG! I finished the-afghan-that-has-eluded me

  1. VERY cute!!!! I’m working on a granny hexagon blanket and feel I will never get it done either! Now I know its possible!

    1. Oh, it’s definitely possible. I have recently started making hexagons, so I know how seductive they can be. I can hardly wait to see your granny blanket when it is done.

    1. It was a lot of fun once I got so far in there was no way out. One thing I did right was to finish the central squares first. One thing I would change if I were to make another is the joining technique. The one actually used in the photo is a join-as-you-go sort of thing, but I wasn’t patient enough this last time to figure out what order things had been done in. I would probably use a joining method I came across recently where you have the right sides together and make a single crochet though all four loops of two stitches, then you chain 1 and skip a stitch then do the single crochet. The seams lie very flat, and it isn’t as rigid and unforgiving as the sc every stitch that I used. I would love to see what you do with it.

  2. Nice, really nice.
    I really love your use of colours.
    You have given me a lot of inspiration.

    1. Thank you.

      I try approach my use of color with a reckless abandon. If it doesn’t work, I simply pull it out and start again.

  3. yours is great. I made one about 15 years ago following quite close to the colors in the book. I am starting one in 100% cotton. I had to special order the colors I want but I am excited. I loved the colors you chose. Thanks for showing us. It is beautiful

    1. Thank you. It is a particularly fun project to make. I want to make one with just the twelve central squares to make as a baby blanket.

  4. I actually just found this pattern in a book I picked up a goodwill. I am super excited to work on it now that I have seen yours. And love the bright colors. I now have a color guide.

    1. It is a lot of fun to make. I hope you share your finished project with me when you’re done!

  5. I love this afghan!! It is so bright and happy!

    And talk about “oh what a tangled web we weave”……

    I became so in love with your afghan, that I scoured the internet trying to find the pattern. Nothing. Okay, the book is still under copyright…how about the library….YES – their computer says it is checked in! “Come on son” I say, “we are heading to the library.” He’s seen me like this before and just goes along with it. As I am scouring the shelves for the book….it should be right here next to “crocheting and knitting for the handicapped and invalids”. It is not there. I’m getting older, so maybe I’m not seeing it. Son returns with books to check out. Son looks for it – no luck. I go get the librarian – surely she can find it. No luck. She states the obvious: “Well, someone either put it in the wrong place or they are walking around with it.” Son walks away hoping I don’t throw a hissy fit right there in the library. After all, she’s not understanding my mania at this point and quietly returns to her desk with no further help. Hmph. So…rather than the hissy fit, or stalking everyone in the library to see if they had it, I, being the adult that I am, left the library quietly without incident. I went home, ordered a copy for four bucks on the internet and tried to refrain from hitting the mail pile before I kissed the family hello after work. And, ta da, it came today!! Hooray! Your colors, however, are so much prettier than the version in the book – of course, the colors in the book fit with the 70s. So….ramble, ramble – now I have the pattern and I am going to use your bright colors as inspiration to make my own, happy afghan! Thank you for sharing your color and crocheting talents!

    1. I am so glad you got your book and that you are embarking on this adventure!

      I can hardly wait to see what you do with it, and kudos to you for not stalking everyone in the library.

  6. I have now started my version of this afghan!!! I whipped out the granny squares (A blocks) quickly and then had major slow down trying to figure out the B1 instructions. But I shall continue on as the bright colors are making me very happy!. I don’t think my stitches will be as perfect as yours….but I tell myself that my stitches just look “folksy.” 😉

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