Friday, 12 April 2013

1/50 Stitches for Afghans

I bought this book - 50 Stitches for Afghans - from Hobbycraft.  It's not good when you see new stuff come in, you just gotta buy it !! :)

It's by Darla Sims and it's a booklet type paperback.

I am going to try and work through all 50 stitches with a small review on each one, so watch this space  :)

Starting at the beginning with Square number 1.  It would have been really nice if the squares had been given a name to refer to the stitch, but alas, just numbers.
I am using Patons 4ply Cotton in Fuschia.

So the first thing that strikes me is that although the pattern shows you a square and tells you how many multiples you need (for example Square 1 is multiples of 3+6) it doesn't actually tell you how many foundation chains to do.  (or even to do a foundation chain at all) so for beginners they would totally stumble at the first paragraph.

As I had planned to do all 50 squares to create a type of sampler, I did want all the squares to be of equal size, they are not as the multiples in each different square add up differently.  So I am just going to have to get as close as possible and hope for the best.

Also, the terms are written in US crochet terms, so I have to remember to convert them into UK terms.

So presuming that multiples of 3+6 mean I need a foundation chain of something divisible by 9, I chain a foundation row of 36. This gives me a square of about 13cm.

I followed the pattern exactly but I have a bulge in one corner, the square in the photo shows the exact same stitches, but no bulge.  Following the pattern onwards I feel that there are two Triple Crochets in that corner that do not want to be there.

The "Special Stitch" used for this square is a "V-Stitch".

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  1. Annoying that the instructions are wrong. Did you manage to correct the bulge?

  2. No, I will disguise it when I sew the next one in place :)


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