My most recently-completed crochet project is an afghan that I made for me, me, ME! After making many gifts recently, I wanted to make myself a blanket for vegging on the couch when the weather gets colder (just in time, as it turns out). I had a bunch of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in some really nice colors that I bought on sale months ago, with the intention of making myself some kind of afghan, eventually (you may recognize the colors; the yarn is featured in the header image for my site).
I used this pattern, “5 1/2 Hour Throw,” with some modifications, using a 10mm hook. It definitely took me a bit longer than five and a half hours, but I also made the blanket significantly bigger than the pattern promised. Instead of chaining 61, I did about 91. I decided to do a four-row pattern, and just repeated it until it was as tall as me (and I’m 5’8″). Then I did the single-crochet border on the long sides, and fringe on the short sides. Fringe is very annoying, which explains why mine is kind of sloppy and I never went back to trim it evenly. Whatever! I don’t really know how long it took me, since I worked at it a few rows at a time and didn’t keep track of the time I was spending. It wasn’t overly long though – definitely not long enough for me to get bored and need a break from it!
The throw is super warm even though the pattern has a lot of openings. It weighs a ton, but it’s also nice and cushy, making it useful not only as a throw, but as a cushion, pillow, wubby, etc. I took it to the cabin with us last weekend and tried it out in most of those roles! Best of all, since the yarn is 100% acrylic, I can throw it in the washer and dryer and not worry about it.
There’s another, smaller variation of the pattern that calls for Homespun; I bought some of that on sale last week and plan to use it to make the same blanket for my sister, who is always cold now that’s she’s so damn skinny. I picked out some nice heathered/stripey blues, since blue has always been her favorite color. First up though, I’m trying to finish a shawl I’ve been fussing with off and on since last Spring; and I’m going to attempt to make a Baby Groot.