Completed Project: Couch-Surfing Afghan

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┬áso 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.