Spring keeps trying to make its way to Cleveland, such a brave little guy. Persistently optimistic, yet unsuccessful. The weekend was 72 degrees and blissfully sunny, while today saw snow flurries and temperatures below freezing. I couldn’t think of a better way to help lure the warm weather to stay than crocheting another cheery afghan.
It’ll belong to the same family as the ripple blanket from a few months ago and the hexagon afghan I finished in 2011. I was commissioned with creating this rainbow granny square based off Attic 24’s lively design.
- 52 Skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
- Size E (3.5mm) crochet hook (I’m using a lovely custom-made hook from Zhuzhusworld on Etsy)
- Inspired by Attic 24’s rainbowed flower granny square afghan
Beyond the lively play of colors (and getting to use my fantastic new hooks), what makes this afghan great is that it’s not your typical granny square blanket. The center of each square starts with an 8-petal picot flower (chain 3 picot) and 4 leaves peaking out the sides that replace the center round of the “typical” granny.
I started the pattern this past weekend and have 5 squares to show for my work. I’m already in love. The colors, joining each square as I go, and the slightly raised flower-centers have the potential to make this afghan a unique, brimming-with-life, custom treat. I’ll share pictures as the afghan grows so you can monitor my progress along with me.
Also, I am currently seeking volunteers to help me sew in the infinite number of ends that are a result of the numerous color changes. Serious inquiries only. 🙂
AmberMarch 14, 2013
Wow. I love that rainbow of yarn! I have a question, though. Maybe I shouldn’t ask, but how do you fund that yarn? I’ve only been able to find the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino for $10 a skein. There’s no way I could afford to make an afghan out of it, as much as I’d love to. Do you have a secret yarn supplier that is more affordable??? 🙂 I’m really very curious! And I’m with you on the ends. Weaving ends in is something I don’t enjoy very much! But I do love all of the color!
SueMarch 14, 2013
I love the colours and think I love your hooks even more 🙂
Elle WinsteadMarch 14, 2013
I absolutely ADORE the colors and can’t wait to see this when it’s finished! As Amber commented, though, this would most definitely be cost-prohibitive for me, the cost of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino being what it is. But it’s nice to dream through other peoples’ photos! It’s going to be GORGEOUS!!!
Brenda B.March 15, 2013
What gorgeous, cheerful pictures! Thanks for sharing them! Blessings..
JJCrochetMarch 21, 2013
Thanks, Amber! Some of the yarn colors are discontinued, but searching on Ebay/Etsy, you can find skeins for a discount price of about $5-$6 (as opposed to their normal $9 price tag). When you invest this much time and details into a blanket, it’s worth using a nicer yarn so you have a great blanket.
LeeApril 8, 2013
I have come back to this beautiful blanket several times! How is it progressing? Hope that you’ll post pics of it in the Lucy group. It’s so beautiful! And thanks for sharing how you find your yarn. It’s truly going to be an heirloom and beautiful piece.
JJCrochetApril 15, 2013
Thanks, Lee! I’m happy to be working on the project and will be sharing more pictures soon. I currently have 11 squares completed, but want to get a little further before posting. The first row is nearly finished. Thanks for checking in!
NICOLEApril 16, 2013
What colors are you using? They are so bright and pretty. I would love to start searching ebay for some of them but don’t know what to look for. I’ve never used Debbie Bliss myself but hear so many nice things about it so I wanna give it a go. Thanks a bunch!