I couldn't help myself …
… and started yet another project!
I still haven't got over my bout of "Start-itis" but the scarves and fingerless mitts will have to wait because an elderly relative has suddenly taken ill and is feeling the cold in hospital.
Thus an urgent dash to the craft shop: large hooks and super chunky yarns are a good recipe for a speedy crocheted blanket to warm frozen toes and brighten the spirits.
I narrowed down my pattern choice–either a log cabin afghan or a ripple blanket, both using super chunky yarn (US weight #6) and large hooks (9 mm and 10 mm respectively). Both of these designs are guaranteed to stand out from the hospital linen.
The log cabin afghan is like a patchwork quilt, comprised of individual squares of crocheted log cabin designs that are pieced together. The portability of the squares allows more opportunities to work on the project while 'on the run'; the more chances to work on it, the quicker to complete.
I like the sophistication of the log cabin pattern but the piecing together might slow me down as I am not the most agile at hand sewing.
On the other hand, the ripple blanket is just row upon row of stripes (no sewing!). The ripples add a decorative edging on two sides, removing the need for a separate border–hooray, one less thing to do!
The ripple blanket became the obvious choice and I am enjoying the feel of my large bamboo hooks. Look how far I have come in just a few hours …
|Two stripes (4 rows) of a total seventeen.|
I'm loving the speedy progress!
What is your experience with chunky yarn?
Links & References
Lion Brand, "Shaded Ripple Afghan" free crochet pattern #L0092AD: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L0092AD.html?noImages=