6.11.2011

a square a day + a whole lot of joining = a throw!


Wow.  I amazed by this throw for so many reasons.
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The first being that it turned out so lovely!



When I first started to crochet the squares together, I decided on a turquoise color as the joining color.




Ehhh.  Not so good.  Or as my kids would say, 'pretty cheesy'.  And actually I thought the turquoise overpowered the whole look of this throw.

So, as you can tell from this pile of ramen-noodle-looking-yarn, I had to frog about 8 blocks worth of turquoise joining...and if that weren't time consuming enough, I realized that some of the blocks were not even close to being 12 inches square.  And as much I figured it wasn't going to be a big deal --- it was.


Turquoise was out and white was in. 

And being precise about the actual size of each block became much more crucial than I thought --- it was either that or have one lumpy looking throw. 

And then I found this video for the flat-braid joining.  A perfect method for the look I wanted.  I made sure that I crocheted 22 3chain loops on each side of every block and a 5chain loop for each corner. 



This throw is also amazing to me because I finished it. 
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That is H.U.G.E. for me. 
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I see other people whip out project after project all perfectly completed ....but me?  Well, let's just say I have a pile of WIP's that weigh heavily on my guilted ( I know -- not a word) mind.

Sheesh.  And it's just yarn.

But this!?

It's much, much more than just yarn.


It's Melissa coming up with the idea.  It's oodles of designers sharing their patterns.  It's the hours of hooking.  It's the constant inspiration from others who are stitching right along with me.  It's the heady feeling that I get when I read comments that come from you. 
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All of that --just thrills me to no end.




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53 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

MUCH, much more than just yarn Dawn!

Fruitful Fusion said...

I totally know the feeling! And I love the flat braid join too! This is such a beautiful beautiful throw! SOOOOO much more than just yarn!!!

crazymotheringchick said...

This is a beautiful throw. Hope you enjoy it in the years to come. You did great work here.

Aisyah Helga said...

That is a really beautiful throw, Dawn! Love all the colors together and I'm so proud for you! Amazing job!

Anneli said...

Wow! It came out really nice!! White was definitely the right color for joining! :)

Kathy said...

Absoluely beautifu;! I love the colors you chose and all the different patterns. The granny square was the first thing I learned to crochet from my Grandma. Thanks for sharing the link about the joining stitch, I'll be trying this one.

Jeanette said...

Wow!It´s BEAUTIFUL!!!!

lemondedesucrette said...

WONDERFUL!! You must be sooo proud! Love the joining method:)

Happy in red said...

Yay, go you!!! Your joining method is fascinating, lovely! I also have several WIPs laying around the house, so I know what you mean. But hey, I've got a fulltime job... there's only so much time I can spend on yarns and hooks :'(
Esther.

Königinnenreich said...

Oh, it is wonderful great, amazing!!! Congrats for having so much patience!
Hugs & kisses, Regina

willywagtail said...

That is a definite keeper. A blanket to ride the river with. A forever blanket. Can you tell that I loooove it? Cherrie

Everlasting said...

This is the most beautiful blanket I have ever seen!
And what a great method to join all this lovely squares, thanks for sharing.
I wish this blanket will last for everlasting...

Tudy said...

It is beautiful. You did a great job. I hate to join squares myself.

Melissa said...

so lovely! i'm so glad that you finished!

Gina said...

I'm not usually crazy about granny square afghans, having done a few of my own but this is gorgeous. I love the colors you used in the various designs and the size of the yarn makes a big difference too. I agree the white was the perfect way to set the blocks off.

The Scotts said...

I love it!! Did you get your patterns from a book? I'd be interested in purchasing it if you did. Great job!!

Anna said...

The perfect blanket !
Anna

Andi said...

It turned out amazing! I am so glad you finished it. I am drooling over here. :)

Casey said...

It is so pretty! You did such a great job with the blanket!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love all the colors and its eclectic look. I've never heard of that type of joining. Certainly gave it a wonderful finish. Great work! Best wishes, Tammy

liz said...

It is so lovely. Great joining method too. Well done. :) Liz

Megan said...

Gorgeous! I love how it came out!

Stef said...

This is sooooo pretty!!!!I love it!!!

sylviesgarden said...

Fabulous! I love the fresh colours.
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annemarie said...

Absolutely beautiful - love the white joining and the cheery colors - perfect for summer. You can be proud of yourself for a job well done!!

A Lovely Thing said...

Beautiful!

SUADDA said...

Lovely colours! A wonderful work!Makes me happy! =)

Carol said...

Your throw turned out gorgous. I have been waiting to see if for a whole month, checking every day to see if you have posted anymore lovely blocks! I love to crochet and find your blog and creations soo inspiring. Thanks for sharing with others your talent!!!

Melissa said...

I nominated you for an award...check it out!
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http://hookedonhandmade.blogspot.com/2011/06/sunshine-award.html

Jenny said...

wow, Wonderfull, i loe it!!

Succes, regards Jenny

Deanne Stewart-Mills said...

Your throw is absolutely dreamy. I love the bright, airy colours and the white is just perfect to join all the gorgeous squares. I would love it too!!!
I have now bookmarked your blog so I can come back and find all those patterns and make them too. Very inspiring.
Deanne
Sydney, Australia
xx

Sreekala said...

Wow, as someone who has a lot of WIPs herself, which are weighing me down, I can totally relate with the feeling of accomplishment! Congrats! You've inspired me! Now where is that 5-year-old embroidery I've been doing? :-)

tamdoll said...

Beautiful!! And thanks for the link to the chaining video, that will come in handy if I ever try to make something so big!

jocelyn said...

Dawn, this is soooo pretty! Your color sense is awesome! Love it!

Linda said...

Your throw is the most beautiful crocheted item I've ever seen. Very inspirational and motivational to a slacker like me. ;)

Maya said...

beautiful!

Madeleine said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Anna said...

beautiful!! :)

Anonymous said...

This is really beautiful and inspiring. I´d like to do something similar.
Which leads to the question:
How much yarn did you need for the whole throw?

Marion said...

It is absolutely stunning!

jacqueline said...

Wat een prachtige deken is het geworden... En een mooie verbinding tussen de squares.
Groetjes Jacqueline

Corina said...

It looks great!

lavender1983 said...

The throw is beautiful and I love the colors. I know that it is now July, but I am going to try to make a square a day. Do you know the number of different colors that you used?

Dawn said...

Thank you all so much!

As for the amount of yarn I used...let's see:

1 skein Red Heart monet
approx. 5 skeins I Love This Yarn

And for the total number of colors I used:

approx. 6 different colors of yarn

Hope that helps!
-Dawn

"Petunia Pill" said...

Where have I been lately? It's YOUR blog that got me into blogging and inspired my love of crochet (it started with your pink, black and white Christmas stocking), but somehow I've missed a lot of your recent posts. OK then...I need to get back on track. LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS PIECE OF WORK! OMG! OMG! The colors! And I giggled at your reference to "ramen" on the turquoise pile. Too funny! I have had more than a few of those ramen piles! Perfect description! And I SOOOO relate to the thrill in finishing something as well as the guilt of the WIP's that grace your home. I AM all of that! And I am very jazzed to go have a look at that joining method video as I LOVE the look and am looking for a magical way to join that I love. I know a few ways, but none of them light a fire under me. Great post...and I'm just drooling over the colors you used to achieve this fabulous piece of work! I'm soooo jealous! x&o, Annette

tsitsa said...

Wow ! Very, very, very beautiful !

Knitting is a wonderful thing! said...

Great blanket. Ahem...I have MANY WIP's sitting in this basket, or that tub. I have that Babette blanket sitting almost 80% finished. Don't know exactly why I put it down, but I did. (Gonna revisit it again soon) That would be a great blanket pattern for you, if you didn't already crochet it. (Interweave Spring 2006.)
I'm bookmarking this pattern. I've got one I'm currently starting from the DROPS website. Using their yarn I had to send away for it. Looking forward to trying there yarn out.
Did you use all "Love this Yarn" except for the Red Heart? Always wondered how that yarn knit/crochet.
Did you keep it, or gift it out? That would of been hard for me.
GREAT JOB.

Helena, Craft and Creativity said...

BEAUTIFUL squares! :) Well done!

Joanne said...

Hi, I really hope you respond to this ... I love to quilt and cross stitch. I used to also be avid crocheter (since childhood). I recently began to crochet again... also discovering crochet blogs,Ravelry etc. I have in my mind what I REALLY want to do but could not find it until I found your blog with the "a block a day" postings. I LOVE that afghan and it is what I have been searching for... are you following a book if so what book, is it a group pattern, what yarn and hook size, how big is each block (12 inches?) Please help ....thank you, Joanne Hall

Studio Work said...

i love your colour choices & all the different patterns :o)

ceita said...

Beautiful colors!
I love your crochets!
Greetings from Riga (Latvia)

Savannah said...

Really wish I knew how to crochet! But I will learn bc I really want to make one of these for each of my kiddos!

Liz said...

Found this beautiful afghan on pinterest. I love the colors and the block designs.