Lately, it seems like my knitting and cross stitching blog buddies have been able to enjoy my blog posts more than the crocheters. Today, this one’s for you, my crochet friends. I’ve finished a few crochet projects.
At long last, my Tunisian crochet afghan is so totally done! I love it. This morning I spread it out on my living room sofa so we can have a view of it that will never be possible in its every day use, since it will be wrapped around somebody or scrunched up some other way. When not keeping someone warm, it will be folded up neatly and lurking in a closet somewhere in my house.
If you speak Spanish, you can create a baby-sized version of this afghan following this YouTube video:
I had a lot of fun working on this afghan. It’s really simple to do. I added more blocks and also Tunisian crocheted a border around it. So, it’s pretty easy to adapt the pattern to larger sizes. Just add more around the central design made of textured blocks. You could also make the blocks larger or smaller, depending on how big or small you want the blanket to be.
I also finished my larger bucket bag to accommodate my sock knitting habit. Now I can put washing and drying finished pairs of socks on hold a bit longer and just let them accumulate in the project bag. I used a canvas fabric I bought at the market a few years ago for the liner. The draw string is just a strip of single crochets.
The warmer weather got me in the mood for some thread crochet, so I made a pineapple doily I once created about 25 years ago. Yes, I still have the discontinued Better Homes and Gardens book. I have no idea who has the doily I made in my preteen years. The book in question is Forever Favorite Crochet, in case you’d like to find a second-hand copy of it. It’s a really complete book, and, although from the middle of the 1980s, it has plenty of things that will look in style now – even the clothes! It really helps that crochet clothing is creeping into the mainstream fashion industry these days. The amazing aspect of the patterns in this collection is that the clothes were so totally not cool to wear in the 1980s. If you dared walk around in a crochet sweater in 1987 – or earlier – people would think you were a bit nerdy or had recently emerged from a cave. Anyway, here’s the doily. In the book it’s called “Five-side pineapple doily.” It took me just a few hours to make. It’s super easy and a beginner could make it without a hitch.
It’s so totally not difficult that I didn’t even bother to iron it before taking a photo. It lies flat without really needing to do much fussing.
Now that it’s getting warmer I need to get cracking on my cabled sweater and just finish it off before it gets too hot to hold it in my lap. Then I can spend the late spring and entire summer cross stitching as well as crocheting and knitting lighter, cotton projects. I really want to get a lot of thread crochet done this season.