Look! I Made an Afghan!
I may be the ONLY crocheter in the world that doesn't make afghans all the time. Okay, okay, maybe not the ONLY one, but I know that number is pretty small. I think the main reason is I get bored, I also tend to like more modern designs and colorways so a lot of the patterns out there just don't appeal to me that much.
That was until I stumbled across Cypress Textiles. OMG I love how she combines color! The details are simple yet striking when you add it her color choices. I picked up two of her patterns, but decided to start with "Cozy Flowers" as I had the yarn on hand to make it. This pattern is free at her site, so check it out if you'd like to make one for yourself. This would be terrific with scraps.
One of the nice things about this pattern is that it starts with circles, which I love making. And, they are only a few rounds so they work up quickly. This was perfect for all those December outings and road trips. Here are all my stacks and the final pile. I ended up using seven colors as I was using my yarn stash versus what she calls for in her pattern.
Once I had these babies worked up I then worked on color placement. I liked the effect of the color pooling moving from dark to light.
I took a picture so I could use it as a reference as as I worked. NOTE: Of course I made stacks of the rows, but I know my cats well enough to know not to count on said stacks surviving for long.
Next up was the joining. The pattern calls for the "continuous join as you go" method, which was new for me, In fact, this may be why I don't make a lot of afghans. I find joining all the pieces tends to get tedious, but with this method it seemed to flow and move more quickly.
Here are some close ups of the various sections. Yummy!
I love how this piece turned out and am thinking about doing it in grey scale and making it larger for my bed. We'll see if I have the attention span to tackle that.
Overall the design on this is fantastic. The pattern is not for beginners and there are some steps you have to infer and figure out on your own. If you decide to tackle this, see my notes on my Ravelry page as I provide some of the detail that I thought was missing. Still, this is well worth the time and effort.
P.S. Cypress Textiles is in Texas, ya'll, so be sure to stop by and say "Howdy!"