I crocheted this afghan many years ago. I found
the pattern in a magazine while I was waiting for a haircut. It was so simple that
I wrote a few quick notes on an old piece of paper from my purse. Then I went
home and began crocheting that day. What caught my eye was the striking stained
glass look. I really love all the bright colors, too. With the black background,
the colors really jump out at you. The crocheting was quite unique to me, too.
First a row of single crochets is made of black. Then you turn and make a row
of double crochets, carrying a strand of the color along hidden in the
stitches. When it is time, you switch from black to the color and crochet over the
single crochet row using a triple crochet of the color. It's done like a fairaisle
is done in knitting, only you can hide the extra strand by crocheting over it.
One benefit to crocheting with two or three colors in this way, and also
crocheting over a previous row, is that this afghan is very thick and warm. When I
finished this afghan, I couldn't remember how the magazine had finished the edge, so
I added a pretty crocheted lace edging using black yarn. It took a few tries
to get the width right - I didn't want it to pull, or to be ruffly. But I was glad
I ripped out a few rows because the end result was just what I wanted.
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