Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fun with Crochet


What is it?  It's this:


I started planning this post right when I started this blog last year, but it got lost in the shuffle until now. I just thought it would be fun to show all the stages of these crochet octagons at once!

This was intended to be my easy tv project over a year ago now.  Once Clara was done I thought of it again and pulled it out.  It is the Spanish Tiles afghan from 50 Sensational Crochet Afghans & Throws, edited by Bobbie Matela.  As far as easy tv projects go, it is not actually that easy.  I have the octagons down, but yesterday I tried one of the small filler squares:


That final round of orange is stitched both under and over the previous round of red, and it requires complete concentration!  I'm hoping I will get used to it.

Here's an idea of where it is all going:


Yes, the square seems a little large for the octagons, but I think it will all work out when I sew them together.  It's not quite the same as quilt fabric!  There's lots of ease.

I have to say, though, that I am not completely happy with those squares, now that I see them in the photos.  I like the circle in the middle, but after that I may simplify things.  Anyway, there's no rush on this one!

6 comments:

  1. These are very beautiful. I love the colours and shapes. I am not a crocheter - would quite like to learn but need another stitching activity like a hole in the head!

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    1. Crochet was the first thing I ever learned, I don't even know how young I was. But I agree that you have to draw the line somewhere! For me, I think that will be at smocking. I love how it looks, but I am content to admire the work of others!

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  2. love the crochet stacked one on top of the other, looks great. Like you I am finding it harder than I thought tit would be, have just bought Beyond the Square crochet motifs and find there are few I can do, still persevering though.

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    1. I think it looks like a fancy cake stacked up, don't you? For me, I don't like to do something difficult if the extra work disappears in the final product. If the fancy stitches are a feature, like they are in the octagons, that's great. But in the squares I think it will just disappear into the margins, so I think it's wasted effort. I have some ideas for an easier way!

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  3. i love the crochet and the colours are beautiful together. it is going to look wonderful when all put together. with the squares would they all fit together without the last round which you had trouble with.

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    1. You are right, Katherine, the last round had to go. I've worked out a simplified square, which I have to say looks way better. I'll try to post it soon!

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