It's finished! I have made a mostly full-sized afghan! It's a modified version of the Ripples of Joy pattern from Baby Afghans and I feel pretty joyful every time I look at this.
The afghan's about 50" across, which makes it perfect for a lap throw or for wearing around my shoulders when I'm hanging out on the couch.
Or, more realistically, it will be a perfect size for my daughter to completely cocoon herself in when she steals this. Because I'm pretty sure she's going to steal this.
Not that I would blame her. This is a lovely rainbow-y burst of happiness and kid-friendly primary colors. It took about a three-hundred-yard skein of yarn for each color, give or take a little. I didn't use much of my orange, but I did need a little extra blue.
|There's so much blue in this picture, I couldn't fit it all in the shot.|
I almost regret not adding purple to the pattern because it would have been a tiny bit larger and this would look even more rainbow-like. Almost. This is pretty fantastic as it is.
The afghan looks extra ripply because every other row is made by working in the back loops, which I love. The technique slowed me down a little, but the extra time was worth it for such a beautifully textured blanket.
Once I was 6 or 7 rows into this pattern, I had no trouble following along. I might make a larger version of this some time. And I will definitely make a smaller version of this. I would love to see this ripple pattern in blues and grays, and I know it wouldn't take very long at all if I made it in the baby blanket size.
I don't know any baby boys who will be born any time soon (or any little girls whose parents would welcome a blue and gray blanket), but I may make one for my gift stash pretty soon. I don't quite know what to do with myself now that this afghan is done!
Well, other than enjoy my colorful and warm blanket during this cold weekend. I don't know what I'll do other than that.
Oh! But before I forget: if you don't feel like buying Baby Afghans and having 9 crochet patterns in your library (what is wrong with you?!), the Ripples of Joy pattern is available for individual purchase.
Okay, now I think I've said everything I think you need to know. Have a happy crafting weekend and stay warm! I hope you have afghan-making in your plans....