I finished the afghan pattern from Learn to Crochet Circles into Squares! I'm so happy with this!
I've been working on this blanket in fits and starts for quite a while. I crocheted most of my circles in a weekend earlier this summer.
And then I made most of my squares a month or so ago.
And then I realized last week that I hadn't finished this pretty little lap afghan, and I jumped back into this with crochet hooks blazing. Well, I really only had one crochet hook. That's really all I needed. My H hook and I crocheted squares around the last few circles, and I started seaming the squares together on Friday night. And then I seamed some more on Saturday. And on Sunday. I'm slow at seaming. I'm even slower at weaving in all those ends from the seaming. But this was worth it.
I can't enter this in the state fair, like I had originally planned, but I can happily put this in my gift stash. I had thought I knew who I would give this to when I was about halfway through the square-making stage of this project, but now I'm not sure. I'm wondering about giving this to my nephew. This is pretty large to be a baby blanket--36" X 40"--but he'll be toddler size any day now.
I put a lot of hours into this blanket, and it makes me happy to think of it going to my favorite little guy. I don't have blanket levels of love for many people. Do you know what I mean? I like to crochet or knit baby blankets because that seems like a great way to let a baby AND parents feel loved, but I don't normally make blankets for people who aren't newborns. Sometimes I'll say that I "blanket love" someone, but I don't say it very often!
This blanket is a little time-consuming, but it's also pretty simple to crochet. You can use up a lot of scraps and play around with your color possibilities, and of course you can make it a bit smaller or larger than the pattern's recommended five rows of six squares. You can do whatever you want! This pattern is easy to modify, which is one of the nicest things I can say about a pattern. I love mixing up colors and square sizes and any other aspect of a pattern that can be changed up. Best of all, you will definitely have learned how to crochet circles into squares if you try out this pattern.
No wait, the very best part is that you're going to have a beautifully colorful blanket if you try out this project. That's my favorite part.