This is a project that has been in the works for over four years. When my youngest was just a little baby, I found this adorable pattern and thought it would be a great addition to my Thanksgiving décor. I started it just a month prior, and obviously didn’t get too far before Thanksgiving came. That’s all right, I decided. I’d put it away and bring it out next fall to finish. Next fall came, and I brought it out again and started to work on it. The year had improved my crochet skills, and there were quite a few areas that looked a little beginner-ish to me, but I had no desire to start from scratch so I fixed what I could and continued along. But it was a busy year and although I finished the turkey squares, I was still far from done. I put it away again for the next year.
The next year was last Thanksgiving, and I worked on it quite a bit earlier this time. I made some minor adjustments … and then I changed the entire pattern. The original pattern, called Turkey Talk Afghan, can be found on the Red Heart website. It calls for quite a few rows of variegated yarn. And while it looks pretty, I prefer the more traditional checkered pattern of granny squares. So I searched the Ravelry database for a simple-ish square that wouldn’t be overwhelmed by using a variegated yarn and found this Big June Square pattern (at the bottom of the link under 12” squares). And I made enough corresponding variegated squares to compliment the turkeys. By this time, Thanksgiving was well over and I needed to get started on my Christmas projects, so I put it away for one more year.
But this year, my Thanksgiving Crochet Blanket will finally make its completed appearance. With a few weeks left to go, I did a once over of the squares that I started so many years ago, and whipstitched them all together. Then I added a simple border and called my four-years-in-progress Thanksgiving Crochet Afghan finished. Hooray! For more details about this, you can check out my project page on Ravelry or you can view it in my crochet gallery.
And I certainly plan to put this afghan away at the end of Thanksgiving this year, too. But next year when I take it out, there will be no more work to do on it, except to use it to celebrate the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!