Isn’t it fun crocheting with a group? I don’t have many folks around me that crochet, and that’s why I love joining crochet-alongs on the internet. I love being inspired by other people’s work, and I think that pushes me to become a more creative crocheter.
I was recently alerted to the newest Red Heart Crochet-Along, which is for a textured afghan made up of 20 different squares. Called “Checkerboard Textures Throw”, I figured that with all that texture, it might be a good idea to focus on a single color. Now when I make afghans, I try to make them with a recipient in mind. I don’t need to have twenty afghans in my closet! And since I try to focus on handmade items for the holidays, I’ll usually go through my Christmas gift list (yes, even in January) to match the right afghan to the right person.
This one will be a gift for my brother for Christmas. I’ve written about crochet gifts for men before, and it’s not as easy to whip them up a blanket (at least in my brother’s case) because it’s either too colorful or there’s a floral motif or whatever. But I think this makes a great gift for a guy. And since his color preferences lie along a very narrow line (green or black, that’s all), I decided that I’d do the afghan in green (the thought of working all those stitches in black makes my eyes cross just thinking about it!). I’m considering possibly lining the back of the afghan in black when it’s finished, but we’ll see.
Anyway, I’m excited to join in yet another crochet-along. This one seems to be perfect for all different skill levels, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to see the variety among those who join in. Here is the first square that I’ve made up. I’m sticking with Red Heart Super Saver (because my brother will throw it in the washer on hot no matter what the care instructions say!) and the color is Tea Leaf. I think it looks a little brighter on the monitor when it’s actually more of a sage-y color, but perfectly appropriate for a picky guy nonetheless.
~ Mellie ★