This holiday season I seemed to have more projects than usual, mostly due to being part of a craft fair held through my church. Once they were done I found myself wanting to get to work, but not having a project to work on. Then one fell in my lap. My church (again it’s the church – lol) is having its 20th birthday in about 2 weeks and have been asking for donations for a silent auction. Sounds like a perfect project to me! So I volunteered an afghan. I’ve been almost obsessive about working on it… fairly common for me when I try a new pattern that I just love.
The pattern I’m making is from the Red Heart site, but I do have to caution anyone who would like to make the pattern. I’m not sure who tested the pattern, but there are a few things that need correcting. The cluster stitches at the center of the hexagons and running the sides are not the puff stitch decribed in the instructions. I used a double crochet cluster instead (3 double crochets sharing the same top loop – I’ll add directions at the end of the post). That still didn’t give it quite the same look, so I believe the afghan pictured used a triple crochet cluster.
Another issue is the hook size listed. The pattern asks for a 5.0mm hook (H-8), but that would throw the gauge way off. Even using a 6.5mm and the double crochet cluster my hexagons were only 5.5in across. Another reason I think the actual pattern used triple crochet clusters.
I’m debating whether or not I should eliminate the second row of clusters from the center panel (the portion pictured above) and add a section with popcorn stitches like the ones on the right to make the overall look a little more symmetrical. I just love the look of popcorn stitches on this type of project.
I’m also having trouble deciding on the value of this piece. I need to come up with a price for it since it has to be listed for the donation. The yarn cost is only about $20. So far I’ve worked on it for about 4 days and looking like I have about 3 or 4 more to finish (working in the evenings only). I’ve never been good at doing these estimates because what I calculate always seems too high.
Anyway… I’m making this with Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White (since I had a couple skeins on hand). It looks like it’s going to take about 6 skeins total.
And now to explain the stiches I mentioned…
First the double crochet cluster – yarn over (yo), insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), yo, insert into stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, insert into stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yo pull through all 4 loops.
And the triple crochet cluster – yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yo & pull through all 4 loops.