Thursday, January 29, 2009

Finished!

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Look what I just finished. It's for a friend who really, really likes orange. I started it as a present for her 16th birthday and I'm only 4 months late getting it finished. LOL! Her whole bedroom is done up in oranges and pinks. Sounds like it would clash, but it is actually very pretty. Since the pretty (and bright neon!)  orange thread I found for her afghan was a little too bright, I fell back on a favorite afghan pattern I have that uses 2 strands of yarn held together while you crochet. This way I could add a strand of heather colored yarn and tone that wonderful bright neon orange down a little bit. It came out pretty nice if I do say so myself. Now I just need to find a nice box for it so I can ship it to her in Canada.

I love this pattern. It works up fairly quickly using just a chain stitch and double crochets. It is a ripple afghan, but instead of the points you usually see in a ripple, it has a more scalloped effect. And, because you use two strands of yarn held together, you can do a lot of interesting things with color.

This picture shows you how it is scalloped at both top and bottom.

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And this close-up gives you a feeling for the wonderful textured look you get with this pattern.

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I like the softer look of the more rounded peaks and valleys of this pattern.

12 comments:

Rachel said...

Wow, it took three tries to comment.

Anyway, this is AWESOME! I am jealous of your talent. How pretty and warm this looks.

cw2smom said...

It's lovely! LOTS of work! I love afghans! I hope she treasures it! Blessings, Lisa

Donna said...

I love afghans. I have two made by my dear Aunt Ruby whose been gone for years now. I also have some my sister-in-law gave me when she moved. No sentiment to them, but I love them! On cold winter nights I put them over my legs when I'm in my recliner and they warm me up just fine.

Indigo said...

You did an awesome job hon, she is going to love it! The pattern is a nice touch. (Hugs)Indigo

Dawn Allynn said...

Wow, this is great! I bought myself crochet hooks in December and thought I'd teach myself, but that has been no easy task. I can't image how much work this must have been... bravo!

Gerry said...

I think this is a very lovely gift. I know I would love it. I am glad you showed it to us. I love orange, too. Be sure to let us know how she reacts when she sees it. A quilt I find from receiving them is one of the most wonderful gifts there is because you actually feel warmed by that person every time you put it across your body. Gerry

CrochetWithDee said...

I love it! Your stitches look fantastic, and the color combo is awesome! Your friend will love this treasure! :)
~Dee

DesLily said...

oh cool! I've made more than one of this pattern in my long long.. LONG life! lol.. excellent job JJ!!

Sheila said...

Positively GORGEOUS!!!! I do love that scalloped look!

~ Lor said...

It's so beautiful!!! I'm very impressed, I've always wanted to crochet myself, but have no clue. Your friend is going to LOVE it!

GaylaGal said...

They are all so beautiful!! And Dee is right, your stitching is perfect!I crochet and haven't done this kind of style in years, but I really like it.
They're so pretty!
Huggers, Gayla

Kelly said...

That is truly a work of art. I admire anyone who can make things like this. I know it takes a lot of time and patience for sure. Its very beautiful, you should be proud of your creation! Hugs, Kelly