Mystery Afghan 2015 – Clue 5

As I expected, the next clue (clue 5) in the Mystery Afghan was adding a centerpiece to the granny square.

For this clue I could not rely on the diagram to help me understand the stitches – I watched Mikey’s video (from The Crochet Crowd) to understand how to create the flower. Once I understood, however, the clue finished up very quickly and I waited for the following week to continue with the afghan.

When I read the next clue, I saw that we were expected to join the squares. Placing my squares on the bed, I realised that this afghan would be too small to use – the size suggested was suitable for a crib or a small child. I decided to double the size of my afghan and thus began making twenty more squares.

I have now completed forty squares and have begun joining them. Working on enlarging my afghan has made me fall behind the rest of the crocheters who have worked on this afghan (in fact, most of them have completed the challenge). I am okay with that, though, as my result will give me an afhgan that can be used by myself and my family.

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Forty Squares laid out. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

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Clue 1

Clue 2

Clue 3

Clue 4

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Mystery Afghan 2015 – Clue 1

During the past week I worked on the first clue for the Mystery Afghan 2015. (If you want to join in, you can get the first clue here). The clue is to make 20 basic granny squares of 4 rows in the main contrast colour (contrast A).

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Working on clue #1 © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I was pleased to see that the clue contained a drawing for me to follow (the written instructions are on the first page) as I find it easier to read and understand the drawings as opposed to the written instructions. My main contrast colour is white and so I began my squares with this basic colour.

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Clue #1 completed. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

If you wish to participate in the Crochet Along but are unsure of how to create a granny square, Michael Sellick’s video is helpful:

 

This week I completed clue #1 and am now ready to begin on the second clue. I am a little behind schedule but that is to be expected as I am doing my crocheting in between my work for the course I am following.

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Previous posts on the Mystery Afghan 2015

Yarn Choice

If you are doing this crochet along, feel free to post your work in the comments below. 

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A Completed Crochet Project

As you know, during the summer school vacation I worked on a crocheted bedspread for our queen size bed. I soon had the required number of granny squares which I joined to form rows.

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Squares waiting to be joined. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

These rows were soon joined to one another. The blanket quickly became big and heavy. To avoid getting hot, I placed the work next to me so that I would not get too uncomfortable.

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Joining rows. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

My last decision was to decide on how to work the border. Deciding to continue with the granny square motif, I alternated the colours of my choice.

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The crocheted border. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

For the last row, I tried a curved edge. I liked the look of it, and decided to stay with my first choice.

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Working on the border. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Once the last stitch had been made and the final piece of thread worked away, I carried the work to my bedroom and laid it on my bed.

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The completed project. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

My family and I admired the result – my daughters called the blanket cosy. The room has a different look to it now. Now when the cooler days arrive, my husband and I will have something warm with which to cover ourselvest.

Have you completed a project during the summer/winter? What was it?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Thursday’s Special Challenge)

A Joining Decision

During the summer I have been working on the bedspread I am making since I picked up the hook once again.

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Working on a row of granny squares. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

When I had 50 granny squares stacked in my bag, I decided I needed to join them. Laying them out so I could have an idea in my head what they would look like, I searched the internet for ways in which I could use to join them.

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Laying out the granny squares. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I knew that I did not want to sew them together. In the past I have crocheted the squares together and I knew I wanted to do the same. After much browsing on YouTube, I decided to use the double crochet stitch to join them.

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Joining granny squares. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I liked the look of the ridge that is formed when joining and decided that I would use it for the right side of my bedspread.

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Joined granny squares. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

After joining the first two rows, I decided to create my rows of eight squares – and then join the rows together.

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Rows waiting to be joined. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

With the joining of the rows, the blanket started to grow and get heavy. I would sit with my feet up and cover my legs on the few cool days we had.

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Relaxing while joining squares. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Once I had joined all the squares, I saw that I had reached the halfway mark of my project.

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Halfway to a bedspread. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Fifty squares had been made and joined but I had quite a few more to make.

What project are you currently working on?

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Picking up the Hook

 

Picking Up The Hook

I decided to pick up the hook again after eight years – that is, the crochet hook. My hands had been itching to do a little something creative so I decided to begin a project with the wool I had on hand.

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Beginning to crochet. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I decided to make granny squares using two colours: lilac and white. I decided on eight rows per square which I felt would suit the size of my project.

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Granny squares. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I began to crochet a little in the morning when I was ready and had a few moments before I went to work. I took a little time after supper as well to get in a few rows.

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Crocheting granny squares. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Slowly the pile of granny squares grew. I procrastinated in joining them as I was trying to remember how I had done this before.

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A stack of granny squares. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I did not worry, though, as I knew it would be a long while before I needed to begin joining. My intention was to make a bedspread for our queen size bed – and I would need plenty of squares for that!

Thursday SpecialDo you crochet?

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