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#1 cbaj26

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 11:49 PM

Check out this baby afghan that I made for an impending arrival! It took me ~2 months on and off (more off than on at times) to finish it. The colors are worked in, since I think it looks better than being x-stitched. It was my first time crocheting from a chart w/ the afghan stitch, so I kept my fingers crossed that it would turn out ok in the end. :whew It actually wasn't that bad at all, so I hope this gives an extra confidence boost to those who want to venture into charts for the first time.

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 12:02 AM

That's awesome!

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:54 AM

Amazing job!!
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:30 AM

ghan is gorgeous. :D

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:38 AM

That looks wonderful, great job.

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:45 AM

wow. that would have taken me 10 years. lol great job

#7 LisaP

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:53 AM

Wow!!!! Beautiful

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 07:33 AM

Amazing afghan!

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 07:40 AM

:dance That is the coolest!!!

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 07:46 AM

That came out perfectly!
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:33 AM

:clap Beautiful
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:48 AM

Northwestern Wildcats.

I tired to do a simple graphgan and gave up. The yarn is being turned into a granny square collection (not sure what they will turn into yet). Nice job!

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:30 AM

Beautifully done. I never used the afghan stitch, I usually use the sc. I enevy anyone who can.

How about Penn State Nitney Lions? (spelling I know is off):hook

Sorry now that I look at it, the colors may be wrong for that team. I don't follow college ball.

#14 1to1

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:44 AM

WOW that is really impressive. The detail is amazing.

My 12yo DS asked me to make him a University of Michigan afghan. I'm like that would take me forever so I ordered him a fleece one.:blush :no :blush

But after seeing yours I wish I would have tried. Where'd you get the graph pattern?

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:54 AM

That is really kool! I want to try this with the tunisian and the colors worked right in....I have an idea but I havent gotten the nerve to try it .But yours really got me in the mood to go ahead and give it a try..I will try something simple with not too much color change.Really nice job.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:59 AM

Woohooo! Gorgeous! I am tucking in the last 1/3 of my ends on my graph ghan right now.

Please! I want details! How large was your graph? What size hook did you use. What type of yarn did you use?

Are you totally hooked on tunisian graph ghans now? I am!

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 12:48 PM

Hey everyone,

Thanks for the comments. Here are some more details:

I started with the logo that I found on the internet (sportslogos.net), which I cleaned up in Photoshop to reduce the number of colors so it would translate well on a chart. Next, I ran it through a free online stitch chart generator (Darklilac). After that, it was all about figuring out how to work color changes into the afghan stitch technique, which I did from this great site (here). Two months later, it was finished! I did the border in 2 rows of double crochet. I thought that this would help the edges from curling (it kind of worked). The dimensions of the graph was ~37w x 96h or so. I added more purple columns and rows to the chart, to get the final afghan to the size that I wanted. I think the total (after the padding) was 120w x 160h. I used RHSS yarn w/ a size J afghan hook (14" long). I built the left half first, and then did the 2nd half (crocheting it to the left half as I went).

It got a little tedious at times, especially when there was a lot of color changing going on and I had numerous strands of yarn that I was dealing with. Weaving in all the loose ends at the end wasn't much fun either. But overall, I loved the technique. It's more engaging than the typical afghan pattern which just repeats itself over and over again. I don't get as bored when I can see the design take shape with each row. I've also found that the afghan stitch is much faster than doing sc's.

If you've never done one before, give it a try! I would consider myself a novice crocheter at best, so if I can do it I'm sure all of you can as well. Good luck!
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:39 PM

Awesome job on that!
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:54 PM

Wow! Looks great! I've stayed away from graphghans as I'm a bit scared of all the ends to weave in!

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 08:19 PM

:cheerthat is an awesome job for a novice crocheter...i bought a afghan hook...so maybe i'll try after the holidays :hook