A few months ago I started the second project in the “Crochet Master Class” book. Yesterday I finished the Tartan Afghan. I must admit after seeing the finished afghan I am really pleased with the results. It had the look of a plaid fabric and I can picture me all bundled up in it keeping warm on those cold chilly nights.
This is one of those projects you will want to show all your friends. Not only because of the work involved but because of it’s uniqueness.
The Afghan measures 54″ x 60″. I used Red Heart Yarn in the colors of Tea Leaf, Hunter Green, Frosty Green, Black and Aran. The yellow is from Orlon Sayelle which was in my stash and I am not really sure of the exact name for the color.
Description from the “Crochet Master Class” book seems to explain it best. “In this technique, which uses only the double crochet and chain stitches, an open meat base is worked first in horizontal rows, usually with alternating colors following a specific order. Then, crocheted chain lengths are treaded into a tapestry or yarn needle and woven vertically, from bottom to top, under and over the meat chain stitches, again usually following a specific color sequence.”
This was a beginner level project using an H hook.
The base of the afghan was made by crocheting a Filet Mesh. I then chained a 116 strips a few inches longer then the measurements of the afghan starting at the bottom and working my way to the top. The next step was to weave the chains in and out through the filet mesh. With this pattern I followed the exact color sequence as I used to make the mesh.
Insights I gained from this experience:
This was a fairly simple project to crochet – composed using only the chain stitch and double crochet, making it a great project for a beginning crocheter.
Although the end results are beautiful, it is a time consuming effort. If you are a crocheter who like quick projects with instant results, this is not the project for you. By the time I crocheted the filet mesh and the chains, and took the time to weave them in and finally finishing the fringe, it was almost like crocheting two afghans. I must add that it was well worth all the effort it took in making this piece. I was really proud of the afghan when I finished and it is a very eye-pleasing piece in my collection. Still, give yourself time should you decide on this type of project, particularly if you have a deadline.
The project was easy enough to crochet while watching television or listing to an audiobook. Just make sure you pay attention to the color sequence. This is where I believe some people might mess up.
Warning: This project requires a lot of ends to weave in. First there are the 41 color changes in the Filet Mesh and then the chains strips on both ends of the 116 chains.
I crocheted all the chains and then did the weaving. This seemed to be faster and less confusing.
You will want to find a completely flat surface to do the weaving. I used the floor. If you could not get down on the floor, I believe a large table or your bed would work just as well.
Be sure to alternate the under and over movements at the beginning of each row for each subsequent chain to achieve the woven fabric effect.
Keep the chains from twisting when you are weaving them.
Now having said all the things involved in crocheting this project. I would like to add that if you will take the time to crochet this piece, It is well worth the effort. This afghan was easy to work and one I could easily crochet while taking to my hubby. I would love to crochet one again one day down the road.
I am really excited about giving this Afghan to my son and daughter in-law as a house warming gift. It will be a piece I believe they will treasure.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.