The seventh kit of the Annie’s Crochet afghan block of the month club is one of my favorite ones so far. The kit contained three written patterns with two stitch combinations I have never worked; two intermediate and one easy. I really enjoy learning new stitches to go along with the old familiar ones that I have mastered long ago.
The yarn is Premier Everyday Yarn in cappuccino color in this kit. All three blocks were worked using the larger I hook and then switching back to the smaller H hook for the edging. As usual the DVD that accompanied it was very detailed and easy to follow.
I wish I could post the names of the blocks instead of just numbers, but since there are none, they are listed by number.
Block 19 is worked in clusters. When working it, keep in mind in this square the clusters will all pop out toward the front, leaving the back looking flatter.
Block 20 gives us some experience with long cross over stitches.
When working block 21 I would suggest you take the time to count each row, since it will be less time consuming in the long run and help to prevent those unwanted lost or added on stitches. Although the Kernel stitch is easy to work, it is easily to lose count on.
I am reposting my earlier tips and am trying to add one more to the list each month.
1. Make sure you keep all unused yarn, as it will be needed to finish afghan.
2. I like to keep my squares in 1 gallon zip lock bags. A year is a long time and I do not want to lose one of the blocks, or get them dirty. You can fit 6 in each bag with plenty of room to spare. Also this way I can keep them in order.
3. If you are someone who is trying to learn to read crochet patterns. This is a good club. In the DVD they take you through the pattern, row by row. First they explain what to do, and then they demonstrate what the instructions are saying.
4. When you are ready to work the edging always remember, that no matter what hook you use to work your block, always work the edging in a H hook.
5. If you had to use a different hook to obtain the desired gauge or size, make sure you write it down next to the instructions. This way if you want to crochet it again, you will already know which hook to use.
6. Take the time to gauge your works. There are not words to describe the disappointment you will feel at the end of the 24 blocks when your blocks lay before you in all different sizes. It is important to remember that gauging a project takes far less time then reworking one.
7. Annie’s seems to being using this club for building steps, since each block and its stitches build upon the previous. I would suggest that you work these blocks in order for best results.
For those of you that are in the club with me, I hope you are enjoying this kit as much as I am. Would love to hear about your experiences.
Until next time, keep those hooks flying.