Sunday, January 29, 2012

Antigua Throw

Since I taught myself how to crochet, I have only been doing small projects such as scarfs. So, I wanted to embark on a larger project: a blanket! I found this free pattern for an antigua throw on caron.com. It looked simple enough so I decided to make it.

Here are a couple pictures of what was on the website and what I made.

Caron.com                                                                                              Mine




Caron.com                                                                                                             Mine

Mine did come out a bit different (other than the color). Here is the original pattern (I'll explain what I did afterwards):

What you need:
  • naturally caron.com country #0008 Silver Service (A): 4 skeins
  • naturally caron.com country #0005 Ocean Spray (B): 3 skeins
  • naturally caron.com country #0004 Green Sheen (C): 3 skeins
  • Crochet hook size K, or size need to obtain gauge 
  • Yarn needle
Finished Measurements
Throw measures approximately 46"(117 cm) wide x 53" (134.5 cm) long

Gauge
In ripple pattern, 1 pattern repeat = 4 1/4 (11 cm) and 5 rows = 4 1/2" (11.5 cm). Notes: Throw fabric is very stretchy. Gauge is after throw has been blocked. One pattern repeat is one 'ripple', measure from top point of one ripple to top point of next ripple. Gauge is not critical for this project.

Notes

  • The ripples formed by the pattern stitch become more evident after four or more rows have been worked.
  • To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Fasten off old color.
Pattern
With A, ch 212

Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook (beginning ch does not count as st), [sk next ch, dc in next ch] 3 times, 5 dc in each of next 2 ch, dc in next ch, *[sk next ch, dc in next ch] 8 times, 5 dc in each of next 2 ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * across to last 8 ch, [sk next ch, dc in next ch]4 times, turn--210 sts (forming 11 ripples)

Rows 2-11: Ch 2 (does not count as st), dc in first st, [sk next st, dc in next st] 4 times, 5 dc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next st, *[sk next st, dc in next st] 8 times, 5 dc in each of next 2 sts, dc in next st; repeat from * across to last 8 sts, [sk next st, dc in next st] 4 times, turn; change to B in last st of Row 11

Rows 12-16: With B, repeat Row 2 five times; change to C in last st of Row 16

Rows 17-27: With C, repeat Row 2 eleven times; change to A in last st of Row 27

Rows 28-32: With A, repeat Row 2 five times; change to B in last st of Row 32

Rows 33-43: With B, repeat Row 2 eleven times; change to C in last st of Row 43

Rows 44-48: With C, repeat Row 2 five times; change to A in last st Row 48

Rows 49-59: With A, repeat Row 2 eleven times; fasten off

Finishing
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Block to finished measurements


Here is what I did:
Obviously I did not do 3 colors. I decided to stick to one color to make it easier on myself. I also did not use the yarn they called for but used Caron Simply Soft (Heather Gray) and still used the crochet K hook. That yarn was still pretty soft and a little bit cheaper. I also did not make a gauge.

I knew that I was making ripples and tried to make my chain really loose but apparently not loose enough. The end I started on turned out to be really tight while the end I finished with was nice and loose. But I hope skills like knowing how loose to make a chain will come with experience.

I guess for my first blanket it did come out fairly well but I hope to do better next time.


I still think this is a pretty blanket and I bet a more experienced crocheter could make a beautiful blanket.
stephanie

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