The main project on the table at this point is the baby blanket for my friend. I usually design it myself with colored rows and pretty borders, then add an iron on cute little patch in the corner. I have added ribbon and rows of ruffles, but then I thought about what I really liked about some of my daughters baby blankets. I really liked the simple ones! So making something more elaborate than the last just seemed silly.
Looking through blanket after blanket with crocheted designs on Pintrest and Red Heart websites, I finally found something that was so sweet that I could not resist! The thing is that I have never made an entire project from a written pattern. I would learn stitches and work them together into something useful and pretty. So this pattern said it was “EASY”! Ok, I can do this, I know all of those stitches. The only new thing was skipping certain spaces to make a design with the holes. All was going well, until, around row 3 when the holes were supposed to line up in a certain way with the holes in the last row….I got it fixed, with much frustration. But have to move on to the next row. This is where it got tricky. The pattern read:
Ch3, skip first dc, dc in next 3 dc, *ch-1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, dc in next ch-1 space, dc in next 3 dc, dc in next ch-1 space, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next 3 dc, repeat from * across to last st, dc in last, turn.
How many double crochets are in a row there?
For those of you who can read crochet patterns this is all well and good, but looking back and forth from yarn to pattern where everything is running together and you start doing the wrong stitches…..sigh. Doing, undoing, redoing and getting a migraine is stressful to say the least. But then I found my solution!!!!!
I started drawing out the pattern on graph paper. Checking and rechecking against the pattern before actually crocheting it really helped! I got so much more of it done last night that I am now on the portion of the pattern that says to repeat steps 3-8! Awesome!
This is not the easiest blanket I have ever done because of the reading the pattern. All of the back and forth is a strain on my eyes, but drawing it out has been such a relief.
The amount of yarn staring at me for this project is daunting! I have not made something this big is 2 years. I wish I could post pictures of my progress and design picture, but I have to keep some things a secret just in case my friend stops by my blog.
I hope this helps someone out there if they are having a hard time reading a pattern and keeping up with the flow of it.