This is my first Sunday post for Year of Projects. I have been posting my updates on Monday, but since I have finished (!) my first project, I thought I’d post early.
In last week’s Year of Projects update, I was debating how long I would continue to participate in the Crochet Liberation Front’s freeform CAL. I continued along in the CAL for a few more days this week, until my cat blanket seemed to be telling me it was finished .
Day 18 (instructions)
I settled on stitch #2 (Baby Cables) and chose my Days 4, 5, 9, 12, & 15 piece. I decided to use the same yarn (Red Heart 9522 Leaf) that I had used to border my previous day’s piece.
I read the instructions for Day 19 and Day 20 and looked at my pieces. They were nearing the size I needed for my cat blanket. I finally decided I wanted to start joining the blanket pieces, and ignored the instructions.
I picked up the smallest piece and another stitch guide.
There were four yarns which I had already used in two of the pieces. I decided that I would finish my cat blanket with these four colors, to tie the various colors in the three pieces together. I used the Loops and Threads Impeccable 01243 Forest and 01013 Chocolate for the Outline stitch, which added some width to the piece.
I increased the length of the piece using some Red Heart Super Saver 0971 Camouflage. I went back to the Leaf yarn, and joined all three pieces together using single crochet. I then added a simple double crochet border all around in Loops and Threads Impeccable 108920 Soft Taupe.
Now that the pieces were joined, the blanket was the width I was looking for, but lacked the length. So I picked up the stitch guide and tried #99 Wavelets… but soon realized that this was actually the same stitch I used last week (called the Interlocking Shell Stitch in the The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches). Rather than rip it out, I switched to another stitch in Forest.
Once the piece was close to the size I wanted, I stopped and switched to the Chocolate yarn. I straightened out the piece with a row of crossed double crochet.
Thoughts on freeform
I’m glad that I finally experimented with freeform, inspired by my Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters project. I love my new cat blanket and it is definitely more interesting than anything I would have designed if I sat down and planned it. I especially like these details…
I’m not sure when I will pick up freeform again, but I know I would like to try a motif project next. A few times during the CAL, I considered adding some motifs but I wanted my cat blanket to be very thick, durable, and sturdy without a lot of seams that my cat would try to eat or openwork that he would destroy. I love Prudence Mapstone‘s motif project in Crochet Master Class, and definitely think there is a freeform clothing project in my future…