Excitement plus! It may have taken me a forever from idea to completion, but it is finished.
My Leadlight Afghan is done and I can move on to one of the dozen, other designs I have partly done.
What a feeling of achievement! You know how it is when you can see that finish line looming. You only have a few more stitches to do and a few ends to sew in. You find yourself trying to work faster, and that feeling when you put that last stitch in place!
The border on this gave me some headaches. Being round I felt it had to have increases. I took three goes to get this and each time I frogged it, I considered heaving it off the balcony and pretending it did not exist. My darling husband just looked at me and stated he was amazed at my persistence. By these last few rows, I had almost 900 stitches per round.
I finally came to the realisation that, although this is round, the increases became unnecessary in this section as each bit of colour was over a section that seemed almost straight. Yes, the blanket had become so large. It ended up being 62 inches across.
When I first began this beauty, I had envisioned that it would be around 52 inches across. That was not to be.
The initial idea had sprung to life in my head after looking at Stained Glass mandalas on Pinterest. I saw this one in greens and blues and thought to myself ‘This would make a great crochet afghan!’
I spent quite a while mulling around in my head, as to how I could get this idea from my head into a workable crochet blanket.
The Colourwork sections are done with bobbins, but I used cut cardboard. Yes, I am cheap and didn’t want to spring for all those bobbins. Each time I did a colour section I was kicking myself for not getting the bobbins. At times I had a tangled mess and even my beloved Stella (dog) was looking at me thinking I was crazy!
I am now in the process of organising my test group. Testing will begin in a couple of weeks, and I have some very keen (or crazy) people signed up for testing.
I hope to have this pattern published by mid year 2019.
This uses Stylecraft Batik yarn (available here) and a 5mm hook.