After three long years, I finally finished the All Wrapped Up Afghan a few days ago! And that puts me ahead of schedule of my April Fool-ish Challenge! Which means I should have my second All Wrapped Up Afghan completed by this weekend. Whoa, what's the meaning of this, you ask?
As I was laying out the eighteen six-granny-squares-per-row-panels, I noticed that the pattern was getting lost. It looked too busy. I wanted it to appear more delicate. So I decided to divide it in half and make two matching blankets. Another way to put it: one for me and one for Kali.
If I had known how fast and easy it is to connect granny squares together ... well ... it would have probably still taken me three years to complete just one ... but in my mind, I like to think I would have made ten blankets in that time. Bella Coco (blog) has the most fantastic crochet tutorials on her YouTube channel. I've discovered some great on-line instructors in the ten years I've been knitting and crocheting, but Sarah-Jayne (a.k.a. Bella Coco) is quickly becoming my new "go to" favorite! You can see why by watching this video showing the method I used to join my squares. The ruffle-like edging was achieved by following her How to Add a Crochet Border (scalloped/shell edging) video.
As for the color combination of the squares, you can read about the fun way I used Kevin Acker's All Wrapped Up: Groovy Gift Wrap of the 1960s book as inspiration over at the post Thinking Outside the Box.
Now on to the next!