I love crocheting afghans, but I confess that they don't always hold my attention well; in the past, there have been times when I've lost interest in an afghan I've been crocheting.
My most remarkable example to date: I started crocheting an afghan in 1996, and didn't get around to finishing it until 2002. I don't have exact dates, but I guess that's somewhere in the neighborhood of six years. Yikes. That's a long time, even for an afghan. Even so, I betcha someone else out there has a better story than mine; I'd love to know who holds the record for longest-ever afghan time frame!
I have two excuses for that ultra-long time frame. One was that the afghan was comprised completely of identical off-white squares; it was during that project I realized something important about myself. I enjoy both designing and crocheting, but for me, it's the design process that motivates my crochet. I think I might be in the minority in that regard, but on the other hand, I think even those who don't share this tendency do appreciate working on projects that will hold their attention, and not get boring. (Do you agree?)
The second excuse has nothing to do with the afghan, or the crochet process itself: I made the mistake of crocheting this particular afghan for a boyfriend who became an ex before it was completed. So every time I'd look at it, I'd get angry -- which didn't help motivate me to finish it.
Are y'all familiar with the "sweater curse"? I've wondered whether there's an "afghan curse" as well...
So anyway, I did finish the afghan, but it took waaaaaay longer than usual.
There are a couple of valuable lessons to be learned here:
- Choose projects that will hold your interest; but at the same time, don't choose projects that are so far above your skill level as to be overwhelming.
- Think carefully about whether or not your intended recipient is worthy of, and would be appreciative of, the amount of effort that will go into your project -- whether it is an afghan, sweater or anything else.
Now I'll tell you a little about one of my current afghan projects, which is pictured above. This afghan has been holding my attention nicely, and I've been working on it steadily whenever I have a spare moment to devote to it.
The secret: each square in the afghan is different; before I've had a chance to get bored with any of them, I'm finished with crocheting the square and on to working the next one.
As I finish each square, I've been posting the free crochet patterns for them here on this website -- so if this is a project that looks interesting to you, you are welcome to give it a try. I hope you'll have as much fun with it as I have been having.
So there you have a little info about my experiences, and I'm curious about your experiences as well. For those of you who've crocheted afghans, what was your longest-ever time frame? How about your quickest afghan ever? Any lessons to be learned from either? Please do tell!
Update! The afghan squares pictured in this blog post have now been transformed into a custom crochet afghan. The free pattern is available on our website; it features multiple sizes including baby's receiving blanket size, baby's crib size, twin size, full / queen size, and throw size.
Related Reading and Resources:
- Free crochet patterns for the afghan squares pictured above
- How long does it take to crochet a baby afghan? Sixty crocheters have weighed in on this, sharing their opinions and experiences about how long it's taken them to crochet various baby afghans. Benefit from their knowledge, and feel free to share your own if you have a comment you'd like to add.
- Free crochet afghan patterns
- Crochet afghan squares -- free patterns
- Easy crochet afghan patterns
- More free crochet patterns