Project Title and Brief Description
Heart Sampler Baby Afghan -- I created this pattern for publication at crochet.about.com. You can click here to find the free crochet pattern.
Why Was This Your Best Project From 2010?
This baby afghan was the most impressive crochet project I completed in 2010. Most of my other projects this year have been quick and easy ones like potholders and scarves. I can do better than this, and perhaps I will try for one more submission before 2010 is finished, but for now this is it.
My husband's cousin just had a baby girl, so a new baby blanket was in order. When we heard the good news, the baby had already been born! So I needed to put the afghan together quickly.
I had already designed the heart square and the checkerboard square, and crocheted many of the colorways that I used in the afghan. I still needed to make a bunch more squares, and sew the squares together.
There are things I love about this afghan, and things that could be improved on.
I love how colorful it is. I love the way the hearts and checkerboards look together.
What I don't love:
There is much room for improvement with the colorway. For starters, several of the squares I used were made in less-than-stellar color combinations. Being in a hurry, I used them anyway, but that wasn't ideal. I would have preferred to mess around more with the colors and get them perfect.
The yellow yarn I used is waaaay too "wimpy." A brighter, more vibrant yellow would have been an improvement. The pale lemon yellow color I used was the only yellow baby yarn available to me locally, and I didn't have time to mail-order anything. In the future, if I make this design again, I'd try it with a different color palette.
I'd also would have liked to make the blanket colors look a little more planned, and a little less random.
Despite these imperfections, overall, I'm really happy with the way the blanket turned out.
- You don't always have the luxury of advance notice when a new baby arrives.
- It's a good idea to have several baby afghans finished and ready to give as gifts -- or at least have a couple in progress. You never know when you might need one!