Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Is It Yarn or Fabric?

     I saw this lovely king sized afghan on the internet the other day and did a double take.  It was on Crochet Addict, and it looked like fabric.  Was it fabric bordered by crochet, or was it all crochet? And if it was all crochet, what in the world did the artist do to get it to look like that?  I'm intrigued.

     This beauty was created by Kristin Colyar.  Come to find out, all the "fabric" squares are blended yarns.  The granny squares are 6" square (the pattern for the granny squares is here: Craft Passion). The afghan is 18 squares wide and 15 squares long, and features 40 different blended yarns.  There are 270 squares total and I figured up that this was roughly a 6 squares repeat (so 6 squares per skein). Kristin used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.

     I've never used this yarn, so I thought this might be a good time to check out the colors available.  It looked great in Kristin's king sized afghan.  Well, I was a bit disappointed.  I found the yarn, I counted the blended yarn colors and there were a lot more than 40, but a lot of the color combinations were not to my liking.  I found one that was OK and I bought it.  I'm going to make up some sample squares and see how it looks.  The colors look great in her afghan, so maybe once the yarn is made into granny squares I'll like it better.  The yarn is really soft and thinner than Red Heart yarn.  But I don't know if I can get past the blended colors.  I'd use Red Heart, I dearly love their color combinations, but I don't think that they have 40 colors of blended prints. I tried to look up color charts for both I Love This Yarn and Red Heart yarn on the internet and couldn't find a good chart for the yarn colors.

     I'll keep you posted on what I find out once I complete my experimental squares.

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