Friday, 13 November 2015

My crochet blanket so far for the #patonsuk crochet along!

If you follow me on social media, you will probably have noticed that I'm currently taking part in the first ever Patons UK Crochet Along. I've already written about the crochet along here - The Patons Crochet Along 2015 - and as it draws to a close I thought I'd share a little update before hopefully writing about my completed afghan in a couple of weeks!

I was very new to crochet, and in fact had tried and given up crochet several times in the past as I just couldn't get to grips with it. This crochet along was just what I needed to give me the push to get going, and I've really enjoyed taking part. My crochet has come along so much and my confidence has really grown.

I had a lot of help from my Mum with the Week 1 triangles. So I was a little daunted when it came to Week 2 and I was on my own, but to my surprise and delight I found that I was able to complete the triangles all by myself!

Patons CAL Week 2 triangles

It was a little fiddly. I found myself working the leaves in the corners of the triangles over again several times and there are many mistakes in the triangles, but I'm pretty pleased with how they look.

The Week 3 triangles were also quite straightforward, especially because Make it Coats has provided a video tutorial for each step which is really easy to follow along with. And the Week 4 triangles were easy - just big triangular granny squares. I did have to make 15 during the week which was a bit of a stretch, but luckily with the children at school now I was able to make the time to sit down and get on with them!

Granny square crochet triangles

At the end of last week I was right on schedule with my 30 triangles all completed, extra rows added where necessary to make sure that they were all the same size, and all blocked out ready to sew up. I felt very proud!

Crochet triangles stacked up

Over the last couple of days I've been sewing the triangles together to make hexagons and then sewing the hexagons to form the main blanket. I must admit that the afghan isn't perfect, there are plenty of mistakes and a couple of the triangles are in backwards, but I'm so pleased with how it's looking.

Crochet afghan from Patons triangles

This Friday the final part of the pattern will be released and then the afghan will be finished! It looks as though there is still quite a lot of work to do so I think that it's going to be a busy week, but I've definitely got the crochet bug now so I'll be making the time to get on with it! I'm so proud of myself for learning this new skill and it's brought me a lot of enjoyment. I'm going to be filling the house with crochet blankets!

You can follow my progress on #jenlearnstocrochet and #patonsuk on Instagram. The full, free pattern for the afghan will be released on Make it Coats on the 20th November.

I received the yarn for this project in exchange for sharing my progress on my blog and social media.

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