Crocheting a contemporary granny afghan

Oct 14, 2009

Crocheting is a skill and a hobby that is cross-cultural and cross-generational.  My Korean grandmother learned how to crochet when she was a little girl and my daughter just last year.

Although I dabbled with knitting as a youth, I learned how to crochet just a year and a half ago.  I was compelled to start crocheting when I spotted a beautiful graphic granny afghan online.  I loved the modern bright colors paired with the hexagonal shapes. I printed out the pattern and spent the next few weeks "de-coding" the language of crocheting. Thank goodness for youtube!  I spent hours watching one tutorial after the next.

I eventually finished the granny afghan five months later, after much trial and error.  I probably should've tackled a simpler project (like a scarf!), but I am very pleased with how it turned out.  I am also glad that I invested in quality yarns.  Crocheting gets a bad rap from all the scratchy afghans out there; I wanted to make sure that this afghan would get used. 


River Glorious said...

Very nice work there. I like the colors you chose. :)

Cathy McMurray said...

Thank you for the compliment! I tried to pick colors that would go well in our living room.

sandra said...

pretty! thanks for your e-mail, i didn't make up the pattern myself, i saw a similar blanket on the internet and tried to do the same :)

gretchenmist said...

it's beautiful Cathy, thanks for the link ~ very inspiring. and amazing that this was your first crochet project!
i agree re quality yarns ~ seems so much work to have it not usable.

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