Just a warning: this is a pretty picture-heavy post. Probably because I’m just so dang proud of how this thing turned out.
So recently, my sister got married. Not-so-recently, I started on their wedding present. (They got engaged last summer, and that same week that I heard Ryan had proposed, I was out shopping for yarn for this project.) Since I was able to finish my friends’ wedding afghan in a year, I knew I could do the same for Manda. I mean, I pretty much HAD to — she’s my SISTER.
Y’all, this ‘ghan is a thing of beauty. The pictures don’t even do it justice. (Also: why is it so dang hard to take pictures of blankets?? I struggle.)
Let me tell you the story of this afghan. Right away, I fell in love with this pattern because of the juxtaposition of the delicate, lacy squares with the structured log cabin border around them. Like window panes, almost. I kept the light cream color for the lacy squares, but I switched up the colors for the logs a bit, using colors to represent my sister & her fiancee’s respective schools — purple for Furman & my sister, and garnet (the color I found is actually probably more pink to be called true garnet, but… it looked GOOD with the purple) for Ryan & U. South Carolina (much to my chagrin. My blood runneth ORANGE.)
Colors squared away, I begin construction of the afghan — and almost immediately I realize that same juxtaposition that I fell in love with is gonna cause me problems. I started out using the hook size specified in the pattern, but the lacy motif came out so small, that I went up a size (I kept the original hook size for the logs). Even then, that still didn’t improve the motif size enough, so I tried blocking it.
This worked, but after I crocheted the logs onto the first motif & realized that I’d still have to block the whole square again, I gave up on blocking just the motifs and blocked a square at a time. And when I say blocking, I mean HEAVY blocking, y’all. I got the square soaked, and stretched that sucker out, especially the motif, to get rid of that “the logs are stretching out two sides of the motif, but the other two sides shrink in & are wrinkly” effect that’s pretty noticeable in that next picture.
Slowly but surely squares got blocked, and then sewn into panes, and finally panes got sewn together into the final blanket. And it was so, so totally worth it to see the final product. (It was especially worth it to see my sister’s face when she and Ryan opened the present; I was on the verge of tears for only about the millionth time that weekend.)
Project details over on ravelry. Are you ready for the reveal? TA DAAAA:
I’m just in love with how this one turned out. Don’t be scared away with the detailed saga of my struggles — it’s totally worth it. <3 <3 <3