Seeing stars

I had been waiting until I actually block this FO before posting about it, but as it’s been two months since I finished it, and I still haven’t blocked it, despite the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having, I thought I might as well show it off. Especially since it was a long time coming, or at least, it seemed that way!

TA-Dah! It’s my Starburst Afghan! Or, should I say, it’s Harry’s Starburst Afghan!

(Connor just had to be in the shot too!). I took these photos at the start of this month – it’s amazing how much he’s grown since then, in such a (relatively) short period of time.

Pattern: Starburst Entrelac Afghan by Magan Granholm, from the book Unexpected Afghans by Robyn Chacula. A deceptively tricky looking pattern, it’s actually quite easy, although the joining instructions for some of the diamonds could perhaps be a little clearer. It is made in the round, one colour at a time, and each diamond builds on the previous. No need to cut the yarn until you finish the round.

Yarn: I was originally planning on doing it in the same colours as the original, which I really liked, using Wollmeise DK. Which I would have had to buy. So then I came to my senses and decided to use stash yarn, Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton, instead. Much better idea! Yay me for stash busting, heh! So I used under 2 balls (they are big balls, 200g each!) of each colour, pomegranate, French navy, sky, glacier and parchment.

Hook: 5.5mm KnitPro interchangeable hook – these are regular crochet hooks with a screw on the end enabling a cable to be added for wide Tunisian projects – as the diamonds use a maximum of 12-13 stitches at any one time, a regular straight hook is enough. These are really nice hooks, very smooth and easy to use.
Time: 20 August 2013 – 1 April 2014. I had a bit of a break in the latter part of last year, but from late December I pretty much just worked on this project, in an attempt to finish it before Harry arrived. Which of course, didn’t happen! But it’s been too warm to need it anyway, and I finished it in plenty of time for the cooler weather. Whereupon we immediately had a late autumn record-breaking heat wave! As soon as I finished this, I went on a new project starting spree! More about those projects another time!

Modifications: I didn’t modify the pattern at all, but I did have a bit of a messy centre – I’m pretty sure it was not meant to have a huge hole in the centre, and my joining method at the end of this round was a bit messy, but once I got the hang f the pattern and the joins in particular, it was much neater! And that hole at the centre was easily fixed once the blanket was finished.

I have to admit that towards the end of this project I was a bit over it, it was taking forever. But I remember when I started it how much I loved it, and once it was done the love returned.

It is pretty nice, if I do say so myself!



Filed under baby, Crochet, FO2014, stashbuster

12 responses to “Seeing stars

  1. Harry looks great on his afghan and it does look totally fabulous!

  2. I can’t believe how fast Harry is growing! That is a spectacular blanket. I can see how you were ready to be done, but it was definitely worth the effort.

  3. DrK

    it is SO amazing. it just pops so much in these pictures, it really is a burst. they are awesome colours and he looks very happy on it. helps that he’s an absolute legend of course πŸ™‚

  4. It is more than pretty nice, it’s wonderful. I love the colours and you are very sensible to use the Bendigo. Such a lot of cotton though, so many balls. Harry must be wild about it, and I think it is great to have Connor in the photo!!

  5. Madmad

    Wow. It is fabulous. And a stashbuster, too? Can’t get better than that! Sooooo nice!

  6. Sarah B

    Oh yes, you’re entitled to be proud of this one (and those two boys you made too πŸ˜‰ lovely work xxx

  7. The blanket is amazing but better yet is the picture of those darling boys. My goodness they are both growing.

  8. That is such a clever pattern. Thanks for sharing.

  9. crochetwisdom_WP

    Reblogged this on Crochet Wisdom.

  10. ooh, I missed this post! That’s one super cute blanket and pair of brothers you have there, RR πŸ˜‰

  11. pamelag37

    Where did you find the pattern for the diamond parts of the star. I would like to get that please? If you like to share that is. Thanks in advance.

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