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Old 08-24-2008, 02:09 PM   #11
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I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 13 and I am close to 60 now. I haven't knitted an afghan yet but I have made lots of crocheted ones. The patterns were all different from grannies to ripple to whatever stuck my fancy. I love a challenge and took the hard way. I would like to knit one but I know it will take me longer and I have just started the Great American Aran Afghan. I would say find a pattern you like whether knitted or crocheted and make it. If you need help then we are only a post away.
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:05 PM   #12
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I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 13 and I am close to 60 now. I haven't knitted an afghan yet but I have made lots of crocheted ones. The patterns were all different from grannies to ripple to whatever stuck my fancy. I love a challenge and took the hard way. I would like to knit one but I know it will take me longer and I have just started the Great American Aran Afghan. I would say find a pattern you like whether knitted or crocheted and make it. If you need help then we are only a post away.
well the only way im going to get good at crochet is to do it. so an afghan it is then in crochet i think.

if i find a few patterns i like would you guys mind looking at them and saying if they are easy enough for me to have a go at please?

thanks you again for all your help
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Anytime you need help or an opinion I will gladly do it. There are so many patterns out there that are free good luck looking. I look forward to seeing your choices!!
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also, consider trying a big granny squere of a scrap afghan (an afghan made using scraps of leftover yarn).
http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/scrofbea.html
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/70363AD.html (if you are registered with Lion Brand)
http://home.att.net/~susanBinKC/patt...ml?ripple.html
http://www.allfreecrafts.com/crochet...e-afghan.shtml
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:06 AM   #15
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I started out crocheting.. and All I ever made were blankets.. I only learned stitches from my aunt and never knew what they were called so I could not follow a pattern.. I think if you were to crochet a blanket you will definately get the hang of it and get quicker as you go. Also with knitting I have never knitted a blanket but it seems it would be hard to keep all your stitches on a needle, and more awkward considering the size of your project. With crocheting you only work one stitch at a time and it is easy to put down and pick up again later. Hope this helped!!
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Also with knitting I have never knitted a blanket but it seems it would be hard to keep all your stitches on a needle, and more awkward considering the size of your project.

i have knitted a few blankets, i used circular needles so i could squish the stitches up on the cable. i didnt find the size an issue, i wasnt so keen on the weight of it though (i have tendon problems in both wrists).

i am doing a knitted one, but ihave surcomed to the call of teh crochet hook now lol. im loving it, i am painfully slow, but as you said i should get quicker. i am getting better every row thankfully.

thank you all for your offers of help, i have alread asked as i am already stuck lol. im on row 2, its going well so far lol
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Hey How are you comeing along on your blanket??
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:41 PM   #18
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If its a Blanket You Want, Then You Want to Crochet it!
I started by learning crochet sometime around the age of 12; it was a hat and scarf set using a double ended hook in fact (but that's for another story). My mom also taught me to knit and purl; my swatch used a red acrylic yarn in worsted weight (I don't think I ever finished it off and it is now lost or recycled).

The advantages of crochet make it the better choice for large projects like blankets (or afghans). You can set it down and pick it back up at any time (event stuff it out of sight in a bag if you need) and with little thought to losing stitches. If you do lose a stitch or several they are super easy to see and redo.

For speed and size, I'd use a double crochet (dc) stitch and a simple zigzag pattern. It will give you fast results and a visually interesting FO. You can use a variegated color through out or choose several complementary colors and make it striped or banded (think like the Dr. Who scarf).

What is the total width and length of your project? You may want to plan way ahead on this. My mom made an afghan for each of her children as high school graduation presents. I'm the youngest of six and in my forties and all of us still have our afghans! (Don't you know all our spouses requested their own afghans too!)

Wave or ripple (or chevron) they go zigzag across the width /\/\/\/\/ or up and down the length. You can make your own pattern or find one in a book or on the Internet. (I didn't stop to check any that the others have posted, but I'm sure they are all good.)

Good luck and happy hooking!

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Old 10-05-2008, 08:36 AM   #19
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Hello,
Have you chosen a pattern yet? How is it going if you have? I know we are all curious as to how you are doing.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:23 PM   #20
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I too am curious to see what pattern you chose. Hope the move went well.
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