Mystery Achievement Afghan: Name

New Project Name: Mystery Achievement Afghan

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I figured out how to interlock crochet in-the-round!

I wrote down what I’ve done so far, which is good because I am liking the design and it will be measure of how well my documentation skills are for this new method in case I want to write a pattern up.

Today, I might play around with digital designing to see what I can come up with and then see if I might go a different direction for the actual piece…a mystery! 😀

The name of this project is spiritually related and inspired…I was listening to music from my library, while composing this post and my interlock crochet progress and the three songs that impressed themselves into my memory are Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders, Snowball by DEVO and Trust by Me’Shell Ndegéocello.

I did “achieve” something really big – a “mystery” to me: interlock crochet in-the-round!

And I didn’t lose a love – sardonically speaking, I never had one to begin with 😉

As I had decided on Mystery Achievement, Trust had started, confirming my choice, and which was another good name.

I knew there was something I was going to add: The yarn I have been using for this afghan development is Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01044 True Grey & 01011 Soft Taupe; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)

 

 

Black or White Scarf

My crochet houndstooth stitch development has been a regressive process from the beginning…

My crochet houndstooth stitch development has been a regressive process from the beginning because I finally made a scarf in the recommended houndstooth stitch pattern – Griddle Stitch – and now I see it!

I will be presenting all four scarves to the recipient and let him choose which one he likes best; the three that are left will go into inventory.

The work up of this scarf was very quick as I only had to change color every row, alleviating additional yarn twisting. This scarf measures 66 (L) x 5 (W) inches. I used Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic, Yarn Colors: 01040 Black and 01005 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) with an 8/H – 5.0 mm crochet hook. The project name should be obvious: Black or White by Michael Jackson.

And now…back to work on the eBook: Houndstooth & Beyond.

Black or White Scarf

Hound Dog Scarf: Gift

This is the one, from my original post, on which tahlenri commented…

This is the one, from my original post, on which tahlenri commented,  “I think your crocheted modified granite stitch was pretty convincing in yellow and violet.” I’d have to agree with tahlenri, though I still might explore a little more. I have also crocheted some swatches with even different stitch pattern effects, but I digress.

Hound Dog Scarf is not a reversible pattern, as you’ll notice via quick jaunt through the small gallery for which Mergatroid gladly modeled

I am still using Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 1005 White and 1040 Black; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted), but may have to switch to brown and rust, or brown and white, or white and brown, or white and rust… 😀 Back to the scarf: the stitch pattern is a proprietary secret still, but I can tell you that it is based on a staggered griddle stitch. I like it because it is bigger, more staggered than the traditional griddle stitch suggestion, though the more testing I do, the simple suggestions work also, it’s just I can’t see it from that orientation. I used a US I/9 hook, and a foundation chain of 16+1 for a scarf width of approximately 5 inches; I crocheted until the scarf measured 66 inches in length.

I’ve Got You Under My Skin Scarf

I’ve Got You Under My Skin Scarf | USD $40.00

This is my second attempt at fine tuning the griddle stitch into a houndstooth pattern. Once again, I missed my original intention, but accidentally, and logically, crocheted out of pattern and came up with this stitch pattern, which, unlike Flock of Seagulls Scarf pattern, is not reversible. Still, I am determined to get a better houndstooth and through this iteration I have seen the error of my ways.

Again, this pattern is primarily a stitch pattern for advanced crocheters that are comfortable with carrying yarn and changing colors. I am indicating what I used to make my scarf, but please note this stitch pattern is flexible and may be used with any weight yarn and made to any size.

In this iteration, I have mirrored the stitch pattern, which has caused a different stitch pattern on each side: one side is Escher-esque in pattern and the other side resembles a houndstooth variation.

This scarf – measuring 60 (L) x 5 (W) inches – took four days to complete and is closer to my new default scarf size: 66 (L) x 4 (W) inches. I have purposefully blurred by detail shots to protect stitch definition – images are focused within the pattern. Again, I have used Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01040 Black and 01005 White; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted).

The project name – I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Dinah Washington – comes from the fact that I still have houndstooth under my skin and hopefully, will not have any more brain farts before the next iteration.

Price: USD $40.00

 

Black And White Shawl

This is the Black and White – by Three Dog Night – shawl. I made this from the left over yarn from the Oakland Raiders Afghan: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01005 White, 01040 Black, and 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran). I used a US K10.5/6.5 MM hook for better drape.

The pattern I used for this shawl is Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern. Because I used a thicker yarn weight and a bigger hook than what the pattern calls for, I did not crochet the pattern in its entirety, shorting the last grey row by approximately 8 repeats and leaving off the last three color changes. Otherwise, I followed the stripe pattern set forth by the pattern.

The shawl measures approximately 64 (W) x 37 (H) inches. Had I continued the pattern in its entirety, who know how much bigger it would be.

Price: USD $50.00

I’m Hooked…

…on a stitch pattern.

Found this pattern: Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern on the internet and loved the look of the shawl. The beginning was a little tricky – due to poor vision, but once I picked it up. I am making Digging Your Scene – by The Blow Monkeys – Wrap with the leftovers from the Oakland Raiders Afghan: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01005 White, 01040 Black, and 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) on a US K10.5/6.5 MM hook.

Digging Your Scene Wrap
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To honor Maddie Made It’s hospitality Friday night, and the 25% discount I received on my purchase, I bought some Universal Cotton Supreme DK (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Colors: 701 White, 723 Silken, and best guess: 713 Hot Pink; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) and started American Pie – by Don McLean and based on the pi-influenced stripe pattern. With approximately 690 yards, and with a US F5/3.75 MM hook, I figure I’ll get a small shawl if not a large kerchief, either way, I just love the color combo.

American Pie
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Oakland Raiders Afghan II

Oakland Raiders Afghan II
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Back in July 2015, my cousin asked me to make this for his uncle in gratitude for wedding planning. I created the chart and a spreadsheet and crocheted the afghan, finishing in December 2015. However, due to bleach discoloration within the first 10 rows, I had to remake this afghan and I just finished today.

I seriously need to learn how to crochet left handed so, my tapestry pieces will not have a stitch bias/slant. This time around I stranded unused yarn behind the afghan versus cutting my color changes. Turns out I used the same amount of yarn. I found that a little odd, thinking I might use at least on extra skein due to the stranding. Go figure! The most important thing I learned is that I don’t charge enough for my work. I used to base my pricing on 4 x the cost of the yarn, but when the customer chooses the cheapest yarn, I suffer. This entire afghan totaled out at $209.40. Based on this, I am changing my pricing schedule which will reflect the time investment in making such a piece.

I calculated my time crocheting this piece and came out to about 70 hours. At minimum wage, the cost for crochet alone would be $700.00. That does not even include the time it took to make the chart and pattern. Despite possible copyright infringement, I am publishing my pattern for sale, so hopefully, I can make a little income to offset this undercharge. I also feel that people that appreciate handmade items will appreciate the cost increase, adding value to the piece. My friends and family discount of 25% will still apply to all items.

This pattern is available for purchase in my Ravelry Store and on the AHW Patterns Page. See Post: Oakland Raiders Afghan v2 for explanation and valid links.

And because I never get to see the reverse of afghans created via this method, I am including an image of the reverse just for you information…

Oakland Raiders Afghan II Back
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