Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Rockman Afghan

The great tadaa.... day has come at last, most of you thought it was going to be the Afghan sampler well no... that one I'm afraid has me seriously stumped, I managed to do the inner rectangle but as for joining the rest I will need lots of time and patience to figure how to do it so that it doesn't look a complete mess but I will get there eventually. 
It's the Rockman CAL which Astri introduced here.


I have to say I have enjoyed making it and I would have completed it ages ago had I not been making other things in between, but you know me I can't just have one thing on my hook at once.




If you haven't tried Tunisian crochet before do give it a go, I found it very soothing making long strips of lovely bright colours.  I was a little alarmed after I had completed the first strip because it seemed all wonky and curly, I couldn't imagine how it could ever be turned into a blanket but once I did the second strip and joined it to the first I was relieved  because the wonkyness disappeared with the joining.




Astri joined her blanket with sc on the wrong side and it does look good but I have to be different so I have my joining sc on the right side because I like it like that.  So the wonkyness disappeared but the curling remained so I thought some serious blocking was in order.  However......





Astri decided to line her blanket, so I thought yes very good idea because although the back wasn't too bad and all the ends had been neatly weaved in I thought because there had been so many ends some were bound to escape eventually so...I backed mine too with bright red fleece which I thought was in keeping with the lovely bright cheerful colours of the blanket.






Then I edged it with two rows of sc and a row of reverse sc and guess what... the curly edges disappeared like magic so no blocking was required.  




 So there you have it one lovely warm, bright and cheerful blanket.

The blanket took 450 grams of yarn and it measures just over one metre square. 
I am pleased to say this blanket was made entirely out of my stash yarn, there is something great about creating something beautiful out of materials that you have just lying about the house no purchase necessary apart from the fleece which was a fleece blanket that I cut to size, bought from my local Poundstretcher for just a couple of pounds.





This is what is left of the yarn, I will call this my what's left in the bag stash and do you know what.... I'm using it all ready. 

See you soon :)



27 comments:

  1. It looks absolutely lovely! Tunisian crochet is such fun!

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  2. I love Tunisian crochet. Great job!

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  3. Oh Linda, it's amazing! You did the project justice, that's for sure. The colors are bright and happy and the red fleece is perfect. I think you will find that it is really warm. The NVO uses it every morning while watching the news and sipping on coffee.

    You rock!!!

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  4. OOh Linda what a fabulous Afghan - love the colours, your stitching, edging and backing. Brilliant blanket!
    Ali x

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  5. I love the colours. You wouldn't think they would go together, especially red and pink....but they do.

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    1. It's not pink Una, there is the bright orange and then a terracotta shade, then a very pale apricot, the colours don't show up that great in the photo, I never thought orange and red went together but I quite like the effect now. :)

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  6. Oh I am so tempted to give it a try - love your blanket :)

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  7. It's fabulous! I have a tunisian scarf started and have lost sight of it for awhile. I agree that it's a restful stitch. My scarf was wonky too...and curling...love seeing what all you did to combat it. Annette

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  8. Linda, the blanket is gorgeous, really beautiful. Lvoe the texture of the squares.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. Your blanket is so lovely, Linda :) It looks so soft and cozy and the colours are beautiful. I have never tried Tunisian crochet, but I love the texture of it.
    Hilde :)

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  10. Lovely cheery blocks of colour. Fantastic finish.
    Enjoy your new blanket.

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  11. Beautiful...like it very much......lot of work.

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  12. A really lovely blanket, Linda. I may have to give Tunisian crochet a go

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  13. That's a greate afghan for using your stash. It's so bright and colorful and cheerful! Lovely work! I've done the single crochet join on some blankets. I don't know why I feel like it always looks better when others do it but mine looks like a mess. Hope you are having a great week. Tammy

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  14. Linda, I finally have the chance to leave a comment (been too busy!). I love your blanket. It is amazing! It looks like a quilt. I have tried tunisian, but in smaller projects...never this big. Congratulations!

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  15. I completed a primary colored afghan like this many years ago for my son. Yours is beautiful.

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  16. Thank you for your lovely comments everyone :) xxx

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  17. Wow, it must be super warm with that fleece backing. Perfect for draping over your lap as you crochet!


    Your new header is lovely. :)

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  18. what a great afghan...love all the colors!

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  19. its an amazing peice of work.. I shall definately be having a go at tunisian in the future

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  20. A beautiful object in the Tunisian Häkeltechnik. Respekt, I really like the ceiling and all of radicals, that's great.
    My next project is almost finished, see you soon
    P.S. I hope, my english is understandable
    Jutta

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  21. Linda this is lovely - you must have spent hours putting this together and what a wonderful result, you should be very proud of yourself xx I love the colours it reminds me of the book "Elmer" (?) from Sons early school days xx

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  22. absolutely love it , i've never tried tunisian crochet before but itgives an awesome result. Colours are beautiful too!! xx pippa

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  23. I missed this post somehow, but I love your blanket. I can see that a LOT of work went into this one. Very nice and totally worth it! Congrats for finishing.

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  24. Linda, I'm new to your site but I love it! I have a question.....I have done the Tunisian stitch for a baby blanket before but I have never lined an afghan/blanket. Can you walk me through the steps when you have time? How do you keep it squared and how do you stitch it to the crocheted front?
    Judy

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Thank you for your visit, I will always answer any questions but due to time constraints I'm not always able to reply to your comments, please keep them coming I read and appreciate each and every one. xx

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