Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Review - Granny Square Afghan Crochet Kit


I know I have mentioned about my love for cross stitching, but I don't think I have ever mentioned that I do know how to crochet. My mother was a crafter, so naturally I picked up a few things from her during my childhood, including crocheting. My only completed crocheting project took me about ten years to complete. I started a Spectrum Afghan when I was a teenager and finished it in my late twenties. Why did it take me so long to complete? Well, the afghan had over 100 different blocks and it took some time to finish it. Plus, I was making it for myself, so I was never in a hurry.


Despite the fact that I have only worked on one crocheting project, I would occasionally buy a crochet hook at my local thrift store and I now own every hook size. I think I bought the hooks just in case I ever decided to start a new project.


Recently, I was contacted by Paradise Fibers to review some of their products, which resulted in me receiving a Granny Square Afghan Crochet Kit in the mail last week. The kit featured a Churchmouse At Home One Big Granny Square Throw & Afghan pattern and seven Cascade Pacific yarns (Peach, Spring Green, Denim Heather, Milk Chocolate, Scarlet, Berry Heather, Jet Heather).


While I'm well aware there are different brands of yarns, this is the first time I have used a brand other than Red Hearts. I noticed the difference in the quality of the yarn just by feeling of it, as the Cascade Pacific yarn is lightweight and softer.

The pattern calls for a size I (5.5mm) crochet hook and features three different throw patterns (Self-Striping Yarn Version, You-Stripe-It Version and Basic Granny Square) as well as a small pillow pattern. To make an Afghan size (50 x 50"), all you need to do is a add a 5th sequence. Each sequence has 10 different rounds. I decided to make the Basic Granny Square Afghan version. I started the afghan by making a foundation ring followed by four different rounds. Starting with the fifth round and onward, I had to follow the same pattern as round four; mostly putting three DC into each ch1 space and six DC in every ch2 in the middle for every 2ch. Of course with each and every new round, the more spaces you have to crochet in.


The pattern for the Granny Square Afghan is easy to follow. Once I got to round 4, I started repeating the same pattern over and over again, but each new round takes twice as long to complete. There will be 51 total rounds when completed, not counting the edging round. The picture above shows my afghan at the end of the 2nd sequence or at the end of the 20th round. Since taking the picture on Monday, I am now in the 26 round. If I continue at the same speed, I should be able to finish the afghan in under two weeks from start to finish. I plan on giving the afghan to my grandmother for Christmas. Overall, I'm impressed by the quality of the yarn. The pattern's instructions are very detailed and are easy to follow.

To purchase the Kit, Yarn or Pattern, please visit: http://www.paradisefibers.com/churchmouse-one-big-granny-square-throw-kit.html



*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary kit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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