Frank O'Randle

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Here’s the story…
I taught myself how to crochet in the fall of 2010. Since I can’t do anything normal, for my very first crochet project ever I found a pattern in a book for a 6” square motif, Dashing Diagonals Afghan. I didn’t want to sew them together. It was a simple pattern made up of dc and ch 2. Something like dc in next 3 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts. Each row was made 2 stitches over from the last row creating a diagonal pattern of holes. I expanded it to be a full sized afghan and reversed the pattern midway. I also used about 6 colors of blue. I made that in two weeks.
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I needed more of a challenge for my second project so I made a Cathedral Rose Window afghan. Those have over 1,000 ends. Tapestry crochet, motifs and lots o’ stitches. I modified that pattern too.
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I crocheted for about 1 1/2 years before I got bored. I couldn’t find patterns complex enough to hold my interest. I cannot do the same stitch patterns over and over throughout an entire pattern. I won’t finish them. I made about 20 projects in all. I stopped crocheting for 2 years. Got rid of everything crochet.

In March of 2014 I got the itch to stitch. I bought a Marcelle afghan kit and used leftover RHSS that was still here. Hideous colors but I didn’t care. I got bored quickly. Stitch patterns kept repeating. I did finish it but I needed something more. Much more.

Since I had never tried making anything without a pattern I thought I would give it a shot April 6, 2014. What happened was Rings of Change. No plan, no end goal in mind and no experience. I absolutely loved it. I had so much fun making that I didn’t want to stop. Luckily I also thought I would try writing it down as I went to see if I could write a pattern. It worked.

A pattern that is constantly changing from row to row all the way through had been what I had always looked for. It is basically a giant stitch sampler that doesn’t look like one. The rows never stay flat and they never stay peaked. It gets people to try new things or do old things in a new way. I am very thorough in explaining uncommon stitches. I learn the tricks to make doing them easier and I write that into the pattern. The things no one else tells you.

I will be creating an entire line of patterns that all have the same design philosophy. No stitch pattern is used more than once. After it has been used in that pattern it won’t be used again. I will go through all of the shapes of afghans before I venture into other types of designs.

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