Old-Fashioned Sampler
May 28, 2013
December 4, 2015

Old-Fashioned Sampler

Project info
200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton
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Hooks & yarn
5.0 mm (H)

This will be a “little by little” afghan, with squares squeezed in amongst other projects.

I’m taking my inspiration from CherryHeart’s gorgeous Sampler Blankie, but I’m planning to limit my colors to mostly cool greens, blue-greens-- and a lime green that “speaks to me”. ;o)

Yarns used are all worsted(ish)-weight acrylics:
Caron One Pound: Pale Green, Azure, & Soft Sage.
Vanna’s Choice: Grass.
I Love This Yarn!: Pistache & a frosty green.
Unknown: pale aqua.

Joining and Border: Caron One Pound in Lace.

I chose lacy and textural squares and aimed for an old-fashioned look.

Squares included:
#9 Arcadia
#13 Circle in a Square (x2)
#14 Alhambra (x2)
#16 Waterlily
#19 Lacy Cross
#24 Italian Cross (x2)
#28 Christmas Rose
#42 Lacy Wheel
#47 Queen Anne’s Lace (x2)
#51 Bright Flower
#54 Framed Flower (x2)
#64 Sunshine Lace
#69 Fudge (x2)
#71 StarFlower
#74 Seville (x2)
#78 Briar Rose (x2)
#85 Lemon Stripe (x2)
#87 Peony (x2)
#88 Edwardian Fancy (x2)
#92 Victorian Lace
#94 Gothic Square (x2)
#95 Kingcup (x2)
#98 Old Vienna
#129 Anemone
#137 Criss Cross
#161 Daisy Chain (x2)
#173 Big Round
#189 Willow (x2)
#197 Fretwork

Joining and edging according to Cherry Heart’s tutorial. (Joining info is in the tutorial link; for edging, visit her project page here on Ravelry, linked further above. Her edging is a combination of her own design and border #93 from Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner book.)

I used up very nearly an entire skein of Caron One Pound for the joining and most of another skein for the border. Both eat a lot of yarn, in other words.

After washing and drying the first time, I notice that the border doesn’t seem quite as long/wide as it “should” be. (The corners tend to flip in toward the blanket, pulled too taut.) Manual stretching helps, so maybe it’ll fix itself with use. Otherwise, I may try to steam or even “kill” the acrylic to loosen those corners. It’s not that bad, even as it is.

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  • Project created: May 28, 2013
  • Updated: December 26, 2015
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