Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jacob's Ladder

A while back I made an afghan for my mom to use at the nursing home. You can see it here or here. Well, it has been "misplaced". It was picked up to be washed and wasn't returned. They are supposed to be looking for it, but in case it doesn't turn up again, I decided to make her another one and put her name right on it in a manner similar to the way I made the Austinghan.  I've come a long way since the Austinghan in terms of my understanding the filet crochet process. :-) That was the project from hell at the time, but today I would be able to proceed better. Progress.

Anyway, I wanted to do this new ghan in the same style as the first one since she seemed to like it. That one was done in the Jacob's Ladder technique. I will be using yarn that I have on hand so I started with a hunter green and then grabbed this yellow, which is a tad bright. Okay, it's very bright, but her eyesight is very bad so this bright color might do well. I have read that seniors generally are able to enjoy bright colors more because of their poor eyesight.

I am always amazed at how wide the Jacob's Ladder is when you are working it and how much it shrinks after you work the cable loops. The photo above shows it laid out on my sofa which is about 86" long. I didn't actually measure the ghan at this point. The next color I am using is claret. I will probably have some blue, white, and red in it at some point as I know I have those colors. Not sure what color I will do the name in yet. Each section will not be the same length.

If you are interested in how to do the Jacob's Ladder I have videos at the YouTube Channel.

I've put aside the spiders for the time being as I don't have enough Vanna's Choice to finish it now. It's not on a deadline so timing is not as crucial.

Happy crocheting!


  1. I watched your video on the Jacobs Ladder the other day and would like to try one soon. Australian wool is different from yours so I'll have to work out the starting chain myself. I'm imagining the finished blanket would be about half the width of when you're working it ??

  2. Dorothy, I don't remember from the previous ones I made, but I don't think I lost as much as half. I will know better when I finish this one, but at a guess I would say I'd lose about a third. For example, if it is 60", it might be 40" when I'm done. That's just a huge guess. I'll post when I'm done the details.

  3. Thanks Sandie. When you post the finished pic on your blog, can you put the measurements there please? I'm following this with interest. Have a great week.