Friday, January 20, 2017

Temperature Afghan

Well, it has begun and the beginning was not without its troubles! LOL (Reminder: This is my 2013 temperature ghan. I hope to do one for 2016 as well.)

First color is canary. I chained 200 and was about to do another 50 when I hit a knot. A KNOT! I wanted to kill. I cut out the knot and started over. I finished the chain and did the first row of single crochet in the same color. Almost finished that one when ... a KNOT! A small one on one strand but still... I cut it out because that's how I am. I was not going to count another bunch of chains. I pulled a different skein but before I started to work with it noticed it was worsted not sport. *sigh* Picked the original skein up and was able to finish it.

On to the next color - cornflower. I get to the end of that row and ... apparently the count was off by 1 - my bad. Rip that back and one chain and then redid that second row.

Went to work the third row which was to be purple and discovered the purple yarn I had was DK which should have worked with the sport but it looked considerably thicker and when working with single crochet that does make a difference, so I pulled a dark blue skein of Knit Picks Brava sport to use instead. (There are only 7 rows of that color anyway.) When I pulled from the center I got a tangled mess. I spent the next minutes trying to untangle it and finally left it to the next morning. Since I don't know how much yarn this afghan will take it was a guess when ordering so I don't want to waste any yarn!

I am sincerely hoping the next 360+ rows are better!

Now I do need to recount the stitches to have an accurate count in case I decide to use the same stitch for the next afghan. Done! Of course, we'll have to see how the width and length work for this ghan as well. I also hope to figure out how to not have 365 x 2 tails to weave in. :-)

The foundation chain I've done is 226 for a total of 225 stitches. You're working (sc, ch 1, sk 1) so that requires 2 stitches, plus you need a final sc at the end. That means you need to end up with an odd number to work with so you need an even number for your foundation chain. You lose one chain for turning. That chain does not count as a stitch. You go into the very first stitch of the row when working single crochet. Does that make sense? I hope so. :-)

As always, I'll keep you posted as I go along.

Happy crocheting!


  1. Sandie are you saying the seed stitch is (sc, ch 1 skip 1 and sc in next) and end the row with a sc.? 2 nd question how do you know 7 rows of purple when the new year just started? ..this temperature afghan is challenging...I did one square thus far...but like your idea...fran

    1. That is correct for the seed stitch. I know the rows because this is a historical temperature afghan, for 2013. Not for this year.