Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Failed Afghan Pattern

I had this pattern in my "Cozy Crochet Kit" from Barnes & Noble a while back: The Cuddly Afghan. It's rated as being a level 3 on a difficulty scale and it's comprised of the most common stitches, so I thought this would be an easy pattern to work up.

Nope.

The pattern reads, "To make triange: Ch 5, sc into second ch from hook, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, tr into next ch. Beg and end each colour with 6" tails; for ease in finishing, these tails will be worked into fringe later."
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Foundation Row (WS): Sc into second ch from hook, *make triangle, skip next 4 ch, sc into next ch. Repeat from * across. Change colour, ch 4, turn

Row 1: Sc into top of triangle * working into next 4 ch along side of triangle, work sc into first ch, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, tr into next ch, sc into top of next triangle. Repeat from * across to last triangle, ending row with working into next 4 ch along side of triangle, work sc into first ch, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, yarn over twice, insert hook into last ch of triangle and pull up a loop, (yarn over and draw it through 2 loops on hook) twice, yarn over twice, insert hook into last sc and pull up a loop, (yarn over and raw it through 2 loops on hook) twice, yarn over and draw it through all 3 loops on hook. Change colour, ch 1, turn

Row 2: Sc into first st, *make triangle, skip next 4 sts, sc into next tr. Repat from * across, ending row with triangle, skp next 4 sts, sc into top of turning-ch-4. Change colour, ch 4, turn

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 in Stripe Patt until piece measures approx 48" from beg, ending after Row 1 of patt. DO NOT CHANGE COLOUR. Ch1, turn. Sc into first st, *ch 4, skip next 4 sts, sc into next tr. Repeat from * across, ending row with ch 4, skip next 4 sts, sc into top of turning-ch-4. Fasten off.
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Now, that all sounds simple enough, right?

It actually reads like there's something missing from the pattern, once you start working on it. I worked on that  so many times last night and just couldn't get it. I really believe that this pattern is missing some instructions in the creation of the foundation row and no one caught it. Or maybe it just wasn't double checked before the pattern was published.

Either way, this is a pattern I'm not going to spend any more time trying to decipher. There are plenty of other (free) afghan patterns out there that I know to be good and complete.

Showing Some Love for the Crafty People

I came across this listing somewhere online the other day: a TARDIS purse in poly leather, made in Spain. Of course, something this awesome has been sold.

But that's not stopping me. Like other people, I'm sure, I've emailed the person that made it to see if she would give me a quote on how much it would cost to make one and ship it to me here.

"I make them to order, so please, contact me before buying, because it may take a while to arrive if there are none on stock.

Measures: 28 x 16 x16 cm

In blue poly leather and rigid cardboard, rain resistant . Also some details can be custom made.

Sent in a beautiful box DW themed."

I feel like Wayne Campbell in the "Wayne's World" movie when he sees the guitar he wants in the music store: "It will be mine. Oh yes. It will me mine," with maybe just a touch of Gollum thrown in, caressing my new precious.