Original hDc

 I started this afghan when I was somewhere around 13 or 14 years old, just after I had first learned how to crochet.  I guess you could say it was the first design I ever made.  I’d decided to make an afghan and just did row after row of half-double crochets with a variegated Red Heart yarn named Wedgewood. 

I love variegated yarns.  I love the crazy patterns they end up making.  So many times I am surprised at what comes out and I never could have planned it to come out better.  I have some other pieces I’ll post shortly that demonstrate this even better. 

So, I worked on this afghan off and on over the years.  It started as a way to explore crocheting further and I soon went on to working from patterns and started making all the gifts I came to love to give.  But every once in a while I would pull this back out and work on it some more.  The row after row of half-double crochets was pretty dull to work on, but the patterns that developed as I worked and changed skeins helped.  The hDc stitch makes a very warm blanket too.  I finally finished it just a couple of years ago. 

It’s just a simple blanket for under the comforter on the bed.  You can see the fading at the top of the picture from the yarn I started with 15 years ago, and the difference from the more recent yarn.  I don’t feel it’s gift quality, but that’s ok because I really just made it for myself anyway.  For me it represents getting past the initial stages of doubt as I learned how to crochet and moving on to having the confidence in myself to be able to crochet anything I set my mind to.  Not to mention, it has been the longest running, unfinished project I’ve ever had.

Stitched in Love,

Tatha

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