He requested something that could be used both for snuggling on the couch, or used on the bed. I didn't want to make it too large, as it will be too bulky, so am going for a bit larger than a lap throw, but just smaller than a twin bed size....clear as mud?
This is a super simple stitch, but produces a great looking pattern. Your chain stitch is an even number +2. You half double crochet in the 2nd stitch from the beginning, single crochet, and continue this pattern for the entire first row, ending with a half double. On the second row, and all rows after that, you will chain 1 on your turn, half double crochet in first opening (the previous rows stitches leave a gap between the hdc, this is where you work your next rows stitches), single crochet, repeat across.
I had to actually start this over, after having a good foot of it completed. At first, I decided to do 3 rows of each color. Unfortunately, that left me with a TON of tails that would have had to be worked in at the end, and I hate that part of crocheting. So, I decided to go with an even number of rows (4). By doing this, rather than having to cut my yarn because I was ending each color on opposite ends, I am always ending on one side before switching to the next color. This lets me carry that color up the side, without cutting (and dealing with tails).
These carry overs will then be hidden by the border that will be put on once it is complete. It makes it so much easier, although every once in awhile, because of how I tend to turn the piece to work the next row, my two working yarns have gotten tangled. Easy fix....just untangle by the skein end of the yarn. Should be able to finish this up in the next week or so. It's one of those projects that is one that I don't have to think about because the stitch is so simple, but gives you such a beautiful afghan when you are done.
In working on this requested project, I have set the rug aside for a little bit, but wanted to give you a sneak preview of the next color (I know Mama Pea was wondering). I like this variegated that I bought eons ago, and I only have 2 small balls of it, but it works. I also picked up some solids and one more variegated to use, all involving the blue/tan shades.
It seems to curl a bit on the row you are working on, but once you add the next row, it settles down. I also think when I am done, I will have to block it to make it sure it lays flat as it should. I do know that the 100ft package of rope I bought will not be long enough. I am thinking when I get the next package, I will have to stitch the two ends together with some thread, to continue on. If this turns out well, and I plan to make more, I will look online for a source for a longer length package of rope.
Hope you enjoyed the peak into what I have been working on.