I made it through my husband’s afghan. It’s not that I don’t like the afghan, but I am so happy to be finished with this one. I will never again do an afghan using colors someone else chose! For one, if I don’t especially want to make the afghan I’m making, I lose interest quickly. This afghan required more work than a lot of other patterns due to switching colors multiple times on most of the rows. I got about 20 rows into this afghan 3 different times. First, I didn’t like the order I had chosen for the colors. The next time my husband decided that I should drop the navy yarn completely. The third was the time ended up finishing the thing. I only used three colors instead of the recommended four. I used Glowworm, Bright Yellow, and Blue. When Josh saw the Glowworm he decided he wanted me to make an afghan in colors that matched his tattoos. Originally I was going to use orange as a fourth color, but I could not find an appropriately bright orange in any store. I decided to use navy, because he does have navy as a shading on some of his tattoos where there is blue. Without the darker color, I don’t think the bright colors pop as much as they would have with it.
These are the tattoos that inspired this afghan:
I clearly have plenty of colors from which to choose to make an afghan based on his tattoos. I let him choose the colors anyway. I do like the colors, I just don’t like having a boss. (Both of the kids were way less picky about their afghans.)
On the rows where I had to change back and forth between the colors, the book said not to finish off and just carry over the yarn at a relaxed tension. No one ever explained this to me. I don’t know how many people do this the same way I do. I have seen some afghans that just have loose strings hanging on one side between stitches where they are used. You see it a lot in clothing. I always hold the loose yarn like it is part of the stitch into which I am crocheting. I took a picture in case anyone else has to figure out this step on your own but hasn’t yet.
Josh is happy with his afghan.
I can’t help but think if I had used orange instead of green it would look like Buddy from Dinosaur Train.