Many people comment that I crochet fast. I’m not really a fast crocheter as I have seen women totally bulldoze me over with their speed. My friend, Onzelle from Pennsylvania who I met on the crochet cruise, is the fastest crocheter I have ever met. Need something done today… she’s your girl.
Last night, I decided to start my adventure on crocheting an afghan that I think is brilliant. Designed by Jessie Rayot for Red Heart Yarns. It’s called In Love with Colour Throw.
At the end of the project, it’s supposed to look like this. I know this may sound silly, but remember that afghan seen on the TV show Roseanne. I always loved it. It has a real homey feel to it. This afghan, to me, reminded me of that afghan but with a modern feel and design.
When I crochet an afghan such as an assembly piece, I consider myself a one man assembly line. Many years ago, I realized I could speed myself up if I work strategically. While it makes sense to do one complete octagon at a time… truth it, it doesn’t make sense.
If you work systematically and do each round of every octagon at the same time, you can control your colours more accurately. You also don’t feel like the project is taking forever.
With my type of system. There are 14 octagons here. I complete all round 1’s for each. I then don’t start round 2 until all of the octagons have their round 1’s done. I do this for each round. In essence, the entire afghan grows up together to the size.
The reason why this speeds you up is that you remember the pattern. You read the instructions for 1, maybe 2 motifs and you remember it… Once it’s in your head, you will blaze along with no worries of trying to read instructions, hook, watch tv and much more. Your mind knows what to do and your hands are ready for the work.
As far as being a speedy crocheter… I’m really not speedy… just determined to not have very many WIPs. I never start a project unless my mind is 100% convinced that I love it first.
Tell me, do you have systems that help you crochet? Share with me in the comments below.
I will show you an update tomorrow of what I am able to accomplish today. BTW, my colour scheme I am using is different. I have opted to use 11 colours as suggested but not follow the actual colour change suggestions. Either way, I think this design is fabulous.