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Mar 12, 2018 16:15:40   #
bagibird
 
I started this portrait afghan ages ago, hoping to have it finished for Christmas 2016. Well, it didn't see Christmas 2017! But at last, it's finished, just in time for the lady's big birthday in April. I've had to order some new blocking boards, so it's still pretty wrinkly, and then I have to back it with fleece. Not sure whether I shall use my Edgerydoo or if I'll have to resort to the dreaded sewing!! I'm a bit worried that standard thread may cut into the yarn and fleece, so I'll probably order some linen thread, which might be a bit less "sharp".

Anyway, the afghan was done using part fair isle and part cut and tie, using alternate rows of standard sc (dc in UK) and inverse sc to avoid the line every second row that standard sc produces. Also, it doesn't cause the bias that false rounds give.








 
Mar 12, 2018 16:20:38   #
cajunlady7325
 
AWESOME, that is BEAUTIFUL. What talent.
Mar 12, 2018 16:22:34   #
jeannesmom (a regular here)
 
Unbelievable!!
Mar 12, 2018 16:23:38   #
rusticwool
 
Definitely a work of art!
Mar 12, 2018 16:26:21   #
Kenny440
 
What a spectacular gift to give! Something to be cherished by generations to come, even. You have done a magnificent job. I have been thinking that I would love to make one for each of my grandchildren but still haven’t. I am intimidated by all the ends there must be on it to weave in😩. This is a truly wonderful labor of love.
Mar 12, 2018 16:34:20   #
Gaildh (a regular here)
 
Phenomenal
 
Mar 12, 2018 16:34:25   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
It is beautiful work and I marvel at your patience and following a chart for color. But I wanted to suggest you use an acrylic fingering yarn to sew the backing on rather than any thread.
Mar 12, 2018 16:40:25   #
susanstamps (a regular here)
 
Absolutely FABULOUS 🤗
Mar 12, 2018 16:41:30   #
bagibird
 
Kenny440 wrote:
What a spectacular gift to give! Something to be cherished by generations to come, even. You have done a magnificent job. I have been thinking that I would love to make one for each of my grandchildren but still haven’t. I am intimidated by all the ends there must be on it to weave in😩. This is a truly wonderful labor of love.


Thank you for your kind comments, Kenny440. It would be absolutely impossible to weave all the ends, IMO. That's why the afghan needs to be backed (unless it's intended to be stretched on a frame and used as a wall hanging. Given that there were around 85 colour changes on a row, even bobbins would have been horrendous. You might do one stitch, then not use that colour again for another 30 stitches, so it has to be cut and tied.
Mar 12, 2018 16:45:21   #
jmcret05 (a regular here)
 
Really awesome work!
Mar 12, 2018 16:51:32   #
Stablebummom
 
That is beautiful! What a piece of dedication and love!
 
Mar 12, 2018 16:54:18   #
Suo (a regular here)
 
Fantastic!
Mar 12, 2018 16:54:48   #
Bobglory
 
Beautiful!
Mar 12, 2018 16:56:47   #
bagibird
 
Linda6885 wrote:
It is beautiful work and I marvel at your patience and following a chart for color. But I wanted to suggest you use an acrylic fingering yarn to sew the backing on rather than any thread.


Thank you for your lovely comments, Linda6885. I hadn't considered fingering yarn, but it makes perfect sense. The afghan is RHSS, so is acrylic anyway. I'll try a sample on a spare piece of fleece to see how it works, but it sounds like a good idea.

Edited to add that, although the designer provided a graph, it was not clear enough to be used as the pattern, and not intended to be, it was just for reference so that you could see your progress. The actual pattern was written and covered 40 pages, and was incredibly clear.
Mar 12, 2018 16:59:12   #
Kenny440
 
Ah, thank you Bagibird, for explaining that to me. Hmmm, maybe I WILL try one soon. They have intrigued me since I saw the first one. And it would be such a great keepsake for a loved one. I wish you many more happy hours working your magic.
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