I am new to this site. I want to crochet a king size afghan for my daughter (but not granny). Does anyone know of a pattern or how to enlarge a normal pattern?
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What do you consider a "normal pattern"? Are you referring to an afghan done all in one piece?
That is actually a difficult project to tackle. Often what happens, even with some long-time crocheters, is that since there is so much work involved and it takes such a long time to do, the gauge will vary from the foundation row/round to the finish. All of this is one important reason, people make large pieces using modules or motifs- which do not need to be grannies.
Motifs can be large solid shapes, like patchwork squares or Mondrian-like shapes.
Another benefit of working in modules is that it is easy to carry work wherever you go.
If you want to make a monolithic afghan, I suggest that you just pick a stitch pattern that you really enjoy doing and be careful to check gauge at the start and end of every session. Sometimes with large pieces like this, crocheters use a variety of hooks to help maintain gauge.
If you do a search on any of the sites: here at KP, crochetpatterncentral.com, Etsy.... you will find a huge variety of patterns to choose from.
Your public library might also have crochet books with patterns that suit your needs.
Any support I can give you while you do this project, let me know.
I've been a crocheter for 40+ years and have made more afghans and bedspreads than I can count. Since I really don't like sewing together squares I rarely use a pattern calling for anything that needs to be joined. When I do, I "join as you go", but again, not my first choice.
If your gauge is not consistent you may have a problem with a "wavy" bedspread.
As far as enlarging a pattern, well, it's quite simple. Let's say you find a pattern that you really like, and lets say it's for a twin bed or it's an afghan. Most patterns don't give you pattern multiples so you'd be worried that your chain won't work out to be the proper number to complete the pattern repeat. So you'd spend a lot of time with working out the math.
The easy way is to make the chain very long. Don't bother counting.
Now make your foundation row following the pattern for as wide (or on some patterns as long) as you want. Just make sure that you END the way the pattern calls. Most all patterns say something like, "ending with shell, ch2, dc.". That means that it's the end of a repeat. Now you are on your way. Just follow the pattern.
I'll leave a "watch" on this thread to see if you need help or in case I'm not explaining clearly.
Thanks to both of you. Like you Karen, I don't like to join things as I think it makes it kind of bulky but maybe I am not joining right. I haven't started this yet but when I do I may be bringing my problems to you. You should be able to do this with a ripple also, right?
Absolutely a ripple, but also a mile a minute would be good, or just shells or basket weave. Lots of options. ANY and I mean, any pattern can be enlarged to fit your king size bed.
I've done the mile-a-minute for all sizes of beds, and the variety you can create is awesome. The best part is that you only have to work one strip at a time, so it doesn't become bulky until you put it together. Good luck!
Thanks. Is the mile a minute a put together?
I did a zig zag for a California King and it turned out great! Also, if you want to use a color mix you can use the russian join and there is hardly any finish work! Jimmy Beans Wool has a good youtube tutorial on this join.
Thanks. Is the mile a minute a put together?
There are different ways of joining. I NEVER sew or whip stitch. S
Some of the mile a minutes are join as you go, but that's not as common.
OH, OH... I just thought of another that you can easily make a
ANY size... A corner to corner.
Here's a link to the pattern and even a video on how to make the stitch. You can do this in one color, or diagonal stripes as shown in as many or as few colors as you want.
I don"t want to start a war here about Red Heart Super Saver yarn because many people use it, however most all agree that it is very harsh and scratchy until washed several times. I highly recommend that you use Caron Simply Soft.http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-corner-corner-throw
Thanks. I wasn't able to download it right now. My computer is old and tempermental. Will try again later. I also like the Caron so soft yarn.