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Afghan, Boyghan or Manghan

crochet blanket for a boy

At last my blanket for Master R is finished!

My daughter thinks it looks a bit wizardy – I see what she means, the designs could definitely be magical symbols used in an 8 year old’s incantations – he’s reading the Harry Potter books at the moment.

The blanket measures 1metre x 1m30cm, just right to snuggle under on the sofa, or to go over his duvet on his top-bunk bed.

Master R is now aged 8. He was 5 when I started it. He wanted a blanket in purples and greens, not colours I would choose to put together.

I usually LOVE co-creating things for my grandchildren and bringing their ideas to life, but this has been my most challenging project to date.

Back in July I wrote of the journey thus far showing some of the early ideas, experiments and samples that had been rejected by my co-designer.

Together we arrived at these Squares and colours, he knows what he likes!

On the whole I feel it is important to encourage children to make as many decisions for themselves as they can – but I have to admit this one took me to pushing past my own resistances to make something I personally did not love! It languished in the W.I.P. pile for far too long at times.

However I’m thrilled with how it turned out and to know Master R will get what he wanted is very satisfying indeed.

The square patterns are from the Nuts About Squares crochet along.

Master R’s choices:

Esme’s Winter Cottage by ¬†Dedri Uys

Esme's Winter Cottage

and my variation

variation on Esme's Winter Cottage design

Denna by Polly Plum

Denna

Bavarian Beauty by Heather Gibbs

Bavarian Beauty, boys crochet blanket

Made in Stylecraft Special DK and a 5mm hook

Colours

Emperor, Wisteria, Violet, Khaki, Pistachio, Meadow, Lime, Cypress, Midnight, Silver, Grey

I made up the border design

crochet edging

Starting with the surface zig-zag as shown in Esme’s Winter Cottage, then a row of double crochet (US) in Emperor; a row of Single Crochet (US) in Khaki; a row of double crochet in the back loops only, in Meadow; a row of SCs in Khaki; then a row of back loop DCs in Emperor; finished with a row of Crab Stitch in Emperor.

I’m enjoying my Ta Dah! moment!

Joining Nancy Merrill’s Photo Challenge: PURPLE

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WIP Wednesday

manghan Nuts About Squares

Embracing the dark side.

Progress so far with the Manghan or rather Boyghan I’m making for Master R aged 7.

His choice of colours.

He thinks the Square in the middle on the left is “Epic!” and the Moroccan window, middle on the right – which is a pig to crochet – caused a sharp intake of breath and a ‘Wow!” when he saw it.

Many of the crocheters in the Nuts About Squares CAL have finished stunningly beautiful blankets, and whilst it is a genuine delight to see them, I do find it frustrating as many of my squares do not end up being the right size – lots of ripping out and adjusting still to be done. By the time I’ve finished this one – please let that be not too long ahead!!! – I will have crocheted enough for about 5 blankets, with only one to show for it.

I’m not moaning (well I am, but don’t listen to me! or give me any sympathy!) the high class problem of a crafting Granny!

For now I will enjoy the gasps of joy and appreciation to keep me going.