The Bernat Mystery Afghan Crochet-Along is a hit across the web, but it has also grabbed the attention of many members of the Bernat Design Studio. Here’s an update from Dina, an official Bernat Blogger.
Dina – Bernat Blogger
This clue initially proved to be more challenging than the first two, especially since I’ve never made a V-stitch before. It got easier once I got the hang of it, but this clue is slower to complete. Eight squares take more time to make than just two. I must admit, though, that the V-stitch looks pretty. Plastic safety pins still mark the right side and I’m also counting rows so that all my V-stitch squares are the same length. I must confess that when I put all my squares together, the colors look very rich and warm. It’s beginning to look pretty.
This square challenged my crochet skills. You’d think simple striping and single crochet would be easy–um, not so much. As other participants probably experienced, my first square was rather wonky in appearance. I would have felt a little lost if not for the CAL group over at Ravelry. Their expertise and advice helped produce a second, more square-looking block. To counter the “wonkiness”, I chained 50 (instead of 46) and worked all the 3sctog very loosely. Sadly I have not completed all 16 squares, but I’ll get them done eventually. At least, they’ll look proper.
This shell square challenged my crochet skills. I had to rip out my first attempt after I got myself confused. The chart came to my rescue (as did the helpful hints offered by fellow crocheters online at Ravelry’s CAL group). Once I finished the first shell square, I got into a groove–a kind of rhythm–and the next three squares flew off my hook in no time (sadly I am still working on the mitered squares).
I loved making this giant granny square. For one, it’s so big and super easy. As well, I got to use all my colors. Initially I wasn’t sure about my color choices, but seeing all the lovely colors next to each other reaffirmed my color choices. This afghan is gonna quite pretty when its done. How many more clues left?