Yarn: Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Douce Accolade White (lot #641025), 2 skeins for borders around each square, each column, and the entire afghan. Skeins are 5oz/141.7g, 446yds/408m.
Paintbox Simply DK (light worsted). I was able to get two squares from each skein. 3.5oz/302 yds (276m), 100% acrylic. 107 vanilla cream umbrella 124 pistachio green dragonfly 141 dusty rose butterfly 152 ballet pink bee 132 washed teal tulip (3) 120 banana cream ladybug 131 seafoam blue sun 149 candyfloss daisy (3) 135 duck egg blue rain and storm clouds
Hook: G/4.0 Furls Odyssey and F/3.75 Furls Odyssey. For the final shell border I used a #7 4.5mm so I wouldn’t have to keep switching hooks. It worked out fine.
It’s hard to get a good picture of a large afghan because I’m short so my hubby took this for me. He still had to stand on a ladder and he’s tall! 🙂
I worked each square as per the pattern. I thought about doing the join-as-you-go but just wasn’t in the mood for it. I left a long tail and used it to assemble the squares into a column. Then I put an additional round of single crochet around each column and sewed them together.
As noted above I used the 6 patterns from the original Jane’s Garden and added a sun, umbrella, rain cloud and storm cloud. To round out the 20 I wanted, I did an additional tulip and daisy as the garden should have more flowers, yes?
Here’s the finished afghan. It’s pretty large – pictured on a queen size bed. 4 x 5 layout. Approx 60″ x 67″.
While waiting for yarn to complete the garden afghan, I decided to start a scrap afghan. I just chained a bunch, 102, and pulled leftover worsted weight balls, changing colors as I ran out of yarn. It’s a really simple way to make use of the scraps while making something warm and useful. It does give a whole bunch of tails to take care of when you’re done though. 🙂
Finished size is 36 x 46″. I used an H hook and added several rounds of dc as a border to get a bit more width.
Now I’m working on finishing Jane’s Garden. I’ve added two “cloud” squares – a rain and a storm cloud from Mayhem & Majesty’s temperature CAL. I did have to make some minor adjustments for them to fit in with the others but it worked out. I am going to make another tulip and another square so I can have 20 needed for a 4 x 5 square afghan. Then the assembly will begin.
Yarn: Paintbox Simply Aran in colors 107 vanilla cream umbrella 124 pistachio green dragonfly 131 seafoam blue sun
Here are some more pictures.
The umbrella and sun are not from Jane’s Garden but rather from a 2020 CAL by Mayhem & Majesty. Since these were not part of the Jane’s Garden design, I had to adapt the umbrella. In the original CAL it was worked top/down which would have meant I had to flip the square over and the stitches would be upside down. So instead I worked from the bottom of the pattern (Row 23) and worked up to Row 1. This was suggested to me by the designer and it worked great! (The original top/down worked great for the CAL as all the squares were made the same.)
That said, this made three rows on bottom and four rows on top so if I work this again for another project, I will fiddle with that to get it the same top and bottom. It won’t be hard as the handle can be made shorter or longer to accommodate the change. I’m so picky! LOL
The sun was the same top/down but it is a symmetrical design so it didn’t matter which way it was written.
This is the first time I do the actual border that goes with the pattern and I am really liking it now that I have it down. I set each instruction on its own line to make it easier for me to remember what comes next but now that I’ve done a few, I really don’t have to refer to it much.
I’m now going to try to make a second one of each using the leftover yarn from the first one. If I find I don’t have enough I’ll have to wait for the order of more DK in the same colors. Fingers crossed.
Marly Bird has updated her website. You might want to take a look particularly at the Crochet Definitions. The ones I looked at included videos along with a text description. There is so much more on the site. I suggest you put aside some time to play.
I’ve been working on an afghan for a friend. The pattern is called Jane’s Garden and is a paid ebook pattern at Mayhem & Majesty.
Here are the ones I’ve completed. I haven’t taken care of the tails and these are not fancy pictures as you can see. LOL I had a chair in front of me and I took quick pics with my phone.
I’m using Paintbox Simply DK pastel colors with a G hook.I’m also using the shell border from the pattern.