I am doing a happy dance over here! My Color Crafter version of the Mystery Patchwork Quilt Afghan by Annelies Baes is shown on the blog of Inside Crochet. All the patterns for this unusual and unique design are given in issues 73, 74 and 75 of Inside Crochet.
On one of my photos you see a steel robot which is very special in my family. You see, my grandfather (well, technically not my grandfather because he was my husband’s grandfather, but I loved him too and he was a bit my grandfather also) he was a teacher at a vocational school from the 60’s to 90’s where he taught young students how to do woodwork and weld and other handcraft things. We are not sure exactly when he made the robot, but we know it is at least 30 years ago. We also know that he made 3 of them and that this is one of the few objects that he made pure for ‘looking at’. Grandpa always made things that were useful and served a purpose, so the fact that he made 3 identical decorative objects is extra special. We have no idea why he made 3, but we think that maybe it was part of a project at the school where he taught. Doesn’t the robot look extra chuffed holding my afghan?
Getting back to the Quilt afgan, the project is accompanied by two yarn packs, one in Scheepjes Merino Soft and one in Scheepjes Color Crafter. I had a Color Crafter kit which contains 13 colors of soft acrylic yarn.
When I showed you my Work In Progress I told you that I had made a lot of rectangles. Well, to be exact, I have made 134. Like I said, I made the Color Crafter version of this afghan which is twice the size of the Merino Soft so there were a lot of rectangles to make. I made the 12 motives in the following color combinations. (At the end I still had a lot of color yarn left, the grey not so much so, but if you are willing to buy one or two extra balls of Color Crafter Wolvenga to combine with the main color of each motif you can make your afgan even bigger!)
|Color||Whole motifs||Half motifs|
|Motif 1||1302 Dokkum||10||1|
|Motif 2||1080 Venlo||10||1|
|Motif 3||1005 Barneveld||10||2|
|Motif 4||1711 Leeuwarden||10||1|
|Motif 5||1708 Alkmaar||9||1|
|Motif 6||1709 Burum||10||1|
|Motif 7||1277 Amstelveen||10||2|
|Motif 8||1019 Texel||10||1|
|Motif 9||1712 Nijmegen||9||1|
|Motif 10||1316 Almelo||10||1|
|Motif 11||1241 Den Bosch||10||2|
|Motif 12||1068 Den Helder||10||2|
Making the rectangles was a breeze, they go quick and are fun to make. I made all the rectangles in just over 5 weeks (I had the pattern ahead of schedule from Annelies), but it took me six(!) weeks to join all those squares. I will be very honest, I love this blanket, but joining all the rectangles with a needle comes close to torture for me. But…. when you are finally done and the border is completed also, the end result is just wonderful.
I hope you enjoyed these photos!
PS: I expect that in due time Annelies Baes will make this afghan available as a (paid) pattern through her website. Please note that this may take longer that you think. 🙂