Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining on the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop and the Oombawka Designs Link and Share Wednesday to show you my Christmas Holly Afghan.
When you start buying yarn eventually you start receiving catalogs that have yarn and kits for all kinds of things. My husband was perusing a Herrschners catalog and found an afghan he though would look good in our family room for the holidays.
One of the things we liked about this afghan was that it didn’t scream Christmas and could be used for most of the winter. I ordered the kit late last winter and didn’t start working on it until August after some other crochet projects were completed. I started with making a swatch to make sure the afghan would come out close to the expected size of 43″ x 50″.
Starting the afghan on a nice August day.
The afghan is worked using two strands of Herrschners® 2-Ply Afghan yarn. This is a very nice, soft, acrylic yarn. You start working the main body of the afghan with some open work throughout.
Still working on the body of the afghan
It was a fairly easy pattern to follow that really only required serious counting on the first row of each set of open work. From their you can count relative to the start of each open work set.
Afghan open work detail
It felt good when I had the bulk of the afghan done and then started on the outer border which is done in rounds. I was working hard to get it done before Christmas but on Christmas eve I ran out of red yarn when I was just 83 stitches from finishing!
Arghhh! Just 83 stitches from the end I ran out of red yarn!
I ordered the one skein I would need to finish this project (and bought another kit to work on) and waited impatiently for it to come. Since it was the holiday weeks it took a little longer than usual to arrive but that gave me time to weave in the ends on the afghan.
Once the skein of red yarn came I finished the outer round and began planning the cross stitch in the white border. I marked the beginning of each holly cross stitch with a stitch marker and began working the cross stitch. The pattern said to space them 2″ apart with meant there were 10 on the long sides and 7 on the short ends.
Final step – add the French knot holly berries
I’m glad I’ve done some cross stitch in the past so it was really quite easy and did not worry me at all to do them.
Holly cross stitch with French knot holly berries
I worked in the ends on each one as I went along and did my best to have a clean and neat back side.
A neat back of the holly cross stitch
I finished the afghan on January 2, 2016 and gave it a test drive.
First test drive of the Christmas Holly Afghan
It is surprisingly warm, soft and light. You don’t feel weighted down laying under it. This is my first afghan that we are keeping and I’m very happy with how it turned out.
Close up of corner of Christmas Holly Afghan
Christmas Holly Afghan
While I was snapping pictures of the afghan Walter heard the camera and wanted to get in on the act.
Don’t you need my help with the pictures mom?
My little super model didn’t want to be left out of a photo shoot. I would definitely recommend this kit for an advanced beginner to intermediate skilled hooker. There is no instruction given on how to do the cross stitch or French knots but all of that can easily be found online. I’m happy with how this afghan turned out and expect to enjoy it for years to come.