I finished my Procrastination Afghan today!
Actually, I had it all but finished a day or two ago, but it took me that long to get around to weaving in the few loose ends and washing and drying it.
I decided to go with a simple edging, after all-- just two rows of single crochet (in blue) down each length of the blanket. The pattern specified one row, but I like the look of two. It seemed best not to compete with the simple ripple pattern, so I resisted the urge to try something a little more complex.
I did one other thing that I can't remember if the pattern called for: I added a row of single crochet to the final ripple. I felt that would balance the blanket better, since the first ripple was also a little wider than the others-- due to the chain foundation row. Also, single crochet just feels more stable and finished than double crochet.
Here's the finished afghan, lounging on the swing:
It turned out that I had plenty of yarn, and I still have some leftovers to use in future projects. That's always nice, even if some of the colors still aren't what I'd choose to buy today. . . However, the colors did grow on me as I worked with them. Though they're not my current favorites, I now remember why I liked them before. They make me think of woodlands and nature trails and vintage National Park signs. Pine cones. . . Smokey the Bear. . . "Only YOU". . . That sort of thing.
Though (as I mentioned in earlier posts) I had a little trouble in some of the earlier rows (due to absentmindedly messing up the counting or failing to skip a stitch), the pattern eventually became second nature. Now, I think I could almost crochet it with my eyes closed. . . .Or at least crochet it again with far fewer uh-ohs.
This has been a very soothing project, and now that it's done, I'm not sure what to crochet next. I have several ideas, but I can't seem to decide. (Not such a bad problem to have, though, is it?)
Dimensions: (roughly) 48.5" x 74"
Number of ripples: Sixty-nine (if I counted right. . .)
Hours of work: No telling, and it's probably best I don't know. . .
Amount of yarn, price of yarn, etc.: Again, ignorance is bliss. Since I used cheap(ish) acrylics, it's a fraction of what it'd cost if I'd been using something fancy. It's probably still more expensive than if I'd just gone out and bought a cheap blanket, but where's the fun in that? ;o)
Ravelry link (again): Procrastination Afghan
All in all, I really enjoyed making this afghan. I'd definitely recommend the pattern to someone looking for a simple ripple. If you don't mind single crochet, double crochet, and lots (and lots) of repetition, give it a look.