Kajsa’s Clean Afghan Border and trying to get CAL blocks the same size!

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Finally I’m done with the Moogly CAL 2015 and my cat Smirrnoff is super happy with the result, and so am I! The afghan is really big because I wasn’t able to figure out how to get all the blocks the same size. I measured and measured but after blocking they still came out differently so at the end I had to use the largest one as a template and add rounds to the other ones…

This year I have decided to try to block the blocks (haha!) before adding the final two rounds. I have also made a 12 X 12 inch cardboard template for the second blocking after adding the final rounds. So far I have made 3 blocks and it seems to work.

I made my afghan in Drops Nepal, wich is a mixture of wool and alpaca so it is really warm and toasty!

 

I used all the grey shades, 0500, 0501, 0517 and 0506 in all of the blocks and then I added yellow, 2923, deep red, 36,8 or orange, 2920, to the blocks, 1/3 in each colour.

For joining the blocks I used The Flat Braid Join wich lends itself perfectly to blocks with different stitch counts.

For this years CAL I don’t think I will add the flat braid join edge to the outer sides of the outer blocks though, if I can remember this when I get there 🙂

I googled to find a nice border for my blanket but couldn’t find anything I liked for this one. Since there is a lot going on in the afghan I wanted a clean and wide border.

When I made this hat I made the edge of the hat by crocheting half double crochets in the backbump and I really love the effect so I tried this for my afghan border. Isn’t it gorgeous?

So I thought I would share how I did it. The pics in the pattern (or rather, description) is from the hat because I never took any photos when finishing the afghan.

 

You can make this border as narrow or wide as you wish and use as many or few colours as you want. It would look great in just one colour!

Before I started with the actual border I had to do a couple of rounds altering single crochets, half double crochets, double crochets and even a couple of trebles here and there, to even out the edge of the afghan.

Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry, add to favorites and que so you don’t loose track of it.!

If you want to print the pattern there is a handy print button at the bottom of the post and you can remove all the ramble you don’t wish to print.

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Kajsa’s Clean Afghan Border

Tutorial for standing half double crochet easy way

Start in a corner space. Make a standing half double crochet, chain (ch) 2, 2 half double crochets (hdc).

1 hdc in each stitch until you reach the next corner.

2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in corner space.

Finish the rest of the round in same manner until you reach the first corner.

1 hdc in corner space, join with slipstitch (slst) in first hdc.

Next round with new colour:

Start in a corner space , preferably not the same one you started in last round. Make the same stitches as you did in first corner space last round.

If not changing colour:

Ch 1 (dosn’t count as stitch) 1 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc.

Now we will be making hdc in the backbump of the stitches, the one at the back of the work. The pic below is from the wrong side of the work.

 

Make 1 hdc in the back bump of every stitch (st) and make the same corners as in last row.

Repeat last round until your border is as wide as you want it to be. For the last round you substitute the hdc and do single crochets (sc) instead and make 3 sc in every corner space.

Done!

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Kajsa’s Clean Afghan Border and trying to get CAL blocks the same size!

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  2. Ooh I love your blanket & the border you used! I used the Polka Dot border for the blankets I made last year. Not sure what I’ll use for my moogly blankets this year, but I’m also making a temperature blanket & I think this will be the perfect border for it.

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