Thursday, July 25, 2013

How to Crochet a Spider Web Afghan

I just made this afghan for Halloween.  It was a lot of fun to make and I'm looking forward to getting cozy in it when Fall  comes.  Of course I found a picture on Pinterest.  Which led me to Ravelry, which finally led me to this great pattern from Stitch 'n Frog.

I modified the spiderman colors to make it a plain spider web.  If you would like to do the same, here is what I did:

Use black for the first 6 rounds.  Then switch to white and proceed as written for row 7 except use single crochets instead of double crochet.  The white rounds always need to be skinny.

You will do the next two rows in black double crochet, with the double shell, then a single shell row, then two more double shells.  Finish off black

Next row is a single shell, single crochet in white.  Finish off.  Then the five black rows double-single-double.

Keep going until the afghan is the size you want.  My girls wanted it really big for cuddling in.  My final row around had 30 stitches on each side of each point.

I had to rip out rows a few times while I was deciding which row I was going to make the first white one.  Then I was merrily on my way.  I was watching a movie and laughing with the kids and my fingers were flying.  I got quite a bit done the first evening.  I looked at it the next morning and noticed something.

Do you see it?  No?  Good.  It only has 11 points.  But it lies perfectly flat, so I have no idea what happened there.  Apparently in all my ripping I reduced the number of stitches in a row.  If you can actually count to 12, yours will turn out even better.  But apparently 11 works just fine too. 

I used Super Saver Soft and needed 9 balls of black and one of white.

Here's a shot of Hestia, who really wanted to curl up in my lap on the afghan while I was working on it.  Made it difficult to work since I had to keep rotating it.  She'd just re-settle and go back to sleep each time I disturbed her.

3 people stopped folding laundry to write:

Knitty said...

I love that! Thanks for sharing. I may need to make one for my grandson.

Tami said...

I love it! I'm supposed to be learning to crochet this summer, but haven't taken a stitch yet.

Heather said...

this is wonderful. love how it turned out.

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