Lighthouse Afghan

I seem to be a bit unfocused when it comes to my crochet. I have several projects going at once. It seems this is a common problem among yarners, especially if they are big projects. One of the big projects I have in my bucket is this beautiful Lighthouse Afghan that I purchased from Annie’s Craft Store. It’s a Lissa Conley design, and she has some good tutorials on how to work her projects on YouTube.

I’m not very far along in the project yet. My goal is May because it’s a gift, but my mom and daughter both think I won’t get it done until Christmas. They might be right. We’ll see.

I’m not following her yarn and gauge recommendations exactly. She is one of those pattern makers that is very adamant about following gauge. I’m of the mind that it’s a blanket, or a throw, and I’ll be “close enough.” If I were using a super fine yarn, or a chunky yarn, I might check my gauge and adjust, but the yarn I’m using is pretty similar to hers. I did go down a hook size or two from what the yarn recommended just because of all the various projects I have going on. (I wanted to keep them all separate, so they have their own hooks.) So instead of being a twin-sized blanket, this will likely end up being more of a throw, and I’m okay with that. I’m using Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Navy and White with a 3.75mm (F) hook from Boye. The yarn is soooo soft. Because I’m using a smaller hook, the stitches are pretty tight. And with this being an interlocking filet pattern, this is going to be a pretty warm throw blanket.

I love how it’s working up so far. I think I messed up the first row figuring out how interlocking filet works, but it was just a border design row, so it will be fine. I’m not sure I’ll be able to replicate it at the top as I don’t really understand yet how these patterns work, but I’m working on that. I love figuring out the “how” of things.

I’m pretty excited about this project and can’t wait to finish it. But I’m also pretty excited about my Ivy League Top now that the back panel is nearly done, so I’m focusing more on that project right now. And I just started a new little top for my daughter…. but that’s a post for another day.

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