Welcome Back to the Intarsia Wedding Afghan Series!
The next step to creating this afghan is to Enlarge the Pattern.
I thought my printer had a function to enlarge or shrink images……it does not.
So my next effort will be to enlarge the pattern using software on my computer before printing.
- First I cropped the image to eliminate the white areas of the page where there was nothing useful.
- Next I increased the image by 150% maintaining perspective.
Now, I need to assign the colors to the shaded and non-shaded boxes on the pattern grid.
- Royal Blue for Solid Black boxes
- White for Gray shaded boxes
- Pale Yellow for the Open boxes
Now that I have made the necessary adjustments to my pattern, it’s time to gather my supplies together.
I like working from a basket..this one is my favorite. It is large enough to hold a lot of yarn, all my tools and the finished project as it grows..and it isn’t too large to carry around from room to room easily. Besides, my Mother made it and it has held my crochet in progress for many years, so it is “well seasoned” to the task.
It is important to keep all your things together in one container, whatever you choose. Otherwise, you will find all your tools scattered and strung about.
My Tools are simple..
- small notepad & pen
- to quickly make notes
- or write down ideas that come to me while I’m hooking
- to mark the rows on the charted pattern as they are completed..helps keep your place
- 2 size I crochet hooks
- always have 2 because you will almost certainly lose one before the project is complete and having one handy instead of hunting another down from your craft room makes it ‘not a big deal’
- nippers or scissors
These are optional tools I find helpful to keep in my tool bag
- nail clippers w/a nail file attached
- if a nail tears while I’m working, I can clip or file it to keep it from snagging on the yarn
- magnifying glass
- of course I forgot to buy one!
- ponytail holder or hair clip
- my hair drives me nuts sometimes and this keeps it out of my way
- cell phone
- at least keep it handy because if you are working on a large project you will enevitably find yourself covered with project, multiple skeins of yarn, child or pet and tools which you will have to find your way out from under without messing up what you are doing to go answer your phone across the room.