Some purists don’t like to combine knitting and crocheting.

Why some, won’t even talk to people who do the other one!  Good grief is all I can say.

While knitting comes easier for me, I enjoy them both.  And part of the fun is combining them into the same project.

Yellow afghan knitting block

Recently I decided to redo part of an afghan I made a few years ago.  It’s made of individual blocks of different colors.  The original knitting instructions in the afghan kit said to sew the blocks together. 

Well, that’s fine.  I wanted to use the same color yarn, thinking it would be less noticeable.  My first attempt was to knit a border around each block in garter stitch, then sew them together by hand. 

It was not quite what I wanted.  Initially I though it would be okay – and soon changed my mind.  The borders around the blocks actually made the whole afghan feel itchy and rough.  The blocks are all acrylic yarn, so I used an acrylic yarn.  Unfortunately it was a scratchy acrylic yarn which just seems to get worse with time. 

Or maybe I’m less tolerant of it!

So, I decided to try again.  This time I’m using a soft acrylic yarn from Caron. I thought the neutral nutmeg brown would make a nice background for each of the squares. Instead of knitting garter stitch, I’m crocheting around the edges.

Yellow and lavender afghan knitting blocks

Single crochet is faster than knitting, and probably uses less yarn.  Plus once I have the borders all done, I can crochet them together instead of sewing. 

It will be fun to see how it turns out.  Customizing the knitting instructions are part of the fun of knitting!

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 White knitted afghan square

Keep knitting to your heart’s delight – or someone else’s,

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