Meg writes about making a huge Tree of Life afghan as a wedding gift.
I made this afghan, using Lion Brand Yarn's Tree of Life crochet pattern , this summer to give as a fall wedding gift.
It is huge - it would fit nicely on a double bed - and it turned into a gift I thought was perfect for a special bride and her new husband.
A knitting pattern for this afghan exists , but I'm pretty sure it would take forever to finish. (Please forgive the funny light in the picture to the left. That's the light from a nearby window at the bottom.)
I know it's nuts to make a blanket this big in July, but I worked on it while I was dogsitting a couple of neighbor dogs. It was the perfect project to work on every night while spending time with them. I probably spent a couple of hours on it every evening for about two weeks.
Obviously, you could stretch that into a much longer time frame, and I could see it as a really enjoyable winter project. However, if you need to get it done in a hurry, I recommend setting setting goals for how many rows you'd like to crochet each night.
Also, make sure you keep careful track of what row you're on, because it's a charted pattern. I wrote down the number of each row I'd finished on a printout of the pattern.
This afghan also required me to learn a new skill: reverse single crochet . It was definitely a challenge for me at first, but practice makes perfect. By the time I was finishing the three rows of reverse crochet border, I was an old pro at it.
I used about three full pounds of Caron acrylic yarn to make this afghan. I didn't like how the leafy border looked, so I ended up ripping that out. (I chose acrylic yarn because I'm allergic to wool and
wanted the cream-colored blanket to be easily washable.)
Rob and I attended the recipients' wedding in late September, and I was thrilled that the blanket fit in well with the wedding's decorating theme.
It was an outdoor wedding set just under the swell of a tiny country cemetery. The reception was in a tent nearby and featured centerpieces made from wood and limbs.