Last year I was admiring an afghan made by my friend, Debbie. She told me the pattern was called Leaping Stripes by Tamara Kelly (on Moogly) and it was really easy! The problem was, I had no idea as to how to read a pattern. I haven't done any crocheting since I was a young girl (and it was all done by mimicking my nana's stitches), so Debbie tried to teach me how to mimick her stitches. Well, I tried. I made several rows over several weeks and got about 18" done by the time I showed it to her...and she tore out almost a foot of those stitches! All my hard work! And my aching hands!!! I guess I wasn't getting the right number of stitches per row (I think she said I was dropping stitches?).
Well, I was frustrated, but I was determined to get it right...so I watched the video tutorial and tried to learn how to changes rows properly. After alot of practice and redoing many corners...I got it! Then I tried to match what I was stitching to the written pattern...and I kinda got that! And, I was even able to stitch the border without any additional help (by reading the pattern)!
Pattern Designer: Tamara Kelly (Moogly)
Yarn: Cream & Sugar (100% cotton variegated)
Linking up to Creative Goodness, Can I get a Whoop, Whoop? and Link-a-Finish Friday.