Crafty Folks, I Need Your Advice

WARNING SPECIFICALLY TO MACK: IF YOU READ FURTHER THAN THIS WARNING, IT’S YOUR OWN DAMN FAULT IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY.

I MEAN IT.  TURN BACK NOW.

RIGHT NOW.

OKAY…

NOW.

The rest of you, please follow me beyond the jump.

Okay, so I may have gotten a little overly ambitious in the birthday department, but here’s my idea.  I’ve got a bunch of variegated yarn with a brown in common and then that brown in a solid color.  And I’m going to make Mack a funky granny-square afghan for his birthday (or Christmas, depending on how long it takes me to finish it).

The squares themselves are traditional granny squares, but the way I’ve rigged the colors will, I hope, result in a mostly brown afghan with random spots of color instead of the traditional circles of color on each level.

But I’m no math genius and here’s what I need help with.  First.  I want the afghan to be huge as I believe a person should be able to cuddle up with another person under any blanket.  My squares are, I believe, six inches across.  I want the afghan to be about 90 inches wide, so I would, normally, have, say, 15 squares across and 17 squares down, which would necessitate me crocheting 165 squares, right?

Ha, right now I have three.  It will be Christmas.  But keep in mind, I have two and a half days off next week, plus the weekend.

But, Crafty Folks, here’s where I need your help, because, again, I want the afghan to be at least a little funky.  So, I had this idea that I would turn all the squares up so that they are diamonds.  But rather than have a jagged edge, I want to have a straight edge.

So, clearly, I’ll need to crochet four half squares for the corners.

But won’t the triangles that sit along the top and sides also be half-squares?

And, assuming that they are, if my afghan is just 15×17, how many half squares will I need?  I want to say 30 (for the top and bottom) and 32 (for the sides).

But I suck at math.  Does that seem right?

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10 thoughts on “Crafty Folks, I Need Your Advice

  1. I’d personally leave the edges raw–in other words, don’t fill them in with half triangles.

    That’s just a personal taste thing, though. I like wavy edges on blankets.

  2. OK…
    1) a 15 x 17 square afghan would require 255 squares, not 165 (15×17 =255)… 15 rows of 17 squares each…
    2) You will need 64 half squares to squared off the afghan.

  3. Oh, and… that is one BigAss afghan. If what you are saying is that it’s 90″ across, then that is 15, 6″ squares = 7.5′ across and 8.5′ long.

    That’s like a California King-sized, bedspread!

    You are AWESOME!!!

    I quiver like a small woodland creature to your crocheting awesomeness.

  4. Well, but here’s the thing. He’s got two kids and a wife. Let’s just assume that, when on the couch in an afghan-like setting, he’s cuddling with either his wife or his two kids.

    So, in a perfect afghan, he and his cuddling partner should be able to both sit on the afghan, wrap it around them, and drape it over their feet so that they are all warm.

    But seven and a half feet might be too wide… I don’t know. Two people?

    We’ll just have to see what I end up with. I might not have the patience for that.

  5. Seven and a half feet isn’t too wide at all, if you’ve got the crocheting stamina. I’m very big on the giant blanket thing.

    Uhh.. I can’t help you with the math at all. My crocheting/knitting skills are all very basic… I’m a “do this until it’s big enough” kind of person with patterns I can memorize, and a “well, whatever this pattern says will happen is going to be what I wind up with” person for things that I can’t memorize.

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