…So I’m in the testing phase of a new crochet blanket. (This is the one I’m making from Sheep(ish), btw.) I’ve hit a snag, and thought your excellent brains might help me figure out how to fix it. Up for some crochet counseling, Doctors?
Please excuse the photos taken in different lighting. What I’m after is a pattern of large (8″ x 8″ or so) squares, each with a random stripe pattern. The squares contain four colors overall, and the squares are joined with the gunmetal grey you see in the first photo.
I like how it’s coming together – the half-double crochet is the perfect low-attention stitch for when I’m watching football games (which is, after all, when I work on this thing). And I like the challenge of coming up with a different stripe/color configuration for each square.
Here’s my problem: I did a test-join yesterday. I decided I wanted bigger bands of the grey between squares, so I added a border of double crochet around each square and then joined them with single crochet in the same color. I like the width now, but I hate how uneven and spidery those side edges of each square look. Since I’m stitching into the sides of the squares, there aren’t nice, even, regular places to put my hook like there are on the top and bottom edges.
…So how can I get around that? Should I do a side border of single crochet in the same colors as the square along the sides, so I’ll have a more regular edge to add my dc border? Or is there a cleaner way to stitch along the side edges I don’t know about?
Any wisdom you may have will make me very, very happy.