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Anthropologie Can Sit in the Back

Anthropologie is, by far, one of the funnest (is that a word?) places to find ideas at. It entirely possible that I react so strongly to the price tags that my creativity kicks in out of sheer impulse. My second strongest response to those prices--after the gasp-- is to find out how I can make something like it.

Case in point is this magnificent crocheted throw that they have over there.
Price Tag: $198

I immediately fell in love with this thing. Ralexwin was decidedly NON in love with it, but since I'm the one that decorates he doesn't really get to have an opinion. ::wink:: But who wants to pay two hundred dollars for a throw? Well, evidently some people do it's just that I currently don't fall into that category.

The category I do fall into, however, is that of the crocheting capable.

I took about three looks at this beauty and I thought to myself... I can totally do that.

So I did.
What I can't do is take a good picture to save my life.
I used this little project as an opportunity to improve my crocheting. I'm still in the fairly basic category of skills and I tend to forget how many loops go into a double crochet versus a triple crochet. This throw was my chance to work on all that and boy did I learn a LOT. Now I have a cozy reading blanket to show for all that extra knowledge.

And it only cost me about $10 for the yarn. Score!


Sara said…
Wow! I like yours much better!
Lisa said…
Wow! You are super creative! Love it!
Lady Fromage said…
WOW! I love it! Yours looks better than the original!
Karen Peterson said…
That's so much fun. I really need to learn to crochet.
NatureGirl said…
I can crochet, but i am not sure I can do that! I need to get a closer look. I have been wanting a front room throw with some...personality! By george I think I have found it!
Cannwin said…

You can do it! It was really not that hard. Essentially what I did was scrapped crocheted it.

I'd crochet a certain pattern for awhile then tie off and start another one.... just stitching into the row before as if it was meant to be that way. Sometimes I turned the blanket and stitched up the sides of one of two of with a third pattern.

The flowers were the hardest and I finally gave in to squaring them off before I attached them... it made it a lot easier.

I learned a lot and I wasn't very intimidated by the project because I saw it as a chance to practice different stitches and patterns.

What I would do differently is either choose small patterns or big not try to blend both together. I did one section in triple crochets and it really sticks out because the stitches are so much bigger than everwhere else.

Hmm, did that make sense? I've wanted to add this to my blog for awhile but I had no clue how I would do a tutorial on it... I just winged it and went with what came out.

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