Ta-daaaaa! The Sunshine Day Baby Afghan crochet pattern is now available in my web shop. I knew I couldn't show my face around here without it.
Oh, but I am pleased with it. It is possibly my favorite thing I've ever crocheted (don't tell the Ripple). As I was making it, it was reminding me so much of sun coming out of Oregon (read: relentless) cloudcover and of the colors of the Brady girls' bedroom that I had to name it after my favorite Brady Bunch song (and I'm sorry but how awesome is Bobby's solo in this? I dare you not to be singing it for the rest of the day [I know, you're welcome!]).
I finished the pattern last night and I must tell you — it is one chatty pattern. Possibly the most chatty-Cathy crochet pattern you've ever seen. But I wanted to make sure I told you all my secrets in making this. About how you should crochet over all of your tails so that there are very few you'll ever have to weave in. About how the hook you'll use will feel too small but that's what gives this its dense, puffy look. About how I never really intended to write a pattern when I started making this, so a lot of the yarns I used were just little pieces from my seemingly endless stash of DK- and sport-weight yarn (but I give you a big list of alternatives in current production).
The pattern is illustrated, with photos of almost every step of the granny square and the sewing together of them. So while you will need to know crochet basics to make this little blanket, if you can find someone to help you with the first square (which is really straightforward once you get the hang of it), you'll be good to go for the next 79. See the pattern page for more information on the finished size and materials needed.
As always, this pattern is a downloadable PDF, so you will need Adobe Reader to view it. It will be delivered automatically via secret download link (ooooooo!) immediately upon completion of ordering. If you don't receive it within minutes, let me know because it means one of two very simple things (either your server bounced it, which happens occasionally, or you paid by eCheck and it takes a few days to clear). But let me know and I'll help suss that out. I do not mail out hard copies, but I do urge you to print the pattern out at highest quality on your home printer, because these photos are hi-resolution and should look crystal clear.
Since this pattern is so new, please don't panic if you see something in it that doesn't look right. I am on high-alert for any errata, so please let me know immediately if you find an error, or even suspect an error. (Just leave a comment on this post and I'll get back to you.) I will post any errata on the pattern page with a date/time stamp and correct the electronic file immediately.
Oh, and the blocking tutorial? I think I'll have that all of that put together early next week, and we'll walk through every step of how I did it. (There are several ways to do it, but I'll show you how I do it.) But you've got a lot lot of crocheting to do before you get to that point, so don't worry. We'll get there.
Okay. Stopping talking now. But thank you for your interest in this! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!
Oops: Here's the Ravelry link!