The Aran afghan throw taught me a few things.
1 - How to read a pattern (Aran afghan throw - Free pattern from JoAnns)
2 - Bobble stitch
3 - Front and back post double crochet (not a big fan yet)
4 - Creator's control of design alteration :D
I used Red Heart super saver yarns:
3.5 skeins of Cafe Latte,
3.5 skeins of Coffee Cafe,
3 skeins of Real Teal.
Each skein = 7oz/198g ; 364 yards. TOTAL yardage: ~ 3640 yards. WOW! I think that's a lot, right?? (And that DOES include the fringe).
Hook size J/10 - 6mm
Non-blocked finished size: 45" x 64" (not including the fringe).
I didn't follow the pattern completely. I started altering after the first two stripes (on left). For the next two stripe sections, I replaced the bobbles with treble-crochet (or is it triple-crochet?) stitches. Oh yeah...another thing I learned is that there is a different between US pattern lingo and most other places.
I brought the bobbles back in in the middle section, but I spaced them out every 3 single crochets, and built them up more (5 yarn-overs vs 3). And then reflective-symmetry took me back to the other side.
As a last-minute idea, I added some fringe to this afghan. And WOWZERS....did it make a difference!
I was running low on the teal, so I cut the yarn and organized it into equal-sized piles. I had enough to do one fringe with each blue strip.....
Wasn't liking it. NOR was I interested in going out to purchase another skein of the yarn.
So, with a little bit more of design leisure, I mixed in some coffee and tan, thinned out the teal into two sections each, and v'iola. I much more appealing fringe outline.
Yes, I already have the next project lined up :D