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Revamping a Classic, Part 2

About a year ago, I wrote a whole post about some of creative and fascinating ways crocheters modify the  Rainbow Crochet Set afghan.  It was a blast because the research involved me looking through Ravelry project pages and messaging super talented folks who talked a little about their tweaks and additions to this classic pattern.  I loved it!  I love Ravelry, I love seeing what people can do with their yarn and their ideas, and I apparently love finding out what new ways people will find to modify the Rainbow Afghan.  I've been digging a little bit more lately, and thought it was definitely time for another post.  Because wow.  If you know me at all, you know I love a good mod.  But these crocheters are unbelievably fantastic and go way beyond anything I could ever dream.

One of the things I like the most about this pattern is that so many people want to make in a heavier yarn.  The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, and yields a baby blanket that's, well, baby-sized.  So why not pick some other pattern written for worsted weight yarn with larger dimensions? Because this pattern is just so great.

This is Thaila's Shroud by Incantrix.

She used Stylecraft Special DK yarn, and I love how gradually the pinks turn to reds.  This is incredibly striking!

Bluefrog62's Jason's Purple Rainbow floored me.  These purples are incredibly dramatic, and she mentioned in an email that she makes an afghan for her husband each time he's deployed.  She used Red Heart yarn and a Size L (!!!) hook, and finished made this large afghan in two weeks!  I'm amazed by this, for plenty of reasons.

Up next is Spring is Coming! by bethintx.  She used Vanna's Choice and an I hook, and this is a square of forty-five inches.  She made this in less than a week.  What are you people doing?

I was really interested in how variegated yarn is used with solid colors and I like what it does with the striped borders.  I'm betting it's a little brighter in person, and probably very, very springy.  I love it!

Just as quick and just as springy is PurpleSpongeBob's Crocheted Rainbow Blanket.  This is so bright!  It makes me think of dyed Easter eggs.

I especially love the granny squares in the corners.  Using a different color for the center is something I haven't seen much of for this pattern, and I think it's beautiful.

 How badly do you want to see this under a blacklight?

I promise I'm not making fun of this.  I love it so much!  This is LaraKN's Rainbow Square Round Ripple.  She used an I hook and worsted weight yarn and made this in ten days.  I don't know why I'm so fixated on these Ravelers' start and end dates, but they seem worth mentioning.  Maybe it's because some of these folks are efficient on top of being just plain amazing.  Also worth mentioning: she added a third ripple and omitted the squares in the corner.  This afghan is 52" and so full of color I can barely stand it.  These bright tones contrast wonderfully with the black.

Cheyennedoodles' Baby Blankie in Greens is a baby blanket in greens.  I'm not sure what size it is, but I think I like it when people leave off the granny squares in the corners.  Blankets don't have to be square.  I also like the simple, clean look of having a solid granny square in the center.  And I'm sorry this is so obvious, but I like all the greens!  This is a really green blanket!  I think the different greens would be wonderful for a gender-neutral baby afghan.

TychaBrahe's Rainbow Afghan makes me think of Care Bears.  Or jelly beans.  Or strawberry ice cream.  It's very cheerful, and very pink.  She used Red Heart worsted weight yarn to make this blanket for a veterans' hospital.  She also crocheted three colors in the color rows instead of six.  This is wonderful.

The last afghan I wanted to show is still a work in progress, but I don't care.  Seriously, when I asked its maker if I could feature it and she said it wasn't finished, I emailed her back and said "I don't care."  I tend to get a bit abrupt when I'm excited.  Because finished or not, I think you need to see aussie8964's Green Bedspread.  Look at these colors.  Look at them right now!

She's using an H hook and DK weight yarns--of different brands and different fibers!  Super creative and super brave.  I can't wait to see how this looks when it's all done.

Update: I forgot one!  Here's the Baby Turner Blanket by rainingpez:

She used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids, which is a worsted weight yarn.  I love the way she used variegated yarn with the solids, just like the Spring is Coming! project. The variegated sections really stand out.

Okay, that's my afghan pattern mod post for this year! I hope you liked looking at these as much as I did.  Because I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  A big, fat, effusive thanks to the wonderful crafters who allowed me to use their photos and link to their project pages.  You're so cool!  I love your creativity!  You make truly amazing things.

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