I'm crocheting the Ripples of Joy afghan from Baby Afghans again and I love this sunshiney little work in progress.
This is looking a little different from the project I made with this pattern last time.
For starters, I'm using one color instead of five, and I don't think I'll be making this nearly as big as I did before. This is, after all, a baby pattern. And I am making this for a baby this time around. I'm using Caron One Pound, so I know one color should take care of the whole blanket. This is actually my second skein of Caron One Pound for just this year. I want to tell you that, but I don't want to really think about what that says about me because I'm not quite sure.
I love how this is going and I still love this pattern and I love the yarn and I love that the blanket will look like a sun in a children's book when I'm finished.
I decided to skip the process of working through the back loops. Here's a post that describes what that means and has a tutorial, and here's a left-handed equivalent. But basically working in the back loops every other row is what makes the blanket look so ripply. I don't know how ripply I want my sunshine to look, but I'm not convinced that this is the look that I should be going for. Like most pattern mods, it seemed like a really great idea before I was actually doing it.
But now I'm just not sure. Maybe it's just because it feels odd to follow this pattern while doing nearly everything differently. Or maybe I would like the look of these ripple rows being worked in the back loops more than I had realized.
Maybe this is completely fine, though. The points will become more pronounced as I keep working, and this is going to make a very cheerful and solid baby blanket. I think I'll work this for a few more rows before I make a decision to rip back or keep going.