Yes, it was a close call, but I managed to complete the African Flower blanket just in time for Rebecca's birthday: hurray! (My previous posts, which include links to the pattern, etc, are listed at the bottom.) Ninety African Flower hexagons in eight different colors, crocheted with hook number 4, make a nice, big, and super-warm blanket, which I'm so, so pleased about. I love this motif, and Rebecca loves her new floral blanket for winter, too.
I've learned a lot while making this blanket. I learned about working with multiple skeins of different colors, and about joining hexagons together (I wish I'd learned that a bit earlier in the game!). I Iearned the key fact that the bigger your project is, the more diligent you need to be about weaving in those ends as you go along. And I've learned that, as with everything else, slowing down and taking the time to think things through can help you avoid silly mistakes, which can cost you a great deal of time. Mistakes like forgetting to put the last petal on one African flower, and turning its hexagonal shape into a pentagon. I don't know how on earth I managed to do it, but I made one pentagonal African flower by mistake, and nearly went insane trying to fit it into the blanket with all those hexagons, before realizing what the problem was and undoing.
Because the African Flower is an hexagonal motif, the blanket has an unusual multi-faceted edging that I really like. However, just so you know, if you like your African Flower blankets with traditional straight edges, there are clever crocheters out there who have worked out ways to fill in the gaps between the hexagons, producing a rectangular-shaped blanket. Here's one example and pattern (thanks to Monique for passing this link along!), and here is the pattern for a half-hexagon to use along the edges.
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African Flower blanket