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As soon as I designed the Bee Pillow I knew that I had to make a matching Bee Afghan. I also knew that I wanted it to be a corner to corner project. Isn’t it great?
My throw measures approximately 50″ wide and 62″ high.
Where can you get the PDF Pattern?
New to corner to corner?
Don’t worry! We have a mini corner to corner series to teach you how! It consists of 3 videos and is broken down into perfect segments so you will feel confident and comfortable tackling a corner to corner project! By the end of the course you will have a gorgeous bunny pillow (free pattern) and a scarf completed.
You can find out more about our learn to corner to corner course here.
The bee afghan
The bee afghan is actually not as complicated as you might think. If you made our bunny pillow then this pattern is actually a great next step! There are a few more color changes throughout the bee afghan but not as many as you would think.
I just love this design. Bees do so much for us and I think we tend to forget that sometimes. I have planted quite a few bee friendly plants in my garden and try to help them out wherever I can… although I don’t think I would be up to the challenge of being a bee keeper!
I like the use of white as my background colour – for me it’s so fresh and clean and really makes the bee and the pretty tulips stands out. Tulips are my favourite flowers, along with yellow roses, so they also made it into my afghan.
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I used Caron simply soft for my afghan for everything except the side of the bee’s wings. For that I used paintbox simply aran.
I like to use Caron simply soft in my corner to corner projects. I know Sara says that the yarn splits, but I have only ever had that issue once. I like the slight sheen that the yarn has for a c2c project and it is easy to use and looks great. I used the following colors:
- Super duper yellow
- Vert (scrap amounts for the stalks)
- Gray (for this one I used Paintbox simply aran)
If you are thinking about using something else then I would suggest Paintbox Simply Aran yarn. Your project will have just as much definition but it will feel a little thicker and fluffier. It washes just as well as the Caron simply soft and looks great for years. (I made my father-in-law a c2c afghan of a silverback for his 70th birthday about 4 years ago and it still looks great now!)
Please remember with c2c patterns we do not give yardage amounts for each color because everybody’s gauge is different. Instead we give the number of blocks of each color. The counts you need are below.
- Our patterns are always written in US terms
- This pattern is reversible so if you carry any yarn remember to work over it as you go. It is not recommended to carry yarn for more than a few C2C blocks.
- This is a traditional C2C graph and is worked diagonally from the bottom right hand corner. It ends at the top left-hand corner.
- As noted above, to work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch and then measure how much yarn you used per C2C block multiplying that by the number of blocks of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.
- Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the picture graph . There is a larger graph that can be printed off provided at the end of this pattern.
Spring Exclusives Event – April 2021
Each day in April 2021 a different designer is releasing a brand new premium PDF Pattern. As part of this event for the first 24 hours of their release (8am GMT to 7:59am GMT the following day) each pattern will be 50% off with a code specific to that pattern. This is a great way to support designers and get some superb patterns at a great discount saving you money.
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If you are reading this then it is already 27th April 2021. That means that 26 patterns have already been released and their discount codes are now invalid.
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Shades of Spring Sampler Afghan Pattern
The Shades of Spring Afghan was released yesterday and already it has been one of our best-sellers!
Fun to Design
It was such fun to design. Don’t get me wrong, there was some pull of my hair moments, some sighs exhaled and I think it got put in the naughty corner once while I had a cup of tea to think about it…
When I started this project I knew that I wanted to include stitches that were not widely known as well as the usual suspects people want to see in a sampler afghan. You will find aligned double clusters, even berry, N stitch, open scallops and so much more.
The testing process was also very different to our usual process. And our testers were just FABULOUS! I was basically making this beast up as we went! Each section was designed, drafted and sent to them as we went. Of course, that meant a few more tweaks to the pattern that would not have ordinarily happened. A couple of ‘Ok guys, we are going to have to frog this bit!’ moments happened and a couple of stalls in the process when life threw its curveballs! But the testers were so understanding. At times I felt like I shouldn’t be doing this. I worried I was coming across as unprofessional and wondering why the heck I was calling myself a designer …. but they reassured me and we got the job done! It was most definitely a team effort!
Why the change in tact?
You will have all seen how busy Sara and I have been the last year. We worked hard on our patterns, our FB pages and groups, getting our name out their and developing our website! Sara lost her dad in November and of course I wanted to take as much of the strain as I could to allow her to do what she needed to and not feel like she needed to come back all guns blazing. With a couple of family issues myself I just took on too much. You know how it goes. February was a month for reflection for me and I lost my crojo (which has NEVER happened before) and mentally I needed to re-adjust.
One of our designer friends, Michelle from Two Brothers Blankets, had asked us to do a CAL for one of her groups in April and we jumped at the chance. We didn’t want to let her down. So we tried something new! On reflection I think that the testing really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was at the time. It was just a lot of additional pressure on myself to do it this way so I don’t think its something that we will voluntarily repeat!
We now have our first sampler pattern!
And we think its pretty gorgeous!
You will need
- Yarn – around 2200 yards in aran / #4 weight. It’s a great scrap buster too – some sections will use less than 75 yards, others will use around 235 yards. I used three packs of the Paintbox Simply Aran in the hedgerow collection which you can find here.
- 6mm and 5mm Hook
- Stitch MarkersScissorsYarn Needle
Gauge is not important as long as you are consistent. Our stitch counts in the pattern are for 48” and 60” wide with stitch multiple included and it will be around 52” long. So its a great size!
Left and Right-Handed Video Tutorials
Many of the stitches used I strongly believe are under-used and under-rated. And now the testers have completed theirs, they agree with me .
For some of the more advanced stitch sections I have provided an easier alternative for those who are not quite ready to do these stitches. Although there are videos linked in the special stitches section so you can always give them a go! The more complicated stitch is given as option 1 in the subheading, the easier stitch is option 2 and is in blue.
Links to Pattern
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