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Long term crochet project: piecework comforter

Long term crochet project in progress
Long term crochet project in progress
Darlene Luckins

Many people who have been doing crochet for a long time probably have at least one piecework project that has taken them years to do. It could be a comforter, rug, a piece of clothing or something else. Sometimes, you start a project with full speed only to get bogged down after hours, days or months or working on the same project. Here are some tips with working with a long term project.

This project involves making a large comforter or throw using crocheted circles. Your project may be something different. This project is a great one for beginners and you can often make the components by themselves to use in other projects or to assemble later. For large projects, done in this way, it's good to have a sketch of the finished project or at least a good idea in your head.

The project uses basic acrylic yarn which is machine washable. The materials and tools used in this project were obtained and gathered over time in the San Diego area.

Project supplies
Project supplies Darlene Luckins

Project supplies

You will need basic crocheting supplies such as scissors, a crochet hook (a size "G" hook was used here) and a yarn sewing needle (also known as a "darning needle") or child's large sewing needle. The colors used in this particular project are yellow, light-green and white, but your colors may vary.

Start with a circle
Start with a circle Darlene Luckins

Start with a circle

Start with a basic circle by chaining 6 stitches and slip-stitching them to make a ring. You can either half-double crochet into the ring or use double crochet. A basic tutorial on how to crochet in a circle can be found here.

Stack them up
Stack them up Darlene Luckins

Stack them up

If you desire, you can crochet several circles ahead of time. This is good if you want to arrange them in a certain way or don't have time to sew them together. These can often be done on the go while waiting at a doctor's office, while watching TV, or other activities and stored for later use.

Sewing the pieces together
Sewing the pieces together Darlene Luckins

Sewing the pieces together

With a large, piecework project, eventually you will want to sew everything together. Here is where the darning or child's needle is helpful. They can be stitched together through traditional sewing techniques. You can also see a few techniques for joining yarn here.

Finished product in progress
Finished product in progress Darlene Luckins

Finished product in progress

Here is part of the finished product. The yellow and green yarn were used to create large flowers at various locations throughout the comforter that is being made. Since this is a large project, it will take a long time before it's entirely finished.