My progress so far today:
For those of you not familiar with Magic Balls and Magic Afghans, I will try to explain…
You can just use scrap yarns of all colors or choose your colors more deliberately to get a different look. I do several rounds of winding (like 20-ish cranks on the ball winder) then stop, cut my yarn, choose a new color, and knot it on. Trim loose ends and start winding again. Vary the amount of yarn you wind into your ball with each new color. When you crochet you’ll have yarn color changes in different places in the rows. You may have one row of one color, two rows of the next, 1/2 a rows of the next, etc. My advice is to always choose your yarns and make your magic balls first. That way when you start crocheting, your color changes will be automatic, you won’t have any ends to tie together, and you won’t have ANY loose ends to weave-in when your afghan is finished. It’s just easy-breezy crocheting straight through.
You’ll just have to guess at the number of magic balls you’ll need, or you can make them as you go. I just prefer to make what I think I’ll need upfront and get that over with so I can just crochet. You can use any color for your main color, but most people choose white or black. White tends to wash out the colors and they are not as vibrant as with the black.
I’m using a Size K hook. I will try a Size N next time for a looser weave in the blanket. This one is turning out very firm and thick and has more of a rug feel to it. The larger N hook would make it looser and softer.
For the afghan I started today (pictured above), I started with a chain of 150 (holding black yarn and the magic ball yarn together). Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch across to end. *Ch 2, turn. Dc in each dc across to end of row. Repeat from * to * until your afghan is the size you want it. A beginning chain of 150 came out to 58 inches for the width of my afghan.
This is NOT my idea or pattern. (But you can leave me a donation if you want! Ha-ha-ha! I’m kidding, I’m kidding! Some of you won’t get that joke reference so just move along.)
I first saw this crochet concept on Linda’s blog here: www.Madcrochetingfool1.blogspot.com
Here are a couple of Linda’s finished blankets and also some of her purses/totes made using Magic Balls:
I hope I’ve made sense. If not, leave me a comment with your questions and I’ll try to answer you pronto if I know the answer.