Several years ago I found this pattern on the Attic 24 blog and set out to make it. It lived in a bag in the craft room and came out whenever I got motivated to do a few rows. I brought it to a number of quilting getaways and made some progress that way. But it still took me a long time…
My quilting friends laughed at me because I had methodically broken it down – it took me half an hour to crochet a row, so one hour per color, 74 color changes = 74 hours. Several times I made myself a goal of one row per day, and actually that’s how I eventually got it done. One row, one day at a time, a total of 148 days. Very non-consecutive days. See the red and navy stripes near the middle? That was when the Red Sox were in the 2013 World Series.
Having previously made amigurumis that I could make in a day, this was a very different beast. However I did really enjoy it. Her pattern was easy to follow and get the hang of. And once you get going the stitch pattern is repetitive, meditative, and easy to identify/fix errors. I used Vanna’s Chice by Lion Brand, acrylic, medium weight. For colors I basically got two balls of every solid color they had in stock at the craft store. As it grew in length, I tried to keep reasonable variations of lights and darks, but let it be mostly random.
It also made me appreciate the similar chevron afghans we had from my great aunt growing up. I remember my dad getting very frustrated to find I’d made a hammock from one of them. (This is what happens when children are left unsupervised to play in the basement on a rainy day). Fortunately, no harm done, returned back to shape, that good ole wool yarn.