Crochet stained glass window

I’m so excited about this project. I’m talking wake-at-4am-and-can’t-resist-doing-a-bit levels of excitement.

Sitting in the corner of my study for several months has been a large project bag (did I mention that spare curtain fabric is perfect for making drawstring project bags?) containing 51 balls of Rico Design Creative Cotton Aran in a rainbow of colours, plus lots and lots of black. It was bought with a specific purpose in mind. (You know about my stash aversion already, yeah?) But I was so excited, I hardly dared to start. Until now.

It’ll become clear as this blog evolves that I have a bit of a thing about rainbows. As I’ve probably said before, nature generally gets it right, colourwise; she’s probably the best designer around. And you can’t get much better than a rainbow. Have you seen our rainbow wellies?

Our rainbow wellies

Our rainbow wellies

So, I decided to crochet a giant rose stained glass window afghan. But instead of conventional stained glass colours, I’m going to use the colours of the rainbow, working outwards from a rich red centre to a purple edge, each section framed by black to represent the lead.

So I bought the yarn. A lot of (cotton) yarn. Fifty-one balls of the stuff. Here it is:-

Rico Design cotton aran

Rico Design cotton aran

And at last, I’ve begun work. This thing will be truly enormous. So when you see the largish bit I’ve done below, notice how tiny a part of the overall design it is:-


And being crochet, it’s growing so quickly. I reckon I’ll be into yellow by the weekend, then maybe hitting some greens and blues in a couple of weeks or so. Bliss. πŸ™‚

I’m knitting, too. My snuggly ‘Thermal’ jumper in painfully thin 4-ply. It’s a lovely pattern, but my goodness it’s slow:-

'Thermal' jumper on its way

‘Thermal’ jumper on its way

It’ll be worth it, though. This house is properly cold just now.


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38 Responses to Crochet stained glass window

  1. Wow that afghan is going to look amazing!

  2. Oo, that looks lovely – can’t wait to see it as you incorporate more colours. Kudos on the 4-ply jumper too – I don’t do anything smaller than DK!

  3. oh my goodness both of your projects look beautiful. I’m looking forward to reading your updates.

  4. 51 balls of yarn! I have a huge stash of yarn myself, but I’ve never bought that much yarn at one time. It’s going to be lovely. And I love the color of your jumper.

  5. kirkykoo79

    That looks like an amazing project!

  6. Wow! Wow! Wow! You never cease to amaze me. I love the projects you undertake, yours are heirlooms and pieces to treasure. Really fantastic and look forward to watching it grow. I β™₯ your enthusiasm x

  7. That afghan is going to be fantastic!

  8. Ooooo such lovely colourfulness, that is going to be a spectacular afghan πŸ™‚

  9. Ambitious! I’ll stick with my socks!

  10. I’m so in awe!! Such a mega project — an amazing undertaking. Good on you!! Can’t wait to see the finished creation. πŸ™‚

  11. Gasp! I can’t wait to see that blanket finished!

    I’ve made Thermal before. It’s a lovely pattern and the fit is wonderful (At least, it WAS wonderful until I had two kids and am currently nursing the youngest one. Now I wish I had made it several inches longer.).

  12. Wow, that afghan is going to be stunning! Such vibrant colours, really looking forward to seeing it progress. Thermal looks snuggly too, what yarn are you using for that?

  13. Love the colours, rainbows are so nice to work with.

  14. This is going to be an amazing project. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Simply gorgeous!

  15. I used to be absolutely infatuated with stained glass window patterns. I had several different afghans saved and then never went back to them. I’m excited to see how yours turns out!

  16. What a fab project – it will look stunning, I’m sure!

  17. Good luck! It’s going to look beautiful!

  18. Wow! The colors are fantastic! Obviously, I have a thing about rainbows, too, as I have a multi-colored sheep in my logo. I can’t wait to see the finished window!

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