I just had to post a picture of my completed gingham crochet rug! It has been quite a task getting it finished, as I had started off doing a larger version than the pattern stated - not realising the challenge in this.
I admit that I had to give myself a stern talking-to a few times, so as not to stray onto another large project and leaving it as an eternal WIP (work in progress). I find having too many WIPs on the go a bit depressing. However, I am glad I persevered, and have completed it before winter sets in. I am very happy with the result!
So . . . ta daaa!
Here is my gingham rug in its new home, amongst friends. I do like its vintage look, and it has a rather nice density that should make it nice and warm.
As you can see, I decided to do the last row of the (dc/USsc) border in a contrasting colour. I also did a narrower border than the pattern stated - as I had done a larger rug, it didn't seem to need such a wide border. And OK, I was almost 'over it' by then!
So I now have two things to celebrate - a lovely finished object, and the fact that I can now permit myself to start on something new!
PS: Ravelry has been something of a revelation to me in quite a number of ways, not the least being the different names/terms for things in different parts of the English-speaking world. Here, we use blanket and rug almost interchangeably - rugs being the sort you might use more casually, such as on the sofa, in the car or on a picnic. However, I have suddenly realised that to others, a rug is primarily a floor covering. There is also this mysterious term 'afghan', which we never use. But we all pretty much seem to agree on 'blanket'! Intriguing!
Anyway, I hope I haven't confused anyone other than myself by calling my gingham 'blanket' a 'rug'!