After about a week of this block absolutely kicking my butt... I got some much needed help from a fellow crocheter at the FiberKnots weekly meetup last night. Ok, so me having problems with this block shouldn't exactly be surprising. The description for the month's block did say that this block is not for beginners.... meh... I like a good challenge! While making this block didn't so smoothly, it didn't take all that long either. From getting stuck on the beginning of row 2 last week to finishing everything up tonight, I'd say this block took me about 4-5 hours to complete, which I don't think is too shabby.
The pattern I used was the 2011 Crochet Block a Month filler square for January which was Enough Love to Go Around by Penny Davidson. While I started with her directions, I have to say that I didn't follow her pattern for long. Unfortunately I found her directions extremely hard to understand, which could be due to my inexperience, so instead I followed a rewrite of the pattern by BlameCrayons which you can find on her blog here. I thought her directions were quite clear and relatively easy to follow even for me.
Now that I have three 12" blocks done, I'm really starting to understand just how big an afghan made of 24 12" inch blocks and 12 6" blocks will be. Actually, I think I need to do some math to figure out how things will go together... or if I have the correct number of square to make things work for that matter. Well, it's too late now. My brain went into sleep mode so figuring out a diagram for the afghan would be nothing but an exercise in futility. Night all!