|The weather might be warming up in your area or you may be getting ready for the next frigid blizzard (the weather can be so fickle this time of year), but it is always the perfect time to start on your next crochet afghan. Whether you are creating a small baby blanket, a nap afghan, or a king-size blanket for your bed, there are several fabulous techniques for you to decide from.|
|Moorish Mosaic Afghan by Lisa Naskrent||Dots + Poppies Baby Blanket by Linda Permann||Hexagon Motif Blanket by Mollie Makes|
One of the most popular designs for crochet afghans, is the crochet motif. Granny square designs are a great way to stashbust. And let’s face it; all of us have a bin of partial skeins just waiting for the perfect opportunity.
Octagonal, hexagonal, and triangle motifs are also fun options. You can create your own design by joining your favorite motifs together into a larger square or rectangle.
|Damask Afghan by Marly Bird||Cabine de Dentelle Afghan by Annette Petavy||Exploded Pineapple Afghan by Doris Chan|
I can’t sleep without a blanket of some kind. So I am a huge fan of lace crochet afghans. The lace design is elegant and looks gorgeous on the back of a chair or couch, and the openwork pattern lends just the right amount of warmth on a spring or summer’s afternoon.
Lace panels can be inserted in a more solid frame or join lacey motifs together to create a finished afghan. Lace is also a great opportunity to play with a lighter-weight yarn and the openwork design uses less yarn.
|Turtle Tracks Blanket by Lisa Naskrent||Solas Caomh by Jodi Euchner||Mission Cabled Afghan by Diane Halpern|
Cabled crochet afghans are becoming more prevelant as crochet cables becoming more popular with designers and crocheters alike. Tiny cables create a beautiful border and large cables create a thick fabric with beautiful 3-D textures. This technique will use more yarn than a motif or non-textured design.
|Mulled Spices Afghan by Rhonda Davis||Sunburst Entrelac Afghan by Megan Granholm||Seaside Throw by Rhonda Davis|
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P.S. Discover more tips for crocheting afghans, including how to alter the size of your crochet afghan pattern, on my post Learn How to Modify Afghan Crochet Patterns to Any Size.
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