Favorites: Crochet Afghans

Mar 19, 2014

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
 

Motif Afghans

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
 

Lace Afghans

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

Cable Afghans

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
 

Tunisian Crochet Afghans

 

With its dense fabric, Tunisian crochet afghans can be the go-to design for an extra warm winter afghan. A variety of Tunisian crochet stitch patterns and the possibilities available through entrelac, mean there are innumerable possibilities. A Tunisian simple stitch blanket is also the perfect canvas for cross-stitch embellishment.

Which afghan will you start on next? I can't wait to curl up for a quick nap under a warm crochet afghan.

Best wishes,

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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