Free Afghan eBook

Aug 25, 2011

The Chain Reaction Afghan, a yearlong online and print venture, links the work of professional and emerging designers in a single twenty-square afghan. We asked designers to create squares that embodied their distinct styles. These ten patterns were published in the Summer 2010 and Fall 2010 issues of Interweave Crochet.

Then we asked you, the crochet readers, to load images of your original designs on Crochet Me. Ten of these squares were selected for publication in the Winter 2010 and Spring 2011 issues of Interweave Crochet. The final afghan was assembled and edged by Interweave Crochet Editor Marcy Smith.

The completed afghan will be auctioned off with proceeds going to a select charity, but you can create an afghan of your own. The twenty square patterns plus assembly and edging instructions have now been compiled in one downloadable eBook. Make one of each square or design your own afghan and learn how to crochet squares together for a blanket using your own selection of patterns and square placement. You can find the below afghan squares and many more unique designs in the Interweave Crochet's Chain Reaction Afghan eBook.

  Double Twist by Drew Emborsky uses front and back post crochet stitches to create rows of ribbed cables. This easy square begins with an elastic foundation double-crochet base and uses a quickly memorized pattern repeat.
  Woven Arrowheads by Lily M. Chin can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Chain stitches are used to create the eye-catching arrowhead pattern.
  Picture Frame by Lisa Naskrent elegantly combines  cluster shells and front post double crochets to create a dense lace afghan square.
  Circle Star by Julie Yeager begins with a crocheted cluster star at its center. The lacey edging worked around this crocheted star forms a circle and then a square.
  Ripples on a Coral Reef by Victoria Hewerdine Thornton uses chain loops and double crochet stitches to create an openwork lace square inspired by water ripples. 
  Over Under Square by D. Jacob "Jake" Wildstrom weaves five double crochet rectangles in an easy over/under pattern to create this intricate afghan square.

Visit the Chain Reaction Afghan page to find information about the Chain Reaction Afghan crochet-along, how to donate your afghan and get a $5 donation to Warm Up America, post pictures of your afghan, find bonus squares, and much more. Download Interweave Crochet's Chain Reaction Afghan Project today and begin your own afghan adventure.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you have friends who enjoy crocheting for children and would appreciate free kids crochet patterns? Share this link with them so they can download their own free copy of Interweave Crochet's Chain Reaction Afghan Project.


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on Jul 9, 2012 1:23 PM

Cheers to the New Year! I crossed the finish line for this year's handmade holidays, albeit huffing