Despite the foot of snow we were just buried under, it is
the budding trees and warm weather that makes me think of blankets and afghans.
During the winter I gravitate towards hats, cowls, and mittens I can quickly
whip up and wear.
The warm weather allows me to work on my favorite motif
based crochet afghans. The small size of the motifs mean they travel well. And
on an especially hot day, I actually enjoy laying the motifs out on the living room
floor and seaming in the air-conditioned coolness while watching my favorite
This year, I think I will focus on lap and baby blankets,
and you can easily modify your favorite pattern to this smaller, quicker size.
One great example is the Moorish Mosaic Afghan by Lisa Naskrent from The Best of Interweave Crochet (at left).
There are three basic sizes for crochet blankets: afghan,
lap blanket, and baby blanket. Traditionally a full-size crochet afghan
measures about 50" by 65". The lap blanket is about 35" by
40". And the perennial favorite, the baby blanket, measures about 25"
These measurements are just guidelines. Your crochet afghan's size
can be determined by your gauge, stitch pattern, or motif size.
Crochet afghans that are worked in a specific stitch pattern
or are created by joining motifs are constrained in size to the proportions of
the stitch pattern or motif. The size of the Moorish Mosaic Afghan by Lisa
Naskrent is determined by the main octagonal motif. The original pattern is 5
motifs wide and 6 motifs high.
But what if you want to convert this crochet
blanket pattern to a lap afghan size? Pull out your calculator. A configuration
of 4 motifs wide and 5 motifs high will create a lap afghan that is 32" by
40". A baby blanket of 24" by 32" is easily constructed with
rows of motifs 3 wide and 4 high.
I think the Moroccan Circles Afghan (at left) by Kimberly K. McAlindin would make a fabulous lap blanket and my next summer afghan. Unexpected Afghans is full of incredible crochet afghan patterns that are perfect for modification.
Download The Best of Interweave Crochet and Unexpected Afghans at a special price today and create a gorgeous crochet afghan this summer!
P.S. Do you crochet afghans in the spring and summer?