Easy Patterned Throw - Free Afghan Pattern

Nov 22, 2005
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by Vera Hannaford


stitch detailI made this throw for my husband.  It's made in a very easy shell pattern with a border that has one round of single crochet and one round of reverse single crochet.  I used Red Heart worsted weight yarn in the color of Aran Fleck to add more texture.

Materials List

  • Size I (5.50mm) hook or whatever hook size gives you gauge
  • 39 oz worsted weight yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Finished Size

50" by 50"


7 shells = 4 inches/10cm

The Pattern

Ch 151.

Row 1:  sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across.  ch1, turn.

Row 2:   sc in first sc, *skip next sc, 1sc and 1dc in next sc* repeat from * across until the last sc. sc in last sc. ch 1, turn.

the whole throwRow 3:   sc in the first sc *skip next dc, 1 sc and 1 dc in next sc* repeat from* across until the last sc. sc in last sc. ch1, turn.

Repeat row 3 until throw is 49" inches/122.5cm long.

Last Row: sc in each sc and dc across -- do not fasten off --weave in ends.


Rnd1: sc evenly around throw -- 3 sc in each corner

Rnd2: Reverse sc in each sc around. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Copyright © 2003-2004 Vera Thomas Hannaford

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For more ideas for crochet afghan patterns, here's a great free eBook from Crochet Me.

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Denice wrote
on Jun 1, 2006 2:08 PM
Hi Vera,

I am making my first winter afghan using this pattern. I wanted it a bit larger, so chained 201 and am using a solid color Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky yarn with a size "K" hook. It is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your lovely design!

Pat wrote
on Oct 4, 2006 4:38 PM

I am looking for a crochet pattern that was done by my mother-in-law, that is now deceased. I have looked at lots of web sites for the pattern, but I have not been able to find it. I could explain by phone the pattern, but it would be hard the write it down, it has ridges, and looks to be maybe dc and sc in the same chain, I do not want to cut it apart.

Am I trying for the impossible, or would you advise me, I appreciate your time in reading this e-mail. I am going to try the pattern you have on this site, the East patterned throw...sounds good and interesting. I love easy and not having to do a lot of thinking while crocheting.

Pat Pigmon

SHARON wrote
on Jan 5, 2007 9:12 PM

I am looking for beginner/easy lap robe (for nursing home use) patterns. I am going to teach a crochet class at our juvenile detention center. The idea behind this is to teach the boys (yes boys) how to follow instructions, ease tension and provide a finished product for local nursing homes. My sister is a counselor at the facility and is urging me to do this...I have never taught crochet to anyone but I am willing to tackle this project but need advise and patterns.

irma wrote
on Jan 30, 2007 10:21 AM
Have you tried looking at a pattern called: Navajo afghan?
Does your afghan have fringe on two opposite ends?

Do a search at www.google.com for Navajo Crochet afghans.

Good luck!


begiensgirl wrote
on Nov 5, 2007 11:48 AM

Hi Vera,

I love this throw... I made it for my boyfriend, a little larger - (he's a big guy) and it was a huge hit. Now my two teenage daughters are nagging me daily to start working on one for each of them. I'm going to try funkier heathered colors for them, 'cause you're right on that a little more texture works best for this pattern.

Thank you so much for sharing - my friends and family are quite impressed with me...oops, I mean you. ;)

Marcie1 wrote
on Dec 30, 2007 6:56 PM
This pattern makes a beautiful throw!!!!I did it in the RedHeart medium worsted in a solid color and am so pleased with the effect. My husband is going to pick out his own yarn for me to make one for him for his hunting trips!

I'm a crochet novice, I haven't even attempted a granny square yet :) I just keep crocheting afghans and giving them away. This pattern looks so professional it makes me feel like I'm progressing in my craft. Thank you for sharing!

Krista1 wrote
on Jan 9, 2008 7:00 PM

Love this pattern! I've had this page as my browser home page for a long time - waiting until all my time-sensitive projects were done.

I make a lot of things for other people and this one is all for me!!! I tend to like bigger patterns that use larger hooks and 2 strands of yarn - only because they're faster and I'm impatient. My boyfriend does not like holes in his blankets so I know he's going to love it.

I'm making this in a deep red worsted yarn. It is going to be beautiful!!

CeliaBedelia wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 11:31 AM

I agree with you and sister. More men need to crochet. See if you can get the Center and your LYS to split the cost of the yarn and buy something decent to work with. Red Heart was on the bottom of my list even before I had a yarn shop. Teaching is a challenge but you have a good incentive and it will benefit you and them in the long run. Teach basics first then a project. A lap robe is a good one but may be too large to start with. Try a scarf or a hat first. Ask them what they want to make. Give them handouts to study later in their rooms.Make it FUN. See if you can have snacks and drinks.Make it a club that others want to join. Show them samples,have them join Crochet me.

Warm lap robes......you might want to upgrade your fibers for 7x the warmth of wool try alpaca or angora.Too spendy probably for this project unless you can get some support going in.

For a Super ez wash and wear with lots of colors try 100% wool Cascade Superwash or Plymouth Encore(75% acrylic/25%wool). I believe working with the best fibers you can afford. They'll give you a product and enjoyment like never before. My motto is," I crochet with cheap women(men) Not cheap yarn!"


Check out my website and blog,thepurldistrict.com

Relax and Unwind!

Cryssietal wrote
on Feb 23, 2008 9:51 PM

I love this throw! I have made two, using Caron Simply Soft yarn. I make it a little bigger. It is so warm and soft. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Cryssietal wrote
on Feb 23, 2008 9:55 PM

I love this throw! I have made 2 using Caron Simply Soft yarn. It turns out great and is soft and warm. The pattern is easy to remember, so is great for working on while watching tv or talking on the phone. Thanks for sharing!

tyangel1983 wrote
on Mar 19, 2008 6:11 AM

I cant wait to make this trow blanket for my hubby soon I hope that he will like i have a question can I use a G hook or not

adwa2007 wrote
on Mar 28, 2008 1:48 AM

I love this pattern. I have used it to make scarves as well. When I first started to crochet, I came across this pattern. Everyone was impressed and thought I was so advanced in my skills. I will forever use this pattern.

Bless you!


BreeElves wrote
on May 7, 2008 10:49 PM

I really like the way this looks and I was wondering how one might make it into a baby blanket. I'm kind of new to reading patterns and as such I have no idea how to convert this over. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Kris@15 wrote
on Sep 6, 2008 2:31 AM
Well, I'm preparing to give this one a try. I'm most encouraged by the many "newbies" who've successfully worked this pattern. This will be my second major project, following a simple granny square patterned throw I just finished. I'm optimistic that I can accomplish this one as well.
Anyhow, to my questions for anyone who has completed this one... approximately how many skeins of yarn did you use? I have five in four different colors. This is a throw for my boyfriend who is in the Army and I've chosen a solid red, a solid white, a solid blue, and two red-white-and-blue multis to create a nice color sequence. Will I be able to complete the throw with my current yarn supply or should I pick up another skein or two? Would I be better off using only one solid color for this pattern?

I apologize for the lengthy pestering... I was just wondering. Thanks, in advance, for any help. :)

Blessed be,


on Feb 3, 2009 5:20 PM

Thanks so much for this pattern; I love it, the stitch is wonderful. I made a throw in dark browns and tan acrylic yarn for a dear male friend; now I am going to change the size a bit for a baby blanket for a soon to be born little boy in green (Lion, pound of love )and I am going to add crochet monkey faces for his jungle themed room in colors brown, off white, gray and black (red heart soft yarn and a soft acrylic)for the face. In closing a lovely easy pattern.

golfn_mome wrote
on Nov 27, 2009 10:05 AM
Hello Vera, Thanks so much for posting.
I'm looking forward to making this afghan.
Hope to share with you how it turns out.

Thanks again, Lu Ann

chrisser wrote
on Jan 10, 2010 6:25 AM
Hi, I had this pattern saved for awhile had to finish Christmas gifts. I am currently working this pattern useing a size 8 crochet hook and am useing Phentex Chunky Antique Rose and let me say it's coming along beautful. I'm am half way done at 30 inches need it to be 60 and I have sent pics of it to family and they love it!

Thank you so much for posting such a pattern!

sltmjones wrote
on Nov 16, 2010 10:49 AM

I recently made this blanket and I decided to make it in wide stripes of dark blue and cream.  When joining the two colors, on the right side, I crocheted in the back loop only giving the division a little ridge.  I loved the edging using the reverse sc.  It is too bad that your photos don't quite show the great look it lends to the blanket.  I have a photo of my blanket but, unfortunately, I was unable to add it to this comment box!  Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed the pattern.




dianeloye wrote
on Dec 30, 2010 3:55 PM

I am actually using this pattern now making a lapgan size. I uses a K hook and "pound of love" yarn and it is turning out beautifully.  Recommend to all....

cappi46 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 3:21 AM

this makes a nice afghan,i made several with this same pattern in 1987 and still have them

Yayamama56 wrote
on Oct 15, 2014 9:37 AM

Lovely! Sometimes simple is best, especially for these men of ours! Thanks for sharing.

--Mary (yaya)

Crafter6054 wrote
on Oct 27, 2014 12:42 PM


Crafter6054 wrote
on Oct 27, 2014 12:50 PM

I am a beginner at crocheting. I have made some afghans using the single crochet stitch and they have turned out beautifully. I thought this pattern would be a great way for me to advance and improve my skills.......but I am confused and hope someone can help. How do you do a double crochet in a single crochet? I have googled instructions to this to no avail. Maybe I'm reading the pattern incorrectly?? "  1 sc and 1 dc in next  sc".  Help??