Project of the Week: Berry and Pine Afghan

There are few projects that bring people together for the holidays quite like a crochet afghan. The Berry and Pine Afghan from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019 is just the project to bring families together this holiday season. Here are three ways I plan to incorporate this afghan into my holiday activities this year.

Credit: Harper Point Photography

First, I like to think of it as a family teaching tool. Because this pattern is worked in hexagonal motifs, everyone can contribute by making a motif or two. This is a great opportunity for non-crocheters to learn or for families of crocheters to come together! Both my mother and grandmother crocheted, and we used to have fun working on the same motif at the same time so we could help one another if someone got stuck. Best of all, the afghan will work up quickly with more people working on it!

Second, I’m excited to switch up the colors. When designer Melinda Miller initially submitted this design, she sent in a swatch in a range of purples. Her inspiration for this afghan pattern was the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, one of my personal holiday heroes. If the green and red colors don’t fit your vision of the holiday, mix it up to make the afghan uniquely yours.

Finally, this afghan will bring the family close when you cuddle up on Christmas morning underneath it! At 40½” wide and 60½” long, you’ll be able to fit quite a few loved ones under its Paintbox Wool Mix (affiliate link) warmth.

Credit: Harper Point Photography

How about you? How will you make the Berry and Pine Afghan from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019 part of your holiday this year?


Pattern Info:

DESIGNER Melinda Miller

DIFFICULTY Easy

FINISHED SIZE 46½” wide and 60½” long.

YARN Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran (affiliate link) (50% wool, 50% acrylic; 197 yds [180 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #807 vanilla cream (MC), 11 balls, #827 racing green (CC2), 8 balls, #815 red wine (CC1), 4 balls.

HOOK Size I/9 (5.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Stitch markers (m); yarn needle (affiliate links).

GAUGE 1 hexagon = 8½” wide from side to side.


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