Crochet Afghan Tips from Top Designers

Crochet Afghan Tips from Top Designers


Dots and Poppies Baby Blanket by Linda Permann

We have had snow in the mountains already. Snow! Fall is just around the corner, and I’m looking forward to an evening of hot chocolate, crochet, and my favorite crochet afghans—yes I have several of them. And I have several afghans in my queue to add to my collection or give as gifts.

Unexpected Afghans is in that queue. No, not one or two or even three patterns—the entire book. It’s that good. The designs at the top of my list are the cabled and motif afghans. And along with the insanely beautiful crochet patterns, the afghan designers have shared their best tips and tricks. Here are a few of my favorites.


Moroccan Circles Afghan by Kimberly K. McAlindin

Granny Motif Afghan Tips

  • Blocking is the key to making granny motifs sing. Everyone’s (even the experts’) motifs look all scrunched up when they are finished crocheting. But a quick spray after pinning them to shape makes a world of difference. Plus, by blocking you are ensuring that all your motifs will be the exact same size, which will make seaming a breeze. —Robyn Chachula
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    Kaleidoscope Afghan by Tammy Hildebrand

    Make sure to weave in your ends securely—I always suggest securing at least 6–8” of the yarn tail and turning your needle in three different directions during the weaving process to ensure that the ends won’t come loose. It would be sad to have your blanket ravel after a few washes, so take extra care when finishing it. —Linda Permann

  • You can adapt granny squares for so many uses! I love them because I can stitch them so fast that I feel as if I’m completing a whole little project with each one. —Edie Eckman



Croises Cable Afghan by Annie Modesitt

Crochet Cable Afghan Tips

  • The use of cabling in crochet adds a great dimension to the fabric but can be a bit daunting for a beginner. To keep track of whether to work front- or back-post stitches, check the right side of the blanket if you feel you are getting lost, and follow the braid. —Simona Merchant-Dest
  • When you’re working the post stitches behind stitches already worked, you may find your stitches get caught on another stitch. Here’s how to avoid that problem: Once you have the yarn hooked around the post and brought back to the font (3 lps on hook), before you complete the stitch, try to raise the whole stitch area up above the already formed stitches so you can see the rest of your dc forming. Once the stitch is complete, you can pop it back in place. —Jill Wright
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    Mission Cabled Afghan by Diane Halpern

    When doing post stitches, I like to use my middle finger to push the stitch that I’m about to work around either toward me for a front-post stitch or away from me for a back-post stitch. This makes it easy to insert the hook and create the stitch. —Drew Emborsky

Time to get your next crochet afghan started. Download or order your copy of Unexpected Crochet Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques today and take advantage of our Fall Sale.

Best wishes,

P.S. Share your best crochet afghan tip in the comments!


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