Pattern of the Week: Low-Key Afghan
Every home needs a crochet afghan or two (or three). My go-to blanket is Vickie Howell’s Hexapop Blanket, but because of the open motifs, it’s not quite warm enough when it’s super cold out. When I’m looking to curl up on the couch on a snowy day, I want maximum cuddliness. The Low-Key Afghan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018 is exactly the blanket I need for the cold days of fall and winter!
Simple half-double crochet stitches create the perfect background for the intricate off-center cable that runs the length of this lovely afghan. The cable is set off beautifully by post-stitch borders on either side, and post-stitches create the border edging as well. It all combines to create a lovely yet low-key afghan (hence the name!) that will last a long time. The yarn, HiKoo Sueño Worsted, is a superwash-viscose from bamboo blend that’s wonderfully soft but can stand up to frequent use and washing. The dark gray we used in the magazine is just the right shade for fall and winter, but Sueño is available in a wide selection of hues, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for your home.
This afghan is not only gorgeous and durable, but it’s also generously sized. I just pulled out the sample and curled up with it in a big comfy chair in our office (all in the name of research for this post, of course), and it covered me from shoulders to toes. Perfect! And there was enough fabric left at the sides that I could tuck it underneath me for maximum warmth.
I can’t wait to start working on this afghan! If you’re also in the market for a new blanket for cold-weather cuddling, give the Low-Key Afghan a try!
DESIGNER Anne McFarland
FINISHED SIZE About 50″ wide and 58″
YARN HiKoo Sueño Worsted (distributed by Skacel) (80% superwash merino wool, 20% viscose from bamboo; 255 yd [233 m]/31/2 oz [100 g]): #1110 grey, 14 hanks.
HOOK Size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
NOTIONS Yarn needle.
GAUGE 17 hdc and 14 rows = 5″ in patt; cable panel = 6″ wide.
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