My Favorite Crochet Afghans
Do you have a favorite crochet book? Maybe it’s the beautiful images that draw you back again and again, daydreaming about the gorgeous projects you have envisioned. Perhaps you placed every pattern in its pages on your queue, or you have a few projects you have made over and over again for yourself and as gifts.
One of my all-time favorites is Unexpected Afghans by Robyn Chachula. Crochet afghans are a fantastic gift, a great way to stashbust, and an unparalleled way to stay warm. The twenty-nine pillows and blankets are broken down into five categories: Cables, granny motifs, color, lace, and Tunisian. And at least one afghan in each category is in the running for becoming my next afghan project.
First there is the Croises Cable Afghan by Annie Modesitt. The allover cables make this solid-colored blanket interesting and provide plenty of front post treble crochet practice. The intertwining cable pattern is easy enough to memorize but intricate enough that crocheting this afghan will never be boring. This would also modify beautifully into a gorgeous baby blanket.
The Dots + Poppies Baby Blanket by Linda Permann is another fabulous option for a baby afghan that is not quite typical. It’s also a great way to have fun with color and use up leftover yarn. I think this mod blanket would also be a showstopper as a full-size afghan for the living room or bedroom.
Mary Beth Temple’s Bethlehem Star Afghan was inspired by the quilt pattern of the same name. The classical warmth of this afghan, worked in individual blocks of color, is a stark contrast to the vibrancy of the Dots + Poppies Baby Blanket, but this afghan makes me want to curl up on the porch on a cold winter evening. I’m thinking cool blues and warm browns.
Afghans aren’t relegated to cold weather though. A great option for spring, the Damask Afghan by Marly Bird encases three panels of delicate lace in bands of cluster stitch. The lace panels are created from lightweight motifs that are joined as you go. This afghan would look gorgeous draped across my bed.
My final contender is the Starburst Entrelac Afghan by Megan Granholm. This Tunisian crochet afghan is worked in entrelac rows of diamonds in alternating colors to create a brilliant starburst. The resulting octagonal afghan is a showstopper in any room. And the colors are perfect!