The Pefect Summer Crocheted Afghan

The most unexpected thing about Robyn Chachula's new book is that despite 100 degree temperatures, I want to start a crochet afghan right now. Can you blame me?  The designs gathered together in Unexpected Afghans are truly innovative, and my hands are just itching to try them. If you are looking for a good summer afghan project, there are three things to keep in mind: 



So when you really want to crochet an afghan in the summer heat, look for a pattern that won't leave yards of hot fabric in your lap with each stitch. Patterns such as the Peacock Afghan by Ellen Gormley are the perfect solution. This cool-water-inspired afghan is constructed of hexagonal motifs that are worked individually before being joined together into strips and finally a completed afghan. Because each motif is worked individually, they are perfect travel projects and won't heat your lap. 



Combining the use of motifs with a small size is the Dots + Poppies Baby Blanket by Linda Permann. Baby blankets are great warm weather afghans and this pattern is worked in a worsted-weight cotton, making it quick and easy. The motifs are joined as you go on the last round, but Linda suggests leaving the last round of each motif until the end so you can determine how you want to arrange the motifs. Simply use a stitch marker to hold your last stitch and cut the yarn, leaving enough to finish the last row. This is a great way to play with color, and the perfect plan if you are looking for a cool project. 



Once you have the perfect pattern and size chosen, reach for the cotton or acrylic yarn. Each afghan in Unexpected Afghans provides the necessary information to substitute yarns as well as information on what yarn was used to create each sample. A large number of the afghan samples are actually worked in either cotton or acrylic, such as the Veledilo Cable Afghan by Simona Merchant-Dest (at left) and the Exploded Pineapple Afghan by Doris Chan (below) respectively.

Pick up Unexpected Afghans today and find the perfect afghan for any occasion, whether you are looking for a summer project or looking ahead to the chill of winter.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you have any tips on crocheting afghans in the summer? I would love to hear them.

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