Crochet Afghan Patterns
Afghan crochet, also known as Tunisian crochet, is slightly altered from the traditional crochet. The hook is different in that it has a stopper at its end. This is because when you crochet afghan patterns you reserve the yarn from each stitch to be worked later (thus the hook will have many loops on it at a time, and the stopper keeps them from sliding off). Another difference of crochet afghan patterns is that the piece being worked is never turned. It is crocheted in two halves, the first half is done from right to left, and the second from left to right.
There are so many varieties for crochet afghan patterns. There is always the customary favorite, such as the one I've provided below. This is a simple stitch crochet afghan pattern. It takes a minimal amount of time, and has a beautiful elegance when completed. Other crochet afghan patterns, though, take full advantage of the wide spectrum of stitches crochet has to offer. You will find numerous patterns calling for the shell stitch, the butterfly stitch, the star stitch, the ripple effect stitch, the broomstick lace stitch, the popcorn stitch, as well as countless others.
These patterns truly allow for creativity and individuality in each afghan crocheted. Colors are also a great way of giving a personal touch to your afghan. Try any crochet afghan pattern with two strands of color instead of the one it calls for (like the one below). Or try a multi-colored strand of yarn for a really colorful effect. For winter Afghans, use more muted colors, while spring Afghans should have a splash of brightly colored (but light-weight) thread. For the patriotic at heart, there are several patterns I found for an American flag afghan. In your own homemade crocheted afghan, you'll be able to beam proudly this fall as the radio blares "Stand tall, stand proud".
Any variation of colors, stitches, and styles can be plugged into most crochet afghan patterns. All will yield lovely results that are sure to keep you warm and stylish this winter.
Here is a wonderful crochet afghan pattern that is a personal favorite. I love the simplicity of it, and the fact that it produces such a magnificent piece despite its lack of complexity. This is a standard one size fits all, but can easily be altered by increasing or decreasing the amount of rows and stitches in the foundation chain. Any colors will work in this pattern, though I prefer a multi-colored yarn. Choose your favorites, and you're ready to begin. (Remember, the entire afghan is worked with both strands held together.)
The stitch we'll be using is Hdc2tog (half-double crochet 2 together). If you're unfamiliar with the crochet abbreviations, you may want to read up on them quickly before you start. (There's an excellent chart for reading abbreviations on stitchnsave.com/crochet/default.asp) The procedure is simple. Yo, insert hook into st, and draw up the loop. Yo again, insert hook into the next st, and draw up the loop again. Yo, once more, and draw through all the loops on your hook.
Foundation chain: Chain 43 (again this is standard size appx. 42x 46 inch) always keeping both strands together.
Row 1: Hdc2tog into 3rd ch from the hook and next ch, *hdc2tog inserting hook into same ch as cluster just worked and into next ch* repeat from * to * across to last ch, 1 hdc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc2tog into first and 2nd sts, *hdc2tog inserting hook into same ch as cluster just worked and next st*, rep from * to * across, hdc into turning ch, turn.
Rep Row 2 until Afghan is approx 43 inches. Do not fasten off, do not turn at end of last row, ch 1.
Edging: Work 1 row sc around entire Afghan, working 3 sc into each corner. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Apply looped fringe at top and bottom edges, if desired.
Looped Fringe: With two strands of yarn held together, wind yarn three times around an 8-inch wide piece of cardboard. Cut the yarn ends attached to the ball even with the fringe loops, but do not cut the bottom of the fringe wrapped around the cardboard. Holding the top of the fringe together, slide off cardboard. Using your fingers or crochet hook, reach through sc edge st from back to front of Afghan and pull the top of the fringe through. Pull the bottom of the fringe through this loop. Repeat this every 2nd or 3rd sc across the top and bottom edges. To keep cut yarn ends from fraying, put a small overhand knot into very end of these strands. And it's as simple as that! Mark my word, this is one afghan that you will wear over and over again.
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| February 23, 2018
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