Crocheted Afghans and Things



I've had a few people express an interest in the afghans that I've crocheted.
When I decided to crochet afghans for family members, I had only a couple of prerequisites.

1) easy to pick up and put down
2) must be done in panels or strips

For the most part, I crochet while I watch my daughter at swim practice and at swim meets. Large afghans become ungainly after awhile and HOT in a natatorium.

I've also crocheted numerous baby afghans, scarves, hats, etc. but never bothered to take a picture. If anyone who has received a one of these gifts could take a picture for me, then all post it. But
 I'll try to keep track of my projects from now on and post pictures when they are complete.

All but one of these patterns are from this book.
Afghans for All Seasons, Book 3 (Leisure Arts #108217)Available on AMAZON

Angels All Around

This is probably my all time favorite afghan. I've made this over 9 of these in the past few years. The fun part of this afghan is that only two of the sides have the same pattern--the angel wings. I have made a few changes to the original pattern, but for the most part I follow the guide. If you purchase the book and want to know the changes, then email me at my contact address and I'll give you the info.



 



Rose Garden

This is another beautiful afghan, but it's from a different source, a small booklet featuring 12 Dazzleaire patterns. This booklet is currently unavailable.12 Classic Dazzleaire Afgan Patterns

The picture on the bottom of the booklet is my Rose Garden afghan. I didn't like the pale pink around the flowers, so I made them 'real' flowers with the green leaves. I've made this afghan at least 4 or 5 times, 3 of them this last year, using different yarn colors: Mixed berry (pictured), Mulberry (a purple color), and Navy. Light Sage is the leaf color and Ivory the background color. Crocheting 30 flowers wrecked havoc on my wrist. Next time I make it, I'll work on 10 at a time and finish each square before starting the next batch.





Veranda

I started crocheting Veranda, because I was bored with the other two patterns and wanted to do something different. The seven strips seemed to take forever, but once they were done, the afghan was finished in a few days. These colors are Ivory and Dark Country blue.

 




Cobblestone 

I finished this one on January 15th, 2013. The center panel strip of Veranda and Cobblestone are a little different. The cobblestone pattern  is made with I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in Ivory and Antique Teal


Cozy Classic
I will tell you upfront that I hated this pattern. I hated it from the first strip. It could have been due to the fact that to buy enough skeins of the same lot number that I had to buy a different brand of yarn. I used Red Heart Light Sage and Frosty Green.



 Kaleidoscope Afghan
January 2014
This afghan is from a Red Heart pattern, though I made quite a few changes to the pattern. 
Here's the result. 


Flower Throw
February 2014


Using the leftover colors from the previous afghan, I made this Red Heart Flower Throw pattern. It was quick and easy. Once you have the pattern memorized, it was just a matter of crocheting enough hexagons to make a decent afghan. Finished size was 50" x 62". 




 Beanie Hats
Beanies for kids and babies are quick and easy to make. Beanies for man-sized melons take a little measuring. Here's Will's beanie.


I used sport-weight Camo colored yarn (Will's choice) and a G hook. I wanted it to be a tight hat--no air holes.
Chain 4, slip stitch to first chain to make loop.
Round 1) Chain (ch) 2, 12 double crochet (DC) through loop to form a circle of DC. (I usually DC over my yarn 'tail'. I pull it tight, then weave it under the loops to make it really secure) Slip stitch (sl st) to ch 2 stitch
Round 2) Ch 2, 2 DC in each stitch (st), sl st to first DC
Round 3) Ch 2, *stitch 2 DC in first st, then 1DC in second st, Repeat from * back at first st. Join with sl st.
Round 4) Ch 2, 2 DC in each st. Join w/ sl st
Round 5) Ch 2, one DC in every st, join w/sl st
Round 6 ) Ch 2, *2 DC in one st, followed by *1 DC in next 3 st, followed by 2 DC in st, repeat from *, join with sl st. This gave me the 6" width of Will's head. If it had a smaller diameter, I would leave this row out.  
Round 7) Chain 2, DC in every st. Join. This is the first row that will start the movement down the sides of his head.
Round 8-12) Repeat Round 7 until desired length. This is the longer beanie at 7.5 inches from top to bottom.
Round 13) chain 1, backwards Single crochet around bottom of cap. Finish off.
 Backward SC--exactly like it sounds, make a larger loop and work to the right instead of the left.

This is my first attempt to write a pattern down. I hope I didn't confuse you too much!  Remember, if it doesn't work the first time, just pull out the stitches and try a different count. That's what I did. 

2 comments:

LuAnn said...

Your afghans are so beautiful! I love every single one of them and would love to have them all! Unfortunately, i dont know how to knit OR crochet, but i have often wanted to learn. Seeing your afghans makes me want tolearn right now! Thanks for showing these!

Margaret Golla said...

Thank you so much, LuAnn! My family's been on vacation so I didn't see your comment until I got home.

Many of the patterns are easy if you are willing to tear out your mistakes. When I first learned the Angel pattern, I had to rip out about four rows all around . . . because my last row didn't come out right.

And I hate to say it, but it happened more than once!