Crochet in fall and winter? Oh yeah! What better craft to keep you warm while you are constructing it?
I wanted to make an afghan for my Mom that would be super soft against her frail skin but that would still keep her warm and cozy. I used a supposedly baby blanket yarn from Bernat. I say supposedly because when I was finished with the afghan, I realized that it would be too heavy and would smother my bed-ridden mother let alone an infant. The finished afghan is way heavier than expected. I’ll confess though, that was probably my fault since I used a heavily textured crochet pattern called the “Wave” stitch and a size 10mm crochet hook.
There are seriously thousands of free crochet patterns on the web. The variety of styles and difficulties of pattern can be mind boggling. Talk about spending hours cruising the web. This pattern comes from a square that was used in a patchwork sampler afghan. I liked the square so much that I decided to make a whole afghan out of that “Wave stitch” pattern.
The cooler weather is an exciting time to once again bring out my yarn and crochet hooks. What could be better than making something that keeps you warm while you are working on it?
Here is my last finished piece; a chunky crocheted afghan with crossed cables. I made it a little larger than the instructions so that I can throw it over our queen sized mattress for extra warmth if we need it during these cold winter months. My niece was nabbed as the reluctant model to show off the afghan. She will probably never come to an innocent brunch of mine again. (grin)
The yarn that I used is from Red Heart and the color is “Dove grey”. By the way, If you wash the afghan on gentle and use a fabric softener, it really will soften up that inexpensive yarn.
The instructions are from this book at Joanne’s. You can use your coupon on books now, so be sure to check them out.
Click on the photo for a link to Leisure Arts and other crochet books. This one has a ton of cool patterns to follow.
I would love to see your crocheted projects. Put links or pics in the “comments” so that we can share, OK? ❤
I think that it must be the cold weather that has made me pick up a crochet hook after all these years. Or maybe it is all of the gorgeous cowls and scarves that I have been seeing in the stores this season. It could be because my niece asked me to teach her to crochet. Whatever the reason, I have gone completely crochet mad lately.
This duo-toned scarf came out so cute and it was really easy to make. It’s the pattern that I used to teach my novice niece. It is probably one of the easiest beginner patterns to follow.