The Sampler Quilt to Crochet pattern is now available. I wrestled with the idea of charging for this pattern and finally decided against it. I crochet because I love to, not because I want to make a living with it. I designed this pattern on a lark. I wanted to make a quilt with a matching afghan. The first time around I used a regular afghan hook rather than the flexible hook and created 4 block panels with 5 blocks in each panel, which I then sewed together. Either way looks great from the front. But I like the result of the cleaner back side when crocheting as one piece rather than the panels. It’s really a matter of personal choice. I will say it goes much faster when you choose to do panels.
Patterns I Like
Wonderfully soft, snuggle-weight afghan in a quick and easy crochet pattern.
Are you looking for the pattern??
After seeing Frances Johnson’s creation,I must admit I was enamored when I saw the original YouTube video of Frances Johnson. After seeing the video, my quest began to hunt down the pattern. It wasn’t as easy as it should be but here are the results.
Google immediately served up these two:
- iOffer.com – Popcorn Pinwheel Bedspread Vintage Crochet Pattern for $3.00. This was a cumbersome process and not one I recommend. You have to wait for Karen’s Variety to respond before actually getting the pattern after payment. Her site, KarensVariety.com, offers it for the same price and provides immediate download after payment. However, for $7.00 you can download The Spool Cotton Company’s Bedspreads pamphlet which includes 10 additional patterns with the Popcorn Pinwheel Bedspread pattern.
- Vintage Home Arts via Amazon for $7.99 ($9.99 after adding shipping). Quite steep for one pattern.
Frankly, the best source for this pattern is one I found completely by accident. I was searching for doily place mat patterns and decided to buy The Crocheter’s Treasure Chest: 80 Classic Patterns for Tablecloths, Bedspreads, Doilies and Edgings (Dover Needlework). Imagine my surprise when I found Popcorn Pinwheel on page 42. I spent a whopping $8.76 with free shipping.
Ever since I watched the Popcorn Pinwheel Bedspread video, I’ve been wanting that pattern. This morning while searching for something else on Amazon I ran across a kindle version of 31 Vintage Bedspread Patterns to Crochet. To be honest, if they’d had a print version, I’d have ordered that instead. But they don’t so I thought what the heck…on my kindle it went. I actually think there might be an advantage to using the kindle…no pages to wear out and that battery certainly lasts (I have the old black and white kindle…ha). The instructions are easy to read, pictures, well they are black and white and not the best.
Sharon’s Rose is actually a knitted pattern in Leisure Arts’ Afghan Book 2. I used the Tunisian knit stitch suing the chart provided for the middle section and then made differently styled side panels to complete the afghan. It turned out very nice although a very heavy weight winter-only type afghan. I do wish I’d just created three of the middle panel and joined them together.
Here’s my adaptation:
Indian Designs is actually a knit pattern in Leisure Arts’ Afghan Book 2. Using the included graph, I adapted it to Tunisian crochet and used the basic afghan stitch. The gauge is not quite the same but I was still happy with the result. Unfortunately, Afghan Book 2 is out of print. I managed to purchase another copy to replace my worn out first edition via Amazon’s third-party vendors.
Variegated in Vogue has some really nice patterns featuring the use of variegated yarn. My favorite, by far, is Pleasing. It uses the interesting technique of crocheting the length of the afghan leaving an 8-inch strand at each end to work into the fringe. Instead of using variegated yarn, I chose from Red Heart’s fleck series and then incorporated the blue fleck as my solid color (close up below).
I bought Afghan Book 2 (Leisure Arts 2) when it was first published and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, it’s been out of print for quite a few years. However, by popular request, Leisure Arts offers several of the afghans for digital download. Bordered Diamonds is a pattern I’ve made at least a dozen times over the years. I’ve even made several downsized baby afghan versions of it.
The pattern is a series of panels that are slip stitched together. It’s a fun afghan to make as there is such a variety of stitches involved. Below is a picture of the last time I made it. The colors were chosen to match the quilt in my sister-in-law had made for her bedroom.
When I did a review of Quilts to Crochet almost 3 years ago, this pamphlet was no longer being printed. Lo and behold Leisure Arts is now doing so. I found it both Amazon and Leisure Arts for $7.95. I have adapted two of my Tunisian afghans from the Pinwheel pattern on the front cover. The first one I made I used the traditional basic afghan stitch. With the second one, I used the knit stitch.
Here they are:Knit Stitch Version
I used a flexible afghan hook and cast on 152 (19 times 8 ) stitches. Then just follow the chart for changing colors. You’ll need quite a few yarn bobbins. If you don’t mind lots of weaving on the back, it’s really a great looking afghan. I finished off the ends with fringe as Tunisian crochet, particularly the knit stitch, tends to curl. The fringe resolves that problem nicely.