I’d always wanted to make a Christmas afghan and finally got around to it several years ago. The original McCall’s pattern is from the late 70s/early 80s and no longer in print. It’s not one of the easiest to assemble because of the way the afghan stitch is done and the added to the center block. But the holly pattern turned out beautifully.
Wonderfully soft, snuggle-weight afghan in a quick and easy crochet pattern.
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.
Well here it is…finally! I fringed the top and bottom sides of the afghan using the three colors in the afghan. I’ve not yet started quilting the matching quilt…that will begin shortly.