Plaid Winner Afghan

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It took longer than I had anticipated, but I finished the Plaid Winner Afghan (pictured above)  in time to put under the Christmas tree. It was the largest of my gift projects to complete, and although I had not planned it this way, the red and white colors made a stunning afghan for the Christmas season. I have had this pattern for years and am disappointed with myself that I had not crocheted this pattern before.

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The pattern was included in the 1993 Leisure Arts pattern book “Afghans for all Seasons”. (pictured above) I have crocheted seven other afghans in this particular book, but for some reason – not this one. I do not think I will ever have the time to crochet everything I desire. If you are like me the list just keeps growing with every book or pattern you come across. Although the afghan has a Christmas appeal in appearance, the whole time I was crocheting it I was reminded of summer picnics by a gentle stream. I guess I have watched to many old movies. Doesn’t it seem the man and the woman in these scenes aways seem to be sitting on a plaid blanket?

I know I am getting side tracked again. It was an easy pattern to crochet although a little monotonous with all the weaving, and in my case the sewing in of ends. The pattern includes the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch ) and double crochet (Double Crochet). Stitches that most new crocheter’s would know. I want to warn you though, it is a time consuming afghan to crochet. First you must crochet the filet mesh and then weave them into each open filet.

I made a few adjustments to the original pattern. It called for one to weave in two strands of yarn through the filet, but I chose to weave in crochet strands of chains instead. My daughter has three children under five and I thought this would withstand their little fingers better.

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Secondly, my daughter is not fond of fringe and never has been since she was a child. So instead of leaving the fringe hanging off the bottom and top, I sew them into the afghan and finished it off by crocheting two rows of single crochet (Single Crochet) around the edge. (pictured above) As a result of this change there was a total of 256 ends to sew in all. There is nothing about crocheting that I dislike, but sewing in ends ranks down on the bottom of things I enjoy.  When all was accomplished, the end effect was worth all the time that was involved in crocheting it.

When I was done I told my hubby I would love to crochet another one for our house one day. This is definitely an afghan I would crochet again only next time without a dead line to meet.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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4 Responses to Plaid Winner Afghan

  1. KerryCan says:

    This is so impressive! And, you’re right–it looks so perfect for this time year. Congrats on finishing!

  2. Thank you for all the kind words.

  3. Neva says:

    I just found your site and I’m very excited. One reason is because I lost my book like this in moving and have been looking for this particular pattern for several years. Is there any way you can provide to me the directions? I made several of these but I cannot remember how many starting stitches, etc. I want to make one as a surprise gift for a very special man in my daughters life. You have my e-mail and I would really appreciate your help. I am looking forward to following your site. Thank you.

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