EASY Decadent Indulgence Luxury Yarns Afghan Free Crochet Pattern!
The Story Of My Own "I Deserve A Treat" Afghan!
It all started at Big Lots in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, one autumn day. They had box upon box of very fancy yarns - the kind normally priced $7 or $8 a skein -for $1. You know – the kind we don't usually like to shell out the big bucks to buy! Well, $50 later, I walked out with the beginnings of a series of luxury dog sweaters. I designed a couple of basic patterns and started crocheting these crazy beautiful dog sweaters in themes of colors. Each of my Miniature Schnauzers in our rescue had his or her own very fancy and luxurious sweater!
Later we were transferred back to Omaha, and with me came all this new stash of yarn. (I had gone back to Big Lots a few more times:) I designed a really neat pullover scarf with pockets for the hands, and made a bunch of them for Christmas gifts. And still I had yarn left over! But other people wanted special color themes, so I went out and bought those. All through that winter, I collected "themes" of colors of yarn. Not just any yarn. each one had to pass my test to feel extra special somehow. And I used white or cream in all of the scarves to offset the stripes and make the colors stand out. I ended up with more white yarn than I knew what to do with!
The following Winter, I decided I needed a nice warm vest. Thought I'd use up some of that white yarn! So I made a piece a couple of feet long, the back, and set it aside for awhile. Guess I got distracted with some other project. Anyway, I picked it up months later and fortunately, had "ingrown" the vest! Another 15 pounds went bye-bye. So there was no point in continuing with the vest. I decided to throw a border around it, make it a bit larger, then continue in rows to make it into a rectangular shawl for myself. Well... it got bigger, and the weather turned chilly, and it felt so good on my lap while I was working on it! I decided it was destined to be a lap afghan. So, that's how this afghan came to be. I decided to include a few cream and gray/silver accents to add a bit of sparkle and tonality, and was pleased with the results.
I hope you enjoy yours as much as I am enjoying mine!
My Favorite Crochet Goodies On Amazon!
I own and love this yarn cutting pendant! It's so handy when I'm working in stripes and have to cut yarn frequently! No more searching for where I laid the scissors!
The Official Schnauzer Difficulty Rating!
I own and love every size of this crochet hook. They allow me to keep crocheting despite severe arthritis in my hands.
Time To Go Yarn Shopping!
In This Afghan, The Yarn Is The Star!
I can recall a couple of trips I made to JoAnn shopping for yarn. I spent a good two hours going up and down every yarn aisle, studying the feel of anything that interested me. I'd line up skeins in my basket to see how the colors looked together. Then rearrange them, pick up new ones, put some back... it was quite the production. I'll admit I spent more than I intended! I had more than one person come up and tell me how beautiful my cart looked with all the theme colors of yarn in there! That kind of verified I was on the right track for me.
If you know your yarn pretty well, and know the brands you want, you can often shop online at Etsy.com, ebay.com, and other places for private sellers getting rid of their yarn stash. You can really score some deals. I did quite a bit of that.
SO... Are You Going To Make One? - Tell Us About It!
I recently purchased this for myself. It's handy to know how much yarn a given project requires when you're going to be making more than one!
What colors will your afghan be?
A Word About The Yarns I Used - Some Yarns You Might Want To Try!
This is so much more attractive than what I used for years, a 3 pound coffee can with a hole cut in the plastic lid! Anybody testify? Bonus... this won't snag your thread, either.
My goal was to find yarns similar in size that were very luxurious to the hand. I figured I'd be handwashing the finished vest in cold water anyway, so care was not a concern.
Some of the yarns I used included various chenilles, Boucle Traditions, Homespun, Vanna's Glamour, Enchantress (a sequined yarn in gray, black and white; Lion Brand Fun Fur, Bernat Galaxy, 100% cotton yarn, Paton's CiCi, Lion Brand's ribbon yarn in gray/black/white, (BambooSpun, Infatuation, Princess, Angel Fleece, Cameo Soft Bulky, Gilt Eyelash, Haute Fur, all Hobby Lobby); from JoAnn, Bernat Satin, Bernat Baby Clouds, Paton's Silk Bamboo, Bernat Alpaca Chunky, Red Heart Pompadoodle, Paton's Lace, Red Heart Moon & Stars, Paton's Divine, Red Heart Shimmer, Red Heart CiCi, Patons Pooch, JoAnn Beautiful Sensations, JoAnn Sensations Cello, Bernat Denim Style, Bernat Pipsqueak, and whew... there are probably more!
You have to understand that I had this big project going on last year... I was doing striped pocket scarves in color themes. So I'd go shopping for the turquoise family, or the purple family, or whatever... Unfortunately I didn't save labels because I had no idea I would need them later. DUH! I sure will from now on. Lesson learned!
How To Make The Magic!
- As many different kinds of yarn as you want to include. You will end up with some scrap yarn if you buy 20 different skeins! If that's ok, go for it. If you'd prefer fewer leftovers, go with 8 or 10 instead. Or - plan to make another afghan as a gift!
- A crochet hook in size J or whatever size you prefer to work with.
Make a foundation chain measuring the width you want the afghan to be MINUS 8 inches. (You wlll be doing a 4-inch wide border around the entire afghan). Then add 2 more chains.
SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Ch 1, turn.
SC in first SC, *CH 1, skip 1 SC, SC in next SC. Repeat from * across. End with SC in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.
*SC in next ch 1 space, skip next SC, SC in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * across. End with ch 1, SC in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4 - on
Repeat Row 3 until piece measures desired length minus 8 inches (remember that border).
If you are using a different yarn for border, fasten off.
Attach yarn to corner side of work. Working up the side, SC evenly all the way up to corner. Finish last stitch at corner, ch 2, turn work to continue on next edge, SC in same stitch (corner made). SC in each stitch and ch-1 space across. When you reach the next corner, ch 2, SC in same stitch, then SC all the way down other side evenly. Make corner with SC-ch 2-SC, SC in each ch 1 space and SC across, join to first SC. Ch 1.
SC in each SC. At each corner, work a SC, ch 2, SC in corner stitch then continue SC'ing across to next corner. Continue around, join to first SC, ch 1.
Repeat Row 2 of border until you have desired width of border made. Fasten off, weave in all ends.
Ladybug Says It's SOOOO Warm & Cozy!
If Only You Could Reach Through Your Screen And Touch This...
You'd be soooo happy!
Care For Your Creation
I really recommend you wash the afghan in cold water in the machine on gentle, in a large laundry mesh bag or pillowcase, to minimize wear and tear. Then fluff dry on Air Dry setting.
Weave in all those ends!
Some Crochet Links For You!
- Sheila's Crochet Group On Yahoo!
You are so welcome to join my crochet group on Yahoo! It's the first place to find out about my new designs, you can see extensive photo albums of my work, and sometimes we even have a contest! Most importantly you can meet up and chat with other cr
- Crochet Partners Crochet Group On Yahoo!
Crochet Partners is an enormous Yahoo group where crocheters of every skill level hang out! You never know who you might run into there. Fabulous place to get help, advice, and ask any crochet related question. I am a member there too.
- My Favorite Crochet Blog – CraftGossip.com
Check out this wonderful blog! You'll find excellent crochet book reviews, JD's newest crochet pattern discoveries, giveaways, and more. You'll love it!
Learn To Crochet On YouTube! - Why Not Today!
If you've tried to learn from books without success, maybe the problem is the learning method, not you! How about giving it another try with one of these YouTube tutorials! I've picked several for you to choose from.
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