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Saturday, August 25, 2012

free pattern grandma's a touch of south west afghan

This is one of three afghans that I received for my wedding many years ago.  This one is from my husbands grandmother on his mother's side.  This won her 1st place at the Lincoln County Fair in Nevada one year.

Make starting chain as long as you wish to make the afghan start with a tail and leave a tail at the end of every row when you cut the yarn at the end of every row.

below is the rest of the pattern pretty simple really

leave tail, chain to desired length of afghan, leave tail again.   Leave a tail at the  beginning and end of each row so every row is cut but you do not have to weave in any ends this makes it go faster than you think it will.  All rows are worked in one direction all stitches are sc stitches except the first chain row.  The afghan should be heavily  blocked afterward as it is hard to see in the original but it is sort of parallelogram.  If you decide you do not like blocking and want an easier way to fix that is to do the reverse direction every row ( ie turn your work) which is not how grandma did it but it is how I would do it if I made one  to make it square.

  • edging: start with  7 rows brown edge
  • Row a: 1 row white
  • Row b: * 1 row black
  • Rows c, d, e:     3 rows 1color 
    • (changing color after each repeat)
  • Rows f,g, h,: 3 rows variegate ( use the same variate for all three rows)
    • (matching to color of this repeat or a striking contrast color of this repeat)
  • repeat  rows c,d, e,  with same color as use last
  • repeat row b
  • repeat row a*
  • repeat from * to * to desired length minus the width of the brown edge
  • repeat  edging

to finish
Tie yarn together in groups of three to make fringe (except the first group will be four becasue of the starting chain).

Original was done in wool and felted a little.

Also the original was also mirrored from side.  But if you have more odd scrapes you can skip that but if you want a more south western look I do recommend mirroring the stripes from one side to the next.
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  1. Thanks, that's a great way to use variegated yarn... it really does have that native american look!

  2. Could you post a pic of the edge, I am new to crochet and don't quite understand how to leave a tail.

  3. when you make the slip knot to start make it about 4 inches from the end of the yarn ie a tail when you cut thread at the other end cut a piece 4 inches long ie the other tail

  4. Thank you so much for posting this pattern. I love this so much, let Grandma know she has rockin' taste!

  5. Wish I could she has been in heaven for over a dozen years

  6. That is absolutely gorgeous. I don't have scraps because I am also new at crocheting, but will buy new thread. Just hoping mine will coordinate as well as yours. Any suggestions, especially buying the variegrated? Also, what do you mean by slightly felted? How?

  7. when doing the solid try to make it be at least one of the colors in the variegate or be real close to it. As for slightly felted run through the washer and drier once to tighten the stitches and slightly felts it

  8. What stitch do you use for the blanket?

  9. When you make this afghan you need to decrease 1 stitch at beginning of row and increase 1 stitch at end of row
    Every third row that eliminates the running of
    I have made many of these afghans and they come out just perfect that way

    1. I wish I would have read this earlier. I figured this out but not until after a good (or bad) 2 feet of angled rows! Too much to frog, even though it is a gift.

  10. Does anyone know of anywhere else where this pattern can be found? I am having trouble visualizing how to increase and decrease on each row so it won't turn out like a parallelogram that needs serious blocking. For example, Barb (above) stated a method, but there seems to be some words left out. I need more step-by-step instructions! I'm a slow learner LOL Thanks!!!

  11. please read the instructions as to how to do that the paragraph before the notes on the instructions.. Talk about adding yarn every row and you have to start at the other end every row to make it not be a paralleogram

  12. This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Love your use of varigated yarn. It is not boring thank you.

  14. Gosh I hope you read this!! So you cut the yarn every row? How do you reattach?

    1. You put yarn on the hook as you normally would to start any project and then just sc into the project

  15. What size hook is used?

  16. beautiful afghan! I'm fairly new to crochet but hope to "graduate" to this level of expertise! :)

  17. I am just starting to make afghans and found this southwestern pattern, which I really like and looks relatively simple. About how many total skiens of yarn should I buy? I don't have a lot of scraps at home. Also, if I turn my work to keep it square, do I still do sc for every row? One person said to increase/decrease every third row or something. Do you think that's necessary? Thank you.

    1. I am trying this blanket too. I also wonder about the increase/decrease every third row and whether it's necessary. I did a small sample, and turned my work at each row. It seemed to come out just fine. If you've tried this and had success, could you post an update about whether you increased/decreased every third row? Thank you!

  18. I would love to try this afghan. I am just starting to crotchet projects and this is only my second afghan so I have a couple questions.
    What size hook did you use for the afghan pictured?
    If I choose to turn the work over to keep it square do I still do all sc on every row?
    Do you have an idea of the total amount of yarn used, if you can - how much yarn for each color. I don't have scraps at home.
    Thank you!

    1. The hook is what ever your yarn tells you to use...
      The amount is variable in the size you make...baby..lap.. Throw ..twin so on

      So I can not answer sorry...
      Mine was made of staps

  19. Honestly I thank you very much. I really am greatful. May all your heart desires be realized.

  20. Could you please explain what you mean by "all rows are worked in one direction"?
    Also, could someone please explain about the comment Barb made - to increase and decrease every third row?
    I love the idea of making the fringe this way, but need a bit more detail. Thank you so much!

  21. Haven't picked up a Crochet hook or knitting needles in 20 years. I saw this blanket and had to make one. So far it has turn out to be queen sized.

  22. When grandma made it she went all in one direction cutting threads at the end of each row which card a parallelogram... I personally would turn my work every row... grandma wanted a set look to her stitches.. if you increase every few rows on one end and decrees on the other end the item will stay more square (if all your rows are going in one direction meaning not reversing your work? )that is what barb was talking about... but since grandma made it i was just posting what she did not what I would do

  23. Is there a tutorial one this One? It would be so helpful for newer crocheters. Thanks!Love it!

  24. Replies
    1. Size of the hook depends on the yarn. The label usually shows "recommended". But it's only a guideline; if you want it looser, use a larger hook, tighter..use a smaller hook.

  25. Do you have a free navajo diamond pattern afghan


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