Crochetting A Country Style Afghan

This article describes different stitches dealing with crochetting an afghan and a pattern to make a country blanket style.

A crochet needle looks like a 4 to 5 inch steel stick with a hook on the end of it. There are many widths of crochet hooks. The wider the needle the bigger the stitch you make. You hold the hook like a pencil. It is easiest when you weave the yarn through the fingers of the opposite hand that holds the needle. This makes it easier to control the tension of the yarn. After you have gotten your chain started the thumb and first finger can hold the yarn already crocheted.

You start with a simple slipknot. Make a circle with your yarn, pull through the circle a loop, and pull tight on the both ends of yarn. The loop you insert your hook into and make sure the yarn is tighten on the hook. Not to tight, you want to be able to move in your loop. First stitch you need to make on your afghan is called the chain stitch.

With the crochet hook you grab the yarn that is coming from the skein of yarn and pull it through the first loop and then you will have a stitch and your second loop. You continue this, as long you would like your afghan to end up. A queen size crochet blanket may take up to 200 stitches depending on the size of hook you chose to use.

Next, a single crochet step is bringing your hook under the second chain of your afghan. It is best to insert the hook through the top two loops of the chain. Pull your yarn through your first loop, then you should have two loops on your hook, next grab the yarn again and pull it through both loops. Again, your hook should have one loop on it.

You continue this single crochet stitch to the end of your chain. Then you make a single stitch, turn your afghan, and start again with the single crochet stitch. You do this until you reach the end of you skein of yarn.

Adding a new skein of yarn. Make a slip stitch with your new skein of yarn and slip it on your hook. After it is on the hook, make your single crochet stitch and continue with your new skein. The ends of the yarn can be woven through your afghan with a needle. The ends will blend in your afghan.

Country afghans have many patterns using squares and bright colors. It is advisable to start simple when making your first afghan. One color is easiest to attach and continue on to through your next skein. After you are comfortable with the single crochet stitch. You can advance to the double stitch and triple stitch.

Double stitch involves inserting your hook through two chain stitches at a time. The hook will have three loops. Bring the yarn through the first two just as you do with the single crochet. Your hook should still have two stitches remaining then take the yarn a second time and pulling it through the last two stitches on the hook. You have completed your first double crochet stitch. It is a bit more advanced but very easy to learn.

Triple crochet stitch involves pulling your hook through three chain stitches and having four loops on your hook at one time. It is important to pull the yarn from your skein only through two loops on your hook at a time. Then pull yarn through two more loops and two should remain and you pull your yarn through the last two loops and you have completed your first triple crochet stitch.

Here are some names of country afghans you can get patterns for. Irish chain, log cabin, honeycomb, and tumbling blocks. The fun thing about crocheting is you have many choices of colors, patterns, and sizes to chose. An afghan takes a lot of time and patience. All the patterns I have mentioned can be made with the stitches I have mentioned above.

I will give you the instructions to one of my favorite afghans. Chose your colors and size of hook that suits you best. I use size H and my favorite colors blues. Light blues, middle blues and dark blues. It is a patch afghan that ends up about 51" x 55". The afghan is done with single crochet stitch.

I make 13 dark blue blocks and 16 light blue blocks. You start with a chain of 11 stitches and single crochet back through your chain and at the end, chains one, turns your afghan, and stitch back to the other end. Do this for 34 rows. You should have a block about square in size. After you are done make your light blue blocks and dark blue blocks you connect them with the middle blue thread.

A whip stitch will make the connecting of the blocks easy. You do this with a needle pulling the yarn through the dark blue block and then through the light blue block. Connect all your blocks to make one row. Depending on how big you would like your afghan; will depend on how many blocks you will need in total. I gave you only one row across with the 13 dark colors and 16 light colors. If you wanted to make the blanket with 25 rows of blocks, you would need 325 dark blocks and 400 light color blocks.

I enjoy making Afghans in the cold winter days and long winter nights. It is relaxing and enjoyable for all ages. The closer you get to accomplish your afghan the more excited you can become. Creating with your own hands makes it very special for all involved. Remember to be patient and take your time. It takes me all winter sometimes to make one afghan.

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