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12 Crocheted Afghans for Fall

Fall is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to get those hooks ready and start crocheting your cozy and comfy fall afghans!

Great for beginners, crocheted afghans instantly cozy up your home and work best when accompanied with a book and a cup of coffee!

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12 Crocheted Afghans for Fall

Shades of Blue Afghan

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Grey Crocheted Blanket

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Purple and Orange Crocheted Blanket

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Rainbow Blanket

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Brown and White Striped Blanket

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Cozy Afghan

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Cream and Coffee Afghan

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Large Hexagon Afghan

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Granny Square Afghan

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Southwestern Print Afghan

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Teal and Brown Cozy Afghan

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Fall Colors Afghan

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Crochet Granny Square Baby Blanket

I usually avoid making crochet blankets because I will NEVER finish them.  I’m much more of an amigurumi girl…or scarves or hats or basically anything I can make over the course of binging a few episodes of Dawson’s Creek.

Then a few months ago I began a project to use up some extra yarn.  I started making these little granny squares and kept going until my stash ran out.  As luck would have it, I had JUST ENOUGH to make into a small baby blanket!

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After realizing this, the little crochet squares continued to sit in my stash for yet another three or four months because I just didn’t want to commit to starting a blanket…but after going through a deep apartment purge, I finally decided to get started…I began laying out my squares and started assembling…

Well after weaving in all my ends (SO MUCH WEAVING) I’ve finally completed it!  I think it looks kind of cute!  I had some extra yarn left over so I made little pom-poms for the corners.

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To join my squares, I used the single crochet method, but there are several methods for joining granny squares if you don’t like the look of the border.  The reason I liked the single crochet method is that the front and back of the blanket look totally different, so you can showcase either side:

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I also arranged my squares in Excel before starting because I’m a nerd that way…it also ensures that you have enough squares AND that you don’t screw up your pattern as you numbly assemble all these squares.

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If you’d like to make this blanket, you’ll need about 1 skein of each color (I used 7 colors).  Follow the instructions for making the little granny squares and keep going until you have about 156 squares (this blanket is 12 squares x 13 squares and measures about 24 in. x 26 in.).  If you follow my pattern, your blanket will be slightly small, perfect for a tiny human…but approximate that each granny square will give you about 2 in., so you can plot out the size of your blanket that way.

To assemble, I made one row at a time.  I joined back sides of 2 squares together and single crocheted to join the squares…then just repeated until the row was complete.  Once all my rows were done, I joined the rows together by placing back sides of the rows together and single crocheting to join row to row.

THEN I WEAVED IN ALL THE ENDS.

That took forever…mostly because I just got sick of it…but after a few cheesy movies, you should make good progress…especially if you weave in ends as you create the squares…which I didn’t do…so I was weaving like a mad-woman.

After making all my squares, I had a few strands of extra yarn…so I added some cute pom-poms to the corners of the blanket and tah dah!!

Whoever has a baby next, you have a cute little blanket comin’ your way!  😉

 

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Mini Crocheted Granny Squares

When it comes to yarn, I’m all about a good stashbuster.  I know I’ve shared a few with you on this blog before, and I’m super excited to show you this one, too!

This cute crocheted square is a great way to use up any leftover yarn scraps that you may have laying around…and you can turn these little squares into anything you’d like.  Arrange them into a large blanket or tote bag…or you could even make a poncho or fun wall decoration out of them!

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They’re so addicting and fun to make and don’t be surprised if you’re fresh out of yarn in about an hour!

For these squares, I used leftover yarn from my crocheted unicorn project.  I’m hoping I’ll have enough to make a little matching baby blanket!

I use a 5.0 crochet hook to make my little squares, but you can really use any hook size you’d like.  Obviously larger hooks will equate to larger squares and visa versa.

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Mini Crochet Granny Squares

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • 5.0 crochet hook
  • Scissors

 

Instructions:

Round 1:  Start with a magic circle.  Chain 2.  Crochet 11 double crochets into the circle.  Pull to tighten.  Join with slip stitch into top stitch (going through both loops).
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Round 2:  Chain 2 (counts as first double crochet).  Crochet 2 double crochets in between each double crochet from the first round.  Crochet 1 double crochet into final stitch.  Join with slip stitch into top stitch (going through both loops).
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Round 3:  Chain 1.  *Crochet 1 single crochet into next three stitches.  Crochet 1 half-double crochet into next stitch.  Crochet 3 double crochets into next stitch.  Crochet 1 half-double crochet into next stitch.*  Repeat from * to * three more times.  Join with slip stitch into top stitch (going through both loops).
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Bind off, leaving 3 in. string.  Weave in ends.

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Crocheted Shark Lap Blanket

I’m still celebrating the release of Jaws this week with this freaking amazing Crocheted Shark Lap Blanket. Cozy and snuggly, this blanket is seriously one of my favorite crochet projects to date!

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This pattern is actually quite easy to master, but it does take some serious commitment. You’ll have to watch Jaws at least 2 or 3 times, and maybe a few Shark Week episodes…and perhaps Jaws 2…and, why not, a little of Finding Nemo should help you finish it off.

But when you’re done and you can bask in the glory of your epic creation, you will know all that time will be worth it. I followed the pattern for the large blanket, which obviously had no trouble fitting my 5’2 self…but there are directions in the designers video for making the pattern bigger or smaller, should you need it.

This pattern is available for free at YARNutopia.

For my blanket, I decided to use Vanna’s Choice yarn in Silver Heather, as it’s much softer than Red Heart Yarn. It took about 8 or 9 skeins to make my shark, though this will depend on how long and wide you want your blanket to be.

While we’re on the subject of sharks, have ya’ll seen the preview for the new Blake Lively movie, The Shallows? HOW HORRIBLY AWESOME DOES THIS LOOK?!

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Rainbow Crocheted Granny Square Afghan

This Rainbow Afghan has been in the works for months now.  In crocheting an afghan, I’ve learned several things:

  1.  PLAN AHEAD.  Make sure you know how many squares you need before you start going crazy with granny squares.
  2. LAY OUT YOUR PIECE BEFOREHAND.  I cannot tell you how many times I had to unstitch and resew this blasted afghan together…even though I laid out all the pieces before I started assembling!
  3. HAVE FUN!  After all those mishaps, I will say that it is really satisfying to see your completed afghan.  Yes they are a lot of work, but they’re great for decorating and cuddling…my two favorite things!

As for this pattern, it’s super easy to make.  I ended up with 176 pieces, enough to make a 16×11 blanket (that’s 16 squares, not inches).  I used Red Heart Yarn, but you can use whatever you’d like…just make sure you have a lot of it!

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Materials:

  • 1-2 balls of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in the following colors:
  •    Red
  •    Purple
  •    Green
  •    Blue
  •    Brown
  •    White
  •    Orange
  •    Yellow
  • Crochet hook (any size will do)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Chain 4.  Join with a slip stitch to make a loop.
  2. Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet).  Do 11 double crochets into the loop and join with a slip stitch to top of chain 3.
  3. With new color, chain 3.  Between the two double crochets where your hook is (I’m pointing to it with my needle in the photo), do 2 more double crochets.
  4. Continue making 3 double crochets between all the double crochets from row 1.  You should have 12 clusters (1 cluster being a group of 3 double crochets).  Join with a slip stitch to top of chain 3.
  5. With new color, chain 3.  Between the two clusters where your hook is, do 2 more double crochets.
  6. Continue making 3 double crochets between all the clusters from row 2.  You should have 12 clusters in this round.  Join with a slip stitch to top of chain 3.
  7. With new color, chain 3.  Between the two clusters where your hook is, do 2 more double crochets.
  8. Between the next 2 clusters, do 3 double crochets.  Chain 2.  Do 3 more double crochets.  This creates a corner.
  9. Between the next clusters, do 3 double crochets.  Then create another corner between the next two clusters.  Continue this pattern all the way around your hexagon.
  10. Join with a slip stitch and weave in ends.

When it comes to joining all your hexagons, you can use whatever method you’d like.  This is a great pattern for someone who’s just learning to crochet, since you really only need to know how to create a chain and double crochet.  You’ll be “hooked” on this in no time!  🙂

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