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August 14, 2012

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Afghans Edition

By Betty Crafter

There’s nothing more nostalgic, comfy, and granny than an afghan, amiright? Curling up on the couch under an afghan that my grandmother made with a glass of wine and my knitting, a cat on my lap, and Masterpiece Theater on TV is my idea of heaven. It is also the reason why I can never divorce Mr. Crafter – I would be single forever. Anyhoo…enough about that. Let’s look at these great afghans out of a 1960s knit and crochet pattern booklet!

First of all, illustrations like this dude are why the 60s are my favorite vintage decade. Pure awesome. I’m also now feeling the urge to knit while wearing a fabulous hat. Another step in the eccentric old lady direction for me…

This “Sunbeam” afghan is an attractive twist on the classic retro afghan. Simple to make too (if you have 4 months of spare time on your hands and about 20 skeins of yarn).

I super love the look of this “Heirloom” afghan – textural, artistic, and ethnic and would look gorgeous in so many color-ways. But I can tell you something right now. Betty Crafter will not be knitting any afghans on size 2 needles with sock yarn. Yikes.

Also in the textural, ethnic category are these three lookers. I especially love the blue “Navajo” afghan. This would look right at home in my living room with my cat laying on it.

This “Sunflower” afghan is much more traditional but no less lovely. It would be a great accent to a 40s or 50s space. The colors used in the example shown are unusual yet perfect.

This “Northern Lights” afghan is something I’ve not seen before and looks entirely modern to me. The effect is achieved with a black yarn combined with a rainbow variegated yarn. Love it.

My grandma crocheted an afghan for everyone in the family. It was her thing. Usually in a zig-zag pattern. These days Mr. Crafter’s favorite blanket is one of my grandma’s zig zag afghans in shades of orange and brown that she made for my mom before I was born. It makes appearances in family snapshots all through my life. It has seen daily use for over 35 years and shows no signs of giving up. I never appreciated the time she put into these until recently, but she sure does get a kick out of the way we still use them every day. If anyone ever made you an afghan or quilt, make sure to let them know you appreciate it if you can!

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One Response to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Afghans Edition

  1. sablemable Reply

    August 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Betty! I cannot knit or crochet, but one friend of my mother’s Dorothy, is an excellent afghan creator! Don’t know if she still makes them (she’s closing in on 100 years young), but I have several of hers. My favorite is a multi-color afghan (looks like a serape); I loved it so much I bought 2 of them!

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