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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Easy Single Crochet Afghan ~ Video Tutorial

It's that time of year again...no, this is not a Chipmunk's Christmas song!...what I mean is that the temperatures are starting to drop and it's getting to be the time of year when having a cozy crochet project to keep your lap warm would be a good thing. But even at other times of the year, the easy single crochet afghan pattern I'm going to share with you here in a video is a great one to keep handy for a quick baby blanket or to use up leftover yarns from other projects.

The really great thing about this pattern is that it doesn't matter how much yarn you have. You just keep crocheting until the yarn is gone, then you're finished! HERE is an afghan I made recently using this pattern. I used up nine leftover skeins of yarn, ending up with a very cozy, generously sized afghan which is now for sale in my Etsy shop.


Easy Single Crochet AfghanThis is the cozy afghan that I worked on during this past summer, working this simple pattern to use up yarn that was taking up much needed space in my sewing room cabinet.


Crochet pattern sampleAnd this is the sample that I made in the following video tutorial. Grab some leftover yarn and your favorite crochet hook along with four stitch markers and crochet along with me to see how easy it is! If you need to brush up on your chain stitch or single crochet, you can click HERE for a list of my other video tutorials.

Let's start stitching!


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Once your afghan is as big as you want it, or you run out of yarn, you can stop right there and pull the end of the yarn through your last loop to secure it. Weave it in through the backs of a few stitches going in one direction then back again in the other direction so it won't work its way out, and you're finished!

Or you can do what I did on this afghan below...

Reverse Single Crochet Border...I saved enough yarn to work a reverse single crochet stitch around the outside border just to give it a nice finished look.

This pattern can be used with any kind of yarn in any weight. You can use the size hook recommended for that yarn, or you can use a hook that is a size or two larger than recommended so that your stitches will be looser and your piece will work up faster. For a super quick version of this afghan, use some of that really chunky yarn that is so popular right now and a hook one size bigger than recommended. Another option would be to use two different types of yarn held together as one and a large hook such as a size K or even up to a size N. Try different combinations and see what you like!

In my next post, I'll share the written instructions for this pattern so you can print it and take it with you to your favorite cozy crocheting place. See you then!

Happy Stitching!

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4 Comments:

  • I really like the finished edge on this project. These cool evenings are calling for a project like this.

    By Blogger Karen M, At September 24, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

  • This sounds like a relaxing project. Love your stitch markers - much prettier than the metal safety pins I use!!

    By Blogger annemarie, At September 24, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

  • SERIOUSLY perfect posting timing....I have been looking for a pattern to crochet for my husbands cousin sister. Her baby is due to this earth in October ! Thank you for this ! Yayy ! ... and slippers coming soon..thank you Mary Grace :D

    - Kari

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 24, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

  • MG, I started sc afghan last noc,b4 written inst.Doing ok,4 rows around. This is 4 sr.ctr.we make blankets for homeless. Have 1lb.of Caron worsted white.Started w/yellow & white old acyrilic worsted fm KMart.
    I'm doing much better, get Left knee redo 11/9. Taking exercise classes @ sr ctr.

    By Blogger Roberta J, At September 25, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

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