I find it so calming and relaxing. And I love that even while I’m “wasting time” watching TV, I’m making something beautiful. Most of the time, my afghans are gifts for friends and family, and I make a lot of afghans for Covered in Love, a sister organization to Safe Families for Children.
If you’d like to learn, check out this great video on how make a chain and a single crochet stitch, and when you’re ready, you can try this link on how do the other basic crochet stitches, including the double crochet stitch.
I love making granny square afghans because they’re some of the simplest and quickest blankets to make. Granny squares can come in any size, color, or combination of colors.
I’ve found the easiest way to diagram your own unique afghan is to use either graph paper or an Excel spread sheet (once your boxes are all the same size).
Simple patterns like these can turn into beautiful blankets like the one above.
Recently, I’ve loved experimenting with granny squares of different sizes. They’re like a puzzle to create a make a truly one of a kind blanket. When creating such a blanket, keep in mind you need to stick to rounds that are multiples of a single number. So I’ll for one blanket I’ll make squares with 2 rounds, 4 rounds, 8 rounds, and 12 rounds. For another, I’ll make a blanket with 3, 6, 9, or 12 rounds. This ensures that all your squares will fit together nice and neat.
This is the pattern of a kids blanket I made recently and it turned out great!
Once you get more comfortable, you can go crazy. There’s no end to the amount of fun you can have!
If you could make any kind of blanket, what colors would you use? What pattern would you like? Need some more help? Just ask me in the comments!