I told myself that I would not start anything new until I finished my current WIPs, but I couldn’t resist starting a throw on New Year’s Eve, the Navajo Afghan, a pattern that was in the 1979 publication of Bernat’s Treasury of Afghans.
I remember one Christmas when visiting our family in Idaho, my Aunt was sitting next to the fireplace crocheting. She was making a Navajo Afghan, which my Mom fell in love with. She loved this pattern so much that she made many afghans for family, all in various sizes and colors. Over twenty years ago she even made one for my husband for his birthday, which he still loves and cherishes today.
The one thing I personally love about this pattern is it’s simplicity and easy to memorize stitch pattern. Once you get started with your first set of colors (first photo below), you really don’t need to follow the pattern until you’ve reached the length you want. Then it’s a quick peek of the pattern so you can finish off the bottom border to mirror the border at the beginning.
For my Navajo Afghan, I’m using Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the colors Charcoal, Eggplant, Petrol Blue and Fisherman. I hooked 86 stitches using a size US 13/M (9.00mm) crochet hook. This pattern is so adjustable as the stitch pattern is over 20 stitches plus 6 (3 for the beginning and 3 for the end).
I love crochet just as much as I love knitting and it’s a welcomed change of pace for me. It’s quick, super easy and always looks beautiful when you’re finished. I have even talked myself into joining a CAL (crochet along) over in the Crochet Shoulder Wrappers group on Ravelry. I am looking for just the right yarn in my stash and then I will get started.
|Courtesy of Beradette Ambergen|