I am the mother of four boys, all grown. I like to read, crochet, fish, ride my horse, and camp.
A Beautiful and Practical Craft
There's nothing like taking a couple of skeins of yarn and turning them into something beautiful and useful. Double-sided afghans not only turn out beautiful but are also very thick and warm during the winter. And because they're double-sided, it's like two afghans in one!
I make them a solid color on one side and a variegated color on the other side. I am a sucker for Red Heart Soft White on one side and pastels on the other side! I love the way the pastels "bleed" through on the solid side! Or you can use solid colors on both sides or variegated colors on both sides. The choices are endless, and so are the color combinations!
Making the first chain and then watching the creation take shape row after row is exciting! The pattern the variegated yarn makes is never the same, so each one you make even if you use the same colors is always uniquely different!
I make mine with a starting chain of 150. This makes a pretty large size. How many rows I make just depends on how long I want it. I have made smaller and larger ones, but this is most generally the size I make. When I am about a fourth of the way through one I will start another. I start the second one to keep interested in finishing them. I get bored with the colors after a while, and these take a while to make! Switching colors keeps me working on them.
- 3 (7 ounce) skeins Red Heart worsted / medium weight yarn (solid color)
- 6 (5 ounce) skeins Red Heart worsted / medium weight yarn (variegated color)
- Crochet hook: size I / 9
- Leave a 4 to 6-inch tail at the beginning of the chain for the fringe. I make my starting chains with a solid color.
- Single crochet in the second chain from the hook.
- Single crochet in each chain across. In the last single crochet drop the solid color and take up the variegated color. I do not tie off at the end of each row, I drop the color I am working with and take up the new color.
- Don't forget to leave a 4 to 6-inch tail on all starting and end of rows. Cut the dropped color after you have started the new color and the new row. I do not tie off any of the fringe until I am done with the whole afghan.
- After you take up the new color, chain 1. Turn, and this is the tricky part.
- Put your hook through the back loop of the top single crochet and the open loop from the starting chain below, and pull the yarn through both loops and single crochet. Also, watch where you start your first single crochet, it is very easy to skip the first stitch and start in what should be the second stitch.
- The first single crochet should start in the loop at the bottom of the chain you just made. It is not noticeable when you skip this first stitch until later in the work. I would always end up with a piece of work that was slowly, row by row getting skinnier!
- Single crochet across, making sure to pull yarn through the two loops of the work, not just one. In the last stitch of the row, drop the color you are working with and take up the first color again.
- Chain 1. Single crochet in each stitch across, putting the hook through the back loop of the row you are crocheting in and also the open loop of the row below, pull the yarn through both loops and single crochet.
- Make sure you don't skip the first stitch! At the end of the row, drop the color you are working with and pick up the second color again.
Row 3 to the End of Your Work
- Same as row 2. After picking up the next color, chain 1.
- Single crochet in each stitch across. In the last stitch, drop the color you are working with and pick up the next color.
- Turn and chain 1.
- Continue until you have the length you want.
The Last Row
- To finish off the afghan, on the last row you will pull the yarn through all three loops, not just the two loops, and single crochet across to the end.
- This finishes it off and leaves no stray loops hanging out there.
- Tie off at the end of the row and then you are ready to finish the fringe.
I leave the fringe hanging until I am finished with the afghan. You can also tie them together as you go. I start at the beginning of the piece and tie two strands of yarn together with a simple slipknot, all the way up the sides. Be careful when tieing the knots, you can pull them too tight or you can leave them too loose.
Tips and Recommendations
- You can make these any size you want them to be. I tend to make mine a larger size. You can use a larger or smaller crochet hook. A smaller hook will make the afghan smaller, a larger hook will make a larger one.
- If you have never made one of these before, starting it and getting that first stitch is the hardest part. After that, it is very easy. They take a while to make, though. It is like making two afghans at the same time!
- These are requested by family and friends all the time! Being double thick they are very warm during the cold winter months! And very pretty to have tossed across the back of the couch or at the end of your bed!