Free afghan pattern from Winkie Flash

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Today we have something extra-special for you lovely readers as Wink from A Creative Being has stopped by to share her pattern for a groovy afghan inspired by a psychedelic blanket from Etsy. So over to Wink…

This pattern uses US crochet terms – check out The Making Spot’s full list and conversions here

You will need:

  • a crochet hook (5mm)
  • yarn (Stylecraft Special DK)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a darning needle

Let’s get started! :)

1.  Start by chaining 40, plus 1 for turning so we keep an even stitch count (this is just for the example; when you make an afghan the count doesn’t really matter! Just make it as long as you would like the afghan to be wide).

So: ch 41

2. Turn and work a sc in each stitch, by putting your hook in the bump on the back of the chain. This creates a neater finish. You could also use a chainless single crochet foundation stitch; if you choose to do so, you can skip step one.

Continue until you reach the end of the chain. Cut the yarn and pull through the loop on your hook.

So: sc 40 (40) 

3. Make another row of sc’s, but don’t turn your work! We are working from right to left here, every single round. Start with a standing single crochet by making a slip knot on your hook and starting the sc like you normally would, and crochet in the back loops only. (remind yourself to crochet all sc’s in the blo’s from now on)

So: blo, sc around (40)

4. Now it’s time to change colour. We’re going to do this after every row from now on. With the new colour, starting on the right hand side, start with a standing single crochet stitch, and sc 5, back loops only. Then make a double crochet but put your hook through the stitch in the second row below, using the ridge of the front loop. Make 10 single crochets and make another front loop double crochet in the second row below, and repeat this till the end of your work. (when making the dc, skip a stitch when making the next sc. the dc counts as one stitch).

So: blo, sc 5, *fldc in 2nd row below, sc 10* (40)

5. Change colour again, start with a standing single crochet stitch on the right hand side and single crochet 6 times before making the front loop double crochet. If you look at your work, you can see that you are moving the double crochet one stitch to the left on each row, so they sit next to each other! :) You no longer have to count your stitches; just single crochet in the dc from the previous round and then make a front loop dc next to that.

So: blo, sc 6, *fldc in 2nd row below, sc 10* (40)

If you continue in this fashion you’ll quickly see the dc’s creating diagonal lines across your work. And that’s all there is to it! :) Easy, right?

And this is how far I’ve gotten on my groovy-ghan so far:

A really big thank you to Winkieflash for sharing this gorgeous pattern with us, it’s just what we need to brighten up a grey January day!

If you want to see more from Wink make sure you check out her blog winkieflash.nl and follower her on Twitter @Winkieflash

  • http://www.sarahoffley.com sarah

    Love this blanket! nearly at the end of my Granny stitch blanket so I’ll definitely be starting this one.

  • Amber

    is there a video tutorial for this by any chance?

  • Heather

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been itching to stitch a blanket too….

  • Julie Rogers

    Do you leave the ends as fringe all along the edges? Or do you weave them in?

    • Carol

      On the one I makeI leave about 6 ins. On both ends for fringe. I have made several over the years. The first one was called the Trail of Tears and was like a Navaho,color . Others was made of scrapes of left over yarn. I still have my first on it is 33 years old. LOL

  • Shirley

    I love this and I am going to make one. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  • Patricia Crowder

    I love to Crochet. I am a beginner but I still love it. I enjoy the fact that I am making something with my hands and that someone might like to have what I Crochet.

  • Ruth

    Do you have a neat way of finishing the loose ends on the right side (starting side.)? I love this pattern but not too happy with loose ends. Thank you for the pattern.

    • Michelle

      Before starting each new colour I thread the tail end left from the previous row onto a blunt knitters needle and weave it back through the stitches. It is easier to do this an a granny blanket where you are stitching into the spaces but should still work with this pattern. You can leave it until you finish the entire blanket but you may lose the will to live before you get to the end. I have tried to make it part of the colour change routine and it’s great to finish an item and have no ends to stitch in. Because your crocheting into the back of the loops I would suggest running the threaded end below your top stitches so you don’t pick up the wrong stitch.

  • Janiene

    What is the easiest way to tie is all the loose ends from all the different colors?

  • http://facebook Pat

    What a great way to use up all the scraps of yarn I have! This looks like a great deal of fun. I can’t wait to try it.

  • chris

    beautiful pattern

  • http://daniart-arts.blogspot.com.br/ Daiane

    lindo! que efeito mais legal que da pra peça amei!
    beijos!!!!!!!!!!

  • JanetS

    So bright and pretty! Love showcasing designers’ work. Thank you, Simply Crochet.

  • Linda

    I just came across your website in a knitting forum. They were discussing this blanket – and I LOVE the whole site!! Want to start making mandalas!

  • e, trigwell

    I love the groovy gran stitch, have loads of odd wool will start when I have finished all the knitting bits, and cross bits wont be until another year though. Thank you for this pattern.

  • ski

    My Mom made me one of these many years ago in sparkle yarn. I LOVE it!

  • skippersue@sky.com

    Beautiful! Love the colours :-) Am a newbie to crochet but can’t wait to try this pattern out. Thanks!

  • mazda52

    I love the look of this gorgeous blanket and I would love to try it but how do I print a copy of the pattern off ? I can’t seem to find the right link , help please ?

  • Alma Saboya

    your work are beautiful the colour combination
    are so lovely. i want to learn more about crohet

  • perry

    I love the blanket. How can I
    down load it?

  • Christine

    What a stunning blanket, love the colors you have used. Very bright and cheerful.

  • SUE

    love this

  • Sonia

    I was given one of these afghans for a wedding gift 30 years ago and love it dearly. I never knew the name of it and finally found a great pattern to make one for my daughter…Thanks sooo much..

  • Vyvyan Lucas

    I have this pattern, it is an old one. And it is called Tear Drop Afhgan. I have made a few of them. It is a favorite of mine.

  • Meri

    This is fab, looking at the afgan it doesn’t look straight forward but it really is. Using this pattern to make a runner for the parcel shelf of my new car.

  • deb hodges

    Thank you i’m going to try this pattern as it looks fab x

  • Tyler

    Hi, thank you so much for the amazing instructions and the gorgeous color inspiration!! I’m semi new to crochet and having a hard time understanding what a standing single crochet is. Any way you could link a tutorial or maybe explain it again? Thank you so much! Happy crocheting :)

  • dianne

    I’m new to crocheting, but think I could make this blanket. looks like a simple pattern with a beautiful result. thank you so much for sharing with us. can you please estimate how much yarn I would need? also, what weight/type of yarn did you use, it looks so comfy!

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/BannerSetDesigns Etsy Graphic Designer

    these are beautiful!!!!