Basketweave Twists Afghan
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If you haven't crochet afghan patterns presented in a beautiful basketweave design, you're in luck. The chunky twists add nice a depth to this Basketweave Twists Afghan. This blanket makes for a great housewarming gift and would look great in a living room or bedroom. Free easy crochet patterns are a great way to test out new techniques and sharpen crochet skills. If you want to try something new but aren't sure how to get started, be sure to work on this pattern. The results will impress you and give you a crochet confidence boost.
This free crochet afghan pattern is especially cozy, making it an essential for your home for chilly times. Whether you need warmth during the winter or are escaping the AC in the summer, this basketweave afghan pattern turns any room into a cozy corner.
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- 5 balls Bernat Softee Chunky Twists (340 g/12 oz) yarn in Thyme Twists
- 6 mm (U.S. J or 10) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 12 dc and 7 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].
- Dcfp = Yoh and draw up a loop around post of next st at front of work 1 row below, inserting hook from right to left. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice – 1 dcfp made.
- Dcbp = Yoh and draw up a loop around post of next st at back of work 1 row below inserting hook from right to left. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice – 1 dcbp made.
Why do we call it an afghan?
In the world of knitting and crochet, many of the blankets that we make are commonly referred to as “afghans.” The phrase is so commonplace that many of us don’t question where the word originates. We just crochet or knit the pattern, throw it over the side of the couch, and admire its beauty.
From what we can glean from history, the English language use of the word “afghan” isn’t well documented. Most researchers believe that English speakers adopted the term sometime in the early 1800s. Researchers also note that the term is believed to have originated from the many luxurious and colorful knitted fabrics produced in Afghanistan. At one point in history, Afghanistan was world renowned for its many textiles and fabrics, and the term “afghan” took root. The term was believed to have originated sometime in the 1700s, but as we’ve mentioned, it didn’t become a commonplace English word for blankets until 100 years later.
Size: Approx 46 ins [117 cm] wide x 47 ins [119.5 cm] long
- Ch 154.
- 1st row: (RS). 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch to end of row. 152 hdc.
- **2nd row: Ch 2 (does not count as hdc). 1 hdc in first hdc. *1 dcfp in each of next 10 sts. 1 dcbp in each of next 10 sts. Rep from * 6 times more. 1 dcfp in each of next 10 sts. 1 hdc in last hdc. Turn.
- 3rd row: Ch 2 (does not count as hdc). 1 hdc in first hdc. *1 dcbp in each of next 10 sts. 1 dcfp in each of next 10 sts. Rep from * 6 times more. 1 dcbp in each of next 10 sts. 1 hdc in last hdc. Turn.
- Rep last 2 rows for approx 3 ins [7.5 cm], ending with 2nd row.***
- Beg with 2nd row, rep last 2 rows for approx 3 ins [7.5 cm], ending with 2nd row.**
- Rep from ** to ** 6 times more, then from ** to *** once. Fasten off.
- Pin Blanket to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.
- 1st rnd: With RS of Blanket facing, join yarn with sl st to top right corner. Ch 2 (does not count as st). Work 150 hdc evenly along top of Blanket, 3 hdc in corner, 105 hdc down side, 3 hdc in corner, 150 hdc along bottom, 3 hdc in corner, 105 hdc up side and 3 hdc in corner. Join with sl st to first hdc. Turn.
- 2nd rnd: Working from left to right instead of right to left as usual, work 1 reverse sc in each hdc around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.
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