With spring and summer approaching and the Royal Wedding coming up at the end of April, marriage is on everyone’s mind. I certainly can’t stop thinking about it. Every day I hear more about William and Kate, and I’m now at the point in my life where I have to check Facebook routinely to make sure I didn’t miss out on anyone’s engagement announcement. Of course, being the crafty gal that I am, major life events like weddings and births always signal a new niche of craft projects I can add to my every-growing list of things to make. For example, last year, I discovered you could crochet your own garter(!), and I immediately amassed patterns for them in all different gauges. Unfortunately, I was too late for my little sister’s prom, so I now have a sleeper cell of carefully selected crochet garter patterns just waiting for the next wedding in my family.
Likewise, I’ve collected a bunch of lacy crocheted afghan patterns to make as shower or wedding gifts. Now is the perfect time to start working on these. The spring weather will get you in the mood for their floral openwork, and you’ll have plenty of time to finish them for summer weddings. The happy couples in your life are sure to appreciate the time you put into these afghans, and the delicate handiwork will ensure that these masterpieces are handed down as family heirlooms. To evoke a feeling of tradition and timelessness, make the Wedding Ring Bedspread for newlyweds. The classic motif of interlocking rings in this vintage pattern is symbolic and romantic for a new marriage. For a wonderful bridal shower gift, make the Bridal Wreath Bedspread. Hooked in white thread, it looks as beautiful as if you had made the bridal gown into a bed cover! If you want the same gorgeous openwork with a more rustic feel, try the Irish Lace Afghan or the Crochet Cable Squares Afghan. These throws are pretty but still short enough on frill to cover the marriage bed without emasculating the groom.
So what if bridezilla decided her special day had to mirror the Royal Wedding and impulsively moved it up from June to April? You’ve got no time to crochet an heirloom piece, and the bridal shower is just a week away, so you need something quick! Your solution is the Dreamy Doilies Afghan. It should really be called a lapghan, because it’s just big enough for the honeymooners to drape over their knees while enjoying breakfast in bed! If you’re thinking that most of these patterns are just a little too “look what Granny sent you!” then check out my pick for more modern brides: the Magnolia Afghan. This bedspread is still pretty enough to give as a shower gift, but the understated self-striping yarn and blocks of double crochet make for an easy, updated afghan.
Tell me about your experiences with wedding afghans. Have you inherited any heirloom wedding afghans, or are you the one making the heirlooms?