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Toy Soldier Blanket

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When my son was a boy, my mom made a Toy Soldier Blanket for him in these exact colors. And I believe he still has it (he 29 now!). The photo is from the pattern book which is Bernat Afghans, number 132. The chart and pattern instructions are included for this blanket (even though the charts were not included for 4 of the other afghans in that booklet).


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Annie's Attic has done it again! In December 2007, I learned they had re-released the Cathedral Rose Window Afghan pattern, and today I learned they've re-released the 6-Pointed Star Afghan pattern (leaflet 885044) for $6.99 $5.99 [as of July 3, 3008]. This is the very much sought after Six-Pointed Star Afghan pattern originally published as leaflet 87A50 and designed by Sandra J. Smith - and now you can get it at Annie's Attic!

Back by popular demand! An Annie's Original! This perpetual favorite will make a stunning focal point in any home. The generous, intricate-looking 69" diameter throw is made using simple single and double crochet stitches and worsted weight yarn.

[Update July 3, 2008 - Also available at e-PatternsCentral.com for $5.99!]

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There's no need now to hunt around for the original Six-Pointed Star Afghan leaflet 87A50 to get the pattern!

2007_0418willm24pt1whole.jpgI don't have this pattern in my collection, but I did, however, create my own version of a 6-point to 12-point to 24-point Round Ripple Afghan (instructions are here).


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Wow! Annie's Attic just released the popular Cathedral Rose Window Afghan crochet pattern (leaflet 885034) by itself for $6.99! From their website:

Back by popular demand!

This vintage afghan is as magnificent today as it was when it won first place in Annie's afghan contest in 1996. Updated with today's popular colors, the Cathedral Rose Window Afghan is a crocheted work of art! Made with worsted weight yarn.

It's listed as an "Annies Attic Exclusive" so it's probably not available anywhere else but at Annie's Attic.

So, there's no need to hunt around for Annie's Award Winning Afghans leaflet 878301 to get the pattern!

Take a look at my lovely version of the Cathedral Rose Window Afghan!


I've been asked this question a few times, so I thought I'd create a post with the information. "Picture afghans" are blankets with charted designs (graphs) made using small (usually 2-row) crocheted granny squares. Listed below are the books / leaflets / booklets I'm aware of that have these patterns.

Go to ebay.com to buy them - I do not have these books for sale. You may have to do searches every day or so for a week or more, but you will find them eventually. The easiest book to find is "The Great Granny Crochet Book" - see #4 below for a list of the picture afghan patterns in this book.

  1. kidscovers.jpg Kid's Covers by Anis Duncan, published by Creative Hands in 1977. Difficult to find. Patterns include:
    • Playful Kittens (2 cats and a basket of yarn)
    • Summer Carousel (with 2 horses)
    • Jungle Friends (elephant, camel)
    • Butterflies
    • Magic Castle (castle with drawbridge down)
    • Circus Clown
    • Grandpa's Farm
  2. pictureafghansbyanisduncan.jpg Picture Afghans by Anis Duncan, published by American School of Needlework, Booklet 1, 1977. Difficult to find. Patterns include:
    • My Home Town
    • Wheels (cars, truck, fire truck)
    • Puddle Ducks (mama with babies)
    • The Bird Watcher (cat, birds)
    • Dutch Pinwheels
    • Party Time (teddy bear, duck, balloons)
    • Desert Sunset (cactus in desert with hills in background)
    • Summer Garden
  3. pictureafghans.jpg Picture Afghans by various designers, published by Creative Hands, booklet #411 (but that's not clear on my copy), 1981. Difficult to find. Patterns include:
    • Spring Bunny
    • Window View
    • Village Square
    • Freight Train (8 train cars)
    • Rocket Ship
    • Silent Star
  4. greatgrannycrochetbook.jpg The Great Granny Crochet Book, published by American School of Needlework, 1979, ISBN 0-930748-10-7 (hardback book). Easy to find! I've seen it on eBay many times - for very little money! In a chapter called "Picture Afghans" are these patterns:
    • Dutch Tulips
    • My Home Town
    • Supper Time (dog, bone, dog house)
    • Wheels (cars, truck, fire truck)
    • Circus Clown
    • Playful Kittens (2 cats and a basket of yarn)
    • Summer Carousel (with 2 horses)
    • The Bird Watcher (cat, birds)
    • Puddle Ducks (mama with babies)
    • Summer Garden
  5. greatafghanbookthe.jpg [Just added! December 10, 2007] The Great Afghan Book, published by American School of Needlework, (no date, but certainly in the 1970s), ISBN 0-930748-19-0 (hardback book). Another easy find on eBay! In a chapter called "Picture Afghans" are these patterns:
    • Dutch Pinwheels
    • Desert Sunset (cactus in desert with hills in background)
    • Party Time (teddy bear, duck, balloons)
    • Grandpa's Farm
    • Jungle Friends (elephant, camel)
    • Magic Castle (castle with drawbridge down)
    • Butterflies
    • Ship of Dreams (sailboats)
    • Tulip Quilt

Additional charted designs made using small granny squares are in:

  1. Annie's Favorite Special Occasions Crochet Projects, Annie's Attic, 2000, ISBN 0-9655269-7-6 (hardback book). Pattern: Jack 'O Lanterns.
  2. Christmas Spirit Afghans by Linda Lefler-Wright, The Needlecraft Shop, unknown publish date, leaflet 971534. Patterns: Christmas Tree, Bell, Santa Claus face, Candy Cane, Snowman, Wreath.
  3. Classic Quilt Afghans by Carolyn Christmas, The Needlecraft Shop, 1993, leaflet 931510. Quilt-style designs.
  4. Crocheted Patchwork Granny Afghans by Lissa Amman, Leisure Arts, 1991, leaflet 2032. Quit-style designs.
  5. The Crocheter's Quilt Book: Afghans with Quilt Motifs by Elyse Sommer, Segwood Press, 1987, ISBN 0-02-609179-4 (hardback book). Quilt-style designs.
  6. Garden Cat Afghan by Martha Brooks Stein, Annie's Favorite Crochet Magazine, April 2002 (may also still be available on freepatterns.com)
  7. Granny Square Christmas Afghans by Martha Brooks Stein, Annie's Attic, 2001. Patterns: Santa (English style), Pine Trees, Log Cabin Tree, Peppermint Delight, Bear with Wreath, Tree.
  8. Granny Square Quilt Afghans by Martha Brooks Stein, Annie's Attic, 1999, leaflet 871914. Patterns: hearts, quilt-style designs.
  9. Granny Square Quilt Afghans Through the Year by Martha Brooks Stein, Annie's Attic, 2001, leaflet 872841. Patterns: hearts, basket with ribbon, pot with rainbow, snowman, candy corn, july 4th motif, more!
  10. Patchwork Afghans Thru The Year Afghans by the Dozen by Martha Brooks Stein, Leisure Arts, 1996, leaflet 2866. Patterns: trees, leaves, flowers (tulips?), variety of quilt-style designs.
  11. Patchwork Afghans Thru The Year, Book 2 by Martha Brooks Stein, Leisure Arts, 2001, leaflet 3223. Patterns: saleboats, pumpkins(?), variety of quilt-style designs.
  12. Patchwork Bear Afghan by Elizabeth Eure, published in Crochet Fancy magazine, March 1993.
  13. Patchwork Grannys for Afghans, Pillows & Bedspreads by Diane Marie Goff, Leisure Arts, 1983, leaflet 267. Patterns: flower baskets, pinwheels, variety of quilt-style designs.
  14. Patchwork Patterns by Judy Sajewski, Leisure Arts, 2002, leaflet 3294. Quilt-style designs.
  15. Quilt Block Afghans by Vicki Blizzard, House of White Birches, 1999, leaflet 101142. Quilt-style designs.
  16. Added February 2008: Perfect Patches - 5 Afghans to Crochet by Annis Clap, Leisure Arts, 2007, leaflet 3888. Patterns: Sailboats and Fish, Butterflies, Trucks, Stars, Pinwheels.

Another idea is to use graph paper to design a custom chart using squares and half squares. A do-it-yourself picture afghan!


This week, Leisure Arts launched a new website: Leisure Arts Library (http://www.leisureartslibrary.com):

Great designs never go out of style, but they do sometimes go out of print. After more than 35 years of publishing needlework and craft patterns, Leisure Arts has an archive full of great designs that have become unavailable to the public. But now LeisureArtsLibrary.com is here to change all that. We're opening our vault of treasures by converting our best designs from the past into digital files that you can download to your home computer.

babysbestrainbowset.jpg One popular but difficult-to-find pattern is the Rainbow Afghan baby blanket by Helen Passey from Baby's Best to Knit and Crochet, leaflet #191. Leisure Arts has made the Baby's Best Rainbow Afghan pattern with the coordinating baby jacket and booties patterns available on Leisure Arts Library. The price for the Rainbow Set (baby blanket, jacket, booties) is $2.99 - which is reasonable considering the leaflet was selling for more in eBay auctions!

Take the Leisure Arts "Library Survey" to let them know what out-of-print patterns you'd like them to make available!


curveofpursuit-woolythoughts.jpg Woolly Thoughts caught my attention with its mathematical designs for afghans, board games, mazes, pillows, scarves and more - many of these ideas can also be used by both crocheters and knitters!

Also checkout the Online Afghan Designer! Create your own designs using squares and half-squares!

How to Crochet Cords

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Crocheted Cord



  1. Make 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 chains and join with slip stitch to form a ring (use more chains for wider cording; for thicker cording, use several strands of yarn held together)

  2. Sl st in each st around until cord is desired length

Two-color Crocheted Cord

  1. With color A, make a slip knot on crochet hook
  2. With color B, yarn over and pull through to make one chain
  3. With color A, make another chain
  4. Continue switching colors every other chain until cord is desired length; keep both colors of yarn in your hand


[To get the charts, see June 2007 update below!]

bernatafghanscontemporary.jpg Are you looking for embroidery design charts for afghans in Bernat Afghans Contemporary and Traditional Styles book number 132? If so, please leave a comment on this entry. A woman named Marion Vanstone contacted me to let me know that she has these out-of-print and difficult-to-find charts available:

  • Spring Bouquet
  • Toltec Bird
  • Danish Bell Pull
  • Sunflower [added August 28, 2008]

I do not know Marion but she has worked with two people who left comments on my blog seeking the Spring Bouquet and other charts in Bernat Afghans number 132. I will put you and Marion in email contact with each other to work out the details.

READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU WANT THE CHARTS! [Update June 17, 2007; revised at Marion's request August 26, 2008]

I checked with Marion today and she sent me the following update. Please contact Marion directly at mvanstone@rogers.com if you want to purchase one or more of the charts / graphs for afghans in Bernat Afghans number 132:

I have all four embroidery charts needed to complete afghans in Bernat Afghans 132 - i.e., Spring Bouquet, Toltec Bird, Danish Bell Pull, and Sunflower. I also have lists showing the numbers for the tapestry wool for the embroidery colors for each afghan. If you are interested in any of the charts with its list of colors, please contact me at mvanstone@rogers.com.
-Marion Vanstone

[Update July 18, 2008] Below are photos of the 4 afghans in Bernat Afghans 132 for which the embroidery charts were not included in the booklet:

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Stripe Generator

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I've mentioned the Random Stripe Generator, but the Stripe Generator is a stripe generating tool I like even more! It's an online tool for web designers to create striped background images for websites but can also be used by crocheters, knitters, and other crafters to make striped patterns.

You can create diagonal, vertical, or horizontal stripes. Add stripe colors. Select stripe thickness and spacing between stripes (the background color appears as a the spacing stripe).

Try it! Random Stripe Generator.


This is cool!

Random Stripe Generator - "generate random stripe patterns for knitting sweaters, scarves, blankets, etc."

If I had time and energy and desire, I would write a program to generate Fibonacci sequence or Lucas number stripes with an option to repeat from X to Y and/or go up and down from A to B.

Fibonacci sequence examples:

  • X=1 (note that 1 is minimum number of rows)
  • Y=6 (# steps up from X) [which is 13 in this case]
  • repeat (uses X and Y)
    • 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 ...
  • Z=5 (# steps down from Y) [which is 1 in this case]
  • up/down (uses X, Y, and Z)
    • 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 8 5 3 2 1 2 3 5 8 13 ... (photo 1)
    • 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 13 8 5 3 2 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 ... (photo 2)
  • Z=6 (# steps down from Y) [which is also 1 in this case]
  • up/down (uses X, Y, and Z)
    • 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 8 5 3 2 1 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 ...
    • 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 13 8 5 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 ...
  • X=3
  • Y=4 (# steps up from X)
  • repeat (uses X and Y)
    • 3 5 8 13 21 3 5 8 13 21 ...
  • Z=5 (# steps down from X)
  • up/down (uses X, Y, and Z)
    • 3 5 8 13 21 13 8 5 3 2 3 5 8 13 21 ...
    • 3 5 8 13 21 21 13 8 5 3 2 3 5 8 13 21 ...
  • Z=6 (# steps down from X)
  • up/down (uses X, Y, and Z)
    • 3 5 8 13 21 13 8 5 3 2 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 ...
    • 3 5 8 13 21 21 13 8 5 3 2 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 ...
  • Z=7 (# steps down from X)
  • up/down (uses X, Y, and Z)
    • 3 5 8 13 21 13 8 5 3 2 1 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 ...
    • 3 5 8 13 21 21 13 8 5 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 ...
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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

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