Every crocheter looks forward to the day when they feel confident enough to break out on their own and make up their own afghan on the fly with no pattern. An afghan is a great way to learn a new stitch because of the repetition and time involved in making one. Whether you’re an experienced crocheter or a newbie, the first thing that you need to decide when you make an afghan is what stitch to use! Here are some great afghan stitches that you can use for your next project.
Double or Half-double
Double or half-double crochet is the best choice if you’re trying to whip up an afghan quickly. This lofty stitch is one of the first that many crocheters learn. It’s both fast to perform and creates a big stitch, perfect for a breezy summer throw or squishy, cozy baby blanket. There are a few great options for this stitch. You can either double up your yarn to create a gorgeous spotted effect, or you can create big blocks of color like on this Ombre Sky Baby Blanket.
The classic ripple stitch is basically designed for blankets. It’s a classic stitch that looks great with just one color, but really sparkles in a striped afghan. This is kind of the bread and butter of crochet blanket stitches. It’s also super easy, so even the most novice of crocheters can do it, and experienced crocheters will revel in the chance to get back to basics. This Pretty Ripple Baby Blanket is perfect for crafters who don’t want too much structure in a pattern.
Puff stitch is excellent for someone looking to make a funky, squishy afghan for a baby or child. Also known as popcorn, and bobble stitch, it is a great way to add texture and visual interest in any blanket. This Puff Stitch blanket pattern is great for someone just looking for a basic pattern to follow.
If you’re interested in learning something new, how about Tunisian crochet? Tunisian crochet is done with a long hook that looks like a straight knitting needle, and some Tunisian crochet hooks have cables attached for making afghans and baby blankets. It’s a strange no-man’s land between knitting and crochet and is perfect for those who are looking to bridge the gap between both hobbies. This Tunisian Crochet Ten-Stitch blanket is perfect for those of you who are looking for simple patterns to get you started.
Combination of Stitches
You can also try making a blanket utilizing all of the stitches! Use a combination of stitches to create squares all the same size, then sew them together to dazzling effect. Try this Stitch Pattern Sampler blanket to get you started, and use it as an opportunity to learn a new stitch!
There are tons of great stitches to choose from for blankets. It helps to choose one that you are comfortable with, that you don’t mind spending a lot of time on–blankets can take ages! No matter what pattern you use, you’re sure to create an heirloom creation that will be cherished for many years to come!