I thought I would share a few more queue-worthy patterns from my new book, Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans. And while I think it’s nice to have a whole book devoted to one yarn, one could easily imagine these blankets being worked up in a variety of different fibers. For example, I was immediately drawn to the Ethel pattern (above)- the crisp blue and white and openwork crochet is so perfectly beachy-casual, that I immediately thought how lovely it would look crocheted in a summery, dk-weight cotton-linen yarn.
This is the gorgeous Marrakesh pattern – it is worked in Tunisian crochet, which I had never heard of, but apparently, it involves using an extra-long hook. With it’s saffron color and hand-embroidered flowers and leaves, this afghan has a bit of an exotic feel to it, and would be extra glamorous made in a wool-silk blend.
Meet Lucy. This is one Jaime loved, most likely due to the regal color choices of burgundy and gold. I would use an alpaca-silk blend yarn to crochet this – something that would feel luxurious and soft against the skin.
Here is another crochet pattern that I fell in love with – Serpentine – and when I initially saw it, I immediately thought it looked like something you would find in an Anthropologie catalog. I totally want to make this for my bed – in a delicious, decadent cashmere. It will be perfect layered over my fluffy, white duvet once the weather gets cooler.
Last, but not least, is the Ukrainian Tiles blanket. I love the charmingly old-fashioned, classic style of this knit. It begs to be worked in a pure, warm 100% wool. This is the kind of blanket you use while sitting by the fire after an afternoon of playing in the cold winter snow. The v’s and diamonds on the white border strips are actually hand-stitched on after the blanket is complete. It looks like there is a lot of finishing work on this knit.
Seeing as it is going to be 90 degrees around here today, I think I’ll stick with knitting my lace-weight sweater. It’s way too hot to think about knitting and crocheting blankets! ~J