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Afghan Crochet


The word Afghan when applied to crochet or knitting has taken on a variety of meanings. So let us look at what we may find when seeking an “afghan”.

In general terms it seems to mean a blanket or throw. On that I believe there is a fair concensus. However, for many the definition goes further than this.


Crochet Afghan Patterns

It can refer to the fact that the item has bold geometric patterns as in afghan rugs. Some of the work here can be very intricate and beautiful.

Another meaning appears to be a blanket or throw assembled from granny squares. This again produces geometric patterns. The individual squares show their own pattern and/or the combined squares can produce yet other geometric shapes.


Crochet Granny Squares

Granny Square Crochet Patterns

Yet another meaning looks at the way in which the actual crochet stitching is carried out – Afghan Stitch. In this case it can also be called Tunisian Crochet, Tricot Crochet or even Scottish Knitting (Tricot Ecossaise).


Afghan Crochet

Tunisian Crochet

So the first thing to do when seeking afghan crochet is to discover what is being discussed.

Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting

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