If you’re following my social media, you’ve likely become familiar with my mom’s afghans. Every time I share her latest, I swear there are more likes than my most recent product announcement – ha! I even established a hashtag #AfghanAdventuresWithVicki because… of course.
I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but my mom offered to make an afghan for one of our employees a couple years back. And then another. And then it only made sense that everyone on the BH team have their own Vicki Special! She has made one for just about everyone in the family (my parents have 6 children and 25 grandchildren) as well as countless others. Um, yeah. Total giver. She has never sold one and I’m certain she never will … regardless of how many times she’s heard that suggestion.
Most recently, my mom completed an afghan for our office. Notice the perfect match to our logo colors! She’s pretty much an honorary part of our team anyway and we love having a piece of her heart right here with us in the office everyday. Not only did she bring me into this world, but she’s really a devoted Project Lifer, uses the app every day, and is positively one of our favorite customers. My mom has been a huge supporter of what I do and who I am striving to become.
Many of you have asked if my mom would share her pattern for this afghan and since she is one of the most generous people I know, I’m not at all surprised that she is pleased to share her secrets with you. Below is her go-to pattern that she has been using for about 40 years! She says it’s become so second nature that she can pretty much crochet the pattern in her sleep.
In her own words:
I typically use a size “I” hook (a larger or smaller hook will change the size of your afghan). I also typically use Red Heart SOFT yarn (obviously, you use your favorite!).
Chain 186 stitches fairly loosely
Row 1: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook
1 single crochet in each of next 3 chains
*3 single crochets in next chain, 1 single crochet in each of next 4 chains, skip 2 chains, 1 single crochet in each of next 4 chains; repeat from * across, ending 3 single crochets in next chain, 1 single crochet in each of last 4 chains. Turn.
Row 2: Chain 1, skip 1 single crochet, *(WORK IN BACK OF STITCH FOR THIS PART UNTIL END OF *) 1 single crochet in each of next 4 single crochets, 3 single crochets in next single crochet, 1 single crochet in each of next 4 single crochets, skip 2 single crochets from * across to within last 5 stitches. (DO NOT DO STITCH IN BACK FROM THIS POINT TO END OF ROW.) End 1 single crochet in each of next 3 single crochets, skip 1 single crochet, 1 single crochet through both loops of last single crochet. Turn.
Repeat rows until desired length.
IF you want to change the size of the afghan, you can do that by multiples of 11 plus 10.
This is the way I typically change my colors. There are a variety of ways to do this, and if you are a crocheter, you may already have a way that works well for you. I have found that this works well for me most of the time:
When I get to the end of the row, last stitch, before completing my single crochet (and this works well for any stitch that I do), I will have 2 threads on my hook. Cut the existing yarn with about a 4 inch tail. Loop over the hook with the new color and pull it through all loops. Turn. Now, as I continue to work my pattern, I am blending in the 2 strands of yarn (the old color and the new color) with each stitch that I am making with my hook. NO loose ends to worry about because they are being worked right into the pattern.
This is a much easier pattern to work than to explain. I hope this helps. There are MANY patterns for the Ripple Stitch or Chevron Stitch. This is by far my favorite. Tried and true.
I don’t crochet (at least not right now, in this stage of my life) and this looks a little bit like a foreign language to me… but we have had many requests for her pattern, so I know we have some crocheters out there who will really appreciate this!
Ready for the really fun surprise? My cute mom has offered to crochet an afghan for one of our lucky readers! For real. One of you will win your very own BH logo-colored afghan from my mom! How cool is that? She sure has a heart of gold, doesn’t she? All you need to do is post a comment here on the blog, perhaps telling us what it would mean to you to have this handmade gift, mention your city / state / country … and we’ll randomly select one of you to receive this Vicki Allgaier original afghan!