This is a super idea to handle all the leftover skeins and bits of yarn from leftover projects and also when you find bags of the nicest yarn remnants at garage sales or flea markets. Children (and adults) love the scrappy afghans.
The pattern is quick and easy. Chain a row the size of the afghan you want to make.
- Crib: 45 by 60 inches
- Twin: 66 by 90 inches – the twin size quilts we are making are approx 70 to 75″ x 90″ – the extra inches allow for more cuddle room side to side for children in body casts.
- Double: 80 by 90 inches
- Queen: 90 by 90 to 100 inches
- King: 108 by 90 to 100 inches
After you have chained your first row, insert hook into the third stitch from hook, under the two upper strands and make a dc. Skip one stitch and make 2 double crochet stitches in the next stitch. Do this until the end of the row. In other words – instead of making a dc in each stitch, you are making 2 dc in a stitch, skipping the next stitch and then doing 2 dc in the next stitch.
This is the pattern for the entire afghan. Use a large hook and keep your stitches uniform and loose. When changing color, either make a square knot or tie both ends together by making a loop, passing the ends through the loop, and pulling it tight to make a knot. Leave an inch of ends when you change colors to make the afghan even scrappier – see the picture.
This type of afghan crochets up very quickly and is a lot of fun to do. When you are done, put your afghan (or afghans) in a box and send them to:
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 665483-2225
Please include a note in the box with your name and address so we can send you a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt.
If you don’t have time to make the afghans – please send your yarn skeins and scraps to us and our volunteers will be happy to crochet them up into bundles of love.