One of my favorite gifts to give is a handmade crochet afghan! When friends are getting married, buying their first house, or having a baby, the search begins for just the right pattern to reflect their style.
Many times a pattern will have the right finish, but maybe the coloring needs adjusted. You can always switch out the type of yarn you use in a pattern to give it a totally different look!
For my friend, Jessica’s wedding gift, I chose this simple pattern by Lion Brand.
She had a citrus theme, so the original picture in the pattern gave me a great visual of what the finished blanket would look like in her colors. I used Fireside Mandarin Yarn by Yarn Bee paired with Apricot Tender Touch Yarn by Yarn Bee for a super soft blanket.
Made entirely of chain stitches and double crochet to form the V-stitch, this blanket is perfect for beginners and still has a neat design to give it character. Adding a tasseled fringe to the top and bottom borders is also easy and finishes the blanket off nicely!
*V-stitch (V-st): Work (dc, ch 1, dc) in the indicated stitch or chain.*
Click here to see a helpful YouTube video demonstrating this stitch
Using size N Hook, with 1 strand each of A and B held together, ch 67.
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, ch 1, dc in same st, * sk 2 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, sk 1 ch, dc in last ch.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1sp (V-stitch made); rep from * across, ending with dc in top of turning-ch.
Rows 3-40: Repeat Row 2.
For each tassel cut 3 strands of color A, approximately 15 inches long. Hold the 3 strands together and fold in half. Use your crochet hook to draw through the edge of the throw, forming a loop. Pull the ends of the tassel through this loop and tighten. Attach your fringe evenly spaced along top and lower edges of the blanket and you are finished!
Total I used 5 skeins of the Mandarin and 6 skeins of the apricot. I found my yarn at Hobby Lobby, and at normal price the total cost of the yarn would have been about $60. By using the weekly coupon available in their mobile app available on Android or in the app store via iTunes, the total cost of my blanket was $36 and change. With a little planning and smart shopping, you can give your friends a priceless handmade gift that will be a part of their home for years!