January is the perfect time to master a new craft skill or attempt a difficult project. The weather is crummy, so it’s nice to stay indoors and craft away the winter blues. Plus, without the pressure of the holidays, you can focus on learning new skills instead trying to make projects perfect for gift-giving. If you want to take crocheting to the next level, check out our wide selection of afghan products. From hooks and yarn to assorted crochet afghan patterns, you’re sure to find fun afghan projects that fit your skill set but also challenge you to become a better crafter.
Scarves, potholders and baby blankets are popular crochet projects because they’re so small. People often assume small projects are quick and easy, and that large projects are difficult and time-consuming. This is simply not true. With patience and a bit of practice, a full-sized afghan pattern can be completed quickly and easily. You just have to know where to begin! For beginners, we suggest My First Afghan from Soho Publishing. It includes 12 patterns that will help improve your crochet skills and confidence. You’ll love snuggling with these pretty crochet blanket patterns. Learn how easy it is to crochet an afghan for only $10.16.
If you’ve crocheted an afghan before, but the pattern was very simple (such as a single stitch blanket), then you’ll enjoy the challenge of creating a blanket with intricate designs. 63 Crochet Cable Stitches from Leisure Arts is stuffed with crochet stitches that you can use to create romantic afghans, pillows and more. The luxury look of the final pieces will leave you feeling accomplished. Learn 63 crochet cable stitches for only $11.01.
When you’ve become an advanced afghan-maker, you’ll find yourself wanting to experiment with patterns and adding your own flair to projects. Enter 50 Crocheted Afghan Borders from Leisure Arts. Eliminate boring fringe from your patterns! This book has 50 interesting borders to give your afghans a unique, polished look. It includes borders for every taste. Whether you prefer feminine or masculine borders, or maybe a narrow and tailored look, this book has the perfect crochet afghan border pattern for you. Transform your crochet blankets from frumpy to fabulous for only $7.61.
Have you ever crocheted an afghan?