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- Paavo Nurmi
Afghans are crocheted or knitted blankets and shawls used for home decor and also to provide warmth. They are made from bright coloured yarns and available in different patterns and sizes.
Now everyone often gets confused why these afghan crochet blankets and crochet shawls are called afghans which resemble the people of a country. This is because in the 18th century, Afghan crochet shawls were produced in textiles and later on, people started referring Afghan crochet blankets and Afghan crochet shawls as Afghans. It may be possible that initially they used to call it to shorten the name but eventually it became a term. So, this is how the word ‘Afghan’ began to be used for crocheted or knitted designs.
Afghans are generally used on sofas, chairs, as bedspreads, baby blankets and many more. They can be used for multiple purposes which is why they are very popular.
Now, here are some easy Crochet Afghan Patterns for beginners listed below which can help you in making beautiful and colourful crochet designs.
Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern is one of the easiest crochet patterns to learn for beginners. It is made by using half double crochet stitches which can be learnt quickly.
Square Crochet Afghan Pattern
Initially, Afghans were made from squares of coloured yarns. This process is still used in which different coloured squares are used to make this Square Crochet Afghan Pattern. Making this design can be interesting and tiring at the same time. It requires a lot of effort to make the squares and then join them. But once this design is made, it looks beautiful.
Shell Stitch Crochet Afghan Pattern
Shell Stitch Crochet Afghan Patterns are unique because of their intricate designs. They can be made easily with little equipment. Shell stitches are made row wise in order to make this elegant pattern.
Southwest Afghan Crochet Pattern
In this pattern, fringes are added to the designs which makes them look gorgeous. These fringes add on to the beauty of the crochet blankets and crochet shawls. The name of this pattern is Southwest Afghan Crochet Pattern because the designs are inspired from Southwest Afghan.