Afghans for the Holidays (or for a Great Cause)!

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We have 4 amazing afghans in our December 2022 issue of Crochet World. These will make perfect holiday decor items, presents or perhaps you want to contribute to a great cause (see end of post).

The first 2 afghans that I am going to share from the issue are definitely heavily inspired by the holidays. The Vintage Ornaments Afghan by Kristen Stoltzfus Clay using Red Heart Soft and With Love yarns was inspired by the fun pastel ornaments from when many of us where young. You can easily make this more traditional by trading out the pastel colors for the more standard red, green and white.

Vintage Ornaments Afghan

The Holiday Delight Lapghan by designer Mary Chisak worked in lighter shades of the more traditional Christmas colors would make another great addition to your decor. This lapghan uses Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in 4 muted shades of green, red, silver and cream. But you can easily spice it up with brighter shades to match your Christmas theme.

Holiday Delight Lapghan

Now for a couple of fun ways to use up your scraps from the year. If you are like me you save all your leftover yarns. You can put them to work with several options in our Scrap Happy Gifts chapter or use them in one of the following 2 afghans. If you have a lot of scraps you may go for the Happy Blooms Blanket by Susan Coleman. This is a very large afghan measuring in at 72 inches x 75 inches! It’s big enough to cover a lot of beds. But don’t think you have to be that committed! It has a very simple border which allows you to make the pattern to any size you wish by working more or fewer squares.

Happy Blooms Blanket

Then there is another interesting take on using scraps with Katherine Eng’s Very Scrappy Lapghan. For this one you will want to divide out your scraps into colors that can then work through a rainbowing effect. You will hold that scrappy color together with a neutral yarn to create the marled look you see in the image. Katherine worked hers up using Plymouth Encore Worsted, which is just perfect for afghans and blankets. This is another one you could easily work to any size by incorporating more rows of colors and then working the simple border.

Very Scrappy Lapghan

If you feel like you don’t need another afgahn, there are loads of worthy causes out there that will take them, especially with the holidays coming up. Considering donating them. I just ran across this great group called Warm Up America Foundation. You can work up blocks of 7-9 inches to send in or whole blankets, afghans and throws. They accept a wide range of sizes and they are sent to agencies in need, like women’s shelters, nursing homes, children’s hospitals, hospices, daycare centers, hospitals, veteran’s homes, churches, AIDS facilities, homeless shelters and American Red Cross chapters. Read more about how it all works here.

They are also pushing a new goal for 2023. They are accepting monetary donations as well to help offset some of the expenses of the organization. Supporter who donate $50 towards their goal of $90,000 will get a new pattern bundle of yarn projects from there supporting member companies!!

—Britt Schmiesing, editor

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