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This isn’t a newly finished project, but I realised I never put pics up of the end result and it’s all been papercraft here for the last few posts so it’s high time we had some yarn craft. Here’s my magnolia afghan! It’s been keeping me warm since April, and even when the weather is warmer it looks nice draped over the end of my bed.

It’s a very easy pattern for a very satisfying result. You basically crochet the large shapes, then the smaller triangles and sew them all together into one long panel. Then you crochet along one side and keep going until it’s as long as you want (or, in my case, until you get sick of doing nothing but long, long rows).

In the pattern, the top panel was supposed to be vertical rows, but I preferred the horizontal stripe, so I just did the same as on the bottom panel and crocheted along until it was as I wanted. Then I went all around the edge in double crochet stitches to bind it.

I love the yarn I used too, as it self-stripes and makes the blanket look a whole lot more complex than it actually is! Also, being Lincraft yarn it often goes on sale, so I would just wait until there was a sale and buy up a bunch. Seeing as it has a mixed colour it didn’t matter too much if the yarn wasn’t from the same dye lot (there wasn’t a lot of variation as far as I could tell).

I probably would have finished the whole thing quite quickly if I hadn’t started it in spring…but crocheting a giant blanket in summer was not the most enjoyable thing to do so I waited until the autumn months to finish it off. It gives me great pleasure to see it on my bed! There is really nothing quite as satisfying as making something beautiful that is also practical.

Yarn: Lincraft Surprise – dark multi mix
Pattern: Magnolia Afghan by Lion Brand Yarns