Retro Afghan

Thank you so very much to my wonderful readers who responded quickly to my call for help and provided me with a backup copy of my Retro Afghan pattern.

As you may recall, when I switched servers a while back, I lost all of my listed patterns for the past 2 years.  I was able to recover all but 1 – the Retro Aghfan.  I thought it was gone forever but I decided to put out a call for help, and you all answered that call!!

So without further ado, here is the pattern.  Thank you again to all who responded!


The afghan pictured above ended up measuring 28″ x 32″.  Of course, you can make it bigger or smaller depending on who it’s for.  So here are the steps.  Happy Hooking!

NOTE:  You can use an array of different types of yarn for this afghan.  The hook size used will depend on how big or small you want your afghan to be.  For the one pictured, I used an I hook

I hook
14 oz of any 2 colors
Yarn Needle

sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet


R1:  Ch 102

R2:  Dc in 4th ch from hook.  *ch1, sk next, dc in next* across.  Change color. Turn.

R3:  Ch2.  Working in front of the stitch from row 2, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  Ch1.  Working behind the stitch from row 2, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  *Ch1. In front of row below, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in skipped chain from row below* across.  Turn

R4:  Ch3.  Sk next st, dc in next.  *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next* across.  Change color, turn.

R5:  Ch2.  In front of row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  *Ch1.  In front of row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row* across.  Sl st to 2nd of beginning ch3

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you reached your desired length, ending with a row 5.  Finish off


Hdc in any corner space.  Hdc in each st around, making sure to keep the sides even.  3hdc in ever corner.  Twice around.  Finish off and weave in ends.

Crochet Stripes Blanket Pattern

I posted this blanket a while back in this great group I belong to on Facebook called HodgePodge Crochet.  I made it for my wife’s cousin as her baby shower gift.

Crochet Stripes Blanket - Bobbles & Baubles

After I posted it in the group page, the post went crazy.  Everyone wanted a copy of the pattern.  I searched high and low for this pattern and could not find it anywhere!  before Bernat merged with Yarnspirations, it was available for free on the Bernat site.  But it seems that they no longer offer it.  Thank Goodness I saved a copy!

Crochet Stripes - Bobbles & Baubles Crochet Stripes Blanket - Bobbles & Baubles

Since then, many of you have been asking me where they can find this pattern.  Since this was a free pattern put out there and it is not for sale, I decided to put it up here.  Please note, this is not my pattern, this pattern is by Bernat.   Click below for the pattern:



Modern Granny Afghan

Lately I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for the granny square. I don’t  know why that is, maybe because I’ve seen all of the possibilities of this extremely versatile pattern. I’ve been itching to make one, so this week I decided to give it a go. I made 2 lovely afghans, one is a security blanket / car seat or stroller blanket and the other a regular baby sized afghan. I decided to add a lovely edging to the bigger one just to give it a little flair.

Modern Granny 2    Madern Granny 1

If you love the blankets but don’t want to make your own, I have them up for sale in my Etsy shop, click here


NOTE:  You can use an array of different types of yarn for this afghan.  The hook size used will depend on the type of yarn chosen.  For the yellow one, I chose 100% cotton yarn (Lily Sugar N’ Cream) with an H hook and for the blue one, I used worsted weight yarn (Loops & Threads Impeccable Impeccable) with an I hook.

Refer to note above for yarn – how much you need is dependent on how big you make it
Refer to note above for hook – the thicker the yarn, the bigger the hook size

sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
ch – chain


Rnd 1:  Start with a magic ring.  *3dc in center, ch 1*  Repeat from *to* three more times.  Ch 1.  Join to top of first dc.  Tighten ring. (you should have 4 sets of 3dc and ch 1 sps in the middle)

Rnd 2:  Sl st in next dc.  Continue to sl st until you reach the ch 1 sp.  Ch 2.  2 dc, ch 1, 3dc in ch 1 sp.  *skip next 3 dc.  3dc, ch 1, 3dc in space between 3dcs*  Repeat from *to* around.  Join

Rnd 3:  Sl st until you reach the ch 1 sp.  Ch 2.  2dc, ch 1. 3dc in sp.  *Skip next 3 dc.  3dc in next sp.  Skip next 3 dc.  3dc, ch 1, 3dc in space between 3dcs*  Repeat from *to* around.  Ch 1.  Join

Continue last round, keeping the following in mind:
*  3 dc only along the sides of the blanket (do not ch 1 between the 3dcs)
*  3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in every corner

To change color at the end of a round:
*  Sl st until you get to a corner ch 1 sp.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Start new color.

(shown in yellow blanket)
Hdc around every st.  2 hdc in every corner

(shown in blue blanket)
Rnd 1:  Sl st in any corner ch 1 sp.  Ch 5.  *Sl st between 3dc.  Ch 5*.  Repeat from *to* around.  Join to first sl st.  Finish off.  Weave in ends


Rnd 2:   Join with sl st to any ch 5 loop.  Ch 5.  *Sl st in next ch 5 loop.  Ch 5*  repeat from *to* around.  Join to first sl st.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.


Candy Stripes Baby Afghan

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So, you know how I mentioned in my previous post that I have been crocheting like a mad woman to keep my mind off of my grandmother’s death?  Well, this is the product of one of those mad crochet sessions.  This took two days to complete and I quite love it.  Although I tried to lighten it, the picture came out a bit darker than the colors actually are.  What looks like black in the picture is actually a chocolate brown.  I worked the entire afghan in single crochet.  It was just the right amount of tedious to distract me for a bit.  That, and my wife’s pampering – which I don’t mind one bit.

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The close up above shows a truer version of the chocolate.

For those of you interested in making it, it is actually quite simple:

Materials: 1 skein each of  “Loops & Threads: Impeccable Impecable” yarn in the following colors: Soft Fern, Aqua, Chocolate, Aran, Rouge

Crochet Hook: Size I

Row 1:  Ch 114

row 2:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across.  Turn

row 3:  Ch1.  Sc in each st across.  Turn

row 4-130: repeat row 3 following color table below (number shown corresponds to number of rows for that particular color)

14 Aran

3  Soft fern

3  Chocolate

14  Rouge

3  Aqua

14 Soft fern

3 Rouge

14 Aqua

14 Aran

6 Chocolate

3 Aran

6 Chocolate

14 Aqua

19 Soft fern

 Border:  Join with sl st in any corner.  *(Sc in corner, ch 2, sc) in same corner*.  Sc across to next corner, repeat from *to* at every corner.  Bind off.

You can continue adding colors or stop at 1

I cut the yarn at the end of each color change.  Since some rows had quite a gap between color changes, I didn’t feel like carrying it through.  I wove in all of the yarn at the end.

If you would like to come up with your own striped pattern try this nifty stripe generator

Animal Print Baby Afghan – Part II

I’m finally done!  The animal print afghan that I have been working on for a couple of weeks is finally finished.  I am so in love with it.  The finished product is so lovely, it surpassed even my expectations


There is a lovely animal pattern bordering the blanket, complete with giraffes, elephants and lions.




I have had many requests for this afghan pattern,  Unfortunately, the pattern is not mine so I can not post it due to copyright.  But head on over to my Etsy shop and you can order the finished product!

Zoo Animal Baby Afghan – Part I

I started a new baby blanket this week. I decided to go for a traditional soft yellow, just a bit darker than a pastel yellow. I’m working it with a sport weight yarn. It is worked in one color and as one piece. I was pleasantly surprised by this as it looks so complex… but it really isn’t. The middle is a checkerboard pattern while the outer edge has an animal pattern. Here are a few pics of the work in progress.

Center of blanket Beginnings of a griaffe

The first picture depicts the center of the blanket while the second is the beginnings of a giraffe (notice the head). This one is a lot of fun to make and it’s going pretty quickly as well. I’ll update with the finished project as soon as I’m done. Hopefully this weekend, but I’m also redoing my kitchen, so it may just be sometime next week.

Double Sided Baby Blanket

Double Sided Baby Blanket

I made this blanket over the weekend for a coworker who is having a baby. It has a beautiful shell pattern, it is reversible and surprisingly thick. Perfect for the Fall and Winter.

I used blue and cream but this blanket will look great with just about any color combination. I hope you have as much fun making your own as I did.

Materials: 12 oz of color A

12 oz of color B

Size G hook

Row 1: (shell  row): With color A, chain 173.
Work 1 dc in 5th ch from hook. 3 dc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch (shell completed).
*skip 2 ch, work 1 dc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch.
* Repeat from * to * across to ch just before last, do not work in last ch.
Drop loop from hook, do not cut yarn. Do not turn.


Row 2: (chain Loop Row) With color B.   Starting at the beginning of last row (dropped loop from row 1 should be on opposite end), join B with sc in 4th ch of turning ch (the ch before 1st dc of first shell st row).


Working in the front of last row, *ch 6, skip next shell, sc in first ch of the 2 skipped ch in foundation chain (between shells)*. Repeat from * to * across. Ch 6, sc in end ch (the free chain at the end of last shell)

Second row should look like this (I inserted the hook to show that there is a space)


Row 3: (Shell Row) With color B, ch 2, turn. Slip st in first dc of last shell st row. Ch 2
* 5 dc in center st of shell (3rd dc) and in ch 6 loop.  5 dc in center st of next shell and ch 6 loop * Repeat from * to * across.
Drop loop from hook. Do not cut yarn. Do not turn.

End of third row should like like this (side 1 and 2)



Row 4: (Chain Loop Row) Pick up dropped color A at end of the shell st row before last.
*ch 6. Working in front, skip shell. 1 sc in space between shells (in the same color shell)* Repeat from * to * across.
Ch 6, skip last shell, 1 sc in chain loop row.

Fourth row should look like this (I inserted a hook to show where there is a space)


Row 5: With color A, work same as for row 3. Do not turn.

Fifth row should look like this



Row 6: Pick up dropped B loop at end of shell st row before last. Work same as for row 4.

Repeat rows 3,4,5 & 6 for pattern. Work until length desired is reached.

Repeat rows 3 & 4

Border: *Double crochet in each st across. For corners: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same corner ch* Repeat from * to * once. Join with sl st.