Craft yourself an Afghan just like Grandma

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Traditional and Modern

I was prepared for a very 1970s vibe for this relic of a craft book. I wasn’t disappointed with a few crafts that looked like it came from a grandma’s couch. However, I was surprised that a few were actually quite good. There were some very plain but nicely detailed afghans that would have made nice throws for a couch in this century. The bad news is that the projects were crowded out with the examples below. (Warning! A clown afghan is one of the examples!)

The book itself was a bit dirty and ripped in places, so it could be weeded on condition alone. I think it has done more than enough work serving in the small public library where it is still in service. Again, each librarian should be familiar with their community and users to make the determination to keep or weed. Both Holly and I like to make a “watch list” where we track titles that we are “iffy” on weeding. We give it some time and then check on if there has been any improvement in use. It also can help you promote some of the hidden gems in a collection. When you do finally weed a title, you can rest assure you gave it a fair chance!


how to crochet

Indian head afghan

clown afghan

ballade afghan in orange and brown



    1. Considering Grandpa seems to be floating in an infinite white void, the smell may float off and disappear.

  1. I don’t think mom had this exact book, but she had it’s sibling as she made a somewhat simpler version of that Indian Head afghan. Ugly and of questionable correctness even in the 70s, but that thing was heavy and indestructable. After rolling around the floor with teenagers at my parent’s house it followed my brother to college dorms then to a newlywed apartment. Unless his wife managed to toss it out I’ll bet it’s still in a closet somewhere, still whole and hideous.

    1. That’s a Stephen King story. Or at least a creepy folktale.

      The Afghan That Would Not Die. (Until the right woman came along and threw it out)

    2. My mother made me one in the 2000s, they are heavy and indestructible. Probably Afghanistan’s greatest contribution to the world is the afghan blanket.

  2. My mom and some other moms did afghans in the 70s.

    But they made them one, two, or at the very most 3 colors. With no blocky weird pictorial designs.

    I still have a couple of them, and they’re suitable for throwing over a couch so you can put them on when it gets cold. Without offending the eye.

    1. I guess they put that one on the cover so there’d be something that isn’t an insult to the eyes. Do you still have it?

  3. The clown is happy because he ate a kid for breakfast, and he’s going to have that kid in the picture for lunch.

  4. At least four of my female relatives crocheted a lot of afghans between 1965 and 1985. Many of them are still around. Very fortunately, the most dateable thing they did was granny squares in green and orange, and even that was greens and oranges that my Granny liked, not absolutely 70s colours. Mostly in real wool rather than acrylic, too. I’ve gotten the feeling that they were ahead of their time, and now I am certain and very grateful!

  5. “Craft yourself an afghan just like grandma”? I reply that my grandmothers were of Scottish and German descent, not Afghani.

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