The Lion Brand® Shawl in a Ball® Granny Square Afghan/Shawl is such a fun pattern to make! Perfect for road trips, I loved working through all the gorgeous Shawl in a Ball colors while cruising along on a recent trip with my kids (don't worry, I wasn't driving!). And I snapped a few photos along the way, so you can make this fun fast pattern too!
We hope you have been having even a fraction of the fun that WE have been having with Yarn Heroes, Lion Brand's campaign to inspire knitters, crocheters, and crafters of all kinds to make comforting items for charity. The X-Men have Wolverine, and we have MOOGLY, who should need absolutely no introduction. But in case you're a yarn maven who has been living under a rock, Moogly (aka Tamara Kelly) is one of the guiding lights of the online crochet community, as well as one of the most generous souls you will ever meet.
We got a chance to catch up with Tamara to talk about her approach to charity crafting, and we are so thrilled to share her insights!
LB: Greetings, Tamara! We were so thrilled that you were one of the first people to sign up for Yarn heroes! Can you tell us a little bit about why you got involved?
Moogly: I love how charity focused the crochet community is! And it doesn’t have to be hats for babies or blankets for the homeless or any of the usual things – you can find a way to help almost any organization you care about, even if it’s a yarn bomb to help raise awareness!
Ready to jump into a pattern that's a little spicy? Lion Brand's Celtic Afghan might be just what you are looking for! The linen colored cables might say traditional, but crocheting one is full of adventure - and I'm here to help walk you through it!
First things first - you WILL need to be able to read a pattern to make the Celtic Afghan. So click here to go to the pattern, and print it out. It's not written in the traditional manner, which at first might throw you off, but once you read it through, it turns out to be broken down in a very smart way!
There are 3 cable patterns used in the Celtic Afghan. But before you get caught up in those, you will want to take your Vanna's Choice and favorite 9mm hook, and make the Foundation Row - 119 double crochets.
See all those stitch markers? They aren't listed in the pattern , but they are going to make it so much easier! Place the stitch markers on the following stitches, starting from either end of the row: 3, 14, 17, 34, 37, 48, 51, 68, 71, 82, 85, 102, 105, and 116.
If you look at these stitch markers, they are all either 3, 11, or 17 sts apart. These mark the different Cable Patterns. Cable Pattern 1 is 3 sts, Cable Pattern 2 is 11 sts, and Cable Pattern 3 is 17 sts. And now you can tell at a glance which section is next as you work!
Every row begins and ends with a Cable Pattern 1 (3 sts) section, and there are always Cable Pattern 1 sections between any Cable Pattern 2 and Cable Pattern 3 sections. But keep in mind that the very first st of each row is replaced with a ch 3, so you'll start each row with the 2nd stitch of Cable Pattern 1.
Ready to begin? Get the 3rd page of the PDF in front of you, and look at the top where it has the PATTERN STITCHES section. You are going to start with the ch 3, then work the bpdc around the 2nd st of the row, then fpdc around the 3rd stitch. This Cable Pattern 1 Row 1.
Next is a section of 11 sts, so you know it's time for Cable Pattern 2 Row 1!
Continue across, working the Row 1 instructions for each section - the stitch markers will tell you what section is next. Just be sure to move them up as you go! Then Row 2, and on through Row 4.
It might sound overwhelming, and some of the stitches are a little complicated. There are not just regular front post and back post stitches, but there's also a big puff and a fptrcross - which I know I had to read through a few times before I got it! So I made a video featuring all 3 of the Cable Patterns, and all 4 rows of the pattern. It's much easier to understand them in action!
After the first 4 row repeat, it should look like this:
You can see the stitch pattern coming together, and those gorgeous cables are off and running! To continue the blanket, just repeat Rows 1-4 of the Cable Patterns until your blanket is about 59 1/2 inches long - or whatever length you like! To finish it off, just ch 3 and dc across.
You can add a border if you like, but there isn't one listed in the pattern, so this is a great place to add your personal touch to the blanket. And your own Celtic Afghan is sure to be an heirloom the family will treasure! I hope you enjoy making it!