Surviving Afghan

I learned how to crochet when I was 12.  I wasn’t the best of students and had quite a time picking it up the way my sweet instructor was teaching me.  But I stuck with it and one day picked the crochet hook up in a different way than she had been holding it  and I was off and running!  This is one of my very first afghans I crocheted up about 31 years ago.

crocheted afghan

I made this for my mother when I was 18 and in the Army in Germany.  I ran a one-man post office for a time and during my down time I crocheted afghans to mail home at Christmas time.  I must say that it is still in great shape.  I had been wondering if any of my crocheted afghans were still around after reading this post at Not Your Average Crochet by Hannah.  Amazingly, I went to over to my Mother’s house the other night and this afghan was folded up on the floor.  I was ecstatic!  I told my Mom I had just been wondering if any of the afghans I had made years ago were still around.  It does look a bit felted, but I guess that means that the stitches are truly locked in now.  The Ripple afghan was the first thing I learned and I have made several ripple afghans over the years. I’m pretty sure this afghan was made using Red Heart basic worsted weight yarn, as that was what was quite available back then.  Seeing this afghan really made me feel good.   Not only to know that it had stood the test of time, but that my Mom had kept it all of these years.  I really need to pick up a crochet hook again.

10 thoughts on “Surviving Afghan

  1. While I don’t crochet, I have to just say that this doesn’t look very easy. I think it is wonderful that your Mom still has it. Make sure it stays in the family!


    1. Thanks, Johanna. I thought it was so cool that it just happened to be out when I was just wondering if any of them survived this long. It was in good condition, too. Had a couple of coffee stains, but that just means that it is well loved, right?


    1. Thank you, Hannah. It’s not as beautiful as your SAL afghan, but for Ripple, it still looks pretty good. And I even looked at it to see if it had felted per your post, LOL. It was so coincidental that I had read your post and then wondered about the afghans I had made and one appeared!


  2. How sweet that your Mom held onto it all of these years. It actually looks trendy and new! You were obviously ahead of your time! 🙂


    1. I don’t know about that, but it was pretty exciting when I saw it at her house the other day. It was my Mom’s birthday, so I even had my camera to snap that picture of it.


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