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Crochet Child's Afghan Pattern Needed

Posted by: DKDuncan (IP Logged)
Date: June 04, 2009 12:43PM

I'm a "Beginner" so please excuse "basic" questions!
I am new to crochet and want to make afghan's for my 2 8yr. old twin neices. I can only find baby and adult size afghan's and being a beginner am afraid to try altering the size of a pattern. They don't need to be large - just size enough for small child to wrap up in or lay across twin bed. Can anyone help me find a fast and easy pattern for 8yr. old girls, and suggest yarn type? I want to use pink and purple for one girl and yellow and green for the other. THANK YOU!


Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: June 04, 2009 04:25PM

What many of us do is use a pattern designed for a smaller size, but substitute a larger hook and yarn to get a bigger afghan. No need to rewrite or recalculate the pattern at all.

For example, suppose you have a pattern for a baby blanket that calls for baby (fine) yarn and a size E hook at 5 sts per inch. It starts with ch 160 so the width would be 160 / 5 = 32 inches.

Now I substitute sportweight or worsted weight yarn and a size H hook at 4 sts per inch. Using the same pattern (no changes), starting with ch 160, the width would be 160 / 4 = 40 inches.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/04/2009 04:30PM by craftsman.

Posted by: DKDuncan (IP Logged)
Date: June 04, 2009 09:25PM


Posted by: carolishere (IP Logged)
Date: June 05, 2009 07:52AM

Hi, You can also try looking for a lapgan pattern. They are a smaller and maybe you can find a pattern that's not so babyish, since it is for 8 year olds. Hope this helps.


Posted by: DKDuncan (IP Logged)
Date: June 05, 2009 10:57AM

Thank you. I think I've found one at Coats and Clark's free pattern site. It's called "Kid's Digs" and uses the Bright and Lofty bulky yarn. Thanks to all! You guys are great. I look forward to learning from your posts.

Posted by: Liz (IP Logged)
Date: June 28, 2009 02:45PM

Hello DK,

Could not resist the urge to tell you about my all time favorite afghan pattern. Those who have heard it before, please bear with me, or flip the channel, ok? I've posted it on this forum and it has only two rows of instructions, and all single and double crochets.

The pattern is a crazy stitch, or brick stitch, but I like to refer to it as a Lacy brick stitch. It's quite beautiful and of all the patterns I've ever used in the 38+ years I've been crocheting, this is my all time favorite stitch. It is easily adapted to a baby afghan with baby yarn, to an adult size afghan with worsted weight or bulky yarns.

Since Sept. of last year, I've made 18 afghans from this stitch, with a variety of different yarn weights, colors, solids, varigated, stipes both horizontal and vertical and had a ball playing with these designs. I made these for family and friends and gave all but two of them away. I've now used this pattern a total of 52 times. Each time I give it away, the recipient is ecstatic. Mother Hen's little Emmie received #25.

If you are interested, I'll be glad to post it once again. I have just finished three for my three granddaughters, aged 9, 8, and 5 and they loved them. Two were made from pink, lavendar, and white and other was hot pink, lime green and white. So it is quite versatile. They fit across twin beds too. God bless.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/28/2009 07:32PM by Liz.



I don't know if Liz has migrated over to these new Forum boards.

When you are on the main homepage for these Forum Boards -- the page where you can look into the Crochet, or Knit, or Beginner Boards, read the instructions about the boards. You will find a link to the old boards where you can search the archives for Liz's former message about her brick stitch afghan.

If you don't find it doing an archive search on the old board, do an Internet search for crochet brick stitch using a search engine like google.com

I will contact Liz and see if she can answer you need !
Since the board has gone ( to the Spammers ) hard to follow >
Liz has found a LIFE to live with her family !

God Help this Board !
M♥ther Hen <><

I would appreciate it if Liz would share the pattern for this afghan.


Liz tried to sign in , but had some password problems , so she asked me to post this for her >>>
She started # 60 this week ! Wow >>
M♥ther Hen <><

Lacy Brick Crochet Baby Afghan - Shared By Liz

Chain 176 (Baby Afghan) Works horizontally, using baby yarn. H hook.

Row 1: 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 dc in next ch, *skip 3 ch. 1 sc in next ch, ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, rep from * to last 4 ch, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in last ch. TURN.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in first sc, *skip 3 dc, 1 sc in first ch of ch-3, ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in next sc, rep from * ending skip 2 dc, 1 sc in top of turning chain. TURN.

Rep row 2 until afghan measures desired length. Fasten off.

For adult version of afghan, using 4 ply, med. weight yarn - J hook. Chain 212 - work in same manner.

For variation on afghan, it may be worked with desired chain length, and worked vertically, using different colors for a beautiful vertical afghan. It takes on an entirely different look by making the colored sections in various sizes ex. 5 rows of claret, 3 rows of soft white, 4 rows of country rose, repeated to desired width.

One of the most beautiful versions I've made was by using 5 rows of black, 3 rows of lt. beige and 4 rows of the black fiesta with beige. My grandson and my brother both loved their afghans made with this yarn.

Happy Crocheting - God bless.