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Colorful Afghans

Colorful Afghans

The chevron (or ripple) afghan was wildly popular in the 70s. (Which is probably why you see so many of these for sale on sites like Etsy!) The pattern was popular because not only was it relatively easy to create, but you weren't locked into a design since it could be customized with so many different color variations. 

My Mom made several of these — for myself and my two siblings, and others for relatives and friends. She asked us kids what color we each wanted and I chose green for mine. I've used my afghan for many years now, and it's kept many house guests warm. It's heavy and dense and the perfect thing to cozy up in on a cold night. 

Below are some chevron, granny square and scalloped designs to enjoy. I especially like the chevron and granny square design. No two afghans are alike and the color variations are very fun! 

Classic wide band chevron 

afghan

 in orange, brown and yellow

Orange

afghan

with multi-colored chevron in the center

Skinny stripe chevron 

afghan

 with warm autumn colors

Chevron 

afghan

 in warm burgundy, cream, forest green, pumpkin and gold

Why choose between chevron or granny square? This vintage

afghan

has both.

Granny square

afghan

with bold, neon colors and black border

Granny square

afghan

in hunter green, gold and orange

Granny square 

afghan

 for baby

Hexagon granny

afghan

in brown, orange and white

Granny square

afghan

in purple, red, pink and yellow

Granny square

afghan

in gold, brown, orange and green

Granny square

afghan

 in yellow, olive, teal, red, grey, white and pink

This beautiful granny square afghan is made to order from

this

Etsy seller.

Make it yourself: The pattern for this gorgeous granny square afghan is available 

here

.

Scalloped 

afghan

 with gradation of warm autumn colors

Scalloped 

afghan

 in red, brown, green and yellow

Scalloped 

afghan

 in a rainbow of colors

Striped and tasseled 

afghan

 in orange, brown, white and yellow

Black and White Fashion

Black and White Fashion

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