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
in orange, brown and yellow
with multi-colored chevron in the center
Skinny stripe chevron
with warm autumn colors
in warm burgundy, cream, forest green, pumpkin and gold
Why choose between chevron or granny square? This vintage
with bold, neon colors and black border
in hunter green, gold and orange
in brown, orange and white
in purple, red, pink and yellow
in gold, brown, orange and green
in yellow, olive, teal, red, grey, white and pink
This beautiful granny square afghan is made to order from
Make it yourself: The pattern for this gorgeous granny square afghan is available
with gradation of warm autumn colors
in red, brown, green and yellow
in a rainbow of colors
Striped and tasseled
in orange, brown, white and yellow