Friday, June 6, 2014

Chevron Twin Afghans

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I decided that I wanted matching bedspreads for my kids’ bunk bed in their shared room.  I found a free pattern on Ravelry that was almost big enough for a twin bed that I really liked.  Chevron throws and afghans have been popular lately and so I really wanted to make some. 

I had intended to do solid colors, but I took my kids with me to pick out the yarn.  I wanted to do white with another color so that the blankets coordinated.  So the kids picked their preferred yarn at the store and my daughter picked Red Heart Super Saver Purple Tones and my son picked Red Heart Super Saver Camo Mirage.  The white yarn is Red Heart Super Saver White.  I love that the acrylic yarns these days are softer than they were in the past.  I have acquired several vintage yarns from my late grandmothers and those acrylic yarns are so scratchy!

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The pattern calls for a beginning chain of 239, but to make it wide enough for a twin bed, I started with a chain of 281.  And then followed the pattern to make the first rows.  I didn’t do the striping like the pattern suggested.  Instead I did eight even rows of each color.  I started and ended with white for both afghans. 

I love the way the stitch pattern is done.  It makes the blanket lightweight enough for warmer weather and still without openwork that would let in the cooler weather.  It’s a great all-season afghan!

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Overall, I love how they turned out and definitely recommend the pattern.  The kids love them, too!

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