Monday, July 30, 2012

Abode + Beyond: Afghan

I grew up grandmother-less as a child and I have these impressions of all the smotherly love I missed out on. Afghans give me that warm fuzzy feeling of grandmas and good books.
An afghan is a blanket, wrap, or shawl made of colored yarn. It is knitted or crocheted, often in geometric shapes. It can also be referred to as a "throw". Afghans were first made in Afghanistan and commonly featured geometric designs with many holes in the pattern. They are hand-stitched or knitted.[1] In North American craft tradition, afghans are draped over sofas or large chairs for decoration. - via Wikipedia

I love the look of a throw over the bottom of a perfectly made bed. Personally I prefer more muted colors and patterns, which I find are more rare. Seems grannies really loved to rainbow it up with their yarns.

This one is so beautifully understated in color and you can see how detailed it is with scalloped edges and different knits.

[caption id="attachment_2369" align="aligncenter" width="440"] Vintage Crochet Afghan cream with brown stripes $36.00 by Bluebell[/caption]

While this one is colorful, it's muted in almost pastel shades, plus it has such a light and airy, ethereal look to it. So delicately lovely.

[caption id="attachment_2370" align="aligncenter" width="440"] Vintage Afghan Blanket Soft Geometry Squares $36.00 by JoulesVintage[/caption]

Classic granny square in colors that will compliment decor instead of clash with it. You really have to check out the aniandrose shop if you're in the market for an afghan - it has the best ones on Etsy, in my opinion. All in great colors.

[caption id="attachment_2371" align="aligncenter" width="440"] Vintage Handmade Green GEOMETRIC Squares Afghan $36.00 by aniandrose[/caption]

I like the unique pattern on this one and ombre coloring.

[caption id="attachment_2372" align="aligncenter" width="440"] Vintage 70s Afghan Blanket Crocheted Pink Diamonds $65.00 by drowsySwords[/caption]


Joules said...

Sorry you grew up without grandmothers, Justine. I learned how to crochet from mine, and afghans were part of the story, for sure
Thank you for the nice, snuggly feature! They are charming indeed.

vintspiration said...

Thanks Joules. :)