I worked on these afghans for Quinten and Joshua for several months.  I was a bit apprehensive about giving them as gifts.  After all, they’re little boys.  Why should they get excited about handmade blankets from their Mimi.  When I watched this video, I was overjoyed.  Quinten’s remark that didn’t make it on the recording was his exclamation, “I always wanted a blue blanket!”  Well, that made my heart melt.  I guess the afghans weren’t such a bad idea afterall.

After many years away from needlearts, I have found a new affection for them.  My mother and grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was in elementary school.  They are hobbies I’ve enjoyed very much through the years.  Crocheting is easy, and there are hundreds of free patterns on the web.  If you don’t know how, there are also hundreds of free videos on the Internet where you can learn.

I like the ability to pick up the work whenever I’m in the need for something to do.  I can crochet for one-half hour or off and on all day.  I can even do needlework in the car, which I did during our 24-hour car trip from Montana to Indiana for Christmas.

The pictures I took of the two project aren’t great, but here are links to the pattern for the boys blankets.  


chevron baby blanket pattern, crochet, afghan

Chevron Baby Blanket
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pattern for cobblestone afghan, crochet, yarn, needlework

Cobblestone Afghan – Crochet