Baby Afghan and Pregnant Bellies

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I think this is the simplest afghan pattern ever.  If you can make a granny square, you can make this.  If you don’t know how, then check it out this tutorial with pictures.  I re-learned how to crochet a few years ago, after learning a little as a child and deciding that I preferred knitting.  I would describe my skill level as basic, meaning that I know some stitches and like to crochet, but I’ve never made anything fancy.  Still, this simple afghan is quick and easy for me.  Plus, people are so appreciative of a homemade gift that it’s totally worth the time. 

To make the afghan, you will need two (or one, or more) colors of yarn.  It’s totally adaptable and up to you.  Make a granny square, and just keep going around and around the square until the afghan is the size you would like it to be.  In the picture above, I started with 20 rows of blue, then added 10 rows of yellow and 12 rows of blue.  I then double-crocheted around the edge of the blanket in blue to finish it.  That’s all!

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I made this afghan for my dear friend Cindy and gave it to her at her baby shower today.  Cindy and her husband Sean are friends of mine from high school, and so the shower was a wonderful reunion with high school friends that I only get to see a few times a year.  Cindy and Sean are expecting a little boy in November.  Because they live in the same town as us, we look forward to our kids growing up together.  They’ll even be in the same grade!

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As many of you have been asking for belly shots, I’ve decided to comply.  I still don’t have a noticable belly (at least I don’t think so), so here’s a picture of me with Cindy.  I’m 4 months, and she’s 7 1/2 months along.



Filed under Living from Scratch, Sewing

4 responses to “Baby Afghan and Pregnant Bellies

  1. My daughter is 4 months, as well; she just learned she’s having a girl.

    My kids had a wonderful aunt who made them all the type of baby blankets that are made like comforters (with the batting inside). They dragged them around until way past worn out. I don’t have a sewing machine (or the inclination) anymore. I suspect I’ll be offering the gift of time.

  2. Gosh, I love your outfit! You have really good taste in clothing. That is one thing we don’t have in common. I’m just lucky if I don’t have manure on my shoes. 😉

  3. LOVE the picture of you and Cindy! You both look beautiful! I hope you’ll keep posting photos as you progress! What fun! Um. . . I think I have a profile shot of me when I was 9 months along with you, in your baby book! Your baby will love it, too, years later!

    Jena~Don’t you worry, Abbie can dress up or down! You should see her when she’s “schlepping” dirty pumpkins and sticky ice cream at the farm. There, we just dress to get dirty, not to impress!

  4. Marie

    Hi AB
    Love the afghan and love the mommy to be pics, you look great in that shirt, you are both glowing, just beautiful!!

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