Ever wanted to try making an afghan but felt it was too large a project to take on? How about crocheting an afghan that’s a smaller size, but with a more interesting design than is usually given in a crochet pattern? If this sounds like a project you want to put in your queue, then say hello to the Southwest Sunburst Corner to Corner Crochet Afghan from One Dog Woof.
Crocheting corner to corner might be a new concept for some, but don’t despair, because One Dog Woof has a tutorial specifically for those who are new to the corner to corner technique. There’s a link available in the pattern and you can try it out before you start on the blanket, whether you want a written tutorial, a step-by-step photo process, or a video to watch.
To make the Southwest Sunburst afghan, you’ll need plenty of yarn – the pattern recommends using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or something similar. You can pick whatever colors you like, of course, but the original pattern calls for grey, blue, pink, yellow, and white (about 12 skeins). The recommended crochet hook size is a “J”, though of course this makes larger, looser, stitches. If you prefer a tighter stitch, you might want to consider a smaller hook size. The nice thing about bigger stitches is that it leaves plenty of air in the blanket – instead of being constricting, the larger stitches allow the blanket to breathe.
Whatever hook size you intend to use, you’ll also need the following materials: a stitch marker or safety pin, scissors, a tapestry needle, bobbin holders, and clothespins, though of course the bobbin holders and clothespins are optional. They do make things easier, however.
The stitches required for the afghan are simple (the pattern is categorized as “Easy”): chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), increase (inc) and decrease (dec). The afghan will measure about 3 feet by 4 feet when done, not including the fringe. The fringe is optional, of course, but it’s a fun accessory and easy to add.
Want to make a little side money by crocheting a couple afghans? One Dog Woof has given permission to sell what you’ve made using the pattern as long as you link back to her original blog post. You may, of course, also share the pattern on your social media, using the original blog post link. If you’d like to translate the pattern, you can send a message to One Dog Woof via the website.
If the Southwest Sunburst Corner to Corner Crochet Afghan needs to be in your home, you can whip one up following the instructions, graph, photo tutorial and videos provided by One Dog Woof. If you enjoy this one and want to try another corner to corner pattern, One Dog Woof also has a pattern called the “Zoodiacs Afghan” and another, the “Chevron Baby Blanket”. You can share photos of your finished projects with One Dog Woof via Facebook or Instagram. Make sure to tag your pictures with #1dogwoof. You can also browse through PDF patterns and more from One Dog Woof on Etsy and Craftsy.