Country Apples Afghan – 1

I’ve been surfing around craft sites, half heartidly searching for a craft to do. I’ve reached a point where my interest in crafting is low. I’ve a couple of works-in-progress, but my interest in finishing them has stalled. I’ve been doing alot of reading and watching movies. I feel I need some sort of new craft project to do. I happened on a site of many different kinds of crafts. I was surfing through their crochet patterns and saw a pattern for a “Country Apples Afghan”.
Wow, for the first time in awhile my creative energies are flowing. It’s such a cheerful looking folksy afghan that I knew I had to try to make it.
Due to copyright, I can’t post a large copy of their photo, but maybe this small copy of the pattern page with a link will be okay.

“Country Apples Afghan”

I downloaded the pdf file and printed off the pattern so I could study on it and become familiar with it’s directions. It takes 352 granny squares to make it. I’ve not ever made an afghan with so many little squares that form a design.

The pattern calls for Caron yarn. I don’t have any on hand and our nearest department store carries very few colors in a few choices of yarn brands. I decided to use yarn that I have on hand and that’s Red Heart brand yarn.

The “Country Apples Afghan” background color is white. I got my yarn and went to work on making squares. After I made about 10 squares, I decided that they were too bright. I want the afghan to have a more vintage country look, so I changed to the color Aran. I think it’s going to look good. I’m going to use a Cherry Red instead of a bright red, to help with the vintage look.

I had trouble meeting the pattern’s sizing though. The pattern calls for a size H crochet hook to make the squares 2 1/2 inches. I tried the H and my squares came out to be closer to 3 inches. I’m using a G size crochet hook and the squares are close to 2 3/4 inch. I figure that’s close enough.

My choice of Red Heart yarn colors are:
Cherry Red
Frosty Green
Medium Thyme

So far, I have 15 Aran squares finished.
Only 337 more to go.
That ought to keep me busy awhile.
Wish me luck!

Wishing you all Happy crafting!






16 thoughts on “Country Apples Afghan – 1

  1. That’s a lovely afghan, E.C., and I’m glad it piqued your interest enough for you to start making it immediately! As always, I’ll be looking forward to your project updates.

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  2. My goodness that is a lot of tiny little squares! Are you going to join as you go or wait till all the squares are done and then assemble everything? I suppose with that particular pattern it would be easier to wait till they’re all done. I hate having to seam together lots of pieces so I try to stick with patterns that I can join as I go so once it is done, it is DONE. But then I am also not very patient. Lol I can’t wait to see your progress on this project!

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    • Thanks so much CW
      I’m going to make all the squares and then join them together… or I might join some of them to make the individual big squares as I go. I’m not sure yet. I’m enjoying making the small blocks right now, so we’ll see how I feel about it as time passes. 😉


  3. It is such a cute and cheerful look Afghan!
    It reminds me of granny squares that I have started last year to make an knee blanket myself. I should pull them out from the closet and restart 😄

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