My favorite possession in the whole wide world? The granny square afghan that my grandmother made for me when I was about 12.  Honestly, the thing is my #1 decorative influence — it’s full of color and most importantly, homemade love. Of course, I collect vintage afghans a bit… I have a few wonderful ones. The afghan above: $20 from JunqueInTheTrunque, on Etsy. 


There are a gazillion possibilities for color combinations. This blue granny square afghan, $26 from VintageEye, Etsy. It’s really big, too — a great price!


This is just like my Lur Lur made!!!! Learn how to crochet your own afghan with these vintage instructions, $3.95 from AntiquesGaloreGal.


I didn’t know that they also made barkcloth that looks like Granny Squares: $35 from GiftsnCrafts, Etsy.


Oh yes, the girls in my family all had crocheted poncho’s too – I had white, Jenni had blue, and Sara had pink. I still have mine. It even has pom poms on the tie-ends. Make your own with these instructions from 1975, Granny Square Magazine, a Woman’s Day Special Edition, $5 at LoveElizabeth, Etsy.

Did your grannies and moms and aunties crochet you afghans, readers? Do you make, or collect them still?

  1. Pattie gatman says:

    I have been reading through all of these posts. I have recently been blessed to have over 100 beautifully hand crafted afghans. They are new and very well done. I have never seen such good quality. They are vintage but all new, packaged and never used. Please contact me if you would be interested in some. You can email me @ Thanks, Pattie

  2. susan dalton says:

    I’m 56 and have been crocheting since I was 14. I remember learning to make grannies in home economics class as a freshman in high school in Tennessee. I hadn’t made any in decades but have soooo many different colors of yarn in my baskets that I’m making a granny bedspread from them and trimming them in a beige yarn. I absolutely love crocheting and even though I work 40+ hours a week, I always crochet a little during my lunch hours. It’s very calming and relieves stress.

    1. pam kueber says:

      it’s on my list! this sunday, i think, when folks have time to shoot their pix and upload….

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