Today's Guest Blogger is Ann Elaine from Craftdrawer Crafts. Her blog is full of ideas for crochet, knit, crafts, sewing and cross stitch. Today, she tells us about one of her favorite Leisure Arts patterns: Lacy Chevron Afghan. You may recognize this as Mary's Afghan from the TV shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish. Welcome Ann Elaine!
The Lacy Chevron Afghan is an interesting afghan to crochet. It combines a repeated shell stitched with the look of the ripple afghan pattern. I have always been a fan of the ripple afghan and enjoy the way it looks when combining it with other colors. The Lacy Chevron takes it one step further and gives the afghan the feel of movement within the colors of the yarn. The wave pattern of the Lacy Chevron afghan is one similar to the one featured on an Amish reality television show.
In addition to the ePattern, the Lacy Chevron Afghan can also be found in the Afghan Parade eBook along with three other designs for a total of four patterns. The afghan made by Mary on the shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish is actually called a Lacy Chevron. I've tried the pattern with a few random scrap colors for practice and found it’s was fairly easy to crochet once you got the hang of it.
I did find similar patterns to the Lacy Chevron online but the instructions in the original Afghan Parade eBook are written better and much easier to understand. It reminds me of crocheting a repeated shell stitch afghan along with granny squares. It’s best to crochet with a worsted weight yarn and with similar colors to enhance the wave effect. My sample pattern was modified and I crocheted a smaller ripple from the pattern to give it a slightly different look.
When crocheting the Lacy Chevron it’s good to read through the pattern and take your time. The directions are clear and if you use shades of yarn in the same color it works up beautifully. In the Afghan Parade eBook the afghans featured are all worked in one piece so there are no seams to sew. If you like the look of the Lacy Chevron you will also enjoy crocheting the V-Stitch Shell, the Small Shell Afghan, and the Stained Glass afghan included in the Afghan Parade eBook.
Thanks Ann! You can find Ann Elaine everyday at her Blog Craftdrawer Crafts. If you want more information about the connection between the shows Breaking Amish and Return to Amish and the Lacy Chevron Afghans, check out her blog entry on the subject here: Mary's Crochet Afghan Patterns from Breaking Amish and Return to Amish.