Finally finished the football coach’s gift! I crocheted this beautiful football afghan. I have been crocheting since I was literally 5 years old and this is certainly one of the most difficult afghans I have ever crocheted. It wasn’t so much a challenging pattern as it only contained single chains, slip stitches, half double chains and double chains.
It was just a very detailed pattern with a lot of yarn changes. To create that tiered effect, most of the crocheting was done in the back loop. Sounds simple however it was the back loop not a back post stitch. Finding that back loop on a single crochet slows a gal down and I’m used to making afghans in one day…3 days max. This literally took almost 4 weeks! There is a lot of stitch counting as well. What took the most time was hand-stitching the football laces on all 60 footballs! The pattern was written in a way that it was difficult to follow at times. The supplies state “off-white” yarn but then in the pattern, the yarn color was called “aran” on some rows but “off-white” in other rows. The footballs were supposed to be made one by one and then sewn together. I fudged that a bit and just crocheted the footballs in a chain without breaks between the footballs. I don’t like to cut thread a whole bunch of times in a pattern because it doesn’t matter how well you weave your ends in, you get the unsightly fuzzy strands hanging out. I also carried the yarn color not in use with the current color stitch instead of cutting and re-attaching it anywhere I could. Even doing all of this still left me with a lot of undesirable weaved yarn ends everywhere in the pattern. The end product though is so striking that it is well worth the effort to make this afghan!
The color combinations are endless and this afghan is a perfect gift for a coach or that special football fan in your life! I’d love to share the pattern with you however it is copyrighted. The pattern can be found on page 54 in the Annie’s Favorite Special Occasions Crochet Projects book. The book was published in 2000. The pattern was designed by Eleanor Albano Miles.
I purchased my book on Amazon.com before football season for around $10. I just did a search for the book again on Amazon and I am shocked to find that new books are selling for $122+ and used books around $54! Holy Toledo! I suggest waiting till after football season and possibly you will find this book at the bargain price I found it for 3-4 months ago. Just wanted to share the pictures of the afghan, it really turned out fantastic!
UPDATE 12/9/12 – I had a lot of hits today for this blanket. Check the link to Amazon above. Just checked and you can find a used book for under $10 right now. Good luck!
UPDATE 4/19/13 – I just checked Amazon, the book is now less than $15 used. It’s the off season for football so folks looking for this particular book for this pattern – now’s the time to buy the book! 🙂
I have finished creating my own football pattern! My Touchdown Football Crochet Throw is a fun way to show your team spirit! The footballs pop out creating a 2D effect adding to the texture. Check it out HERE.