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Monday, April 11, 2011

Knitting Crochet Afghan Patterns American Thread Star Book 222

This Star Booklet, issued by American Thread, contains 10 afghan, 1 pillow and 1 stole pattern  for your knit or crochet pleasure.   I'll say there are some very nice and unique vintage afghans in this booklet.   American Thread frequently tried for the unusual in their displays, and this book is no different.   I'd guess that they were looking for Wild, as many of the afghans are displayed with wild animals.  No sweet picture of the afghan laying on your rocking chair.   No, here we have your afghan spread across the floor with a lion laying on it.  Interesting, I must say.   These animals, however, certainly do not put a damper on the unique variety of vintage patterns here.    Ready ....

Knitted and Crocheted Afghans, 
American Thread Star Book 222
 The front cover displays two of the featured afghans; one partially draped over a sheep !
Red, White & Blue (on right) measures 48 x 66.
Harlequin (on left) measures 56 x 70

Panel Crochet Afghan Pattern in Popcorn Stitch
 Beautiful Tear Drops - At first glance, I thought this was two different afghans shown in different colors.   A closer look at the supply list shows that it is one afghan with color changes and textures.   They call this piece 'Beautiful Tear Drops'.  It is knitted and measures 62" x 72" completed.   I'm assuming the significance of the lion is the spots somewhat resemble the raised 'teardrops' on panels of the afghan.

The Harlequin Afghan, is also pictured in color on the front page.   This bold and classic beauty is crocheted and measures 56" x 70". 

Hexagon Squares Afghan Pattern, floral blocks
 Displayed with a lamb, is the Geometric Afghan.   Although there is a high level geometric pattern going on here, this is really a lovely and unusual floral piece, as shown in the next black and white close-up picture.

This piece is crocheted using 6 different colors.   The finished piece measures 50" x 70".  

Vintage Pansy Crochet Afghan Pattern
 The 'Pansy Motif' afghan is stunning.   It is crocheted and measures 45" x 63".   If I were creating this one, I don't think I'd use the black squares (this is probably to tie to the zebra lounging in the top corner), but perhaps a blue blue or lighter yellow.   What would you use?

 This is a wonderfully different piece.   The pattern calls for both knitting and crochet, I'm not knowledgeable enough to know which is which.   I do know, however, that these lovely flowers are embroidery (separate graph included).  Then, four of the panels become the afghan and on the remaining panel, you add the fringe and it becomes a quite lovely stole.   The finished afghan is 52" x 66".

Here's the stole; and, note that we have no wild animals here !
Easy Crochet Afghan Pattern in Flower Blocks
This pattern gives us 'A New Version of the Granny' !   This exotic piece (hence the tiger) measures 50" x 70" and is crocheted. 

Colorful Striped Cable Afghan Knitting Pattern
This lovely 'Bon-Bon' Striped afghan is knitted and measures 50" x 70".  Note the marvelous cable panel.  

Knitting Afghan Pattern with Floral Embroidery
 There is alot of work involved in this 'Panel Embroidered' afghan.   First, knitting the afghan itself, then (I'm assuming since a crochet hook is in the instructions), crocheting the border and then embroidering the flowers.   But, WOW ... what a gorgeous afghan !   The completed piece, 54" x 74" is definitely heirloom quality !

And, last but not least, the back cover gives us 'The Knitted Eagle' and a matching pillow (look close, it's in there).   This piece is knitted and measures 51" x 65" without the fringe.   Always wanted to make an afghan for that special man?  Well this one has that certain feel of masculinity to it.    Note that is is shown displayed on a heavy cafe curtain rod.   What a lovely idea to put into the home as a wall hanging !

So what do you think?   Some great vintage afghan pattern here?   I'll admit, however, I'm still out on the wild animals !

I hope you enjoyed the photo and description log.   Links to individual patterns are below the pictures.

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