After almost a year in the making, I am excited to finally show you the finished Animal Alphabet Afghan!! This is a free crochet pattern! Since it has so many parts, the patterns and tutorials have been written up in different blog posts. Each animal appliqué has it’s own pattern post (all 26 of them).
The base blanket pattern (not including the border) can be found in a separate blog post as well. The blanket was made using Lion Brand Pound of Love in Antique White using the Even Moss Stitch.
The finished blanket is 37×30 inches (without the border), 41×34 with the 2 inch border all the way around. The border pattern is as follows:
– Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in Fern Green, Raspberry pink, Mustard Yellow, Teracotta Orange, – Colonial Blue, Dusty Purple, and Scarlet Red, and Lion Brand Pound of love in Antique White
– Size G crochet hook
With antique white (the same yarn used in the base blanket)…
SC + Chain 1, skip a stitch, SC + Chain 1 next, repeat around. Try your best to make even spaced stitches on the rough edges. Fasten off.
Round 2: With green yarn, SC + Chain 1 in each chain 1 space all the way around. When you get to the corners SC + Chain 1 twice. Fasten off.
Repeat round 2 with each color using the antique white for the last two rounds.
Many of you have already asked how to sew the appliqués and letters on. The trick is that you will want to work in-between the stitches of the blanket… This means you don’t want to work your tapestry needle through to the back of the blanket. The puffy texture that the even moss stitch created will help you do this.
I suggest laying out the appliqués and pinning them down (I used stitch markers to pin them down) before you sew them on. Just to make sure you have them all placed evenly and how you like them.
Sew the appliqués on to the blanket by stitching along the edges of each animal. You will have to switch colors as you go if the animal is made up of different colors around the edges.