An easy way to brighten up your home is by using Afghan throws. There is a wide variety of these colorful blankets to choose from. Read our guide for more facts and information…
A throw is also called a blanket. In the Afghan design it is usually knitted or crocheted. An afghan throw can be multicolored or a single color. It can have stripes, geometric designs or can have an animal or natural motif. It is so versatile that a throw can brighten any room by throwing over a chair or the end of your bed.
Not only can the Afghan throw be used for decoration, it can also be used to take the chill off of a cold winter night. It can be made of wool, cotton or polyester, so the material can be as light or as heavy as you desire it to be. If you are a knitter or crocheter, you can make Afghan throws for your family or use them for presents for your friends. These will be appreciated by family and friends alike, and will always serve as a remembrance of you. If you become really good at making Afghan throws, you might even try selling them at craft shows.
Throws can be used to decorate your home for different holidays. You can have Thanksgiving motifs, Christmas motifs or Easter motifs. To decorate, all you have to do is to change the throws you have draped over your furniture. You can also use Afghan throws as wall hangings. Afghans, especially in the round patterns can be used as Christmas tree skirts. You can also make an Afghan in a juvenile design to become your child’s favorite blanket.
Types of Afghan Throws
An Afghan throw is often the first life size article made by the beginning knitter or crocheter. It only takes a simple stitch to do a solid colored Afghan throw. Even a striped or geometric throw is not very complicated after you have the knack.
While some throws are one solid work, you can also make throws in granny squares or circular patterns. The granny squares usually have borders on each side and are joined together by strong stitching. The circular patterns are joined together by less defined stitching and are used more for decorative purposes.
The squares also come in handy when making motif type Afghans. You don’t need to stick with one pattern or motif; you can have several motif squares and then bind them together.
Buying Afghan Throws
If you are not especially crafty or do not want to take the time to make Afghan throws, all is not lost. You can still decorate your home with them by purchasing them. Afghans can be found in many major department and bedding stores or you can always purchase them on the internet.