groovy-ghan (EN)

YAY! Free pattern day! :D

A while ago I stumbled across the most amazing vintage crocheted afghan on Etsy and I knew I had to make one just like it!

Because I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere I sat down and figured out the pattern myself :)

Nieuw voor de nederlandse lezers: het patroon kun je hier vinden, volledig in het Nederlands! :)

What do you need:

  • a crochet hook (I use a 5mm hook)
  • yarn (I use Stylecraft Special DK)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a darning needle

Let’s get started! :)

1.  Start by chaining 40, plus 1 for turning so we keep an even stitch count. (this is just for the example; when you make an afghan the count doesn’t really matter! just make it as long as you would like the afghan to be wide)
So: ch 41

2. Turn and work a sc in each stitch, by putting your hook in the bump on the back of the chain. This creates a neater finish. You could also use a chainless single crochet foundation stitch; if you choose to do so, you can skip step one.

Continue until you reach the end of the chain. Cut the yarn and pull through the loop on your hook.
So: sc 40 (40) 

3. Make another row of sc’s, but don’t turn your work! We are working from right to left here, every single round. Start with a standing single crochet by making a slip knot on your hook and starting the sc like you normally would, and crochet in the back loops only. (remind yourself to crochet all sc’s in the blo’s from now on)
So: blo, sc around (40)

4. Now it’s time to change color. We’re going to do this after every row from now on. With the new color, starting on the right hand side, start with a standing single crochet stitch, and sc 5, back loops only. Then make a double crochet but put your hook through the stitch in the second row below, using the ridge of the front loop. Make 10 single crochets and make another front loop double crochet in the second row blow, and repeat this till the end of your work. (when making the dc, skip a stitch when making the next sc. the dc counts as one stitch)
So: blo, sc 5, *fldc in 2nd row below, sc 10* (40)

5. Change color again, start with a standing single crochet stitch on the right hand side and single crochet 6 times before making the front loop double crochet. If you look at your work, you can see that you are moving the double crochet one stitch to the left on each row, so they sit next to each other! :) You no longer have to count your stitches; just single crochet in the dc from the previous round and then make a front loop dc next to that.
So: blo, sc 6, *fldc in 2nd row below, sc 10* (40)

If you continue in this fashion you’ll quickly see the dc’s creating diagonal lines across your work. And that’s all there is to it! :) Easy, right?

I made a baby blanket with this pattern for a customer:

Yup, pretty groovy! :) Enjoy making your groovy-ghans; be sure to show me your progress! :)


Little disclaimer: This is not my pattern. I didn’t come up with it myself; I only figured it out from a photo. If this offends you in any way, or if you know the original source of this pattern, please let me know.


  1. Loving this pattern and a good way to use up all that scrap yard anyone has laying around. :)

  2. simply beautiful!!!
    thank you for sharing!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  3. Beautiful. Thank you for figuring this out. Just love it.

  4. October 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM
    Beautiful Pattern.
    Looks like Scrappy Steps Afghan on YouTube. I like your instructions better.

  5. I have a very old pattern for your afghan,which by the way is really very pretty.. my pattelack,light bgray is called the Indian afghan. original colors wereturquoise llight gray,and black I used all colors, but startred with black, then dqhite,10 rows of different collors then back to l black and lwhite always started with a 6inchtail and ended ea,row with same this made the fringea my afghan was Chain 250 . I like your directions better and if I ever finish all my projects–I hope to start oneI have lots of yarnand of course still buying thank you for your pattern Phyllis (PJ)

    • I have a pattern from a book from the 20’s that I inherited that I think is the same afghan as well. I can look and see what it was called but I would say since the pattern goes back
      pretty far you’re safe as far as copying someone else’s pattern. Your pattern looks easier to follow than the one I have – it’s in a book about using up your extra yarn in projects.; I have several afghans knitted by various relatives from that book but sadly no one made this one that I know of.

    • The Indian blanket made diamond shapes instead of lines.

    • I made this afghan many years ago and it does have the 10 repeating rows of different colors including black and white. It is also a very large afghan (around 230 stitches across). I have no idea where I got the pattern and it has been missing since I made it. I have always loved this pattern and intended to make another one, but never got around to it. I am so happy to see the pattern again and am going to make a smaller one for a baby blanket. Thanks for the inspiration!

      • Same here! I made a CA King size one decades ago. I was told it was the Navajo stitch, but just by someone who told me how to do it. I didn’t have a written pattern. Seeing this makes me want to make another one. I’m thinking baby size, but I don’t really want to put fringe on a baby blanket. I’ll be thinking about it!

  6. This is absolutely GORGEOUS and really, really different! Congrats on a great pattern and a lovely blog!

  7. This Fabulous!!! Thanks for taking the time to figure it out and for sharing!!!

  8. Thank you! I’m gonna try it myself sometime!


  9. Your directions and examples were great. I learned how to do that pattern many years ago. The woman who taught me called it Apache Tears. There were 13 rows of colors and the only repeating pattern were the black and white ones (rows 12 and 13). Otherwise all the colors could be in any order. It is a great way to use up scrap yarn.

  10. Love this!

  11. so innovative, and exciting !!!

  12. Thank u very much for publishing the pattern.I like the groovy ghan very much I m very keen to make it but i am a knitter and know a little of crochet too, i understood all the instruction .
    i guess , i have to cut the yarn at every time i finish the color.

  13. hey, i love this, i’m also more of a knitter but could drop one needle for this one! just to be sure: to stay in repition of the pattern, when you come to the 5th colour change, you start with the double crochet in the first stitch, right? so the diagonal pattern starts new at the right hand side… you know what i mean? thanks for clearing that up…

  14. beautiful!! perfect pattern for a crochet beginner like me! Thank you for sharing this!!

  15. i first saw this pattern back in the early 70’s when a coworker brought in the blanket her mom had made out of scaps years before. like you, i figured it out and made one, over the years, and my ds claimed it a few years ago! i think i’ll start another! thanks for reminding me.

  16. Wow…what a great pice of work. I*m more a knitter but I will give it a try. Because English is not my native language it was a little bit difficult with the beginning. But now I found it out. But I still have one question: How do you hadle the loose ends of yarn from the finished colors?? Will you sew them in or do you have a better solution?

    However….it is soooooo awesome!

    • on the blanket that i made, the beginning and end of each row were left long (kind of like a fringe) then the lady had knotted 3 strands together like a tassel, she continued up both sides–i liked this, no ends to weave in!

  17. It’s Apache Tears and is normally worked only from the right side leaving a 6 inch tail of yarn at each end which becomes the fringe when finished

  18. gracias por compartir

  19. Thanks for the pattern. My former MIL made one for one of my kids oh, 25-30 years ago and it was always my fave. It’s going to be my first post-Christmas project.

  20. OMG that is amazing I love it, thanks for the free pattern I may just need to make one :)

  21. Love, love, love!

  22. Going to try making this into a colourful scarf!

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  25. Hi, My name is Michelle. I’m giving this a practise run before I actually do the blanket. On my sample I find that the colour of the row ( the second one below) that I do the dc on tends to stick out and mix in with the dc.

    Maybe I need to do the dc looser??

    • I worked out what I did wrong. I was picking up the stitch below (while doing a dc) from back to front. You need to pick up from the front. It looks so much better know. – lol :-))

  26. I’m working on this a little at a time. I have an entire bod (think the one they ship a kitchenaid mixer in) full of random balls of different color yarn that I inherited. 98% of it is acrylic so that’s what I’ll be using for this. I am so totally in love with this pattern!! My son ( he’s 2 1/2) says it’s his blanket so I guess I don’t have to figure out what to do with it when I’m done!

  27. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. I love this, and it is a good way to use up all of my extra yarn. thanks again.

  28. what does the so: mean?

  29. This is so beautiful!! Great job!

  30. Ohh… I love it! I have actually came across a few blankets like this at a garage sale. I would have snatched them up but they weren’t in the best condition. Linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow. I think our readers will love this one! :)

  31. Wow, I’d seen this pattern before and wondered how it works, so simple now you showed us! Looks really really good.

  32. This is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

  33. Awesome – I have so much scrap yarn and a few skeins of awful bright colors that would be perfect for this! Another one for my “to make after finishing some UFOs” list! Hope you don’t mind that I pinned!

  34. Oh my gosh – I was one of those hippies who crocheted these blankets back in the seventies!! AS well as the colourful round cushions.
    BTW, I love your hair – pink is my favourite colour. Does it wash out easily? I’d love to try it if it does. Thanks

  35. That is amazing!!! Oh no, another blanket to add to the list of blankets to make! Just got to finally finish the current one first!
    Maria x

  36. Love it!!!! I’m an avid afghan crocheter/knitter and have a stash dedicated to all the small leftover balls of yarn. I’m sure this will empty that box a bit.

    Bright hair and glasses ROCK!!!! :D

  37. Many thanks for this, it’s perfect for my next project.

  38. Ahhh, that’s it! I have a thrifty-shop blanket in this pattern, and had never seen it anywhere before. It’s little jogs of color completely mystified me, and I’m so amazed you figured it out from the photo! Well done, and thank you for the tutorial. :)

  39. Looks awesome! Thanks for the pattern! :)

  40. I love this pattern! Thanks so much for sharing

    • Thank you, LG. This is an answer to prayer. I had a poncho in the 70’s that was destroyed in a fire and am happy to find this!

    • Also thank you LG. This looks to be an exact of one of the afghans my MIL made in the 70s. After gentle washing….already fairly felted….I noticed that one of the yarns she used must be an acrylic/partial acrylic as it is not felted like the majority of the yarns. Just this one color. Ha! I printed the pattern and look forward to seeing how closely my MIL was able to match the pattern’s yarn colors. Very colorful and cheery.

  41. I am sorry, but I do not understand how to do this. I tried it, but I could not figure how to crochet without turning. I looked it up online and I could only find left handed crocheting. Is there a tutorial you can direct me to?

    • Hey Andrea! With this pattern, you bind off after each row, and then you start (with the right side facing) on the right again. So there’s no turning and no flipping! :) I hope this helps. Let me know if you’re having problems. Good luck! :)

  42. What a great pattern for leftovers! I make a lot of afghans so I have a lot of different colors in varying amounts that I just can’t bear to part with….. this is the perfect solution! Thanks!

  43. this is AMAZING and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your pattern! : )

    danielle thompson

  44. Well done for figuring the pattern our, I saw the original vintage afghan picture but admit to being completely at a loss as to how it was done! Also, thank you do much for sharing it with us :-).

    Nura x

  45. OMG, looking at this pattern looks just like what my MOM made a bedspread of, she was 90 when she passed in 2006, and she loved wild colors, she made many afagans and large queen and king size bedspreads. Such a beautiful piece of work WINK! Thanks for sharing.

  46. I say this is your pattern :) You did create it, even if from a photo. I understand you have to put the disclaimer but this version of it is yours, in my opinion. Thank you for sharing, I am starting on mine today in hopes it will turn out just as beautiful. I plan on giving it to my mother for her birthday.

  47. I am at a lose of ‘fldc’, can any one help.
    My brain is not working this am. Thanks.
    Mary P.

  48. Hi Wink! I’m left handed – so crochet left handed. Instead of starting each row on the right, could I start from the left and still have the same pattern you think? Haven’t tried it yet, but since you don’t have to turn each row, I think you can start from the left or right?!

  49. Can I just clarify are the crochet instructions UK or US stitches?

    Thanks, Nura x

  50. Hi! I love your patterns (so clear!) We are using your DIY mandala pattern in my page… I think now you have more fans!! (you deserve it)

  51. Groetjes Wink,
    Thank-you for sharing this lovely pattern. I knit alot, but would like to attempt this crochet design. I think that I understand the stitching directions, but can’t figure out how you made the edge. I would rather make the edge that you have instead of a fringe. Ik ben ook Nederlands, maar woont in de VS en kan beter in Engels schrijven. Bedankt,

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  53. I am just 3 rows in and work is curly will this straighten out as it grows, also is it the American stitches pls. Could you explain which way into the loop for the dc. Ty

  54. I am starting the mandalay, do you have the pattern for the overlay please?
    Also what can these be used for?
    Thank you

  55. I love this and had forgotten about it…I haven’t read all the comments but I have a pattern somewhere” and think it was called a lighting bolt… it is beautiful..thanks for jogging my memory.

  56. Gostei cada vez aprendo mais, eu estou amando de conhecer você, essa maneira deixou o ponto baixo rico.

  57. Wink…Wondering if you can send a list of the colors you used on your Groovy-Ghan? I promised my bestie I would send you a quick note to ask. She doesn’t necessarily need the specific yarn type, but wants a generic list of your color scheme. If anyone has asked this above, my apologies, we are yarn crafting together on FaceTime and she mentioned she wished she had this list. Thanks!

    • Hey Debra! Well, I used all colours from the Lucy pack; it’s a colour pack from Stylecraft Special DK yarn that is carried by Deramores, for example. Just google ‘Lucy pack’ and you’ll see all the colours! :) (I believe there are 17)

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  59. I feel like after I post this question, I’ll be like “ahh, I finally get it now!” But since I’m still not figuring it out, here’s goes…So I start with the sc 5, then next row sc 6 and so on, right? When do I start again at sc 5? I might not have worded this properly, I hope you get my meaning :)

  60. I was wondering if the way you described the pattern will make a baby blanket? How much do I need to add in the beginning chain to make a afghan for an adult? Also for the pattern you described how much of the Stylecraft Special DK Yarn did you use? Thanks Nikki

  61. how did you finish the edge? I love this afghan… my grandma used to make them very similar to this, but she left fringe on the edges. I’ve never crocheted, but I would love to make the same pattern she used to do…

  62. vou tentar fazer, pois já vi dela muito no face, mas a sua explicação ficou melhor

  63. This pattern is awesome !! Makes the blanket look 3D. Love the colors you used too !!

  64. Absolutely gorgeous pattern!
    Many thanks for posting it for us all :)

  65. When you get further on the blanket when do u start to do the dc’s on the right side do u have to count each row with the pattern? Please help!

  66. Beautiful, thank you so much for sharing.

  67. I think this is the very first time I have ever read ALL comments! Fascinating that you could figure this out. I am so impressed by that and think this is one I really have to try! Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  68. I love this pattern and have been looking for the directions for some time. I’m “electronically challenged” but I’m a menace with creative stuff! Thanks so much!!

  69. I started working this up tonight. I made the sample first and wasn’t loving how long the single crochet was taking so I am making the actual afghan with a double crochet and treble crochet. It is turning out beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing. I like others, have seen this called the Apache Tears Afghan.

  70. Am Making table placemats with the stitch using just 70 sts chains. Thanks for such a versatile pattern stitch!!

  71. Thank you. I was searching for patterns for chemo rugs and this one is just fantastic. Many thanks for sharing this pattern after figuring it out. This one can be the go-to stash buster.

  72. Beautiful blanket! It was featured this morning on Moogly: Thanks for sharing your pattern!

  73. I’ve seen this pattern but so many books later can’t remember. So thank you for this pattern. I have several partial skeins so this will come in handy. Thank you again…..Virginia

  74. I inherited one of these. It was completed with loose ends used as fringe on each end. Can’t wait to try this.

  75. Can not wait to try this crochet pattern. I love the baby afghan you made. Beautiful choice of colors.

  76. HI,

    I inherited an afghan that looks like this pattern and have always wanted to learn how to do it, because all 5 of my children fight over who gets it and I always thought it to be unique because no one else had one like it. I have not had the time until my recent disability to sit down and enjoy my crocheting again. So thank you for posting this. But I would like to ask if the reverse side looks like straight single crocheting? Because the afghan I have is this pattern on one side and single crochets and the other.

    • Because the front side is mostly single-crochet-through-the-back-loop, the back side is mostly the rear side of single-crochets. There is a decided front and back, since all rows are worked from the same side. No turning. Each row is a single – cut – strand of yarn with the ends serving as fringe.

      Be careful! It’s addictive! I just finished my sixth or seventh, and my stash is still not depleted. ;)

  77. gracias por compartirnos este punto tan sencillo y a la vez precioso ,,,,,,, un besoooooooo

  78. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL job!!! It is the Apache Tears, as others have said. And, it is usually done with 5 of 6 inches of yarn on each side for fringes. It’s good to see yours without the fringe, since it has been recommended that for baby blankets to NOT put the fringe on this blanket.

    I can see why you made several! :D

  79. Extremely easy but very charming afghan, thank you for sharing it free


  81. I have an afghan my grammy made from the 1980’s in this pattern. or very very similar.

  82. i just stumbled across your blog entry. i’m selling a vintage afghan on etsy/ebay right now of this pattern, and i had no idea how it had been done! the opposite side looks like a different stitch, right? it’s a lovely reversible technique. thank you for sharing!!

  83. Did you have to weave the ends in? What type of trim did you use? It looks like maybe sc. What brand of yarn did you use? I love the pretty colors. It is beautiful!

  84. My MIL made these when she learned to crochet in the late 60s/70s. In wool and they are heavy. Our cat was a wool eater and damaged all three that we were gifted/inherited. Now that I learned to crochet 3 Septembers ago, I can repair them. Rip back to undamaged or frog back further and created smaller ones that are easier to handle. DIL machined washed two and shrunk one a bit,(and they made it back here again) the other not so much. Will see how they turn out. Thanks for the instructions. That stitch always stumped me…before learning to crochet…and may have yet, being such a newbie.

  85. Thanks a lot for such an easy and beautiful pattern.

  86. Funny, I count a beginning dc every 10 rows not 5 like you stated in an earlier post, which is correct? Love your work, it is beautiful!

  87. Love this pattern. But how did you get rid of the fringe and end up with a nice clean border?

  88. …soooo love this ghann of yours. amma start real soon.

  89. my mom use to make this pattern, and since has forgotten.. thank you!!! beautiful!

  90. I have one on the back of my couch just like the one pictured that my mom made about 40 yrs ago. I often wondered how and wished I had a pattern. Because its sc it is very warm. I do remember mom saying it took forever to do a row. Thanks for the pattern.
    Linda LoPresti

  91. I am having a difficult time with starting off on the right side. I seem to be getting a slanted edge :-(

    • Hi Tamara, I just wondered if you ever fixed your slanting problem, and if do, how? Because I have the same problem and can’t figure out why :(

  92. Tamara, In this pattern she says to crochet through both loops for the first and last stitches and back loop all stitches in-between. Maybe that will help.
    Scroll up through previous comments to see links to other versions of the pattern which may have different tips or photos to help.
    Counting the stitches that should be made before each ‘tear’ should help you find and more easily ‘see’ the beginning and ending stitch in each row.
    When I get the itch to make this afghan (I have too many UFOs at the moment) I will do a practice small scrap version perhaps a pillow front size (12 x12 or 16 x 16 inches) to get a feel for the stitches first middle and last…practice.) Maybe that will help you, too.

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  94. I totally love this! Thanks for sharing! I love to crochet and my thing is making afghans for friends. I am always looking for new and unusual patterns. Again, thanks! :D

  95. I love this pattern – Thank you for sharing! it is so simple to do and looks so neat! and yes I am really a beginner who had to look up the stitches on google, although I was taught basic crochet and knitted socks, sweaters, toques, etc from quite young. Crochet was not big in my skill set but was intrigued and now that there are tutorials on net well I am game to try more! I have started out with 250 st. and will be making a full sized blanket for my Daughters or Grandsons who love to received home crafted things. I also weave baskets from cedar bark, basket grass and reeds and am happily sharing this skill with my family and friends. Keep up the good works Please!

    • I want to make a full size and I would love to know how many chains I need and about how much yarn I’ll need.

  96. just a tip from my Gramma who told me the easiest way to keep yarn from unraveling while in storage was to take a small piece of masking tape and tape ends down, this works very well and doesn’t leave glue on yarn.

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  98. I have this pattern in an old McCall’s magazine. They call it the Narrow Step Afghan. I am making one right now from your pattern and I think it’s turning out great.

  99. Thank you sooooo much! I am just a beginner at crochet and I saw that very same afghan you did on etsy. So I went to work searching the web this morning for the pattern and YOU were the person that had it written down :). You made my day, again thank you for going the extra step to write it down.

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  101. supper pattern. your very talented to figure out the pattern. just wish you had a printable pattern. next baby blanket

    • It is printable. Highlight, copy, paste. Reduce photo size, increase font. Print. Or you can check out the links to the other pattern directions (in comments) and print one of those.

  102. I like this groovy-ghan! What a fun way to use up all my 1 color skins of yarn. I always buy one extra, just in case. Thank you for the wonderful patterns. Your directions with the picture examples are easy to follow. I appreciate the time you take to do this and sharing.

  103. OH God! Thank you, this is flawless, amazing, creative. :) Thank you for sharing your wisdom

  104. my finished blanket looks awesome! thank you for providing this design! My daughters are all wanting a blanket with a different design, not granny squares, so am very happy to have found your pattern and use it to create a queen size blanket for my daughter! my grandson can hardly wait to see what his pattern will be like! please keep up the good works and have much enjoyment in your crafting!!!

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  106. Thank you for sharing!

  107. When you start off and count the 5sc and then do a dc, the next row is 6 right? My right edge of the blanket is loosing the diagonal lines near the edge? I think I missed something in the directions. Thank you

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  109. Dear Winkieflash! I have to say, that I’ve became an ADDICT! I’m crazy with this pattern! Can’t stop crocheting and crocheting! Dus DANK JE WEL! Groetjes uit Polen ;)

    • Can you please tell me what the repeat pattern is for this blanket, I seem to loose the diagonal lines on the right side? Thank you

  110. Do you tuck in all your ends as you go or at the end of the project before you crochet the trim? Thanks!

  111. My aunt made many afghans like this only larger. That was over 60 years ago, so you’re GOOD! Thanks for the detailed directions. I have a closet full of year just waiting for this project. My aunt would sometimes leave the fringe on each row for a different effect. She also added crochet edges such as scallops.

  112. I did this one for my son when they got married 15 years ago. I love it.

  113. My gma made this blanket back in the 70s (I believe). I’ve been drooling over it for years. She’s been unable to remember the name of the pattern or find a copy. Thank you so much for taking the time to figure it out!

  114. What a fantastic pattern, so simple but very effective. Thank you so much for working it out and giving it to us……….Marje

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  118. I have the pattern that was called Narrow Step Afghan. Also loved the Apache Tears version (this one had only 4 sc in between steps and 3 rows of the same color before changing. But still always worked from right to left.)
    But PLEASE help me. I have trouble with the edges of my work not being straight. Even when I count stitches it looks like the left side is at an an angle. What am I doing wrong?

  119. There are many variations of this pattern from long ago. I have not seen as many printed/published patterns but there was a version where dipping in the row/s below and wide colored striped pattern (such as in authentic Indian blankets) was called Navajo Afghan. There was a version of this like yours that was available as a free shop pattern in almost all yarn stores mid last century until more recently, and that was also often called Navajo Afghan Pattern (but a few called it Indian). The Apache Tears Afghan looks similar to yours and the Navajo or Indian, but ‘crochet dips’ are done deeper into more rows below. You can find images of all via online searching. The lines have blurred over time not just with crochet history, but the internet overlapping and transposing things.

  120. My grandmother had an afghan with this pattern on her sofa.She was born in the 1800s so this pattern is fairly old.

  121. I love this pattern. I am making it large enough to fit a queen size bed. By my calculations it will take me only about 90 hours or 4-5 hours a day for 24 days. But it’s going to so much fun! Thank for this great pattern.

  122. this is a beautiful pattern and a good way to use up left over yarn

  123. My husband’s Gram made one of these for us ~15 years ago and I’ve always loved it. Now that I’m a crocheter, of sorts, I’ve wanted to make one in her honor but didn’t know how. Many, many thanks!!

  124. I have never seen this pattern before and needed a new project to use some left over stash. I started it this morning and love it already. I know one will not be enough… It is easier than it looks and is so effective. I have started with 125 chain and hope I can finish a small lapghan in two weeks.. It’s really satisfying to change the colors too., not looking forward to sewing in the ends though. Might have to do that after a few rows. Thanks for the pattern.

  125. At the risk of being stupid, do you repeat rows 5& 6 all the way up the afghan? Please answer as I would really like to make this afghan. Thank you

  126. Thank you for the pattern,this afgan is so awesome,can`t wait to start one….

  127. Thanks for the pattern!..I have a pattern I got from a co-worker in the 1980’s…it was.called “Indian Afghan”, and had fringed sides..I like your example without the fringe, and the colors are gorgeous!

  128. beautiful. I hope i find time to try it

  129. thanks, for your pattern..kudos for figuring out the pattern on your own!! FYI:

  130. My daughter made this many moons ago,she said it was called Jacobs Ladder.I have put it away as she can no longer do her crafts anymore as she suffered a traumatic brain injury,butt seeing yours and how beautiful it is I may just bring it out again and let everyone see what wonderful things she was capeable of doing.Thanks for putting it out there

  131. Love your blanket. I have some scrap yarn that would be perfect for your pattern. Thanks for posting the directions. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  132. I love this blanket and have a lot of the Stylecraft yarn & am hurrying to finish a crocked ripple I am doing so I can start this one ….. is there any way possible that you could list the colours that you have used, I can pick some but not all, Thanks heaps

    • Sorry wink, I’ve just seen your reply to this question from another crocheter from April 2013 ….. there are only abut 4 colours that I don’t have.

  133. I think this is absolutely brilliant! Thank you for sharing.

  134. still don’t know what FLDC MEANS, WHAT KIND OF STITCH IS IT.??????

    • No need to shout Jan!!!
      FLDC, (i.e. front loop double crochet) is a normal Double Crochet worked into the front loop of the stitch instead of both loops, in this case it is worked into the row below the one in which you are working. Wink explains this in Step 4 of the pattern.

  135. I love it! I will make one some time when I’m finished with too many things I have started. I get bored easy so I work on three or four things at once. I finish it all and start the next three or four things unless it’s something I have to have done with a time limit.

  136. I’m pretty sure the stitch is called apache tears.

  137. I made a pattern that had where you drop down and pick up stochastic in row or rows below and it was called Navajo Afghan. It was a neat pattern but where you left strands at beginning and end of rows became the fringe for the afghan.

  138. Oops should say pick up stitches and not stochastic!!! So sorry I didn’t proof read.

  139. I have this afghan also. It belonged to my mother-in -law who got the pattern while wintering in Arizona years back. She called it Indian Tears and made it out of scraps that she traded with friends.

  140. I know tis as the “Indian Afghan” and have made about a dozen over the last few years. They make great Christmas and House-warming gifts. There are several variations to the pattern and they all turn out beautiful. Remember, the Navajo believe that no one besides the Great Spirit makes anything perfect, so I always make a deliberate mistake in mine as do all the prominent rug makers of the Navajo Nation.

  141. My grandmother made one of these years ago and my sister learned the pattern and made one too. I dont’t like the fringe so I never made one, can never manage to get the fringe all the same length so I love the idea that you have crocheted around the edge. Could you please tell us how you did that?

    • I don’t like fringe either but you can do two single crochet in each end thru both loops instead of just back loop. An 80 plus year old lady showed me this.

  142. Very cool! Thought it would be complicated. Having to change colour maybe 3 times on each row! Very cool trick – love it! Thank you so much!

  143. i used this tutorial to make an afghan, then edged it with reverse single crochet. weaving in all of those ends took quite awhile. :)

  144. I found this pattern in Crafts ‘n Things magazine, Sept 1987. It is called Broken Arrow. It’s good to see old patterns coming to life again.

  145. I had been looking for this pattern since about 1980 when I saw one that my late grandmother made and which won the 1948 San Diego, CA fair. I found that the original title was step afghan or Apache Tears. Makes a lovely, tight woven blanket.

  146. I have know this pattern to be called by several names: Apache Tears, Navajo Tears, or just plain Indian Tears. It’s a very attractive pattern and there is so many creative ways of handling the colors and yarn choices.

    You did a beautiful job on yours and are very observant to have figured out the pattern.

  147. What colors would I use for a guy.

  148. I have this pattern and wonder if it is the original. It is in McCalls Needlework & Crafts magazine July/August 1981. I bought the magazine from someone who was closing a yarn shop and have kept it all this time for this very pattern. The pattern calls for knitting yarn, 4 Ply. A size F crochet hook, and starts with ch 223, repeating 13 rows of color.

  149. I can’t wait to try this pattern. I just hope I won’t have too much trouble with my limited knowledge of crocheting. It’s beautiful!

  150. I was told 30 years ago by an elderly lady of 80 plus years that it was called Apache Tears and there is another version that the double crochet makes a diamond pattern. The lady who taught me is dead now but had worked with the Indians and learned to make these but I never had a written pattern as she just showed me what to do. There is another version that every other row is just single crochet but I don’t like as well as this one and the Diamond Indian one.

  151. I Probably should have continued to add DC’s to the right side as I ended up having a plain sc patch.

  152. This afghan is so pretty. One question I have though is this…at the end of round 2 it says to cut the yarn and pull through the loop but it doesn’t say to change the color until the beginning of row 4. Should it be… cut the yarn and pull through the loop at the end of row 3 instead of row 2?

  153. A co-worker gave me a similar pattern, but the instructions didn’t make sense. Sometimes you need a visual step by step, thank you for adding photos to your instructions.

  154. Because you change colour every row I left enough yarn both ends to create a fringe and no ends to sew in just tie loose ends to each other to secure do this as you go so when you have finished cocheting the blanket is done

  155. I believe this pattern is from the very late 1960’s or very early 70’s, and it’s either called, or is extremely close to, “Apache Tears.” Not that I care about any of that; I’m glad to see your pattern, and I really LIKE-LIKE (as one of my male friends says–he hates using the word “love” for anything not living) the gorgeous colors on the baby blanket!

    • You’ve made me smile and chortle. I used to say to my beloved husband “I love that …” and his reply was: “Oh, I thought you loved me!”

      When roaming around a store, I would say: Oh, I like that! His reply would be: “Just tell me what you don’t like.”

      He was all for concise communication. LOL We definitely laughed a lot. He still makes me laugh daily. (Today is the 14th anniversary of his passing) So, my dear, you have brightened my day and the rest of my life by your sharing.

      Thank you!

      As for this pattern: I think it’s the same one a friend gave me to fix – that her mom was making.

  156. I really love doing this pattern but my sides are not straight… anyone know what I may be doing wrong?

  157. This is a vintage pattern and I love how many times it has been resurrected. In December I noticed Sarah London’s version on Ravelry and decided i had to make something. My dilemma was my family isn’t fond of fringe (or pompoms!) and I loathe weaving in ends. So I decided I would attempt to make this in tunisian crochet and it worked beautifully. With tunisian’s forward and return pass system to make each row- you can carry unused color up the side until you need it again- no cutting off on each row. Especially important in apache tears since every row must start from the same side. I’ve never posted pix of my work so i am going to try to post it to my projects on Ravelry. Hope it works and thanks to all who share so generously.

  158. How many grams of yarn did you use for the baby blanket, and what size is it? I have about 400 g leftover yarn, and can’t figure out if it’s enough :)

  159. I have lots of wool left over from various blankets I have made and am enjoying using them to make a big one of these. It’s going to take a while but it is very easy to pick up and put down in my busy life. Because of the randomness of the colours, I’ve decided to do two rows of white after every 10 rows of colour. Not sure how to let you see my efforts (not quite as neat as yours) but rest assured, I am incredibly grateful for this pattern.

    Thank you!

  160. Love this simple pattern. I’ve decided to work it in DC, with TR, as I wanted to see more of each color. Thanks for the pattern!

  161. I love your pattern! It is super simple! but what did you use as a border?

  162. ThanK you for taking the time to figure it out and the kind heart to share….Salute!

  163. ImI’m embarrassed to ask what does blo stand for

    • Nellie, ‘blo’ stands for ‘back loop only’. As you will know the top of each stitch forms a ‘v’ shape lying on its side, if it pattern says blo you work the stitch in the part of the ‘v’ that is furthest away from you, just working through one strand of the stitch. Likewise if a pattern calls for ‘flo’ you work your stitch in the loop of the ‘v’ that is nearest to you. Hope I’ve explained it well enough. :)

  164. Thank you so much. My grandmother made one of these and I loved it. But she passed away before she could teach me this stitch. It looks exactly like the one she made. I can’t wait to make one. And every time I see it, I will feel her love!

  165. Do you believe this would work if you switched the sc to a DC and the DC to a TC? I may have to do a swatch to see if that will work as my brother wants this in King size.

  166. My grandmother taught me this pattern years ago but her pattern has fringe and I like the finished look of yours. Can you please share what the pattern is that you ran around the edges?

  167. My mother made this afghan years ago. She has since passed away, creating this will be my way of continuing to keep her with me.

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  169. I have the pattern now, but would love to have the pattern to the pillow shown in the picture on the bottom right

  170. This used to be called “Apache Tears.” My grandmother won the 1948 San Diego, CA fair with a lovely example. The only difference is the back. Hers had a wavy pattern on the back that I’ve not been able to duplicate.

    • Evelyn, is there a chance of seeing a picture of your grandmother’s afghan, front and back?

      Maybe someone can figure out the back pattern.

  171. Yes, I have some good macro pix sent me by my uncle in NM who has the afghan, but I have no idea how to attach them. I’ll give it a try if you’ll tell me how! LOL

  172. If I am reading the patter correctly you do not turn and do a backwards single crochet from left to right. Is this correct?

  173. I figured it out. I have been crocheting for 50 years and still struggle reading patterns.

  174. Molto bello e spiegato bene…grazie. Di esserci

  175. Find this pattern in youtube under how to crochet the groovie ghan by bonnie bay crochet and crochet pattern for a blanket by yolanda soto lopez

  176. I believe this pattern is called Apache Tears. It is quite an old pattern. I believe the one my in-laws have is a little over 66 years old.

  177. Thank you so much for making the pattern and for sharing it for free.

  178. Stunning! Thank you xxx

  179. thisis going to be one of my new projects down the line love the coloures.

  180. Just now found this awesome afghan. Love it! Could you give me a hint as to how to deal with all the yarn tails and what king of edging to use?

  181. I am having trouble with this pattern. I used a chainless foundation single crochet. I don’t know where the “bump” is. HELP!

  182. Saddened to hear that Wink’s passed away. I’m going to use Wink’s pattern in memory of a creative soul.

  183. oh gosh, just read this comment that Wink passed away, what a shock!!! i am new and loved this pattern which she created and wanted to give it a go for my new project.. oh dear.. no words to qualify my sadness.. will have to do like her and sort myself out as I want to do this pattern for her now..

  184. I’ve seen this pattern 284849202839202 times and was always afraid to try it cause it just looked so difficult. Finally this morning when I got off work and the kids were all still asleep I dec to try it with just a small practice swatch. Oh My Goodness!!! It’s SO easy!! Thank you so much for sharing this! I absolutely love it and have definitely decided what pattern I’ll be using for my daughter’s blanket!
    Thanks again!

    Oh, and I love your blog all of your work is gorgeous! Keep up the fabulous work!!

    • Bankers, you’re probably not aware that Wink (Marinke) passed,away quite recently. So sad as there won’t be anymore of her work on her blog

  185. WOW. This is just so grovy. It’s so bitchin. The colors just blew my mind. Thanks from an old hippy.

  186. So…….I never seen the colors you used posted anywhere. Could you please list the color names as yours is beautiful!

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  188. I’m just so sorry to hear about Wink. Thanks for letting us all know.

  189. Una manta distinta gracias por todo

  190. Donna, no problem, I think if you click on her blog her sister informed everyone there. I just happen to still get notifications whenever anyone comments on this pattern & it always saddens me to have be the bearer of such news xx

  191. I love this pattern but it would be nice to print just the pattern not the rest of the other stuff, like I’m not interested in printing every persons comments, so just the pattern itself would be nice and I see no place to be able to do just that. Been looking for this pattern since my great grandma died 10 yrs ago at age 97 , I guess she never saw fit to teach anyone, so thanks for putting a name to this pattern ( she only ever called it an Indian stitch) but would want to be able to print JUST the pattern and pics of creating the pattern.

  192. Susan you can just copy & paste the sections you want into word document then

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  194. What does “blo” stand for? Why weren’t the abbreviations & directions for special stitches included?

  195. Ruth, sadly the owner of this blog passed away a few months ago so she won’t be able to answer your questions, but blo stands for ‘back loop only” so you just crochet into the back loop of the stitch. Any abbreviations you’re not sure of can be found via searches on the internet, or if you’re a member of any crochet groups online or in real life, then there’s always someone happy to explain a stitch.

    Nura x

  196. So sorry to hear of this Blog owner’s passing. I was looking for this pattern as I have a gorgeous blanket from my aunt which I received when I was 7. I’m now 44. Someone on a crochet FB website sent me this link and it’s exactly like my aunt’s blanket. I wish I could post a pic for everyone to see. Her colors were amazing and she adorned it with fringe.

  197. wink I am going to do this in remembrance of you!!! you are dearly missed in the crochet world!!!!! Thank YOU!!!

  198. I am crocheting a diagonal afghan using a chain and half a double crochet at each end, double and single crochet in the middle. Now I need help in starting the decrease. Can somebody help?

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