Vintage Wobble Afghan

It’s finally here, my 100th pattern! And this is a very special one, as it comes with a story. The Vintage Wobble Afghan is an old, almost lost stitch pattern, rescued and re-interpreted for today!

Vintage Wobble Afghan :: free #crochet pattern on moogly

A little while ago, Tami Lemons posted an intriguing photo and request on the Moogly Facebook page. It was an afghan pattern her Great Aunt Ernestine had made – but like many of her generation, she never wrote it down! I’ll let Tami tell you the story:

My Great Aunt Ernestine was 95, and I was staying with her at night, so she could remain in her home. She was an avid crocheter and knitter. In fact, she did all kinds of crafts! Anyway, her arthritis in her hands would not let her work with yarn any longer, and I was bragging about her afghans, and asked if she had the patterns for them. She said ‘Yes!, Right up here!” and pointed to her temple.  So, I thought it would be a great way to keep her mind focused, if she could recite the patterns from her head, and walk me thru making them. She did! We made 6 afghans. An Apache Tears, a Navajo afghan, some granny squares,  a granny stripe, and of course, this one! This was the second one, with the granny stripe being the first. I was a novice, but she told me every  step to take. After the granny squares, I realized she was declining, so I wrote down the patterns for the last two. the Navajo and Apache tears. But, I failed to journal this one….It was wonderful times. I miss her dearly!

And this is where I came in! Tami and I both searched and searched, but were unable to find a pattern that looked exacrly like her photo. So taking the bull by the horns, studying the photo and playing with some yarn, I was able to decipher the pattern. Now Tami has generously allowed me to share what Great Aunt Ernestine called her “Wobble Blanket” with all of you! I’m so honored!

Vintage Wobble Afghan :: free #crochet pattern on moogly

The original was worked as a scrapghan of sorts – each row in a different color, beautiful in those classic vintage colors. For the one I made, I kept every row a different color, but I worked it up with an ombre effect- my own modern touch. Either way you make it, it’s a wonderful, fun crochet afghan pattern!

Vintage Wobble Afghan :: free #crochet pattern on moogly

Vintage Wobble Afghan

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  •  US – J, 6.00 mm hook
  • 2900 yds total Worsted or Aran weight yarn – 8 skeins Red Heart With Love shown
    Red Heart With Love shown in the following colors:
    A. Navy
    B. True Blue
    C. Mallard
    D. Pewter
    E. Blue Hawaii
    F. Iced Aqua
    G. Bluebell
    H. White
  • Gauge: 13 sts x 6 rows = 4″ in pattern (but don’t stress it – it’s a blanket!)
  • Size as written: 47″W x 66″L
  • To change the size: Work in a multiple of 12 plus 7, plus 2 for the starting chain
  • Note: Each row is worked in a different color. You can use the color striping pattern of your choice, or you can follow along with the ombre pattern I used. To do so, see below the pattern for the color scheme.
  • CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

Vintage Wobble Afghan :: free #crochet pattern on moogly

Vintage Wobble Afghan Chart: (see photo below re: dc2tog instructions)

The Vintage Wobble Afghan - chart and full instructions on Moogly!

Vintage Wobble Afghan Stitch Instructions:

Row 1: Ch 153. Dc in the 6th ch from the hook (skipped chs count as first dc and skip 2). [Dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in the same ch. *Skip 3 ch, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch, dc2tog over the next 3 ch (skip center ch), [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch. Skip 3, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in the next ch. Repeat from * 11 times, until 3 ch remain. Skip 2 ch, dc in the last ch. Break yarn, finish off, and turn.

Row 2: With next color, join to first st with a sl st and ch 3 (or use Standing Dc). Skip 2 sts, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in the ch sp. *Skip 3 sts, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the ch sp, dc2tog in between the posts on either side of the dc2tog of the previous round (see closeup photo below). Skip the next st, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the ch sp. Skip 3 sts, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in the ch sp. Repeat from * 11 times, until 3 sts remain. Skip 2 sts, dc in the last st (top of the ch 3). Break yarn, finish off, and turn.

How to work the dc2tog in the Vintage Wobble Afghan :: moogly

Rows 3 – 104: Repeat Row 2.

Edging: Sc evenly around or use edging pattern desired. I recommend 2 sc around each dc post on the sides of the afghan, but use whatever you think looks best!

The Color Scheme for the Ombre Version
See the letters above for the colors used – or come up with 8 colors of your own and give each a letter to use this pattern! Start with the darkest color and arrange them in the order desired, and write the letter for each on the label – easy peasy. I recommend you print this part out and cross off each row as you go. You can use the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of this post to print out the whole pattern or just this chart, as needed.

The color changes for the Vintage Wobble Afghan on moogly!

Vintage Wobble Afghan :: free #crochet pattern on mooglyEt voila! Whether you use the ombre version, your own stripe pattern, or make it as a scrapghan, the Vintage Wobble Afghan is a great pattern, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you! Many thanks to Tami Lemons and Great Aunt Ernestine as well – it was a wonderful gift to be able to bring this pattern back to life!

I also need to thank Red Heart Yarns for giving me the yarn to make this blanket! Love love love that Red Heart With Love!

Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details. [email protected]

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Comments

  1. 1

    Tami Lemons says

    Thank you soooo much! I am so happy that you were able to refresh this :) And I absolutely love the colors you chose! YOU are amazing!

  2. 5

    Emily B says

    This is BEAUTIFUL!!! And more so special since it’s an “older” pattern. There is just something so nostalgic and connective about crocheting the same pattern many women before you have. And I love the modern ombre touch

  3. 7

    Cecilia says

    Very Beautiful! I have Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as my desktop picture right now and this blanket matches -perfectly-! Awesome!

  4. 11

    Cecilia says

    Very Beautiful! And by chance I have Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as my desktop picture right now and this blanket matches -perfectly-! Awesome!

  5. 14

    Leticia Jurado says

    WOW! this is a beautiful pattern thank you Tami for allowing Moogly to share with all of us.
    Congrats on your 100th pattern I love them all, you are awesome :)

  6. 16

    Carmen says

    Amazing, the 100th pattern already! You’re like a crafty machine, hahaha :) This blanket just looks lovely, and such a touching story behind it!

  7. 18

    brenta jane says

    What wonderful ladies you all are. From our heart to yours. Our Momma also crochets, she is 92 years young. Thank you for sharing the pattern with us and all of the hard work involved to do this.
    God’s Blessings to ya’l

  8. 19

    Pat says

    Thank you for sharing your family with us. I have been looking for a pattern for a blanket for my bed, this is wonderful. You mentioned the Apache and Navajo patterns. Would you be willing to share?

  9. 21

    Lisa Lockhart says

    Wow! What a wonderful story and pattern. And it’s #100. That’s double the goodness!! It’s amazing how much our lives are enriched when time, knowledge and most of all, LOVE, is shared. Thanks Tami and Tamara!

  10. 23

    Debi Deason says

    Beautiful! Reminds me of the Mexican blankets we have down here on the border of Texas/Mexico.
    Any chance we could talk Tami out of the Navajo and/or Apache tears patterns? I made a Navajo pattern afghan for my step-father, who was Sioux, the last Christmas he was alive. I would love ave to have the pattern again to make another.

  11. 30

    Carol Taggart says

    I learned to crochet when I was 11 years old and am now 81. I would love this pattern so I could use up my scrap yarn. It looks simple but BEAUTIFUL. I can not find how to print it on my computer or printer so if you would send it to me I would appreciate it. Thank you. Carol

    • 31

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Carol! Thank you! To print the pattern for personal use, please use the green Print Friendly button down by the social media buttons at the bottom of the post.

  12. 32

    Sherry says

    I love this! This is definitely on my next “to do” list of afghans to crochet…. thanks for sharing! Sherry

  13. 33

    Roe says

    What a beautiful story and bringing a vintage pattern back to life is a wonderful way to honor Great Aunt Ernestine. I am sure she would be proud.

    Thank you for sharing.

  14. 35

    Cheryl Puckett says

    Maybe it’s just my brain fog, but I am having a bit of trouble getting started here. I love this pattern, and want to get started on it with black, teal, turquoise, grey, blues and white…and do this for a Christmas gift for my Dad. Where I’m having my problem is just in the beginning. (I know once I cross this hump, the rest will come easily.) In the pattern, you have
    Skip 3 ch, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch, dc2tog over the next 3 ch (skip center ch)…
    My question is the skipped chain in the middle of the dc2tog? (I hope that makes sense… first part of the dc2tog in one chain, skip a chain and then complete the second half of the dc2tog in the third chain.) Also, is this stitched into the beginning chain or around the beginning chain?
    I think I understand it more after looking at the drawing…but I want to be sure before I get too involved and end up having to frog a bunch.

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern and the story! I have been looking and looking for something unique yet vintage to do for my Dad for Christmas. It takes me awhile to complete any large project, as I have rheumatoid arthritis, but this one just screamed “Daddy!” to me!

    • 36

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Cheryl, sorry for the confusion! Yes, the dc2tog in Row 1 does have the skipped ch in the middle – you’ve got it exactly right. The sts in Row 1 are all worked into the individual chains, not around them. Then, in Row 2 (and beyond), you are working in ch sps and in between the posts, except for the first and last dc sts of the Row (the entire row, not just the repeats). I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!

  15. 39

    Cheryl Puckett says

    WOOHOOO!!!! The fog cleared and I got past the first row and am on row 10 now!! I’ve put it on my Ravelry Projects and will upload it there when I finish it! I’m SUPER excited about how it is working up already! BEAUTIFUL PATTERN!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  16. 43

    Rhonda Fannin says

    Hi Tammy, I just wanted to say Thank You for sharing Tammi Lemons story and and also sharing her Grandmother’s afghan such a tremendous joy she must have had taking care of her Grandmother and sharing her last days crocheting. I was wondering if Tammi has ever thought of sharing and posting her afghans for the Apache Blanket and Navajo blanket? My Father passed away this April and I am trying to hold on to some memories he shared before his passing about his Mother’s Indan Native History… Thank You And God Bless to both of You

  17. 48

    Myra Wade says

    This is a beautiful afghan, but I was very interested in the Navajo & Apache Tears, wondering if Tami might share those two patterns. I know there are patterns out there under those same two names, but I would really like to see these. If she would be so kind I would be very appreciative. Thanks

    • 50

      Tami Lemons says

      yes, the links Tamara put above are the links to the patterns ;)) I do not know how to put pictures on here, or I would :) I will try to figure out how to post a picture :)

  18. 52

    Traci says

    What a lovely pattern (next on my list!) and such a wonderful story to go along with it! Thank you for taking the time to recreate this pattern and then sharing it with the world!

  19. 55

    Sandra says

    Hi Tamara & Tami, Thank you so much for sharing your touching story and going through the time and effort that I am sure went into figuring it out. I am a self taught newbie crocheter via utube so I am still learning how to read patterns. I have poured over tons of patterns and this one is perfect for the person I want to make it for. My question is row one you have (dc ch 2dc) does that mean 1dc ch 2dc sorry for the silly question but I want to make sure I am doing it correctly. Row one I think is dc in 6th ch from hook skip 2ch then (2dc ch1 2dc) skip 3chs then (dc ch1 dc) nxt ch (dc skip 1 ch dc) then in nxt ch (dc ch1 dc) skip3 (2dc ch1 2dc) then skip 2 (dc) I’m sorry for such a long email I really want this to turn out nice. Thank you for your time and patience. .

    • 56

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Sandra! I’m glad you like the blanket, and congrats on learning to crochet!

      Row 1 starts with a dc in the 6th chain from the hook. You then work 1 dc, chain 1, and then work 2 dc in that same chain stitch. This puts 2 dc (a chain) and 2 more dc sts in that same chain stitch. *Then you skip 3 chains, and in the next ch you work 1 dc, ch 1, and work 1 more dc in the same ch. Next you work a dc2tog, working the first half of the stitch in the next chain, skip the next chain, and working the second half of the stitch in the ch after that. Then, work 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in the next ch. Skip 3 more chains, and work 2 dc in the next ch, ch 1, and work 2 more dc in the same ch. Then start over again at the *.

      I hope that helps! If you take a look at the chart it might help you visualize it a bit too. If you’re not familiar with dc2tog, there’s a video tutorial here: http://www.mooglyblog.com/decreases-sc2tog-and-dc2tog/

  20. 57

    Sandra says

    Hi Tamara, Thank you so much, I think I have got it now. .
    I will post my progress on my ravelry page..
    Have a great weekend!

  21. 61

    Carol says

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern with us. I am currently on row 64 and am following your color chart. It is gorgeous! You are very talented! I am planning to make a matching mandala in the hoop as well. Thank you again!

  22. 63

    Carmen Driggs says

    Hi Tamara,
    Once again you outdid yourself. Congrats on #100 and bringing this beautiful afghan to life again. I have one question on the pattern. If I wanted to make it longer, say about 80″, how would the color scheme work? I really don’t just want to continue adding the white on the top, it’ll be too much white I think. How can I add rows in between without distorting the ombre effect? Thanks

    • 64

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Carmen!

      I did some math, and to lengthen the blanket to 80″ you’d want to add about 20 rows. (104 rows = 66″, 19-20 rows = 12″) So rather than reworking the entire ombre order, what I would do, is after every 10 rows of the color pattern, repeat the last two rows. So follow the set pattern for 1-10, then repeat rows 9 and 10 before going to row 11. Then after row 20, repeat rows 19 ad 20 before going on to row 21, etc. This will give you 20 extra rows by the end and will keep the ombre effect going. :) Hope that helps!

  23. 67

    Norah says

    Thanks so much for this pattern, I have made 2 of these one for each of my grandchildren and my husband is now INSISTING I make one for our king size bed! It’s a brilliant pattern, you never get bored with it because it’s always changing if you do the scrap guan style.

    • 68

      Tami Lemons says

      my husband loves ours also! the day I finished it and brought it home from Aunt Ern’s house, He has raved about it! My grandbabies love it too. I think it is all of the colors in it! I am so glad you love making them! Aunt Ern would be so proud!

  24. 69

    Angel says

    Hi Tamara,

    I have a question about the changing the size part. I’ve seen this before in some of your patterns, but I don’t understand what all the numbers mean.

    When you say, “work in a multiple of 12 plus 7, plus 2″: Does the 12 stand for the repeat? What do the 7 and the 2 stand for? Why wouldn’t it say multiple of 12 plus 9? Or a multiple of 19 plus 2?

    I’m just trying to understand for future reference.

    Thanks,
    Angel

    • 70

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Angel! Great question! You’re on the right track – in this example, the 12 is the repeat, the 7 is the “edges” (stitches needed to make the sides work out, often though not always a partial repeat of the pattern) and the plus 2 is for the turning chain. While it might seem simpler to say mult of 12 plus 9, this way gives people more options. For instance, if they are using a chainless starting double crochet, they’ll skip the plus 2. If they want to take the stitch pattern and work it in the round, they’ll remove the plus 7 and add the plus 2 after they join. Does that explain it? It’s just a way of providing the maximum information. It gives an idea of how the stitch pattern works, and makes it easier to take a stitch pattern you like and use it as inspiration for a new and different project. :)

  25. 71

    Susan wasem says

    I loved this pattern and the very sweet story. So, printed out the pattern and did a swatch. It will become and afghan this year, I just loved it. I found the pattern very easy to read and the chart helped tremendously. I showed my swatch to the husband and he said it wasn’t even! I said it is a wobbly afghan design. He loved it, only hoped I didn’t choose the same colors as I used on the swatch. Thanks for the pattern.

  26. 73

    Kelly says

    Thank you for this wonderful pattern! I just finished it using chocolate, medium brown, black, silver and cream. I love the pattern!

  27. 75

    Doreen says

    I am just starting to crochet ,could you tell me what a dc2tog is?
    I have been teaching myself from the patterns on the labels a And I never have seen this before.

  28. 77

    Angela says

    This is exactly what ive been looking for. My grannie taught me how to crochet and sbe talked me through this pattern…and i could only use her scraps…i loved making it…i didnt crochet for years, and of course shes been gone 15 years….so ive picked back up on the basics.. afghans for my children, and now my grandchildren….but i couldnt remember this one…like there was a block….until just now. Reading this pattern was a beautiful trip down memory lane…it was almost like i could hear her saying everything i read…..thank you both for finding this….

  29. 80

    Heather walker says

    Love the pattern. Thinking I will make it my next project. It wil probably be a wedding present for my brother. I want to make this out of Bernat Cottonish yarn. I like the feel of it better than the 100% acrylic. I am a little worried though because the yarn isn’t as heavy so the size might be smaller. Should I make the starting chain longer? Do I still use a size J hook? Thanks for any help.

    • 81

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you! I would use a smaller hook – the Cottonih is significantly thinner. You may wish to make the chain longer, for sure.

      • 82

        Heather walker says

        Thank you. I am using a size H hook. I did make the starting chain longer but I seem to have done something wrong. I chained 153 + 12 +7 +2 but I think I am ending on the wrong cluster of v stitches. I end with the longer one but row 2 seems to start with directions that would go with the smaller one (2dc, ch 1, 2dc). I don’t guess it will matter as long as I adjust row 2? Will it look strange?

  30. 83

    Jane says

    Hi there – just finished this Afghan – used the same colours exactly – I was wondering what colour you did the edging? Duye to the different colours -

  31. 86

    Michelle B says

    Lovely! I’m about to crochet my first blanket and I want to try this pattern out! Instead of using multiple colors, I have a beautiful multi-coloured yarn. How do you think that would work with this pattern? Thanks for sharing it :)

    • 87

      Tamara Kelly says

      I think it would work great! Every yarn is different, so the only way to know for sure is to give it a try. One big advantage is that you’ll have a lot less ends to weave in! :)

  32. 88

    Carmen Driggs says

    Hi Tamara,
    Just finished my Wobbly Afghan and although it’ll never look like yours, I’m quitelease. I am now going to work on the border. I saw on a previous post that you advise on 2 sc on each dc post on the sides, but how about the top and bottom? It has a sort of wavy look and I’d love to keep it. Thank you again for sharing such a lovely and fun pattern….

    • 89

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Carmen, I’m so glad you like it! At the top and bottom I just worked one sc in each stitch, but you can play with the stitches and get the look you like!

  33. 90

    Catarina aires says

    This is such a beautiful pattern! Congratulations to you both.
    I have recently started crocheting a baby blanket, but I’m not too happy with the results so far, that’s why I was searching for inspiration to start again. I think I have just found it! But I’ll need some advice, please: I don’t want the blanket to be more than 50” long, and I have just 5 different shades. How would I go about recalculating the number of rows to maintain the ombre effect?

    • 91

      Tamara Kelly says

      Since yarn and tension can have such a big effect, you’ll need to make a swatch to figure out how many rows you’ll need to make. Then you can evenly distribute your colors between them. :)

      • 92

        Catarina Aires says

        Thank you! Yes, I have done that and determined out how many rows I’ll need, and how many rows per shade. It was the distribution of the rows that was being a bit difficult to figure out. But I resorted to the help of an Excel spreadsheet and experimented a bit by colouring row of cells and moving them around – and I think I got it now. It looks promising! :)

        Thanks again for your suggestions, and for sharing such a special treat!

  34. 94

    Yvette says

    Just finished this throw for my dad. Came out gorgeous but what a lot of ends. Will do something with solid colour next! Thanks Tamara!

      • 96

        Carol says

        I feel your pain re all the ends! But I just loved the looks of this afghan and felt it was SO worthwhile. One thing that really helped was Tamara’s suggestion to do 10 rows of weave Ins at a time as you go along. This made it manageable. Thanks again for designing such a gorgeous afghan!

        • 97

          Tamara Kelly says

          :D I’m so glad you liked it Carol! I know some people love weaving in ends – I try to look at it as meditation lol.

  35. 98

    michelle says

    I love this pattern. Thank you for sharing it with everyone. I posted my finished lap blanket on my Ravelry page. I used a vintage blue wool, and it is lovely. Can’t wait to make one in baby yarns.
    Thanks again.
    Michelle

  36. 100

    Sharon says

    I love the stories almost as much as the patterns!! Please, keep putting stories with any and every pattern you post. I keep the stories with the patterns so I can read them each time I crochet the patterns. Thank you for all that you are doing for us.

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  1. […] The Vintage Wobble Afghan pattern debuted last fall, and it was a very special pattern to share – be sure to read the story behind this great stitch HERE! And one of the many awesome things about this pattern is that it’s a one row repeat! All the variation is in the colors, so it’s super easy to memorize, and it makes a fantastic stitch buster. However, the stitch placement on that one row can be a little tricky… so at your request, here’s a tutorial for how to crochet the Vintage Wobble Afghan! […]

  2. […] The Vintage Wobble Afghan pattern debuted last fall, and it was a very special pattern to share – be sure to read the story behind this great stitch HERE! And one of the many awesome things about this pattern is that it’s a one row repeat! All the variation is in the colors, so it’s super easy to memorize, and it makes a fantastic stitch buster. However, the stitch placement on that one row can be a little tricky… so by popular request, here’s a tutorial for how to crochet the Vintage Wobble Afghan! […]

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