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!
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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!
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
- US – J, 6.00 mm hook (Furls Fiberarts Recommended)
- 2900 yds total Worsted or Aran weight yarn – 8 skeins Red Heart With Love shown
Red Heart With Love shown in the following colors:
B. True Blue
E. Blue Hawaii
F. Iced Aqua
- 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
- Want to try it in Tunisian? Dela Wilkins has come up with a Tunisian version of the Vintage Wobble pattern! CLICK HERE to check it out!
Vintage Wobble Afghan Chart: (see photo below re: dc2tog instructions)
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.
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.
Et 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!
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