I recently tried to purchase a retro crochet book for a specific pattern and I accidentally purchased the wrong old book. It turned out to be okay, though, because I actually really like the book that I ended up with. It’s called Afghan Traditions and I’m loving seeing the way that so many of today’s crochet afghan patterns are based on a style that can be seen in this book.
About Afghan Traditions Crochet Book
This crochet book was published in 1996 and features more than fifty different crochet blanket patterns. Most pattern books today seem to feature about 20 designs so it’s really exciting to get 50 crochet patterns in one book. The crochet patterns are divided into eight different categories:
- Back Porch Comforts
- Sun Room Splendor
- Victorian Parlour
- Library Treasures
- Hospitality Suites
- Family Gatherings
- Sweet Dreams Nursery
- Bedroom Charm
Each crochet pattern includes a photo, written instructions and sometimes there is a diagram or color layout feature as well.
Favorite Crochet Afghan Patterns
What I loved seeing was that there were so many contemporary patterns in this collection of crochet blankets. Many of my favorite blankets that were created in the past few years are similar in some ways to the patterns in this book. You can really see how the past, the crochet that was being done in the 1990s, has influenced where we have gone with crochet patterns today. It’s neat to see that.
Here were some of my favorite crochet patterns from this book:
Granny’s Attic Window. This is an impressive rainbow crochet square pattern! I love the unique 3D effects of the shading and I’m always a fan of rainbow designs. It reminds me of something that might be created today by Felted Button as well as of this 3D crochet blanket.
Wish Upon a Star. I love the vast array of colors that are used as well as the unique shape of the stars.
Sunflowers. Who doesn’t love sunflowers? I like the graphic shape of these!
Shifting Sapphires. This is a classic crochet ripple done in four beautiful colors.
Geometrix. This one reminds me of today’s QR code crochet!
The Crochet Book I Meant to Get
Several years ago I saw this crochet peacock afghan pattern:
At the time, the pattern was on Etsy but then it quickly disappeared. People around the Internet wanted to know where the pattern came from. At some point, The Crochet Dude said that it came from the book Afghan Enchantment.
However, I also heard it was in the book Afghan Traditions. I never double-checked the info and when I finally went to go order the book I got Afghan Traditions. Even though the pattern isn’t in this book, I like the book. But I think I’ll see if I can get my hands on a copy of Afghan Enchantment next. Both books are available affordably on Amazon if you don’t mind a used copy.