afghan traditions crochet book

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:

  1. Back Porch Comforts
  2. Sun Room Splendor
  3. Victorian Parlour
  4. Library Treasures
  5. Hospitality Suites
  6. Family Gatherings
  7. Sweet Dreams Nursery
  8. 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:

rainbow granny square crochet blanket

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.

colorful crochet blanket pattern

Wish Upon a Star. I love the vast array of colors that are used as well as the unique shape of the stars.

crochet sunflowers blanket

Sunflowers. Who doesn’t love sunflowers? I like the graphic shape of these!

crochet ripple blanket

Shifting Sapphires. This is a classic crochet ripple done in four beautiful colors.

crochet blanket pattern

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.

afghan enchantment crochet book

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.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. Barbara Reichard Reply

    I have the book “Afghan Enchantment”. It is in excellent condition. I purchased it years ago, but found that no patterns really appealed to me. I would be happy to give the book to you. It is better to find a good home where someone will put it to good use. Also, the Peacock pattern is in the book.
    Let me know if you would like me to send it to you.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Oh that’s so sweet of you! I ended up ordering it so it’s already on its way to me but I really appreciate your generous offer.

    • Hi if you would like to give this book to someone, I know a lady who is desperately seeking this pattern and book but cannot afford the crazy price online to purchase the book

  2. Charlotte Huffman Reply

    I have both of these books! I got them when they first came out. I have made the geometric one and it was very easy to make.

  3. Jodiebodie Reply

    Gee, good news all round – that you were able to source the correct book and that the Geometrix pattern is very easy as that is one I wouldn’t mind trying some day. I have a computer programmer in the family and that pattern reminds me of silicon chips and circuit boards, especially in the black and white illustrated.

    • Kathryn Reply

      I can definitely see that! Have you seen some of the QR code blankets and designs out there in crochet? Those are interesting for techies too!

  4. Alguien generoso que me pueda enviar el patrón de la manta del pavo real!! (Peacock Splendor). Por favor!!! Gracias!!!

  5. Ethel Wall Reply

    Barbara Reichard I would like to buy the book from you as I love the peacock pattern. If you”re willing.

  6. I’m desperate for this book. I really need the pattern for Peacock Splender from Afghan Enchantment.
    Does anyone know if there an e-pattern for it that I could purchase and download? The book seems to be difficult to purchase for a reasonable price.


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