It might just be nostalgia for my Irish dancing days, but I’ve always absolutely loved aran patterns. From aran sweaters to socks, some of my fondest memories of fall and winter have been of wrapping up in comfy clothes and drinking hot chocolate by the window. But as any aran fan knows, those sweaters (the quality ones, mind you) are darned expensive. The best are all handmade, as machines can’t handle the intricate designs or stitch tightness the way your good old-fashioned hands can. And if there’s going to be hot chocolate involved, I’m not going to risk spilling it on a pricey, one-of-a-kind, nearly-white sweater!
Enter an aran you might not have seen – in afghan form! What better way to bundle up than with a crochet afghan? They’re not hard to make on your own (with our easy crochet patterns for inspiration) and the end result is a gorgeous throw that can be kept in the family as an heirloom for generations. A crochet blanket is the perfect way to appreciate an aran pattern, which is enough on its own without you also having to finagle it into a complicated kind of sweater. You don’t have to hail from the Irish homeland to adore these gorgeous afghan crochet patterns, so grab your hook and let’s get started!
Have you ever owned an aran sweater?