How to crochet a zig zag afghan

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How to crochet a zig zag afghan
A zigzag afghan starts a with a basic chain. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A zigzag crochet afghan uses only a few stitches, and can be created in any size. An afghan or blanket with a zigzag or ripple pattern is an ideal project for using up leftover scraps of yarn since each row can be a different colour. Gauge is not important when making a zigzag afghan; just be sure that all of the yarns you use are the same weight. Use a hook that works well with the yarn you have chosen, and make a sample swatch first to be sure you are happy with the yarn and stitch combination. The only stitches you need to know to make a zigzag afghan are a basic chain and double crochet.

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight yarn, six skeins
  • Crochet hook, J/10

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  1. 1

    Choose a yarn colour for your first stripe. Make a slip knot and then chain 148.

  2. 2

    Skip the first two chains and double crochet (DC) in the third chain.

  3. 3

    DC in the next 6 chains, 3 DC in the next chain, DC in the next 6 chains, DC next 3 chains together. Repeat this sequence across the entire row of chains. Turn.

  4. 4

    Change colours if desired. Chain 2 at the beginning of the row. DC in first 7 stitches, 3 DC in the next stitch, DC in the next 6 stitches, DC next 3 stitches together. Repeat this sequence across the entire row of chains. Turn.

  5. 5

    Repeat step 4 until the afghan is your desired length, then finish off and weave in the loose ends.

Tips and warnings

  • While the directions here are written for worsted weight yarn, any weight can be used, just adjust the hook size as needed.
  • Create random stripes or a repeat pattern with the different yarn colours.
  • Use all machine washable yarns to create an afghan that is easy to care for.
  • Don't mix different weights of yarn in a zigzag afghan, doing so will cause the edges to become uneven.

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