Crochet Afghan Origin
A Crochet Crowder writes us.
What is the difference between the term blanket and afghan when it comes to crochet?
I look at it like Tomato… Tamato! I think many of us easily substitute the word but technically, crochet blankets are to be referred to as a crochet afghan.
I’m not a grammar or word fanatic… lord knows my grammar is terrible and if I don’t misspell something in this article, it will be lucky day! I better buy a lottery ticket!
The term Afghan for knitters and crocheters is derived from Afghanistan. That area of the world is generally the mecca of the creation of yarns and textiles in the world. According to my research, the name was created back in the 1700’s and then well adopted in the 1800’s as a common word for crochet blankets.
Afghans is the common word for handmade blankets with yarn. Technically, afghans are meant for decoration, and a quick blanket to grab that may be sitting on a couch or chair if you get chilly. BUT you know us crocheters… if we can imagine it… we can hook it! So it’s not uncommon for us to make massive bedspreads and whatever our hearts desire.
The term Throw is referring to the size of the afghan. If the afghan is smaller that is more meant for decor or just quick use while sitting in a chair and doesn’t fit a bed size. Basically, you are just ‘throwing’ it on the couch as a decor item that you may use once a while while sitting there. I think it’s possible that an afghan is considered to be around 5′ feet or less.
Now this is just me but I usually call my miniature afghans intended for baby as baby blankets and not baby afghans. Why? Beats me. I think most of us call a dedicated handmade or machine made baby size as a baby blanket. Technically, I should be calling it baby afghan but I know most people will search Baby Blanket ideas in search engines and more often refer to it as a Baby Blanket instead. Why fight the trend? Whatever works right!
My mother had made each of us homemade quilt baby blankets when we were kids. I hear the term baby blanket 95% of the time.
Of course, then we have lapghans to make it even more confusing. Lapghans are even smaller than a typical throw size. I envision that a lapghan is something that just rests on a lap and covers the legs. Maybe even something for people who are confined to a wheel chair or even just people who just like to be cozy on the couch.
The term graphghan is now starting to go main stream. I don’t even know if this is a real word but I certainly call any afghans where logos, pictures and more are incorporated into the stitching using the aid of a graph to make it happen.
I use that word as it makes sense to me but I don’t really know if it is technically correct or me just being having fun with words. Leave me a comment in my blog below on what you think of this term?
Whatever you call it… just be creative and have fun!