The 6 Hour Afghan + Adding Fringe Tutorial

March 27, 2014Allison Murray
Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

A while back I got sick. The kind of sick where you spend all but a few hours a day in bed for several days. And I was told that this was going to be the norm for me for about a week. Ugh. So that first day I hopped online and started ordering yarn like a crazy person. And I got expedited shipping since I wanted to get my hands busy as quickly as possible. My very first afghan to start up was this purple beauty you see here.

Now, unfortunately what they sent me wasn’t all the same dye lot which I didn’t notice until after I laid my afghan out. That stinks but I think I can live with it. But keep this in mind if ordering online. I assumed that every skein would be from the same lot and you see how that panned out for me. After all, ass out of you, ass out of me…

Which reminds me of a really cute story. A little girl my Mimmie knows, about 3 or 4, recently learned what an “ass” was from Sunday school. Now her parents are having a very difficult time getting her to understand when it is appropriate and when it isn’t to use the word. In fact, she’s started calling just about any animal an ass including the dog and when he was misbehaving she got all huffy and asked the company “Would you just look at that ass?” But back to the crafting already!

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Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

I was pleasantly surprised when I whipped this sucker up in less than 7 episodes of the Tudors. Yep, after about 6 hours of hooking I had a lovely new accent piece for my recently purchased bedroom chair (also pictured). Now the fringe, however is another hour onto this project if you want to add it. And why wouldn’t you? It’s fab!

You will need:

To start make your chain a length of 82. Continue the V Double Crochet stitch until you get the width you require. Add fringe if desired.

To make fringe you will need:

  • more yarn
  • book
  • scissors

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Take your yarn and place about 2 inches inside of the front of your book and close it tight.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Start wrapping your yarn around the book keeping the strands close together, but not overlapping.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

We do this (and use the book, actually) to ensure that each piece of fringe is really, really close in length to the others.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Use your scissors to trim the yarn. Cut along the inside edge of one of the covers to ensure a nice, straight cut.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Continue making your fringe until you have a nice pile. I actually used an entire skein of the Hometown USA and had just a small pile left over.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Take as many strands as you’d like in your fringe and find the center of them together. I find that I really like the look of 2, sometimes 3 when dealing with bulky yarn but this is totally about preference.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Push the loops from where you found the centers through the afghan where you want the fringe to appear.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Pull the cut ends through the loops from where you found the centers. Here I’m putting my hand through the loops and grabbing the ends to pull through.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Grab the ends and pull to tighten.

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

And fringe #1 is complete. Only about 100 or so left to go!

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

Now technically you should trim your yarn at this point to get a nice, clean edge. Unfortunately as one too many sets of wonky bangs has proven to me, I don’t cut things in a straight line very well. Which is why I just trim the very obvious stragglers. Because a few months later, this stuff won’t grow out enough for me to try again!

Make a gorgeous afghan with only the double crochet stitch in only 6 hours. The 6 hour afghan!

I picked the purple color to specifically go with my beige chair and my $1 cashmere pillow!

Oh, and can you spot the kitty and poor paint job in this post? Oh, and the obvious lack of fringe on the other side of the afghan, but dude, the light was dwindling on me! :)

All in all, not bad for a day’s work. Now I’m starting on another afghan for my Momma and you best believe I’m counting the hours. But it’s looking good for bringing you another quick afghan post!

Comments (16)

  • Sonya

    March 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Do you have to use a chunky yarn for this “V Double Crochet” pattern?

    1. Allison

      March 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Nope. If you click through to the tutorial you’ll see there I used the cheap Red Heart yarn. For this afghan I used chunky to get the look I was going for and so that it would work up quickly!

  • Kat

    March 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    LOVE LOVE this! Color, pattern, fringe, kitty, everything. I’ve never crocheted anything bigger than a scarf, but think I’ll give this a try.

  • Linda

    July 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Thank you for sharing this….

    I will be whipping a few of these up myself.

    Just gorgeous!

  • Jane

    November 8, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Love this afghan! You’re right that it’s easy & fast, too. I may have to put it on my after Christmas list of things to make. I’ve procrastinated again this year & have more than I possibly can finish for gifts. Who knows? Maybe this afghan will be someone ‘s gift next year. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  • Ali V

    November 9, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Awesome! I’m working on this now, it s gonna take me more than six hours I feel but it’s perfect. Good weight, easy stitch, mindless and perfect for during football games and sleepy afternoons. Thanks for this!

  • Nicola

    November 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    What a beautiful tabby! So cleverly disguised.

    The composition of the photo is worth it alone. :)

  • Donna

    November 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I was just wondering how many rows you did?

    1. Allison Murray

      November 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      To be honest I have absolutely no idea as it’s been over a year now since I made it. I typically just keep going until I get the size I want.

  • Krystal Zollinger

    April 4, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Love the purple! I might just try this!

  • Amanda

    November 12, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    What was the finished size on it? Thanks! :)

    1. Allison Murray

      November 13, 2015 at 9:54 AM

      I’m so sorry! I don’t recall the size and having recently moved cannot find the throw to measure. It must be lost in a box in the vast sea of boxes that is currently the garage. I do remember it is quite a generous throw and a bit bigger than most you find at the store.

  • Irene Flores

    July 19, 2016 at 1:11 AM

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much for sharing and providing such a great tutorial. I love it. I’m new to crocheting and will be making this for my Mother in law. I know she is going to love it too. Thanks again.

    1. Allison Murray

      July 19, 2016 at 5:59 PM

      Yay! I’m sure she will love it :)

  • Diane Skinner

    November 25, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Hi, this throw looks great! You did a really good job. I was wondering if you could remember off hand, how long were the tassels that you made?

    1. Allison Murray

      November 25, 2016 at 8:22 PM

      My tassels were about 6 inches. I lost it in my recent move but I LOVED those tassels :)

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