We currently have around 80 afghans, which have been designed and created in the past fifteen years.
Of these, approximately 60 are knitted and 20 are crochet. We have patterns available for most of them.
The patterns are available as printed booklets or as PDFs. We print the booklets ourselves. They have a card cover and good quality paper pages.
Most patterns are now sold as PDF and we strongly recommend this, instead of the paper version. PDFs save on paper and postage. They also have the advantage of being able to use the colouring-in page in a paint program on your own computer to try out your colour choices.
Most PDF sales are handled by Ravelry.com where you will get an automatic download. All Ravelry sales require payment by PayPal.
Sales of paper booklets are handled by the Woolly Thoughts PayPal link. If you do not wish to use these methods, please contact us to arrange an alternative.
The skills required are very basic. You should be able to do:
Note: These are UK terms and differ from US terms.
No skills are required other than the ability to count.
You do not need to understand (or care about) the mathematics to be able to make the afghan.
Each afghan pattern is an individual booklet containing:
Full instructions for making the afghan
An explanation of the Mathematics represented in the design
A colouring-in sheet for you to plan your own design
Where appropriate, it will include:
Instructions for converting the afghan to a wall-hanging
Variations on the design
A few patterns are also available in larger books:
The lists on the Afghan Classification page indicate the main mathematical concept behind each afghan.
There is also often a great deal more mathematics to be found in the design process for the construction of the afghan. For example, Pythagoras Theorem may have been involved in calculating a particular number of stitches. This underlying mathematics may be of particular value to anyone wanting to make or use an afghan in an educational context, in addition to those who have an interest in wanting to know why things work.
If you have no interest in knowing how the numbers are derived, you can simply follow the instructions.
The accessibility of a large scale piece, like an afghan, makes it an ideal way to promote discussion in a classroom situation on many different levels.
If you are interested in making an afghan in school (or with any other group of people see Instruction)
The skills required are very basic. For some designs the only skills needed are:
Garter stitch (every row knit)
Increase by knitting twice into a stitch
Knit two together
Only one yarn is used at a time.
Others may require you to:
Pick up stitches