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Really Important Things You Need to Know About the Afghan Blanket

Things You Need to Know about the Afghan Blanket
This post sheds light on the origin and history of afghan blankets, their types and sizes, and gives you some tips for using and maintaining them.
Mukta Badipatla
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2019
In the English language, the word 'afghan', was mentioned by Thomas Carlyle in 1833. This word has a reference to the country of Afghanistan.
Origin and History
Afghan Blanket
Afghan blankets can be used as blankets or throw and crocheted from yarn using a hooked thick needle. The final product of this stitching is an afghan.
Afghans have large and prominently intertwined bumps. Beautiful patterns are stitched by sewing together multiple pieces of afghan. The knitted blankets are named so, after the term used for referring to the people of Afghanistan.
The word 'afghan' is a Persian term for the people of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is well-known for its wool and textiles. An afghan blanket can be used to refer to a crocheted blanket or throw.
Afghan Blanket Uses
  • The afghan blanket can be used as a throw to cover cushions and chair seats.
  • It can also be used as a headboard throw.
  • It can be used as a blanket and is extremely warm to snuggle into, on a winter night.
  • Afghans can also be used on beds. When used as throws, they can make simple beds look stylish and classy.
  • Furry afghans can be thrown across furniture (like sofas). They not only make the furniture look cozy, but also keep pet hair off the cushions and sofa covers.
Types and Sizes
The three types of afghans are:

Mile-a-minute Afghans: Most used by beginners in crocheting. They are knit into a single piece with minimum stitches. Therefore, they are easy to stitch.

Join-as-you-go Afghans: Made by joining multiple crotchet pieces together. Variations in their stitching patterns have led them to be more widely used as throws.
Motif Afghans: They have a variety of designs like squares and blocks. Usually, most afghan blankets are stitched in motif style. They are also known as granny style afghans.

Afghans come in the following sizes.

24″ x 30″, 30" x 36", 36″ x 42″, 48″ x 60″, 42"x 48", 36" x 48", 48" x 72", 50″ x 70″, and 60" x 84".
Washing Instructions
  • When hand-washing an afghan blanket, do not use scrubs or brushes to clean the dirt. Gently scrub with your hands and use a mild detergent.
  • While washing it in the washing machine, set the 'gentle cycle' and use cold water. Do not use a bleach or any harsh detergent.
  • Before washing an afghan, check for all the lose ends and fix them prior to the wash, or the stitches may come off.
  • Soak the afghan in a mild and gentle detergent before washing it.
  • After washing an afghan blanket, tumble-dry it on low heat.
  • Finally, to dry it, lay it out in the open.
Swaddled Newborn Baby Sleeping Wrapped in Blanket
Afghan blankets can be preserved for long. They are warm and good for use during the winters. They can be used on beds and sofas to give these pieces of furniture, a classy look. So do buy an afghan blanket this winter, if you haven't used one yet.