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Readers Respond: How Soon Should You Start Working on a Baby Afghan?

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If you've ever crocheted (or knit) a baby afghan, please tell us how long it took you to make it; explain what you think is an acceptable time frame for expecting to complete the entire baby afghan from start to finish. It would also be helpful to know the skill level of your pattern-- i.e. easy, or advanced.

For those who are wondering how long their afghan will take to complete, these answers could help to give you an approximate idea. Keep in mind that everyone's time frame will vary.

never too early-never too late!

I like to have an afghan or two ready to go at all times,you never know when you'll need a gift. I also like to have the option of just adding the last few edging rows or some other personalizing touches like flowers,bows or something to make it gender friendly. If it is a special project, Add 2 weeks to whatever time you think you will need to allow for life and all its follies to get in your way. When you're done you will either be glad for the time or you can pat yourself on the back for coming in with time to spare!
—Pat.P

giant granny

My first crochet project was a a Christmas present for my mother. I chose to do one big granny square since I had read this was the easiest pattern. So I searched the internet for directions on how to do all the stitches and started on the project. I was very surprised when I was finished in only one week! The finished size was about 30 square feet using a size j hook and worsted weight yarn. And I only spent a few hours each night after my 8 month old was in bed, and I was so happy with the first one that I started another the very next day for my daughter! I think I've found my new hobby with crochet!
—Guest heather

giant granny

My first crochet project was a a Christmas present for my mother. I chose to do one big granny square since I had read this was the easiest pattern. So I searched the internet for directions on how to do all the stitches and started on the project. I was very surprised when I was finished in only one week! The finished size was about 30 square feet using a size j hook and worsted weight yarn. And I only spent a few hours each night after my 8 month old was in bed, and I was so happy with the first one that I started another the very next day for my daughter! I think I've found my new hobby with crochet!
—Guest heather

How soon? Depends..

It really depends on your skill level and the pattern that you have chosen. I like to make baby afghans in the shape of stars and since I have made so many, it takes me a week or so to finish them. If its a complicated pattern, or you are unsure, start yesterday :)
—Guest Jessica

Sooner than you think

I once started a rather complicated afghan (one piece, with bobble stitches for little balls that the baby could hold, about 4' sq, if memory serves). It was to be a Christmas gift. I started it just before Thanksgiving, and worked on it nonstop until Christmas. Seriously. Nonstop. I'd make it on the way to work, on bus trips, and every waking moment when I wasn't at work, and finally got it done two days before Christmas. I wished, so badly, that I'd thought ahead and started in October...
—Guest Katie M

How long to crochet afghan

My average time to complete a baby afghan is about a month.
—Guest Novella

When to Starty Working on Baby Afghan?

I like to allow myself three months to complete a baby afghan. I like to make different afghans, and I find that a lot of times the afghan directions have errors in them. For some reason, it seems like baby afghan patterns have more mistakes than full-size afghan patterns. I wonder if they have not actually been tried and this is the reason why. Anyway, I like fancy afghans for babies and use intricate patterns which seem to take quite some time. Also, if I don't like the pattern as I'm crocheting, I still have time to start another one if I give myself three months. I prefer to make afghans that are crib size and can be used throughout the baby's life up to a lap blanket as an adult. If you buy good quality yarn and do good crocheting, the recipient can use the finished product their entire life.
—Guest debbiejonathan

How long to give yourself...

I have been crocheting for almost 20 years, and work third shift at a motel where I can bring my piece with me. Of course it depends on what level of difficulty I am working on. For instance I love making the Sunshine baby blanket (redheart.com) it takes me about 3-4 nights.
—Guest Jennifer

Beverly

a week or two, but i have been crocheting 36 years,the pattern used, the size of hooks, the weight of the yarn,how many uninterupted hours u have,i was allowed on my switchboard job on third shift to crochet too, so third shift in a hospital, u wont get over 3 dozen calls in a night,so i got paid to crochet and run my job, that was nice,i am an experienced crocheter but if i tackle a really hard pattern, i would allow more than two weeks,and it depends too if u really love to crochet, it would take patience u have to, to stick with it, some girls i have taught had not the patience to learn, some learned really fast and within a few rows of finishing a simple afghan, she threw it down in disgust, and never tried again,so it depends om many different things .once i tried a pattern that was very hard, it took me six weeks to make a baby afghan, a sweater, cap,booties,i worked on it a few hours a day, it was special for a new grandbaby.
—Guest beverly beckham

Time for Baby Afghan

Depending on the difficulty of the pattern I try to start at least a month before I plan on giving it to the new mom. I have an old standby pattern that only takes me a couple of days to work up but there are some that I have done that took me well over a month working full time on it.
—Guest Valerie

Baby afghan

Depends on the pattern. If it's your first start about a month early.
—Guest Beverly

Babby Afghans-Length in Making

It all depends on the type of stitch, the size of afghan, the hook, and type of yarn. If you crochet afghans it's a matter of time you have to do the afghan. Not all are easy, intermediate or difficult. You do a pattern because you love the pattern and you think the mother will love it. You make baby afghans so they can passed on to loved ones in the family like their siblings. My favorite is one from Mary Maxim's that looks like a star with baby rainbow colors that only took me a weekend to make. I received so many compliments that I continued making that pattern because you normally get square or rectangular ones as gifts. Anyone who takes the time to make them my crochet hook tilted you! :)
—Guest Teri1017

it depends on pattern

I make baby afghans for charity fairly often, so when I do, I usually use something very easy like double crochet or granny square or V stitch. With those stitches, I can usually do one in a few weeks. Now I'm making one for a friend using shell stitch, and it's taking me way longer, going on a month!
—TammyP1

baby afghan time

The last baby afghan I made was for a friend's baby shower. I was told about it about 2 weeks before it was to happen and I made a giant granny square about 36" square. I used jamie twinkle for it and it took me about 2-3 days using a size g hook.
—juli1961

Baby afghan?

I also do not make baby afghans, i'd rather make something my child can enjoy all their lives. It is easy to take any pattern and make it bigger. So I make throw-sized - depending on when I feel like it's long enough to snuggle with even into adulthood. They are a little big to wrap a baby in, but they are still good for the crib, or as a playing surface. I usually give myself 3 months to complete an afghan, depending on the size, and to allow time if i get busy and have to put it down for a while. Plus, I don't feel rushed. When timing an afghan, there really are some key factors- how fast you are, the complexity of the pattern, and how much time you have to spend on it. My husband's grandma can do afghans in a week that would take me months.
—loveroferic
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