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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.

Star square afghan blanket

I recently made a blanket it took me 2 days. I had to make 48 white 28 blue/silver/white and 29 silver/white/blue then stitched all together and did edging. I learnt how to crochet 2 months ago.
—Guest Danielle

Simple Baby Afghan - Time Frame

It takes me about two weeks in between all my other stuff. If you want the actual time spent crocheting - I would say about 5 hours for a simple pattern that I know well and way longer when I'm learning something new!
—Guest MaryJane

Donating baby blankets

I'm fifteen, and I'm making a baby blanket to donate to a pregnancy crisis center called Alphis Glory. I didn't really have a pattern, I just picked on color, and it's taken me about two months. I'm almost finished. I would have been finished sooner had I not had to take a break because of school. But, I plan on doing this again, my average time is a month and a half, to 2 months.
—Guest Victoria M

Depends

If it's the same stitch pattern back and forth across each row, it takes a week of casual evenings. A more complicated pattern, with changes I need to pay attention to can take a month or two. And let's not go into how long I need to pick the all important colors. :)
—Guest Terrie

start asap

I come from a long line of speedy crocheters. I'm only 29 and have already been crocheting for more than 20 years. Depending on the pattern it takes me anywhere from 2-8 hours to complete a baby afgan, but my grandmother can complete one in 20 min to 3 hours and my mother can complete one in 1-6 hours. But when I first was learning and made my first baby afghan it took me all of winter break to finish it. Which was about 3 weeks of working on it everyday. So it will take different amounts of time for everyone and every project. My advice would be to start working on it as soon as you can. And try to keep track of how many hours it takes you to complete it. Then you will have a gauge for how long it will take in the future to make more afghans. Also then when you make the next one you can try to beat your previous time. That's how you get faster. Good luck! :)
—maryjomaggie

Baby Afghans & Time Frames

I started crocheting 2.5 months ago. I have made several afghans, baby and adults. 56"x56" granny square afghan took me 18 hours. My toddler afghans takes less than a day. Less than 8 hours (broken). Love it~
—Guest Q

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

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