groovy-ghan (EN)

YAY! Free pattern day! :D

A while ago I stumbled across the most amazing vintage crocheted afghan on Etsy and I knew I had to make one just like it!

Because I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere I sat down and figured out the pattern myself :)

Nieuw voor de nederlandse lezers: het patroon kun je hier vinden, volledig in het Nederlands! :)

What do you need:

  • a crochet hook (I use a 5mm hook)
  • yarn (I use Stylecraft Special DK)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a darning needle

Let’s get started! :)

1.  Start by chaining 40, plus 1 for turning so we keep an even stitch count. (this is just for the example; when you make an afghan the count doesn’t really matter! just make it as long as you would like the afghan to be wide)
So: ch 41

2. Turn and work a sc in each stitch, by putting your hook in the bump on the back of the chain. This creates a neater finish. You could also use a chainless single crochet foundation stitch; if you choose to do so, you can skip step one.

Continue until you reach the end of the chain. Cut the yarn and pull through the loop on your hook.
So: sc 40 (40) 

3. Make another row of sc’s, but don’t turn your work! We are working from right to left here, every single round. Start with a standing single crochet by making a slip knot on your hook and starting the sc like you normally would, and crochet in the back loops only. (remind yourself to crochet all sc’s in the blo’s from now on)
So: blo, sc around (40)

4. Now it’s time to change color. We’re going to do this after every row from now on. With the new color, starting on the right hand side, start with a standing single crochet stitch, and sc 5, back loops only. Then make a double crochet but put your hook through the stitch in the second row below, using the ridge of the front loop. Make 10 single crochets and make another front loop double crochet in the second row blow, and repeat this till the end of your work. (when making the dc, skip a stitch when making the next sc. the dc counts as one stitch)
So: blo, sc 5, *fldc in 2nd row below, sc 10* (40)

5. Change color again, start with a standing single crochet stitch on the right hand side and single crochet 6 times before making the front loop double crochet. If you look at your work, you can see that you are moving the double crochet one stitch to the left on each row, so they sit next to each other! :) You no longer have to count your stitches; just single crochet in the dc from the previous round and then make a front loop dc next to that.
So: blo, sc 6, *fldc in 2nd row below, sc 10* (40)

If you continue in this fashion you’ll quickly see the dc’s creating diagonal lines across your work. And that’s all there is to it! :) Easy, right?

I made a baby blanket with this pattern for a customer:

Yup, pretty groovy! :) Enjoy making your groovy-ghans; be sure to show me your progress! :)


Little disclaimer: This is not my pattern. I didn’t come up with it myself; I only figured it out from a photo. If this offends you in any way, or if you know the original source of this pattern, please let me know.


  1. Loving this pattern and a good way to use up all that scrap yard anyone has laying around. :)

  2. simply beautiful!!!
    thank you for sharing!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  3. Beautiful. Thank you for figuring this out. Just love it.

  4. October 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM
    Beautiful Pattern.
    Looks like Scrappy Steps Afghan on YouTube. I like your instructions better.

  5. I have a very old pattern for your afghan,which by the way is really very pretty.. my pattelack,light bgray is called the Indian afghan. original colors wereturquoise llight gray,and black I used all colors, but startred with black, then dqhite,10 rows of different collors then back to l black and lwhite always started with a 6inchtail and ended ea,row with same this made the fringea my afghan was Chain 250 . I like your directions better and if I ever finish all my projects–I hope to start oneI have lots of yarnand of course still buying thank you for your pattern Phyllis (PJ)

    • I have a pattern from a book from the 20′s that I inherited that I think is the same afghan as well. I can look and see what it was called but I would say since the pattern goes back
      pretty far you’re safe as far as copying someone else’s pattern. Your pattern looks easier to follow than the one I have – it’s in a book about using up your extra yarn in projects.; I have several afghans knitted by various relatives from that book but sadly no one made this one that I know of.

    • The Indian blanket made diamond shapes instead of lines.

    • I made this afghan many years ago and it does have the 10 repeating rows of different colors including black and white. It is also a very large afghan (around 230 stitches across). I have no idea where I got the pattern and it has been missing since I made it. I have always loved this pattern and intended to make another one, but never got around to it. I am so happy to see the pattern again and am going to make a smaller one for a baby blanket. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. This is absolutely GORGEOUS and really, really different! Congrats on a great pattern and a lovely blog!

  7. This Fabulous!!! Thanks for taking the time to figure it out and for sharing!!!

  8. Thank you! I’m gonna try it myself sometime!


  9. Your directions and examples were great. I learned how to do that pattern many years ago. The woman who taught me called it Apache Tears. There were 13 rows of colors and the only repeating pattern were the black and white ones (rows 12 and 13). Otherwise all the colors could be in any order. It is a great way to use up scrap yarn.

  10. Love this!

  11. so innovative, and exciting !!!

  12. Thank u very much for publishing the pattern.I like the groovy ghan very much I m very keen to make it but i am a knitter and know a little of crochet too, i understood all the instruction .
    i guess , i have to cut the yarn at every time i finish the color.

  13. hey, i love this, i’m also more of a knitter but could drop one needle for this one! just to be sure: to stay in repition of the pattern, when you come to the 5th colour change, you start with the double crochet in the first stitch, right? so the diagonal pattern starts new at the right hand side… you know what i mean? thanks for clearing that up…

  14. beautiful!! perfect pattern for a crochet beginner like me! Thank you for sharing this!!

  15. i first saw this pattern back in the early 70′s when a coworker brought in the blanket her mom had made out of scaps years before. like you, i figured it out and made one, over the years, and my ds claimed it a few years ago! i think i’ll start another! thanks for reminding me.

  16. Wow…what a great pice of work. I*m more a knitter but I will give it a try. Because English is not my native language it was a little bit difficult with the beginning. But now I found it out. But I still have one question: How do you hadle the loose ends of yarn from the finished colors?? Will you sew them in or do you have a better solution?

    However….it is soooooo awesome!

    • on the blanket that i made, the beginning and end of each row were left long (kind of like a fringe) then the lady had knotted 3 strands together like a tassel, she continued up both sides–i liked this, no ends to weave in!

  17. It’s Apache Tears and is normally worked only from the right side leaving a 6 inch tail of yarn at each end which becomes the fringe when finished

  18. gracias por compartir

  19. Thanks for the pattern. My former MIL made one for one of my kids oh, 25-30 years ago and it was always my fave. It’s going to be my first post-Christmas project.

  20. OMG that is amazing I love it, thanks for the free pattern I may just need to make one :)

  21. Love, love, love!

  22. Going to try making this into a colourful scarf!

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  25. Hi, My name is Michelle. I’m giving this a practise run before I actually do the blanket. On my sample I find that the colour of the row ( the second one below) that I do the dc on tends to stick out and mix in with the dc.

    Maybe I need to do the dc looser??

    • I worked out what I did wrong. I was picking up the stitch below (while doing a dc) from back to front. You need to pick up from the front. It looks so much better know. – lol :-))

  26. I’m working on this a little at a time. I have an entire bod (think the one they ship a kitchenaid mixer in) full of random balls of different color yarn that I inherited. 98% of it is acrylic so that’s what I’ll be using for this. I am so totally in love with this pattern!! My son ( he’s 2 1/2) says it’s his blanket so I guess I don’t have to figure out what to do with it when I’m done!

  27. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. I love this, and it is a good way to use up all of my extra yarn. thanks again.

  28. what does the so: mean?

  29. This is so beautiful!! Great job!

  30. Ohh… I love it! I have actually came across a few blankets like this at a garage sale. I would have snatched them up but they weren’t in the best condition. Linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow. I think our readers will love this one! :)

  31. Wow, I’d seen this pattern before and wondered how it works, so simple now you showed us! Looks really really good.

  32. This is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

  33. Awesome – I have so much scrap yarn and a few skeins of awful bright colors that would be perfect for this! Another one for my “to make after finishing some UFOs” list! Hope you don’t mind that I pinned!

  34. Oh my gosh – I was one of those hippies who crocheted these blankets back in the seventies!! AS well as the colourful round cushions.
    BTW, I love your hair – pink is my favourite colour. Does it wash out easily? I’d love to try it if it does. Thanks

  35. That is amazing!!! Oh no, another blanket to add to the list of blankets to make! Just got to finally finish the current one first!
    Maria x

  36. Love it!!!! I’m an avid afghan crocheter/knitter and have a stash dedicated to all the small leftover balls of yarn. I’m sure this will empty that box a bit.

    Bright hair and glasses ROCK!!!! :D

  37. Many thanks for this, it’s perfect for my next project.

  38. Ahhh, that’s it! I have a thrifty-shop blanket in this pattern, and had never seen it anywhere before. It’s little jogs of color completely mystified me, and I’m so amazed you figured it out from the photo! Well done, and thank you for the tutorial. :)

  39. Looks awesome! Thanks for the pattern! :)

  40. I love this pattern! Thanks so much for sharing

    • Thank you, LG. This is an answer to prayer. I had a poncho in the 70′s that was destroyed in a fire and am happy to find this!

    • Also thank you LG. This looks to be an exact of one of the afghans my MIL made in the 70s. After gentle washing….already fairly felted….I noticed that one of the yarns she used must be an acrylic/partial acrylic as it is not felted like the majority of the yarns. Just this one color. Ha! I printed the pattern and look forward to seeing how closely my MIL was able to match the pattern’s yarn colors. Very colorful and cheery.

  41. I am sorry, but I do not understand how to do this. I tried it, but I could not figure how to crochet without turning. I looked it up online and I could only find left handed crocheting. Is there a tutorial you can direct me to?

    • Hey Andrea! With this pattern, you bind off after each row, and then you start (with the right side facing) on the right again. So there’s no turning and no flipping! :) I hope this helps. Let me know if you’re having problems. Good luck! :)

  42. What a great pattern for leftovers! I make a lot of afghans so I have a lot of different colors in varying amounts that I just can’t bear to part with….. this is the perfect solution! Thanks!

  43. this is AMAZING and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your pattern! : )

    danielle thompson

  44. Well done for figuring the pattern our, I saw the original vintage afghan picture but admit to being completely at a loss as to how it was done! Also, thank you do much for sharing it with us :-).

    Nura x

  45. OMG, looking at this pattern looks just like what my MOM made a bedspread of, she was 90 when she passed in 2006, and she loved wild colors, she made many afagans and large queen and king size bedspreads. Such a beautiful piece of work WINK! Thanks for sharing.

  46. I say this is your pattern :) You did create it, even if from a photo. I understand you have to put the disclaimer but this version of it is yours, in my opinion. Thank you for sharing, I am starting on mine today in hopes it will turn out just as beautiful. I plan on giving it to my mother for her birthday.

  47. I am at a lose of ‘fldc’, can any one help.
    My brain is not working this am. Thanks.
    Mary P.

  48. Hi Wink! I’m left handed – so crochet left handed. Instead of starting each row on the right, could I start from the left and still have the same pattern you think? Haven’t tried it yet, but since you don’t have to turn each row, I think you can start from the left or right?!

  49. Can I just clarify are the crochet instructions UK or US stitches?

    Thanks, Nura x

  50. Hi! I love your patterns (so clear!) We are using your DIY mandala pattern in my page… I think now you have more fans!! (you deserve it)

  51. Groetjes Wink,
    Thank-you for sharing this lovely pattern. I knit alot, but would like to attempt this crochet design. I think that I understand the stitching directions, but can’t figure out how you made the edge. I would rather make the edge that you have instead of a fringe. Ik ben ook Nederlands, maar woont in de VS en kan beter in Engels schrijven. Bedankt,

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  53. I am just 3 rows in and work is curly will this straighten out as it grows, also is it the American stitches pls. Could you explain which way into the loop for the dc. Ty

  54. I am starting the mandalay, do you have the pattern for the overlay please?
    Also what can these be used for?
    Thank you

  55. I love this and had forgotten about it…I haven’t read all the comments but I have a pattern somewhere” and think it was called a lighting bolt… it is beautiful..thanks for jogging my memory.

  56. Gostei cada vez aprendo mais, eu estou amando de conhecer você, essa maneira deixou o ponto baixo rico.

  57. Wink…Wondering if you can send a list of the colors you used on your Groovy-Ghan? I promised my bestie I would send you a quick note to ask. She doesn’t necessarily need the specific yarn type, but wants a generic list of your color scheme. If anyone has asked this above, my apologies, we are yarn crafting together on FaceTime and she mentioned she wished she had this list. Thanks!

    • Hey Debra! Well, I used all colours from the Lucy pack; it’s a colour pack from Stylecraft Special DK yarn that is carried by Deramores, for example. Just google ‘Lucy pack’ and you’ll see all the colours! :) (I believe there are 17)

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  59. I feel like after I post this question, I’ll be like “ahh, I finally get it now!” But since I’m still not figuring it out, here’s goes…So I start with the sc 5, then next row sc 6 and so on, right? When do I start again at sc 5? I might not have worded this properly, I hope you get my meaning :)

  60. I was wondering if the way you described the pattern will make a baby blanket? How much do I need to add in the beginning chain to make a afghan for an adult? Also for the pattern you described how much of the Stylecraft Special DK Yarn did you use? Thanks Nikki

  61. how did you finish the edge? I love this afghan… my grandma used to make them very similar to this, but she left fringe on the edges. I’ve never crocheted, but I would love to make the same pattern she used to do…

  62. vou tentar fazer, pois já vi dela muito no face, mas a sua explicação ficou melhor

  63. This pattern is awesome !! Makes the blanket look 3D. Love the colors you used too !!

  64. Absolutely gorgeous pattern!
    Many thanks for posting it for us all :)

  65. When you get further on the blanket when do u start to do the dc’s on the right side do u have to count each row with the pattern? Please help!

  66. Beautiful, thank you so much for sharing.

  67. I think this is the very first time I have ever read ALL comments! Fascinating that you could figure this out. I am so impressed by that and think this is one I really have to try! Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  68. I love this pattern and have been looking for the directions for some time. I’m “electronically challenged” but I’m a menace with creative stuff! Thanks so much!!

  69. I started working this up tonight. I made the sample first and wasn’t loving how long the single crochet was taking so I am making the actual afghan with a double crochet and treble crochet. It is turning out beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing. I like others, have seen this called the Apache Tears Afghan.

  70. Am Making table placemats with the stitch using just 70 sts chains. Thanks for such a versatile pattern stitch!!

  71. Thank you. I was searching for patterns for chemo rugs and this one is just fantastic. Many thanks for sharing this pattern after figuring it out. This one can be the go-to stash buster.

  72. Beautiful blanket! It was featured this morning on Moogly: Thanks for sharing your pattern!

  73. I’ve seen this pattern but so many books later can’t remember. So thank you for this pattern. I have several partial skeins so this will come in handy. Thank you again…..Virginia

  74. I inherited one of these. It was completed with loose ends used as fringe on each end. Can’t wait to try this.

  75. Can not wait to try this crochet pattern. I love the baby afghan you made. Beautiful choice of colors.

  76. HI,

    I inherited an afghan that looks like this pattern and have always wanted to learn how to do it, because all 5 of my children fight over who gets it and I always thought it to be unique because no one else had one like it. I have not had the time until my recent disability to sit down and enjoy my crocheting again. So thank you for posting this. But I would like to ask if the reverse side looks like straight single crocheting? Because the afghan I have is this pattern on one side and single crochets and the other.

    • Because the front side is mostly single-crochet-through-the-back-loop, the back side is mostly the rear side of single-crochets. There is a decided front and back, since all rows are worked from the same side. No turning. Each row is a single – cut – strand of yarn with the ends serving as fringe.

      Be careful! It’s addictive! I just finished my sixth or seventh, and my stash is still not depleted. ;)

  77. gracias por compartirnos este punto tan sencillo y a la vez precioso ,,,,,,, un besoooooooo

  78. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL job!!! It is the Apache Tears, as others have said. And, it is usually done with 5 of 6 inches of yarn on each side for fringes. It’s good to see yours without the fringe, since it has been recommended that for baby blankets to NOT put the fringe on this blanket.

    I can see why you made several! :D

  79. Extremely easy but very charming afghan, thank you for sharing it free


  81. I have an afghan my grammy made from the 1980′s in this pattern. or very very similar.

  82. i just stumbled across your blog entry. i’m selling a vintage afghan on etsy/ebay right now of this pattern, and i had no idea how it had been done! the opposite side looks like a different stitch, right? it’s a lovely reversible technique. thank you for sharing!!

  83. Did you have to weave the ends in? What type of trim did you use? It looks like maybe sc. What brand of yarn did you use? I love the pretty colors. It is beautiful!

  84. My MIL made these when she learned to crochet in the late 60s/70s. In wool and they are heavy. Our cat was a wool eater and damaged all three that we were gifted/inherited. Now that I learned to crochet 3 Septembers ago, I can repair them. Rip back to undamaged or frog back further and created smaller ones that are easier to handle. DIL machined washed two and shrunk one a bit,(and they made it back here again) the other not so much. Will see how they turn out. Thanks for the instructions. That stitch always stumped me…before learning to crochet…and may have yet, being such a newbie.

  85. Thanks a lot for such an easy and beautiful pattern.

  86. Funny, I count a beginning dc every 10 rows not 5 like you stated in an earlier post, which is correct? Love your work, it is beautiful!

  87. Love this pattern. But how did you get rid of the fringe and end up with a nice clean border?

  88. …soooo love this ghann of yours. amma start real soon.

  89. my mom use to make this pattern, and since has forgotten.. thank you!!! beautiful!

  90. I have one on the back of my couch just like the one pictured that my mom made about 40 yrs ago. I often wondered how and wished I had a pattern. Because its sc it is very warm. I do remember mom saying it took forever to do a row. Thanks for the pattern.
    Linda LoPresti

  91. I am having a difficult time with starting off on the right side. I seem to be getting a slanted edge :-(

  92. Tamara, In this pattern she says to crochet through both loops for the first and last stitches and back loop all stitches in-between. Maybe that will help.
    Scroll up through previous comments to see links to other versions of the pattern which may have different tips or photos to help.
    Counting the stitches that should be made before each ‘tear’ should help you find and more easily ‘see’ the beginning and ending stitch in each row.
    When I get the itch to make this afghan (I have too many UFOs at the moment) I will do a practice small scrap version perhaps a pillow front size (12 x12 or 16 x 16 inches) to get a feel for the stitches first middle and last…practice.) Maybe that will help you, too.

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  94. I totally love this! Thanks for sharing! I love to crochet and my thing is making afghans for friends. I am always looking for new and unusual patterns. Again, thanks! :D

  95. I love this pattern – Thank you for sharing! it is so simple to do and looks so neat! and yes I am really a beginner who had to look up the stitches on google, although I was taught basic crochet and knitted socks, sweaters, toques, etc from quite young. Crochet was not big in my skill set but was intrigued and now that there are tutorials on net well I am game to try more! I have started out with 250 st. and will be making a full sized blanket for my Daughters or Grandsons who love to received home crafted things. I also weave baskets from cedar bark, basket grass and reeds and am happily sharing this skill with my family and friends. Keep up the good works Please!

  96. just a tip from my Gramma who told me the easiest way to keep yarn from unraveling while in storage was to take a small piece of masking tape and tape ends down, this works very well and doesn’t leave glue on yarn.

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  98. I have this pattern in an old McCall’s magazine. They call it the Narrow Step Afghan. I am making one right now from your pattern and I think it’s turning out great.

  99. Thank you sooooo much! I am just a beginner at crochet and I saw that very same afghan you did on etsy. So I went to work searching the web this morning for the pattern and YOU were the person that had it written down :). You made my day, again thank you for going the extra step to write it down.

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  101. supper pattern. your very talented to figure out the pattern. just wish you had a printable pattern. next baby blanket

    • It is printable. Highlight, copy, paste. Reduce photo size, increase font. Print. Or you can check out the links to the other pattern directions (in comments) and print one of those.

  102. I like this groovy-ghan! What a fun way to use up all my 1 color skins of yarn. I always buy one extra, just in case. Thank you for the wonderful patterns. Your directions with the picture examples are easy to follow. I appreciate the time you take to do this and sharing.

  103. OH God! Thank you, this is flawless, amazing, creative. :) Thank you for sharing your wisdom

  104. my finished blanket looks awesome! thank you for providing this design! My daughters are all wanting a blanket with a different design, not granny squares, so am very happy to have found your pattern and use it to create a queen size blanket for my daughter! my grandson can hardly wait to see what his pattern will be like! please keep up the good works and have much enjoyment in your crafting!!!

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