Surprisingly Simple Christmas Afghan Border


Surprisingly Simple Christmas Afghan Border

Surprisingly Simple Christmas Afghan Border
Surprisingly Simple Christmas Afghan Border

If you want to make a crocheted afghan for Christmas, but just don't have the time it takes to make one, this Surprisingly Simple Christmas Afghan is perfect. This free crochet pattern from Red Heart is actually only for the pom pom edging, which you simply sew onto a festive fleece blanket. This semi-homemade crochet afghan pattern is a fast and easy way to decorate your home for the holidays without spending much time, effort, or money.


Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein 311 White A.
  • RED HEART® Spark-a-Doodle™: 2 balls each 9901 Reddy B and 9368 Shamrock C.
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9].
  • Yarn needle
  • Purchased blanket-weight fleece cut to 43” x 54”
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread and scissors

Edging measures 3” wide.

GAUGE: 12 sts = 4” in pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Round corners of fleece fabric by placing a bowl at each corner and marking the curved outline. Cut on marking lines.

Row 1 (Wrong Side): With A, ch 4, (6 dc, ch 3, slip st) all in 4th ch from hook; turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, (6 dc, ch 3, slip st) all over last ch-3 of previous row; turn.

Repeat Row 2 until edging fits around outer edge of blanket. Fasten off.

Note: For best results when using Spark-A-Doodle yarn, work with the yarn between the pom poms and do not pull the pom pom through the stitch on the needle.

Row 1: With wrong side facing, join B in top of first ch-3; ch 1, sc in same st, * sc in next 6 dc **, sc in next slip st, sc over next ch-3; repeat from * across end at **. Fasten off.

Row 2: With wrong side facing, join C in first st on opposite long edge; ch 1, sc in same st; sc in each dc, slip st and ch-3 across. Fasten off.

Sew ends of edging together. Weave in ends. Sew edging around blanket, using sewing needle and thread.

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This is really nice. It is very easy to work up and it can be used in a lot of ways. I like to use table runners and putting this along the edge would really dress up the holiday table. A white runner with this will really catch people's attention. Thank you.

The title or name of this project is actually very misleading. This pattern is not for an afghan. The pattern is for the border you see in the picture. You make the border and then sew it on whatever you want. Doesnt even have to be an afghan. I think the project as pictured is using fleece material.

Hi Hippie Chick, You're right - we've updated the project name to be more specific. :) Thanks! Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochet

Ive seen similar versions of this project worked up as baby blankets for the Linus Project, but it hadnt occurred to me to do a Christmas version. It is so much neater than the usual cut the fleece edges and tie versions. It would also make a nice beginner project since the crafter would only need work the edges, not the entire blanket.

Can you suggest suplements for the Spark-a-Doodle wool since it no longer being made. Thank you.

I think you mean substitutions instead of suplements since Pomp-A-Doodle / Spark-A-Doodle has been discontinued? You can still find some available for sale on Etsy and eBay. A good alternative would be to use the following Creative Pom Pom, Snuggly Sweetie, or Boutique Chic.



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