What Are Some Patterns for Swedish Weave Afghans?


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Patterns for Swedish weave afghans include one that updates traditional quilt stars with sleek interconnecting lines and vibrant yarn shades of bright pink, orange, lime green and yellow. The finished 48-inch by 58-inch afghan uses only 2 yards of white monk's cloth. A Swedish weave pattern suitable for beginners is one for a 36-inch by 48-inch throw that uses yarn to work rose-colored tulips with two-toned green leaves into simple horizontal rows on ivory colored monk's cloth.

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Traditional Swedish weaving is a straightforward form of needlework, originally introduced in the 1930s, that is experiencing renewed popularity as of 2015. It uses a simple range of basic stitches to form a motif that is repeated in rows running horizontally or vertically throughout. Also called Huck weave, Swedish weave is done by picking up the vertical threads, or floats, on the fabric front so that no stitching shows on the fabric back. Many Swedish weave designs employ mirrored rows of geometric shapes, especially triangles, but the design possibilities are endless. Besides monk's cloth, suitable fabric includes Huck toweling, Aida cloth and Stockholm fabric.

An afghan pattern with a Swedish weave features a woodsy forest design with a border of triangular evergreen trees and stylized canoes in shades of blue, brick red, brown and green on ecru-colored monk's cloth.

A holiday afghan pattern features a Swedish weave design of cranberry red and green yarn worked into a holly leaf and berry pattern on a background trellis of deep green. The repeating motif covers the entire 48-inch by 60-inch throw made of cream-colored monk's cloth.

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