Aran afghan for Mom

I made this for My Mother

Created by: Missy S

  • Project Details


    After suffering a major depressive episode, a doctor encouraged me to take up knitting to occupy my time and help with my mood. I decided to try to make my Irish mother a blanket as a thank you for teaching me to knit as a young girl - a pastime I had not touched for 30 years. I was a beginner at best at the beginning of this project, but decided it really all came down to moving one stitch at a time from left to right, no matter how big the project. So I began knitting this beautiful throw, having NO idea what I was doing and looking up "how to"s and videos with every stitch. As the blocks grew, so did my confidence. And my mood. I decided to add to the pattern in order to make it a queen-sized bedspread and added additional cabled rows and columns and 4 additional blocks. I was flying high when I realized I'd be done by Christmas. On Christmas morning my mother literally cried when she saw it. I have knitted every single day ever since, and my depression is now a distant memory!

    Needles & Hooks

    • Circular 6.00mm (US 10)


    • Cable Needle
    • Tapestry Needle
    • Stitch Markers


    84" X 96"

    Notes: Added 4 additional blocks from main pattern, added 12 row panels and added 3 column panels from various cable patterns.



    craft-knitting Knitting

    Skill Level

    difficulty Advanced


    project-state Complete
    Started on: Feb 1, 2014 Finished on: Dec 20, 2014
  • Comments

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    • Jacinta S

      Amazing project, so beautifully done. You're amazing!
    • Yvonne J

      Absolutely stunning, you are so clever
    • Sheryl P


      Gorgeous afghan, I also knit for anxiety and depression, it helps so much. I will have to down load this blanket and get clicking. THANKYOU FOR SHAREING.
    • Cherry M

      What a work of art,fantastic !
    • Diane Marcia C


      What an amazing Afghan. (My dream to make one, but too many projects to do at present. )
    • Angélique


      What a moving story and a beautiful afghan. I also find hooking (crocheting in my case) to be the best, most powerful therapy for depression.