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The Afghan Cane

I am happy to report that the Afghan Cane tutorial is complete!  It took dozens of photos, and fourteen PDF pages, but it’s finally done and ready for you in the download shop.

The afghan is an intermediate level cane.  It takes advantage of several partial blends and uses them in a non-traditional way, allowing you to construct a single granny square that can look like sixteen different squares when the cane is reduced and re-assembled into a multi-colored afghan.

In addition to the fully-illustrated cane construction details, I’ve also included an overview of the anatomy of a crocheted granny square, so that you can see more clearly what you are trying to replicate in clay.  I’ve also included a discussion on color choices to help you get the most variation of hues in your final cane.  And lastly, I’ve listed a few things you can do to vary the look of your cane.

I will say, if you are looking to make a simple, single granny square cane, this tutorial may be overkill for you. These instructions are aimed at someone who is looking to explore the color-changing properties that can be leveraged in a multi-square cane.

This is one of those canes that is pretty exciting to cut into – there’s a surprise in every slice!

To be successful with the afghan cane, you should have a pasta machine, and a rudimentary understanding of Skinner blends and cane reduction.

(Interested in the back story for this cane? Try this.)

You may download the PDF in the shop, or below.  Thank you!

3 thoughts on “The Afghan Cane

  1. So excited for you Lisa!!! I wish I was able to explore all of the varied arts and craft ideas that you introduce us to on your site. Your enthusiasm and love for the process are contagious and really show through in your work. Bravo on getting this done, I know you’ve been working on it for a while and it looks beautiful!!! Well Done! 😉

    1. Thanks, Karry, that’s so sweet of you to say! I really do have fun making these things. Even the ones that make me grumble under my breath for three days before they finally cooperate and come together, LOL!

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