The Afghan Cane

A Granny Square Blanket in Polymer Clay

The Afghan Cane consists of sixteen polymer clay “granny squares” assembled in a grid, much like a crocheted afghan would be.  Unlike the crocheted version, though, we don’t have to create sixteen individual granny squares to make a colorful blanket.  Through the magic of polymer color blends, we can generate a multitude of differently-colored squares with a single cane!

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Required Skills

If you are comfortable with the Skinner blend technique and can reduce and re-assemble millefiori canes, you can do this project.

Tools and Materials

  • 5 packages of clay (black, white, and three colors)
  • pasta machine
  • clay blade
  • optional cutters and extruder

Topics Covered

Through this ebook you will learn:

  • How to choose colors that will look nice together and provide the necessary contrast
  • How to make a partial blend
  • Anatomy of a crocheted granny square
  • How to build a polymer cane that mimics the look of a granny square, and re-assemble it to create a 16-square “afghan”
  • Ideas for varying the look of the afghan through borders or different color choices


The Afghan Cane is fully-illustrated and available in PDF, EPUB (Nook, iPad, Sony eReader, etc.), and MOBI (Kindle) formats.  $7.99

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