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  • Crochet for Guys: Sportacular Afghans

    Crochet afghan patterns for guys are hard to find.  Not only does our new crochet book, Sportacular Afghans offer crocheted afghans men will love, but you'll be hard-pressed to find more uniquely designed crocheted afghans. Today's Guest Blogger is Karen Barnes. Karen designed the manly patterns you'll find inside of Sportacular Afghans and she's here today to talk about her inspiration for them. Welcome Karen!

    Hello fellow crocheters! My name is Karen Barnes and I am the designer of Sportacular Afghans. I first want to thank Leisure Arts for believing in my designs, and the Crochet Team for putting together this wonderful book. I wanted to create designs that are realistic without having to do a graph pattern, and can be used for guys but work just as well for anyone. It was important to me to keep the patterns as easy as possible.

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    The pool table was my very first design. You might ask why a beige felt for the pool table? Well, that is the color of my pool table. I needed to see the table in order to create it. I have made many of these in different colors for “men” friends who are using the afghan as a blanket or to cover their pool table.

    Crochet Afghan Pool Table Pool Table Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    My second design was the poker table. Originally it was going to be an octagon, but I didn’t like the shape. So I chose the Texas Hold’em Poker Table. This was fun to make. I actually enjoyed setting up the cards and chips. While sewing the pieces on, I was telling my husband whose hand was whose. My husband actually wanted to frame the afghan and hang it in his Man Cave.

    Crochet Poker Table Afghan Poker Table Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    The 3rd design was the bowling alley afghan, inspired by my mother. She loves to bowl at the young age of 74. My second inspiration was how I met my husband on a blind date at a bowling alley. With all of the wonderful color yarns now, it was not hard finding the wood looking yarn to make this. This is a project that you can take with you. You make the lanes in strips, bowling pins and ball are the separate pieces. I drive a school bus, so this was very easy to take along and work on this while I was waiting for the kids.

    Crochet Bowling Alley Afghan Bowling Alley Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    The 4th design was the golf course. My husband and I like to enjoy taking whatever Sundays we can and go play a round of golf. So I went through my encyclopedia of crochet stitches and I saw the grass and fairway stitches (in my mind) and got inspired right away! Originally I was going to make this in a rectangle but I am glad I didn’t. It is a unique shape to where there is no doubt of what it is. The texture on this afghan is wonderful! Makes you want to rub your hands on it.

    Crochet Golf Afghan Golf Green Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    Last but not least is the slot machine. My husband and I enjoy treating ourselves once in a while to go to a casino. In my mind when I was creating this, the 7’s had to look right and be easy to make. I must have wasted 20 sheets of paper printing out casino 7’s looking for the right one to imitate. I have to admit this is one of my favorites and super easy to make. PS: I have to thank my son. He is the one who drew me the picture of the slot machine.

    Crochet Slot Machine Afghan Slot Machine Afghan from Sportacular Afghans by Karen Barnes

    I hope all of you enjoy the afghans as much as I did creating them. I have gotten many compliments on the finished products and the book itself. Stay warm and keep crocheting!

  • Crochet Gifts For Teen Guys

    Top Gifts To Crochet Teenage Guys

    Teenage guys are notoriously hard to shop for. This year, don't buy them a gift - crochet one! Whether he loves sports, hunting, or technology, you can find a great gift to crochet for him.

    1. A Cozy Blanket In His School Colors: This crochet stadium blanket is a great gift for guys who love sports or love showing their school spirit. Perfect to keep in his car or take to sporting events. Crochet this great gift for teenage guys with School Colors.

    Crochet Stadium Blanket For Guys

    2. A Crochet Pouch For His Tech: This crochet sleeve is great for keeping tablets, eReaders, or small laptops safe! The soft yarn keeps the screen free from scratches. A smart, useful gift for teenage guys. Start on this quick, easy project now with Beginner-Friendly Crochet.

    Tablet Sleeve For Teen Guys

    3. Crochet Sports Gear: Crochet his favorite team's mascot, then make a matching scarf, hat, and can cozy in that teams colors. He will love showing his team spirit with these pieces, plus they are sure to keep him warm on cold days! Make gifts teen guys will love with Home Team Gear.

    Team Gear For Teen Guys

    4. A Sporty Afghan: Get your game on with afghans for good sports! This crochet afghan featuring a slot machine with a winning reel of three 7’s will be a perfect gift for the man in your life. Generously sized and surprisingly easy to crochet, this is great addition to any man cave. Get this unique pattern in Sportacular Afghans.

    Crochet Slot Machine Afghan

    5. A Slouchy Camo Beanie: Crochet a trendy, slouchy beanie for the guy on your list. If he loves hunting or being outdoors, then he will love this camouflage hat! Great for looking fashionable and staying warm in winter. Get started on this great gift for guys now with Celebrity Slouchy Beanies For The Family 2.

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    6. A Sporty Stadium Seat: The teen guy on your list will love showing his school spirit with this comfortable stadium cushion. Make it in his favorite team colors and he is sure to take it to every game. You can start on it now with the Sporty Stadium Seat ePattern.

    Stadium Seat For Teen Guys

    7. An Oversized Scarf: Crochet a trendy, chunky scarf for the teen guy on your list. Whether he's a bit edgy or more preppy, any guy will love these giant cozy scarves! Great for braving the coldest of days. Crochet him a trendy scarf with Super Scarves.

    Crochet Scarf For Teen Guys

    8. A Pair Of Sporty Tube Socks: Crochet the teen guy on your list a pair of sporty socks this season. He will appreciate their comfort and warmth. A great stocking stuffer or small gift! Give one pair, or several. Get started now with I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting Socks.

    Crochet Socks For Teen Guys

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Knit Gifts For Teenage Guys

    Top Gifts To Knit Teenage Guys

    This season, use your knitting skills to create the perfect, cozy gifts - even for teenage guys! We know how hard it can be to shop for guys, but we have great gift ideas for any young man. Whether he loves sports or is addicted to technology, you will find the perfect gift to knit him!

    1. A Sporty Knit Blanket: This sports-themed knit blanket is perfect for hard-to-please teen guys. Whether he loves playing sports or just watching them, this blanket will become a favorite of his. Start on this unique knit now with School Colors.

    Sporty Knit Blanket For Teen Guys

    2. An Edgy Headband & Armband: This knit set will be perfect for him to wear to class or to jog on those chilly mornings. Choose which design fits his personality best - a skull, peace sign, or flames. Then knit a matching armband to hold his phone or music player! He will love these knit gifts from Awesome Knits For Guys & Chicks.

    Knit Headband For Teen Guys

    3. A Knit Blanket With Sleeves: Inspired by those popular fleece cover-ups sold on TV, this cozy blanket will be perfect for teen guys who prefer to spend the night on the couch. The sleeves will allow his hands to be free for texting or gaming while he stays warm. Surprise him with this unique gift with the Big Book Of Loom Knitting.

    Knit Sleeved Blanket For Teen Guys

    4. A Cozy Knit Set: This stylish knit beanie and scarf are the perfect gift for a teen guy. The neutral colors keep it simple, while the knit cables are sure to keep him warm on cold days! Knit this great gift now with Hats & More.

    Knit Hat & Scarf For Teen Guys

    5. A Knit Sleeve For His Tech: This tablet cozy is perfect for teen guy who always seems to have the latest tech gear. It is great for protecting his tablet, eReader, or small laptop. He will love how the soft yarn protects the screen from damage. Knit it in his favorite color now for a great gift with Beginner-Friendly Knitting.

    Knit Tablet Cover For Teen Guys

    6. A Stadium Blanket With Handles: This blanket is great for the teen guy who is always on the go with sporting events. Whether he is tailgating or watching a game, this portable blanket is great for any occasion! Knit it in his school colors or his favorite teams colors for a gift he will cherish. Get started on this great gift with University Knits.

    Knit Stadium Blanket For Teen Guys

    7. A Warm Pair Of Socks: Knit a great pair of socks for the teen guy on your list. Use cozy yarn to keep his feet warm and fun colors to show off his unique personality. Great for lounging around or wearing to class. Start knitting this gift now with Campus Knits.
    Knit Socks For Teen Guys

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Knit.

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