What is the difference between........
Posted 21 November 2009 - 08:13 AM
After all the years of crochet/knit I've done and all the creations I have made, I am now wondering if I have called them the proper names.
What is the difference between:
afghan....... blanket....... throw
Is it just terminology or is there a real difference between them?
If there is a real difference, what is it?
Thanks for your help.
Posted 21 November 2009 - 08:47 AM
I've always kind of figured that an "afghan" and a "blanket" are the same - except that by saying "afghan" it's more descriptive. A "blanket" can be made from anything.
That's my take on it, anyway.
Posted 21 November 2009 - 09:09 AM
But, maybe these terms are like "soda", "soda pop", and "pop".
I've never been able to decide if a throw and an afghan are the same thing, the same size, or ???
I do think of a lap blanket or lap robe as being smaller than a throw or an afghan.
Perhaps an afghan was originally made with a particular kind of stitch, and the name is now generic for a throw.
Maybe one of the historians will post.
Edited by Gran, 21 November 2009 - 09:20 AM.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 10:57 AM
blanket:a large, rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges, used esp. for warmth as a bed covering
afghan: a soft woolen blanket,crocheted or knitted.....
the basic difference : to be an afghan it must be crocheted or knitted. That requirement is not specified for a blanket.A blanket usually has binding around the edges, an afghan does not.
throw: a light blanket, as for use when reclining on a sofa; afghan
so saith the dictionary
Edited by faedragon, 21 November 2009 - 11:49 PM.
Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:57 PM
To me a throw can be a babies blanket except heavier yarns for throws and lighter yarns for babies blanket. While an afghan can be big to cover people and put over a bed to cover it or regular size to just cover one's self. I think that's called a throw.
Posted 22 November 2009 - 08:47 AM
A blanket is big. Big enough to cover a bed and hang over the edges. (depends on the bed)
An afghan is your standard sized crochet piece. (4x6 ft)
A throw is smaller than an afghan. Something you can 'throw' over you easily. (3x5)
A lapghan and a baby ghan to me are the same size. (3x4 feet)
These are the standards that I work to. Everyone has a different idea of what's what.
Posted 22 November 2009 - 12:16 PM
Posted 22 November 2009 - 03:14 PM
Blanket: piece of material made from woven threads (cotton, wool, etc.) with ribbon bound edges. Same sizes as afghans.
Lap/Throws: personal afghan/blanket, just big enough for 1. 3 X 5 ft. Thrown over the lap, legs or shoulders.
Quilt: 2 blankets sewn together with filler in between. Mostly made from scraps of material sewn together in unique patterns. Same sizes as afghans.
I don't care what you call them, if it keeps you warm and toasty , that's all that counts
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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:02 AM