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The Afghan Cane

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The Afghan Cane
The Afghan Cane
The Afghan Cane
The Afghan Cane
The Afghan Cane

Basic Skills Necessary:

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

Pattern Description:

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!

Through this fully-illustrated 14-page PDF 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

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 2"x2"x5" rectangular millefiori cane


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

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I am a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. I can often be found at Polka Dot Cottage (, writing about my adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday ...

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