The perfect set of “Tree of Life” afghan patterns

In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is an immense tree that is central in Norse cosmology; the world tree, and around the tree exist nine worlds. It is generally considered to mean “Ygg‘s (Odin‘s) horse”.  ~ Wikipedia

With fall weather soon approaching, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about knitting or crocheting a lap blanket or an afghan  for our home or even for Christmas gifts.  There’s so many gorgeous patterns available, but today I’m spotlighting the beautiful Tree of  Life stitch pattern.    The Tree of Life symbol can be found all over the world and in many cultures, all showing a basic correlation between the heavens, the earth and life itself.  This symbol has been represented throughout science, religion, philosophy and mythology, as well as in the decorative arts.

Photo courtesy of Interweave Press

Lisa Jacobs has designed a gorgeous tribute to the Tree of Life represented in the Yggdrasil Blanket, a truly stunning heirloom design that is available as a free download on the Knitting Daily website.    Click here to download your copy.

Using Lion Brand’s  Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in Pecan, this unique afghan is worked from the center out , beginning with a square panel.  Once completed, the borders are worked out from the center, allowing for three sizes in the pattern, a baby blanket, afghan, and large counterpane bedspread.  Lisa’s design draws on the myth of the World Tree, depicting a central grove of four trees growing into   braided and leaf lace patterned borders, bringing the true Norse meaning of  all things interconnected.  Please note that is pattern is perfect for a more advanced knitter.

Finished Size: 38 (58, 74)” square. Blanket shown measures 74″ square.
Yarn: Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton (100% organic cotton; 103 yd [94 m]/85 g): #124 pecan, 9 (22, 37) skeins.
Needles: Size 10½ (6.5 mm): 16″, 24″, and two 47″ circulars (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn).

Photo courtesy of Lion Brand

Lion Brand offers a miniature version of designer Nicky Epstein’s popular Tree of Life Afghan. Measuring 26″ x 34″ (66 x 86.5 cm), including the tulip-bud border, this project requires just 1ball of Pound of Love Yarn, 1 pair of size US 7 straight knitting needles and cable needles.  This pattern is perfect for an experienced knitter that is not quite ready to tackle the complexity of Lisa Jacobs design.

Click here to download a free copy of  Lion Brand’s Baby Tree of Life.

Photo courtesy of Lion Brand

Also available is the original Tree of Life Afghan designed by  Nicky Epstein, as well as a gorgeous crocheted version.

The finished size of the knitted version measures 48″ x 58″ (122 x 147.5 cm) and requires 10 balls of  Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Fisherman (or color of choice), 1 pair of US size 8 knitting needles and cable needles.   This gorgeous afghan features a tulip-bud border as the finishing touch.  This pattern is for a more experienced knitter.

The finished size of the crocheted version measures 44″ x 56″ (112 x 142 cm)  and requires 15 balls of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Fisherman (or color of choice, a US size H (8) hook and a US Size J(10) hook.  This version, like it’s knitted counterpart, is for a more experienced fiber artist.

12 thoughts on “The perfect set of “Tree of Life” afghan patterns

  1. Cheryl

    I knit Nicky Epstein’s Tree of Life afghan last year as a wedding present for a friend. It took a long time, but it’s such a beautiful pattern and I loved every minute of it! I wasn’t too keen on the tulip border, so I modified my own mitered garter stitch border which I loved. I was a little bit sad to give it away, but the symbolism of it makes it a fantastic wedding gift.


      1. Thelma

        Tina, I appreciate the information you gave me. I went to the website, but I can’t find any yarn by that name. I contacted them, giving them the name of the yarn you suggested, including the number of skeins, and yards needed… also, said that it’s a British Aran weight yarn. I hope they can help me.

        I so want to knit this afghan for my cousin’s daughter, who is newly engaged. I don’t want to use the Wool-Ease yarn that the pattern used because I don’t like acrylic yarns. I’ve never used Wool-Ease and I don’t want to take any changes that it will come out stiff… not soft. I much prefer a wool or wool blend.

        While, I’m at it… what size needles were used with the Pure New Wool
        Aran yarn; do you have that information as well?

        Again, thanks for your help.


      2. Tina Post author

        Hi Thema ~ You are so welcome. So, I looked at Chery’s Ravelry page and it appears that she used two needle sizes, US 8(5.0 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm). I truly hope that you can find the yarn that you are wanting for this project. Wool-Ease knits up nice and is machine washable as it’s wool and acrylic. If you’re truly set on a more Aran weight wool yarn, I would suggest Cascade 220 Superwash Wool or Cascade 220 Wool, and I personally love Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool. Let me know if you need more help :)


  2. Benny Mason

    Has anyone made the Blanket? How long did it take? I’m going to make it for my mother I’m really excited!


  3. elsie mckay

    How do you sew on the border? The blanket is lovely and I am working on the tulip border. Instruction say to keep knitting until 188″ then sew on. Then it goes on to say that it is helpful to sew border on while knitting. Instructions are not helpful. Any suggestions?


    1. Tina Post author

      Hi Elsie, I have not made this particular blanket but will post your question on my FaceBook page to see if I can find an answer for you.


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