Can a knit afghan be backed with fabric?

I’m not crazy about the way the back of my pieced knit afghan will look. So I’ve been thinking about backing it. I’m using a washable acrylic (I’m allergic to wool). Has anyone seen a backed knit afghan before? What type of fabric was used?

Thanks in advance.

You know, I think I do remember seeing a backed afghan on the internet somewhere, but I can’t remember where. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Since your afghan is made of acrylic, it shouldn’t shrink much, if at all. So if you use a backing that might shrink, I think I would wash the material before sewing the backing to the afghan.

Good luck!

I found a pattern for a baby blanket on knitty.com that’s backed. I know your project is an afghan, but it might provide some ideas.

Here’s the link: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTwildstripes.html

Thank you for your help.

If I were to back a knitted blanket or afghan, I’d make sure the backing material was as stretchy as the knitted front. This way it won’t cause bagging. I’d also stitch it here and there all over the afghan, rather than just the edges, like you would a quilt perhaps.

Have you decided yet?