Saturday, 24 January 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Kaleidoscope Afghan Blanket

kaliedoscope

Source - Lionbrand.com

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size

About 43 x 53 in. (109 x 134.5 cm)

Lion Brand® Unique - Vanna's Choice®

GAUGE:

One Small Circle = about 3 1/2 in. (9 cm) diameter.
One Big Circle = about 10 in. (25.5 cm) diameter.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
Making a Gauge Swatch

NOTES:

1. Afghan is made from 46 individual circles: 20 Big Circles, 12 Small Inner Circles, and 14 Small Edge Circles.
2. Each circle is worked in joined rnds with RS always facing.
3. To change yarn color, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete the st. Proceed with new color. Fasten off old color.
4. Circles are crocheted tog following a diagram. The joining is easy and to make it super easy, we’ve provided stitch diagrams for you to follow.

BIG CIRCLE (make 20)
Make 2 each with A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J for Rnds 1-6. Use K for Rnd 7 of all 20 circles.
Ch 5; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this rnd and in all following rnds), 13 dc in ring; join with sl st in top of beg ch – you will have 14 dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 28 dc.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 42 dc.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 56 dc.
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 70 dc.
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 4 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 84 dc.
Change to K.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *ch 1, sc in next st, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) 13 times; rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sc in next st, ch 1, sk last st; join with sl st in first sc – 44 sc and 44 ch-1 sps.
Fasten off.
SMALL INNER CIRCLE (make 12)
Make 1 each with A, E, G, and I, 2 with J, and 3 each with D and F for Rnds 1 and 2. Use L for Rnd 3 of all 12 circles.
Ch 5; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnds 1 and 2: Work same as Rnds 1 and 2 of Big Circle – you will have 28 dc at the end of Rnd 2.
Change to L.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) twice, ch 5 (corner made), sc in next st, *(ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) 3 times, ch 5, sc in next st; rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sk last st; join with sl st in first sc – 16 sc, 12 ch-1 sps, and 4 ch-5 corner sps.
Fasten off.
SMALL EDGE CIRCLE (make 14)
Make 1 each with E, G, I and J, 2 each with A and C, and 3 each with B and H for Rnds 1 and 2.
Use L for Rnd 3 of all 14 circles.
Ch 5; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnds 1 and 2: Work same as Rnds 1 and 2 of Big Circle – you will have 28 dcat the end of Rnd 2.
Change to L.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) twice, ch 5 (corner made), sc in next st, *(ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) 3 times, ch 5, sc in next st; rep from * once more, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) 3 times, ch 1, sc in next st, ch 1, sk last st; join with sl st in first sc – 16 sc, 13 ch-1 sps, and 3 ch-5 corner sps.
Fasten off.
JOIN CIRCLES
Notes:

1. Circles are joined in 3 steps. First a Small Inner Circle is joined at the center of each group of 4 Big Circles. Then Small Edge Circles are joined into the wedge-shaped openings between 2 Big Circles along the outer edge of the Afghan. Finally, the edges of the Big Circles between the Small Circles are joined.
2. Refer to Assembly Diagram for placement of Small Inner Circles and Big Circle and to stitch diagrams for how to join. 3. "Sc in corresponding ch-1 sp of next Big Circle", means:
a. If the next Big Circle is not yet joined to any other Small Circle, work the sc in any ch-1 sp of the Big Circle.
b. If the next Big Circle is already joined to another Small Circle, make sure there are 4 ch-1 sps left unjoined between the joining of the previous Small Circle then work the sc in the next ch-1 sp.



STEP 1: Join Small Inner Circles at Center of 4 Big Circles
Join First Small Inner Circle:
From RS, join M with sl st in any ch-1 sp of any of the 4 Big Circles, ch 1, sc in any ch-5 corner sp of Small Inner Circle, *ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in same corner ch-5 sp of Small Inner Circle, (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Small Inner Circle) 3 times, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in next corner ch-5 sp of Small Inner Circle, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle **, ch 1, sc in any ch-1 sp of next Big Circle, ch 1, sc in same corner ch-5 sp of Small Inner Circle; rep from * 3 more times ending last rep at **, ch 1; join with sl st in first sl st. Fasten off.
Join Next Small Inner Circle: Sk next 4 ch-1 sps across a joined edge of any of the Big Circles, join M with sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in any ch-5 corner sp of Small Inner Circle, *ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in same corner ch-5 sp of Small Inner Circle, (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Small Inner Circle) 3 times, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in next corner ch-5 sp of Small Inner Circle, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle **, ch 1, sc in corresponding ch-1 sp of next Big Circle, ch 1, sc in same corner ch-5 sp of Small Inner Circle; rep from * 3 more times ending last rep at **, ch 1; join with sl st in first sl st.
Fasten off.
Rep to join rem Small Inner Circles according to Assembly Diagram.


STEP 2: Join Small Edge Circles between 2 Big Circles
Join Small Edge Circle:
From RS, join M with sl st in ch-1 sp of one of the 2 Big Circles to work across the inner wedge-shaped edge, ch 1, sc in first ch-5 corner sp of Small Edge Circle, *ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in same corner ch-5 sp of Small Edge Circle, (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Small Edge Circle) 3 times, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle, ch 1, sc in next corner ch-5 sp of Small Edge Circle, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of Big Circle **, ch 1, sc in corresponding ch-1 sp of next Big Circle, ch 1, sc in same corner ch-5 sp of Small Edge Circle; rep from * once more ending rep at **, ch 1, sc in same corner ch-5 sp of Small Edge Circle.
Fasten off.
Rep to join rem Small Edge Circles according to Assembly Diagram.

STEP 3: Join Edges of Big Circles
From RS, join L with sl st in same ch-1 sp as Small Circle joining of either of the 2 Big Circles, ch 1, sc in same ch-1 sp as Small Circle joining of second Big Circle, (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of first Big Circle, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of second Big Circle) 5 times working last sc sts in same ch-1 sps as next Small Circle joining.
Fasten off.
Rep to join rem edges between Big Circles.

FINISHING
Border
Rnd 1 (RS):
From RS, join M with an sc in any ch-1 sp on outside edge of Afghan, *ch 1, sc in next ch-sp; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

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