Thursday, 29 January 2015

Attempt Worlds Largest Crochet Granny Square

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Written by: Stephan Duneier

You should know, I am neither a knitter nor a crocheter. How I came to be attempting to set a world record for the largest crocheted granny square is probably more interesting than the task itself.GroupShot

Each year, I set some odd resolutions for myself. Once, it was to read 50 books in the year. In another, it was to hike every trail in Santa Barbara, even though I’d never hiked in my life. 2012 was a particularly ambitious year. I set about to learn 12 new things and do 12 charitable things that didn’t involve writing a check. I called it 12 for 2012.

Wedged between learning how to use jumping stilts and drumming, was knitting, a skill suggested by my wife, Barbara. Initially, the goal was to knit a simple scarf using nothing more than the basic knit stitch. However, the result was a raggedy mess with dropped stitches and edges that expanded with the addition of every row.

What I had hoped would be a relaxing activity turned out to be one of the most frustrating to learn. I bought numerous knitting needles, including bulky wooden ones and fancy, thin metal ones connected by plastic coated wire. Unfortunately, none of it improved my stitching, or the experience itself. Regardless, completion of a project was required before I could claim that a skill had been learned, but with the scarf having become more a symbol of failure than success, I needed to come up with a new plan.

While resting under a massive eucalyptus tree, 2.6 miles up the Cold Spring Trail in the Santa Ynez Mountains, I had an epiphany. Inspired by Christo’s wrapping of the islands off the coast of Florida when I was a kid, I set a new goal to serve as evidence of my ability to knit. I endeavored to wrap that 40-foot tall tree in knitted yarn.Knitting

For the next 82 days, I loaded up on Red Heart’s Super Saver Yarn and repeated the same basic knit stitch thousands of times on airplanes, in hotel rooms, at the beach, in the hospital and even in board meetings. It didn’t take long for me to realize that in order to achieve my goal in time for the second annual International Yarn Bombing Day, I would need to recruit the help of other knitters and crocheters.

I tapped into the power of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Ravelry and my resolution blog,12for2012.com, on WordPress. Out of sheer luck, the blog had begun attracting attention right around the same time, due to WordPress’ featuring of my unicycling related posts on their homepage. In the weeks that followed, I forged friendships with knitters and crocheters around the world and contributions of every size, shape and color imaginable began showing up at my doorstep. When I expressed concern that I would fall short of sufficiently covering the tree, thereby disappointing those who had sent me contributions, something unexpected happened. The people who had said my resolutions and yarnbomb project had inspired them, inspired me right back.Yarns

Their encouragement lit a fire under me, pushing me to redouble my efforts. This was no longer about me. It was now about all of us and it fell on my shoulders to make the yarnbomb something for which we could all be proud.

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In June, on the eve of the second International Yarn Bombing Day, I packed 6 large camping backpacks with 400 square feet of yarn that I had sewn together into a collection of 52 sections, and headed off to the trailhead. My son, Jackson, a couple of friends and one total stranger showed up to help me lug it all up to the tree and install it. A rented 14-foot aluminum ladder, which 3 friends and I had hiked up the day before in 90+ degree heat, was hidden in the brush waiting for us. Under the cover of night, with the use of headlamps, a motley crew of seven volunteers, aged 16 to 65, and I installed a spectacular Seuss-like work of art in the middle of nowhere. Exhausted, at midnight we began our trek back down the mountain and dragged our dusty selves home.

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Since not a single media outlet opted to cover the project, and it existed miles from civilization in a place accessible only by hiking 2.6 miles in and 2,500 feet up, it took time for people to discover it. Day after day, word of mouth spread and crowds grew larger. People who had never hiked were venturing out at the insistence of their friends and those who were familiar with the lower sections of the trail pushed themselves further than they’d ever gone, in order to see it.

Over the next nine days, I must have hiked to the tree a dozen times. I hadn’t anticipated the emotional response it would evoke from those who viewed it. Magical, is the only way to describe it.

Although many begged me to keep it up longer, the ladder was costing me money every day and I needed to focus on learning how to play the drums in time for my upcoming recital. The yarnbomb was removed and shipped to Warm Up America, a charity in North Carolina. The knitting needles and remaining yarn were promptly returned to my wife, never to be used again, or so I thought.

About 6 months later, Paula Thomson, head of a non-profit in South Africa called Woza Moya contacted me to advise her on how to go about yarnbombing a similar tree on their property. Learning that my project had inspired an installation halfway around the world was, well, pretty cool.

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Early last summer, one of the contributors to my yarnbomb, Marcy Kraft, aka Crochet Grenade, requested help with a large project of her own, but she needed each contribution to be of a specific size, color and stitch. Oh, and she needed them to be crocheted which was a skill I had not yet learned. It was my turn to pay back the favor though and so I learned by watching her YouTube video. Very slowly I churned out 24 seven-inch squares according to her specifications. From there I was hooked. (No pun intended.)

I decided to try my hand at yarnbombing again. This time the target was a massive boulder, which sits one mile up the Saddlerock Trail. Marcy sent me every piece from her project plus a few more. Most of the original contributors sent me pieces again, as did a few others. Just over a month later I had crocheted dozens of squares exactly the same as those I’d made for Marcy’s project. I experimented by swapping in multiple colors in a square, but didn’t expand my repertoire much beyond that. I noticed that what was really slowing down my production was the casting on and those first few rotations of a new square.

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While on a business trip in New York, it dawned on me that I could increase my productivity simply by making larger squares. I called around the city for yarn stores, but no one carried Red Heart’s Super Saver Yarn except Michael’s in Harlem. Lucky for me, they also happened to be the only store open until 10pm. As soon as I finished a business dinner, I walked 50 blocks up to Michael’s and stocked up on as many bright Red Heart skeins as I could carry. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the beginning of my current project.

I crocheted just one square the rest of the trip, adding skein after skein. When I arrived home, I submitted an application to Guinness World Records to create a new category for the largest granny square, but it was rejected. They said it fell under the Largest Crocheted Blanket category and the current record was over 81 feet long. Not one to give up so easily, I appealed their decision, stating that a blanket could be created by literally dozens of people making small blankets simultaneously and then attaching them together. What I was proposing was a piece that only one person could work on at a time and as such, was a far different endeavor. They relented, but set a minimum size of 32′ 9″ square for a new category, Largest Crocheted Square. As insane as that randomly selected minimum might be, I now had a target.

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My square is currently 11 feet on each side, which sounds like I am a third of the way there, but it’s not. You see, 11 feet squared is 121 square feet. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a big piece to work on. To provide some perspective, a jumbo skein of Red Heart’s Super Saver Yarn is needed to add just 3 double crocheted rows. In the end, if I am to set the world record for largest crocheted square, it will need to be 1,089 square feet, or 9 times bigger than what I have created so far.

Thankfully, the people at Red Heart were kind enough to step in and offer to supply the yarn necessary for me to reach that goal. Toward that end, 60 jumbo skeins recently arrived at my house. With Red Heart’s generous support, the words of encouragement from so many via Instagram (@yarnbombs), Facebook (www.facebook.com/yarnbombs) and Twitter (@yarnbombs), and of course the unwavering patience of my wife and kids, I hope to unveil the record setting piece as part of my third major yarnbomb installation Memorial Day weekend at Lizard’s Mouth in the mountains of Santa Barbara.

You can find the original article at Redheart.com click here.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Mardis Gras Scarf Crochet Pattern

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An absolutely gorgeous yarn worked into a lightweight cotton scarf. Mardi Gras is a cornucopia of rainbow colours. The scarf works up very quickly and would make an ideal gift/present.

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Pattern available in my Etsy store click here.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Diagonal Stripe Crochet Blanket

Mosaic Tiny Tile Diagonal Stripe Crochet Blanket

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Here are some work in progress photographs of a blanket I’m just completing for a customer. As you can see a million ends to sew in and the border to be added.

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Check it out in my etsy store here.

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

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Free Crochet Pattern: Kaleidoscope Afghan Blanket

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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.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Color Infused Afghan

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NOTES:

1. Afghan is made from 21 Squares (7 each of 3 different Squares), a Ripple Panel, and a Shell Panel.
2. Squares are worked in joined rounds, with RS always facing. Panels are worked back and forth in rows.
3. Squares and Panels are joined following the Assembly Diagram.
4. A border is worked around the outside edge of assembled Afghan.

Source - lionbrand.com click here.

SIZE: One Size

About 47 x 57 in. (119.5 x 145 cm), including border

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STRIP I
Notes for Strip I

1. Yarn color is changed on every rnd.
2. To change color, fasten off old color and join new color in any ch-2 sp.
Square 1
With B, ch 4; 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), 2 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 12 dc (four 3-dc groups) and 4 ch-2 sps.
Fasten off B.
Rnd 2: From RS, join H with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp (first corner made), *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp (corner made); rep from * twice more, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 24 dc (two 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off H.
Rnd 3: From RS, join G with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 36 dc (three 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off G.
Rnd 4: From RS, join D with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 48 dc (four 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off D.
Rnd 5: From RS, join A with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 3 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 60 dc (five 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off A.
Rnd 6: From RS, join H with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 72 dc (six 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off H.
Rnd 7: From RS, join B with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 84 dc (seven 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off.
Square 2
Work same as Square 1, working 1 rnd each with C, F, G, D, A, F, and C.
Square 3
Work same as Square 1, working 1 rnd each with I, E, G, D, A, E, and I.
Square 4
Work same as Square 1, working 1 rnd each with H, B, G, D, A, B, and H.
Square 5
Work same as Square 1, working 1 rnd each with F, C, G, D, A, C, and F.
Square 6
Work same as Square 1, working 1 rnd each with E, I, G, D, A, I, and E.
Square 7
Work same as Square 1.
STRIP II
Notes for Strip II:

1. Yarn color is changed after Rnd 2 and Rnd 4.
2. To change color, fasten off old color and join new color in any ch-2 sp.

Square 1 With C, ch 4; 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), 2 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 12 dc (four 3-dc groups) and 4 ch-2 sps.
Rnd 2: Sl st in each st to next ch-2 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp (first corner made), *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp (corner made); rep from * twice more, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 24 dc (two 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off C.
Rnd 3: From RS, join F with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 36 dc (three 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Rnd 4:
Sl st in each st to next ch-2 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 48 dc (four 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off F.
Rnd 5: From RS, join A with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 60 dc (five 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Rnd 6: Sl st in each st to next ch-2 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 72 dc (six 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Rnd 7: Sl st in each st to next ch-2 sp, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, *(ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 84 dc (seven 3-dc groups across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off.
Square 2 Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1 and 2 with G, Rnds 3 and 4 with D and Rnds 5-7 with B.
Square 3 Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1 and 2 with H, Rnds 3 and 4 with E and Rnds 5-7 with I.
Square 4 Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1 and 2 with A, Rnds 3 and 4 with F and Rnds 5-7 with C.
Square 5 Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1 and 2 with B, Rnds 3 and 4 with D and Rnds 5-7 with G.
Square 6 Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1 and 2 with I, Rnds 3 and 4 with E, and Rnds 5-7 with H.
Square 7 Work same as Square 1.

STRIP III Notes for Strip III: 1. Review the Adjustable Ring Technique before beginning.
2. To change color, fasten off old color and join new color where indicated.
Square 1
With A, make an Adjustable Ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, work 8 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off A.
Rnd 2: From RS, join I with sl st in any sc, ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 2, sc in next st) 7 times, ch 2; join with sl st in first sc – 8 sc and 8 ch-2 sps.
Fasten off I.
Rnd 3: From RS, join E with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc in this rnd and in all following rnds), 2 dc in same sp, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) 7 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 24 dc (eight 3-dc groups) and 8 ch-1 sps.
Fasten off E.
Rnd 4: From RS, join A with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3, dc in same ch-sp, *ch 1, sk next st, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last 3 sts, ch 1, sk next st, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk last st; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 32 dc (sixteen 2-dc groups) and 16 ch-1 sps.
Fasten off A.
Rnd 5: From RS, join I with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, *ch 2, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ch 2; join with sl st in first sc – 16 sc and 16 ch-2 sps.
Fasten off I.
Rnd 6: From RS, join E with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 48 dc (sixteen 3-dc groups) and 16 ch-1 sps.
Fasten off E.
Rnd 7: From RS, join A with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, *ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ch 3; join with sl st in first sc – 16 sc and 16 ch-3 sps.
Fasten off A.
Rnd 8: From RS, join I with sl st in any ch-3 sp, ch 1, 4 sc in same sp, (hdc, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp, (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (3 dc, hdc) in next ch-3 sp, *(4 sc in next ch-3 sp) twice, (hdc, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp, (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (3 dc, hdc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * twice more, 4 sc in next ch-3 sp; join with sl st in first sc – 72 sts and 4 ch-2 sps.
Fasten off I.
Rnd 9: From RS, join E with sl st in first st following any ch-2 sp, ch 1, *sc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (sc, hdc, sc) in ch-2 sp (corner made); rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc – 84 sts.
Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in next st, *dc in each st to next corner hdc, (dc, ch 2, dc) in hdc; rep from * 3 more times, dc in last st; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 88 dc (22 dc across each of 4 sides) and 4 corner ch-2 sps.
Fasten off.
Square 2
Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1, 4 and 7 with A, Rnds 2, 5 and 8 with H, and Rnds 3, 6, 9 and 10 with I.
Square 3
Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1, 4 and 7 with A, Rnds 2, 5 and 8 with E, and Rnds 3, 6, 9 and 10 with D.
Square 4
Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1, 4 and 7 with A, Rnds 2, 5 and 8 with C, and Rnds 3, 6, 9 and 10 with B.
Square 5
Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1, 4 and 7 with A, Rnds 2, 5 and 8 with E, and Rnds 3, 6, 9 and 10 with I.
Square 6
Work same as Square 1, working Rnds 1, 4 and 7 with A, Rnds 2, 5 and 8 with F, and Rnds 3, 6, 9 and 10 with G.
Square 7
Work same as Square 1.

Joining Squares
Strip I

Following Assembly Diagram, join Squares as follows:
Hold 2 neighboring Squares with WS tog and sts matching. From RS and working through both thicknesses, join A with sc in corner ch-2 sp at beg of edge to be joined, sc in same corner ch-2 sp, sc in each st across to next corner ch-2 sp, 2 sc in corner ch-2 sp.
Fasten off.
Rep to join rem Squares of Strip I, then rep to make Strips II and III.
RIPPLE PANEL
Notes for Ripple Panel:

1. The ripple pattern is easy to do, but it's important to remember that you may need to work several rows before the ripple pattern becomes clear.
2. The ripple in this design is created by working dc3tog to form 'valleys' and 3 dc all in one st to form 'peaks'. In each row, take care to work dc3tog over the 3 sts in each 'valley' and 3 dc in the center dc of each 'peak.'
3. Yarn color is changed to make stripes. To change 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 st. Proceed with new color. Fasten off old color.
Stripe Sequence for Ripple Panel: Work *2 rows each with F, E, I, H, G, D and B, then 1 row each with F, E, I, H, G, D and B; rep from * until 82 rows have been completed, ending with the fourth rep of a single row of G as the last row you work.
With F, ch 42.
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, dc in next 3 ch, *3 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 5 ch; rep from * to last 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 ch – 3 ripples.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sk first st, sl st in next st, ch 3 (does not count as a st), dc in next 4 sts, *3 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts, dc3tog, dc in next 5 sts; rep from * to last 6 dc, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts.
Change to E.
Rep Row 2 changing colors following Stripe Sequence until all 82 rows have been completed.
Change to D.
Filling Valleys
Next Row (RS):
With D, ch 1, turn, sk first st, sl st in next st, ch 4 (does not count as a st), dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts, sk next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, *tr3tog, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts, sk next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * to last dc, tr in top of beg ch.
Fasten off.
Filling Valleys along Foundation Row
Next Row (RS)
From RS, working across opposite side of foundation ch, join B with sl st in ch at base of last st of Row 1, ch 1, sc in same ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, tr3tog, dc in next 2 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, *sl st in next 2 ch, sk next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, tr3tog, dc in next 2 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * end with sl st in last st.
Fasten off.
SHELL PANEL
Notes for Shell Panel:

1. Shell Panel is worked along one edge of Strip III.
2. Color is changed to form stripes.
To change 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 st. Proceed with new color. Fasten off old color.
Row 1: From RS and following Assembly Diagram, join A with sl st in corner ch-2 sp of Square I of Strip III, ch 1, sc in same sp, *(sk next 2 dc, Shell in next dc, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc) 3 times, sk next 2 dc, Shell in next dc, sk next dc, sc in seam between Square; rep from * 5 more times, (sk next 2 dc, Shell in next dc, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc) 3 times, sk next 2 dc, Shell in next dc, sk next dc, sc in corner ch-2 sp – 28 Shells.
Change to C.
Row 2: With C, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), turn, sc in ch-1 sp of first Shell, ch 2, dc in next sc, *ch 2, sc in ch-1 sp of next Shell, ch 2, dc in next sc; rep from * across – 28 sc, 29 dc, and 56 ch-2 sps.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, 2 dc in same st, *sc in next sc, Shell in next dc; rep from * to last sc, sc in last sc, 3 dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-5 – 27 Shells and one 3-dc group at beg and end of row.
Change to H.
Row 4: With H, ch 1, turn, sc in first st, ch 2, dc in next sc, *ch 2, sc in ch-1 sp of next Shell, ch 2, dc in next sc; rep from * to last 3 dc, sk next 2 dc, ch 2, sc in top of beg ch.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *Shell in next dc, sc in next sc; rep from * across.
Change to G.
Rows 6 and 7: With G, rep Rows 2 and 3.
Change to A.
Rows 8 and 9: With A, rep Rows 4 and 5.
Change to C.
Rows 10 and 11: With C, rep Rows 2 and 3.
Change to B.
Rows 12 and 13: With B, rep Rows 4 and 5.
Change to D.
Rows 14 and 15: With D, rep Rows 2 and 3.
Change to A.
Rows 16 and 17: With A, rep Rows 4 and 5.
Change to C.
Rows 18 and 19: With C, rep Rows 2 and 3.
Change to F.
Rows 20 and 21: With F, rep Rows 4 and 5.
Change to A.
Rows 22 - 24: With A, rep Rows 2-4.
Fasten off.
FINISHING
Notes

1. Follow Assembly Diagram while joining pieces.
If desired, pin pieces tog before joining.
2. When joining, you will be working through 2 thicknesses. After working a few sts, pause to examine your work. You may want to work more or fewer sts to make an attractive edge.
Join Strip II and Shell Panel
Hold Strip II and Shell Panel with WS tog and long edges matching. From RS and working through both thicknesses, join A with sc in first corner, sc evenly spaced all the way across the long edges.
Fasten off.
Join Strip II and Ripple Panel
Hold Strip II and Ripple Panel tog with WS tog and long edges matching. With A, join in same way as previous joining.
Join Ripple Panel and Strip I
With A, join in same way as previous joining.
Border
From RS, join A with sl st anywhere along outside edge of Afghan.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work sc evenly spaced all the way around outer edge, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner; join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, work rev sc around; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Charleston Garden Afghan Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Size 53 inches x 76 inches

Materials Required: AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY "DAWN" KNITTING WORSTED, Article N 11 or W 15 or W 41 or W 42
13 ozs. Shaded Pinks or any other flower shade desired
13 ozs. Golf Green
38 ozs. Baby Blue
26 ozs. Black
3 ozs. Pink

Plastic crochet hook No. 5 or G
Each motif measures about 7½ inches
70 motifs 7 x 10 are required for Afghan.

With Flower shade, ch 4, join to form a ring, ch 3, 3 d c in ring, sl loop off hook, insert in 3rd st of ch 3 and pull loop through, * ch 3, 4 d c in ring, sl loop off hook, insert in first d c and pull loop through, (popcorn st), repeat from * twice, ch 3, join in first popcorn st.
2nd Row —In next loop, work 1 s c, 4 d c, 1 s c, repeat from beginning 3 times.
3rd Row—Ch 4, working in back of petals over the 1st row, s c in lower center edge of petal, ch 4, s c between the petals, repeat from the beginning all around (8 loops).
4th Row—Over each loop, work 1 s c, 5 d c, 1 s c, cut yarn.
5th Row—Attach Pink and work 1 s c in each st of each petal, cut yarn.
6th Row—Attach Green in s c of 3rd row in back of petal, * ch 7, s c in 2nd st from hook, 1 s d c in each of the next 2 sts (s d c: yarn over hook, insert in st, pull through, yarn over and work off all loops at one time), 1 d c in each of the next 3 sts, s c in next s c in 3rd row between petals, repeat from * all around.
7th Row—Work 5 s c on side of next leaf, 3 s c in point of leaf, 5 s c down other side of leaf and repeat on all leaves, cut yarn.
8th Row—Attach Baby Blue in point of leaf, 3 s c in same space, * 1 s d c in each of the next 2 s c, d c in next s c, yarn over twice, insert in last s c on side of leaf, work off 2 loops, yarn over, insert in 1st st on next leaf and work off all loops 2 at a time, skip 2 s c, d c in next s c, 1 s d c in each of the next 2 s c, 3 s c in next s c, repeat from * all around.
9th Row—Ch 1, * 1 s c in each of the next 3 s c, 1 s d c in each of the next 2 sts, 1 d c in each of the next 3 sts, 1 s d c in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * all around.
10th Row—Ch 4, 2 tr c in same space, ch 1, 3 tr c in same space, * ch 1, a 4 d c popcorn st with ch 1 between in each of the next 3 d c, ch 1, s c in 1st s c, sl st in next s C, s c in next s c, ch 1, 1 popcorn st with ch 1 between in each of the next 3 d c, ch 1, in center s c work 3 tr c, ch 1, 3 tr c, repeat from * all around and join in 1st shell.
11th Row—Work a row of s c all around working 1 s c in each st and working 2 s c, ch 2, 2 s c in each corner, cut Blue. Attach Black and work 1 s c in each s c, working 3 s c in each corner.
Next Row—1 s c in each s c, cut Black.
Sew motifs together and work the following border: With Black starting at corner, ch 4, d c in same space, * ch 1, d c in same space, repeat from * twice, ** skip 2 s c, d c in next s c, * ch 1, d c in same space, repeat from * twice and repeat from ** to corner s c, work a 5 d c shell in corner and continue all around.

Source: Free Vintage Crochet Com

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Kids Twin Bed Afghan & Pillow Crochet Pattern

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Crochet a blanket to keep a child warm in their twin bed. Choose four kid-pleasing colors to set a happy color scheme for the room. Mom will love how nicely it machine washes and dries!

Source - Redheart.com download pattern here.

Afghan measures 68” wide x 93½” long (172.5 x 237.5 cm). Pillow cover measures 22” wide by 15” long (56 x 38 cm) without pillow insert.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Crochet Pattern Hexagon Bag Tote

Hexagon Market Bag–Free Crochet Pattern

Image of Hexagon Market Bag

Source - lionbrand.com
Lion Brand® Kitchen Cotton

GAUGE:

One Hexagon = about 6 in. (15 cm) across. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. 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. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

3-dc Cl (3 double crochet cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook), (yarn over, insert hook in same st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times (4 loops rem on hook) yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
4-dc Cl (4 double crochet cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook), (yarn over, insert hook in same st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times (5 loops rem on hook) yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.

NOTES:

1. Bag is made from 10 Hexagons, 2 each of 5 different color combinations.
2. Hexagons are worked in the rnd with RS facing at all times. Do not turn at the ends of rnds.
3. Handles are worked in rnds of sc, after the Hexagons have been sewn tog.

HEXAGON I (make 2)
With A, ch 6; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 2, 3-dc Cl in ring, (ch 3, 4-dc Cl in ring) 5 times, ch 3; join with sl st in top of first cluster - 6 clusters at the end of this rnd. Fasten off A.
Rnd 2: With RS facing, join B with sl st in any ch-3 sp, ch 2, (3-dc Cl, ch 3, 4-dc Cl) in same ch-3 sp (corner made), *ch 3, (4-dc Cl, ch 3, 4-dc Cl) in next ch-3 sp (corner made); rep from * 4 more times, ch 3; join with sl st in top of first cluster - 12 clusters at the end of this rnd. Fasten off B.
Rnd 3: With RS facing, join C with sl st in any corner ch-3 sp, ch 2, (3-dc Cl, ch 3, 4-dc Cl) in same ch-3 sp (corner made), ch 3, 4-dc Cl in next ch-3 sp, *ch 3, (4-dc Cl, ch 3, 4-dc Cl) in next ch-3 sp (corner made), ch 3, 4-dc Cl in next ch-3 sp; rep from * 4 more times, ch 3; join with sl st in top of first cluster - 18 clusters at the end of this rnd. Fasten off C.
Note: In next rnd, take care to work dc as instructed, not clusters.
Rnd 4: With RS facing, join D with sl st in any corner ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-3 sp, 3 dc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp, 3 dc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps; repeat from * 4 more times; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 72 dc at the end of this rnd.
Fasten off.

HEXAGON II (make 2)
Make same as Hexagon I, using B for Rnd 1, C for Rnd 2, D for Rnd 3, and E for Rnd 4.

HEXAGON III (make 2)
Make same as Hexagon I, using C for Rnd 1, D for Rnd 2, E for Rnd 3, and A for Rnd 4.

HEXAGON IV (make 2)
Make same as Hexagon I, using D for Rnd 1, E for Rnd 2, A for Rnd 3, and B for Rnd 4.

HEXAGON V (make 2)
Make same as Hexagon I, using E for Rnd 1, A for Rnd 2, B for Rnd 3, and C for Rnd 4.

FINISHING
Following Assembly Diagram, whipstitch the Hexagons tog. Fold piece along dashed lines, matching A with B, and C with D. Whipstitch side seams.

Handles
From RS, join B with a sl st in side seam between Hexagons I and III.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, *work 14 sc evenly spaced across side of Hexagon III to ch-2 sp at top point, ch 72, beg at ch-2 sp at point of Hexagon I, work 14 sc evenly spaced across side of Hexagon I to side seam (first handle made); rep from * for 2nd handle; join with sl st in first sc - 144 ch and 56 sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch around; join with sl st in first sc.
Rnds 3 and 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.

Edging
From RS, join B with sl st in any st on inside edge of first handle. Work sc evenly spaced around inside edge of handle and top edge of Bag; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Rep edging on 2nd handle.
Weave in ends.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Crochet Afghan Blanket Large Retro Sunburst Granny Squares

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Here’s a newly completed sunburst crochet blanket that is now making it’s way to Calafornia. This blanket is available to order click here.

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This lovely retro vintage style blanket is constructed using 64 squares with floral or sunburst center’s using 3 different colors all set in gorgeous background color of your choice. The blanket measures approx. 56" square.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Primrose Lane Blanket Throw Crochet Pattern

Primrose Lane Throw

Choose vibrant colours like ours for a throw that adds a bright spot of colour to your room. Of course, you could also crochet this throw in neutrals or soft shades for a calmer room accessory.

Throw measures 113 cm [44½”] x 144 cm [56½”].
Notes
Panels are made first. Only the first panel is given an edging. Subsequent panels are joined on the left edge to previous panel. All edging
rounds are worked on the right side.

Click here to download printable instructions from redheart.com

Supplies:

Red Heart® Soft®, 3 balls each 000010 Kiwi GreenA, 00013 Brown B, 00009 Turquoise C, and 00007 Light Blue D

Crochet hook: 6mm [US J-10]

Stitch marker, yarn needle

Gauge/Tension:

TENSION/GAUGE: 10 sts = 10 cm [4”]; 6 rows = 10 cm [4”] in pattern stitch. CHECK YOUR TENSION/GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the tension/gauge.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Highland Home Tartan Plaid Afghan

Highland Home Afghan Pattern

Source - Freevintagecrochet.com

MATERIALS:

CHADWICK'S RED HEART KNITTING WORSTED, 4 Ply, Art. E.232: 36 skeins (1 oz. "Tangle-Proof" Pull-Out Skeins) of No. 12 Black; 24 skeins of No. 909 Scarlet and 3 skeins of No. 230 Yellow.

Clark's O.N.T. Plastic Crochet Hook No. 3.

GAUGE: 3 sps make 1 inch; 2 ½ rows make 1 inch.

WIDE STRIP (Make 4) . . . Starting at narrow edge with Black, ch 68. 1st row: Dc in 6th ch from hook, * ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch. Repeat from * across (32 sps). Ch 4, turn. 2nd row: Skip first dc, * dc in next dc, ch 1. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in last dc, ch 1, skip 1 ch of turning chain, dc in next ch. Ch 4, turn. Repeat 2nd row 5 more times, omitting turning chain on last row. Drop Black, attach Yellow. Next row: Ch 4 and work in pattern across. Break off Yellow. Following row: Pick up Black, ch 4 and work in pattern across. Ch 4, turn. Work in pattern with Black for 6 more rows. Break off. Attach Scarlet and work in pattern for 3 rows, omitting turning chain on last row. Drop Scarlet, attach Black and work in pattern across. Break off. Pick up Scarlet, (make 3 Scarlet rows, 1 Black row) 3 times and 3 Scarlet rows. Break off Scarlet. Attach Black and make another Black Section with Yellow stripe as before. Continue in this manner, making Black and Scarlet sections alternately until 11 sections in all have been completed (6 Black and 5 Scarlet).

NARROW STRIP (Make 1) . . . With Black, ch 38. 1st row: Work as for first row of Wide Strip (17 sps). Work in color pattern exactly as for Wide Strip.

WEAVING . . . Place Afghan lengthwise on a curtain stretcher—it will be easier to handle this way. However, it may be done without the use of a curtain stretcher.

Cut 2 strands of Black each 80 inches long, thread these strands into a bodkin and weave in and out through first row of sps, leaving enough yarn free at each end to make fringe. Cut 2 more strands of Black and weave through same row of sps, going under rows that were passed over previously. Weave Black through next 7 rows the same way. Make 1 row of Yellow and 8 Black. This completes 1 Black Section. Now make (3 rows of Scarlet, 1 row of Black) 3 times and 3 rows of Scarlet. This completes 1 Scarlet Section. Continue to work in pattern, alternating Scarlet and Black Sections until all sps have been filled.

Remove from curtain stretcher. Knot first 12 strands together to make a fringe. Make fringe, knotting every 12 strands across. Complete other end to correspond. Trim ends evenly. Block to measurements.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Flower Afghan Free Crochet Pattern

Flower Afghan Pattern

Source – freevintagecrochet.com

Size 47 inches x 70 inches

Materials Required: AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY "DAWN" KNITTING WORSTED, Article W 11 or W 15 or W 41 or W 42
22 ozs. Black and 3 ozs. each of 21 Assorted Colors

Each motif measures about 2½ inches.
672 motifs, 21 x 32 are required for afghan.
Bone crochet hook No. 4 or No. 5

FLOWER: With any Color ch 2, 8 s c in 2nd st from hook, join.
Next Row—Ch 4, 2 tr c in same space, leaving last loop of each st on hook, yarn over and pull through all loops at one time, ch 4, sl st in same space, sl st in next s c, repeat from beginning 7 times (8 petals), cut yarn. With Black, join in center of any petal, ch 5, s c in center of next petal, * ch 5, sl st in top of s c just made for picot (corner), ch 5, s c in next petal, ch 5, s c in next petal, repeat from * twice, ch 5, sl st in top of last s c just made, ch 5, join in 1st petal, cut yarn. Work another motif in same manner, joining in last row as follows: with Black join in center of any petal, ch 5, s c in next petal, ch 2, s c in 3rd st of corner loop of 1st motif, ch 2, sl st in top of s c of 2nd motif, * ch 2, sl st in 3rd st of corresponding loop of 1st motif, ch 2, s c in next petal, repeat from * once, ch 2, sl st in 3rd st of corresponding loop of 1st motif, ch 2, sl st in top of s c of 2nd motif, complete motif same as 1st motif. Join 3rd motif to 2nd motif in same manner. Join all motifs in same manner having 32 motifs of same Color in each row.

EDGE: With Black, join in 3rd st of any loop to right of corner, s c in same space, ch 4, s c in center st of corner loop, ch 3, sl st in top of s c just made, ch 4, s c in center st of next loop, * ch 3, d c in next s c, ch 3, sl st in top of d c just made, ch 3, s c in center st of next loop, ch 3, d c between next joining of motifs, ch 3, s c in top of d c just made, ch 3, s c in center st of next loop, repeat from * all around, working all corners same as 1 st corner.