Project: Cuddly afghan
Stitches and techniques used
Chain, single crochet, half double crochet, doublt crochet, triple crochet
Plymouth's Encore (worsted weight; 75% acrylic/25% woold; each approx 3 1/2 oz/100 g and 200 yd/184 m), 8 balls Steel Blue #9620 (A) and 7 balls Ice Green #801 (B)
Crochet hook, size 1/9 (5.50 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
In patt, 4 sts=1" and 2 rows=1 1/4". To save time later, check your gauge.
To make triange: Ch 5, sc into second ch from hook, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, tr into next ch.
Beg and end each colour with 6" tails; for ease in finishing, these tails will be worked into fringe later.
This afghan is worked sideways.
Approx. 48 x 68", excluding fringe
*1 row A, 1 row B. Repeat from * for patt.
With A, ch 272
Foundation Row (WS): Sc into second ch from hook, *make triangle, skip next 4 ch, sc into next ch. Repeat from * across. Change colour, ch 4, turn.
Row 1 (RS): Sc into top of triangle, * working into next 4 ch along side of triangle, work sc into first ch, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, tr into next ch, sc into top of next triangle. Repeat from * across to last triangle, ending row with working into next 4 ch along side of triangle, work sc into first ch, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, yarn over twice, insert hook into last ch of triangle and pull up a loop, (yarn over and draw it through 2 loops on hook) twice, yarn over twice, insert hook into last sc and pull up a loop, (yarn over and raw it through 2 loops on hook) twice, yarn over and draw it through all 3 loops on hook. Change colour, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc into first st, *make triangle, skip next 4 sts, sc into next tr. Repat from * across, ending row with triangle, skp next 4 sts, sc into top of turning-ch-4. Change colour, ch 4, turn.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 in Stripe Patt until piece measures approx 48" from beg, ending after Row 1 of patt. DO NOT CHANGE COLOUR. Ch1, turn.
Next Row (WS):Sc into first st, *ch 4, skip next 4 sts, sc into next tr. Repeat from * across, ending row with ch 4, skip next 4 sts, sc into top of turning-ch-4. Fasten off.
With RS facing, attach additional strands of matching fringe to the two shorter sides of afghan. Trim fringe so that it's even.
If your decorating scheme allows for two coordinating afghans in the living room, lucky you! Make the second one just as the first except chance the Stripe Patt slightly by starting with 1 row of A, then alternating 2 rows of B with 2 rows of A throughout, and ending the afghan with a single row of A. You'll be amazed at how different the two patterns look!
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Excerpted from the Cozy Crochet Kit by Melissa Leapman. Copyright 2005 by Melissa Leapman. Excerpted with permission by Raincoast Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.