Thursday, July 23, 2009

Crochet Pattern


Purple Passion Afghan
(AKA the only blanket you will ever make again. No, really.)

Difficulty

Easy

Size

40” x 60”

Materials

Coats & Clark Red Heart 4-ply yarn:
  • 6 (7 oz. skeins) super-saver yarn, solid color—YARN A (stripe and border color)
  • 7 (5 oz. skeins) variegated yarn—YARN B
Crochet hook size N

Note: Afghan is worked with 2 strands of yarn throughout and is worked in one piece. Afghan takes about 10-12 hours to complete.

Pattern

Beg with 1 strand each yarn A and yarn B. Ch 167.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 2, sk 2 chs, sc in next ch, rep from* across, turn.

Row 2: (Right side) Ch 3. Dc in first sc, (3 dc in next sc) rep across, ending with 2 dc in last sc, turn.

Row 3: (wrong side) Ch 1. Sc in first dc (ch 2, sc in center dc of 3 dc group) rep across, ending with sc in last dc (top ch of turning ch of previous row), turn.

Rep rows 2 and 3 nine more times. Fasten off Yarn B, attach another strand of Yarn A.

With two strands of Yarn A, rep rows 2 and 3 once and row 2 once more. Fasten off one strand of Yarn A and attach a strand of Yarn B.

With one strand of each color, rep row 3 once and rows 2 and 3 ten more times. Fasten off Yarn B, attach another strand of Yarn A.

With two strands of Yarn A, rep rows 2 and 3 once and row 2 once more. Fasten off one strand of Yarn A and attach a strand of Yarn B.

With one strand of each color, rep row 3 once and rows 2 and 3 ten more times. Fasten off both strands.


This is what the blanket looks like when made as described above.

The Good Border

With the right side facing, join on 2 strands of Yarn A with a sl st. Sc in first st *(ch 2, sk 2 st, sc) rep across to corner. At corner: sc ch1 sc ch1 sc.* Rep from around entire blanket. Flip blanket to wrong side.


Here it is. The border that will change your life.

With the wrong side facing, *sc in previous row’s sc, ch 3. Join with sl st at base of same ch 3 to form picot, sc in same previous row’s sc, ch 2. Rep from* around entire blanket. Fasten off yarn. Rejoice.

Variations
This pattern can be worked with two strands of a solid color rather than one of each, and then the stripe can be worked in the reverse. Sometimes I also change the pattern from 10 rows of each/ 2 row stripe/ 10 rows/ stripe/ 10 rows to 8 rows/5 row stripe/ 8/ 5/ 8. The possibilities are endless.



The new one. Worked with two strands of solid. The stripe will be five rows wide, worked with an orange/green/brown variegated yarn.


Scrap blanket, same stitch. Will be for Lis, if I ever finish it.
Don't like scraps.


Henry's blanket on his bed. Please note: the purple one pictured, this blue one, and Addie's pink one I DID NOT MAKE. The Bestie did. She's the one who gave me the pattern. I don't have many pics of blankets I've made, because I tend to give them all away. But I love the ones we have from her.


Another variation on the same pattern--same stitch, different row count. This one was for my mom. Too much work, switching colors that often. Haven't made another one like this since. :) I sure like it though.


Monkeys in bed with blankets from the Bestie.

That's it. Crochet overload? I can't help myself. Since I started making this pattern a few years ago, I can't make anything else. It's too good.


1 comment:

  1. I am a beginning crocheter...and this looks too hard! But I am going to try one of these days...and I am going to email you for help if I get stuck!

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