Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching

by Connie Ellison
     
 

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Adding a touch of comfort and style to a crafter's home decor, the patterns in this collection can be made from a variety of yarns and colors and by crocheters of all skill levels. With 26 designs, this book features full-color photographs and detailed instructions on stitching and incorporating motifs and patterns such as granny squares, Tunisian lace,

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Adding a touch of comfort and style to a crafter's home decor, the patterns in this collection can be made from a variety of yarns and colors and by crocheters of all skill levels. With 26 designs, this book features full-color photographs and detailed instructions on stitching and incorporating motifs and patterns such as granny squares, Tunisian lace, pineapples, shells, ripples, and more. Beautiful, whimsical, and practical, these afghans make perfect gifts and home accents.

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ISBN-13:
9781596354821
Publisher:
Annie's
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
247,581
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Big Book of Crochet Afghans

26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching


By Jean Leinhauser

Annie's

Copyright © 2014 Annie's
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59635-700-6



CHAPTER 1

Rippling Waves

DESIGN BY JEAN LEINHAUSER


SKILL LEVEL

** EASY


FINISHED SIZE

Approximately 45 x 65 inches


MATERIALS

* Caron Simply Soft Paints medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn (4 oz/200 yds/114g per skein):

4 skeins #0006 oceana

* Annie's Choice medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn (7 oz/328 yds/198g per ball):

2 balls #AC1023 periwinkle

1 ball each #AC1022 amethyst and AC1019 delft blue

* Size I/9/5.5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge


GAUGE

6 sc = 2 inches


INSTRUCTIONS

AFGHAN

With oceana, ch 188 loosely.


Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 8 chs, 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 9 chs, *sk next 2 chs, sc in next 9 chs, 3 sc in next ch, sc in next 9 chs; rep from * across; ch 1, turn.

Note: Work rows 2 through 14 in back lp (see Stitch Guide) only.

Row 2: Sc in first sc, sk next sc, sc in next 8 sc; 3 sc in next sc; *sc in next 9 sc, sk next 2 sc, sc in next 9 sc, 3 sc in next sc; rep from * across, ending with sc in next 8 sc, sk next sc, sc in last sc; ch 1, turn.

Rows 3–8: Rep row 2.

Fasten off oceana, join delft blue; ch 1, turn.

Rows 9–12: Rep row 2.

Fasten off delft blue, join amethyst; ch 1, turn.

Rows 13 & 14: Rep row 2.

Finish off amethyst, join periwinkle; ch 3 (counts as first dc of next row), turn.

Note: Rows 15 and 16 are worked through both lps.

Row 15: Sk first sc, dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, in next sc work (dc, ch 1, dc — shell made); sk 2 sc, shell in next sc, sk next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, shell in next sc (center of point); ch 1, dc in next sc, sk next sc, shell in next sc, sk 2 sc, shell in next sc; *sk 2 sc, yo, draw up a lp in next sc (3 lps on hook), yo, draw through 2 lps, sk 2 sc, yo, in next sc draw up a lp (4 lps on hook), yo, draw through 2 lps, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook: dec made; sk 2 sc, shell in next sc, sk 2 sc, shell in next sc, sk next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, shell in next sc (center of point), ch 1; dc in next sc, sk next sc, shell in next sc, sk 2 sc, shell in next sc; rep from * across to last 4 sc; sk next 2 sts, dec in last 2 sc; ch 3, turn.

Row 16: Dc in ch-1 sp of first shell: dec made; *shell in ch-1 sp of next shell: shell in shell made; shell in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, shell in ch-1 sp of next shell (point); ch 1, dc in next dc of same shell, shell in next ch-1 sp, shell in next shell, yo, draw up a lp in ch-1 sp of next shell, yo, draw through 2 lps, sk next dec, yo, draw up a lp in ch-1 sp of next shell, yo, draw through 2 lps, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook (dec made); rep from * across to last shell; yo, draw up a lp in ch-1 sp of last shell, yo, draw through 2 lps, yo, draw up a lp on top of last dec of previous row, yo, draw through 2 lps, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook: dec made; ch 1, turn.

Row 17: Working in back lps, sc in dec, sk next dc, sc in next 8 sts; 3 sc in next ch-1 (point); *sc in next 9 sts, sk next dec; sc in next 9 sts, 3 sc in next ch-1; rep from * across, ending with sc in next 8 sts, sk next dc, sc in last dc. Fasten off periwinkle, join oceana; ch 1, turn.

Row 18: Rep row 2.

Rep rows 2–18 in sequence for pattern until afghan measures approximately 59 inches.

Rep rows 2–8 once.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

CHAPTER 2

Rippling Tones of Autumn

DESIGN BY JEAN LEINHAUSER


SKILL LEVEL

** EASY


FINISHED SIZE

Approximately 42 x 62 inches


MATERIALS

* Medium (worsted) weight yarn:

24 oz brown

12 oz red

8 oz linen

* Size J/10/6mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

* Tapestry needle


GAUGE

3 sc sts = 1 inch


INSTRUCTIONS

Row (RS) 1: With dark brown, ch 167 loosely, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sk next ch, sc in each of next 4 chs; *work 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of next 3 chs; sk next 2 chs, sc in each of next 3 chs; rep from * to last 7 chs, work 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of next 4 chs; sk next ch, sc in last ch.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn; sc in first sc, sk next sc, sc in each of next 4 sc; *work 3 sc in next sc (center sc of 3-sc group), sc in each of next 3 sc; sk next 2 sc, sc in each of next 3 sc; rep from * to last 7 sc, work 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 4 sc; sk next sc, sc in last sc.

Row 3: Rep row 2, changing to red in last sc. (Color Notes: To change colors, work last sc until 2 lps rem on hook, finish off old color; with new color, yo hook and draw through both lps on hook — color changed. Then at beg of next row, work over yarn ends for several sts (see illustration).

Rows 4 & 5: With red, rep row 2 twice. At end of row 5, change to linen in last sc.

Row 6: With linen, rep row 2, changing to dark brown in last sc.

Row 7 (popcorn row): With dark brown, ch 2 (do not count as a dc), turn; sk first sc, dc in each of next 3 sc, work a popcorn (pc) in next sc as follows: Work 4 dc in next sc, drop lp from hook; insert hook in first dc of 4-dc group just made (see illustration), hook drooped lp and pull through st on hook, ch 1 (pc made); dc in next sc, *work 3 dc in next sc (center sc of 3-sc group); dc in next sc, pc in next sc; work a cluster over next 4 sc as follows: Keeping last lp of each st on hook, work dc in each of next 4 sc (5 lps now on hook — see illustration), yo hook and draw through all 5 lps on hook (cluster made); pc in next sc, dc in next sc; rep from * to last 7 sc, work 3 dc in next sc, dc in next sc; pc in next sc, dc in each of next 2 sc; work a cluster over last 2 sc, changing to linen as follows: Keeping last lp of each st on hook, work dc in each of last 2 sc (3 lps now on hook, finish off dark brown; with linen, yo hook and draw through all 3 lps on hook (cluster made and colors changed).

Row 8: With linen, ch 1, turn; sc in top of cluster, sk next dc, sc in next dc; sc in top of pc (in dc where dropped lp was pulled through), sc in each of next 2 dc; *work 3 sc in next dc (center dc of 3-dc group), sc in each of next 2 dc, sc in top of next pc; sk next cluster, sc in top of next pc, sc in each of next 2 dc; rep from * to last 7 sts, work 3 sc in next dc, sc in each of next 2 dc, sc in top of next pc; sc in next dc, sk next dc; sc in last dc, changing to red.

Rows 9 & 10: With red, rep row 2 twice. At end of row 10, change to dark brown in last sc.

Row 11: With dark brown, rep row 2.

Rep rows 2–11 until work measures approximately 61 inches from beg edge, ending by working row 11. Continuing with dark brown, rep [row 2] twice. Finish off.

Weave in all ends. Lightly steam press side edges on wrong side to prevent curling.

CHAPTER 3

Round Ripple Afghan

DESIGN BY JULEE REEVES


SKILL LEVEL

*** INTERMEDIATE


FINISHED SIZE

Approximately 52 inches from point to point


MATERIALS

* Universal Yarn Classic Worsted medium (worsted) weight acrylic/wool yarn (3 ½ oz/197 yds/100g per ball):

5 balls #608 sand (MC)

2 balls #632 leaf green (A)

1 ball #611 cocoa (B)

* Size H/8/5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

* Tapestry needle


GAUGE

4 dc = 1 inch; rnds 1–4 = 3½ inches in diameter


PATTERN NOTES

Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.

Chain-3 at beginning of round counts as beginning double crochet unless otherwise stated.

Chain-4 at beginning of round counts as beginning double crochet and chain-1 or beginning front post double crochet and chain-1 unless otherwise stated.


INSTRUCTIONS

AFGHAN

BODY

Rnd 1: With MC, ch 3, 8 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (beg 2 sk chs count as first hdc),join(see Pattern Notes) in top of beg 2 sk chs. (9 hdc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3(see Pattern Notes),fpdc(see Stitch Guide) around beg 2 sk chs of previous rnd, [dc in next st, fpdc around same st as last dc worked in] 8 times, join in top of beg ch-3. (9 dc, 9 fpdc)

Rnd 3: Sl st around beg ch-3 of previous rnd, ch 4(see Pattern Notes), fpdc around next st, [ch 1, fpdc around next st] around, ch 1, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-4. (18 fpdc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 4: Sl st around beg ch-4 of previous rnd, ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr(see Stitch Guide) around next dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, fpdc around next dc] 8 times, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, join in top of beg ch-3. (9 fpdc, 9 fptr, 36 dc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 5: Sl st around beg ch-3 of previous rnd, ch 3, [sk next dc, dc in next dc and in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next fptr, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp and in next dc, sk next dc, fpdc around next dc] 8 times, sk next dc, dc in next dc and in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next fptr, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp and in next dc, join in top of beg ch-3. (9 fpdc, 9 fptr, 36 dc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 6: Sl st around beg ch-3 of previous rnd, ch 3, [sk next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next fptr, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, sk next dc, fpdc around next dc] 8 times, sk next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next fptr, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, join in top of beg ch-3. (9 fpdc, 9 fptr, 54 dc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 7: Sl st around beg ch-3 of previous rnd, ch 3, [sk next dc, dc in each dc across to next ch-1 sp, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next fptr, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in each dc across to last st before next fpdc, sk next dc, fpdc around next dc] 8 times, sk next dc, dc in each dc across to next ch-1 sp, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next fptr, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in each dc across to last st before first fpdc, join in top of beg ch-3. (9 fpdc, 9 fptr, 72 dc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rnds 8–14: Rep rnd 7. At end of last rnd, fasten off MC.

Rnd 15: With A, sl st around beg ch-3 of previous rnd, ch 3, [sk next dc, dc in each dc across to next ch-1 sp, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next fptr, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in each dc across to last st before next fpdc, sk next dc, fpdc around next dc] 8 times, sk next dc, dc in each dc across to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fptr around next fptr, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in each dc across to last st before first fpdc, join in top of beg ch-3.

Rnds 16 & 17: Rep rnd 15. At end of last rnd, fasten off.

Rnds 18–20: With MC, rep rnd 15. At end of last rnd, fasten off.

Rnds 21–23: With B, rep rnd 15. At end of last rnd, fasten off.

Rnds 24–26: With MC, rep rnd 15. At end of last rnd, fasten off.

Rnds 27–29: With A, rep rnd 15. At end of last rnd, fasten off.

Rnds 30–37: With MC, rep rnd 15. At end of last rnd, do not fasten off.

Rnds 38 & 39: Sl st around beg ch-3 of previous rnd, ch 3, [sk next dc, sc in each st across to next ch-1 sp, (sc, hdc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fpdc around next st, ch 1, (hdc, sc) in next ch-1 sp, sc in each st across to last st before next fpdc, sk next st, fpdc around next st] 8 times, sk next st, sc in each st across to next ch-1 sp, (sc, hdc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fpdc around next st, ch 1, (hdc, sc) in next ch-1 sp, sc in each st across to last st before first fpdc, join in top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 40: Ch 1, sc around beg ch-3 of previous rnd, [sk next sc, sc in each st across to next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, fpdc around next dc, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in each st across to last st before next fpdc, fpsc(see Stitch Guide) around next dc] 8 times, sk next st, sc in each st across to next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, fpdc around next dc, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in each st across to last st before first fpsc, join in top of first fpsc. Fasten off.


FINISHING

Weave in all ends.

CHAPTER 4

Mouthwatering Delight

DESIGN BY LISA JAMES


SKILL LEVEL

** EASY


FINISHED SIZE

35 x 45 inches


MATERIALS

* Red Heart Super Saver medium (worsted) weight yarn (7 oz/364 yds/198g per skein):

3 skeins each #365 coffee and #334 buff

2 skeins #311 white

* Size H/8/5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

* Tapestry needle


GAUGE

Square = 4½ inches square

Cookie = 2 inches in diameter


PATTERN NOTES

Join rounds with a slip stitch unless otherwise stated.


INSTRUCTIONS

COOKIE

Make 126.

Rnd 1: With coffee, ch 6, join in first ch to form a ring, ch 1, 12 hdc in ring, join in beg hdc. (12 hdc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each hdc around, join in beg hdc, fasten off. (24 hdc)


CREAM

Make 63.

Rnds 1 & 2: With white, rep rnds 1 and 2 of Cookie. (24 hdc)


JOINING

With a length of coffee and tapestry needle tack 2 Cookies tog with Cream at center. Continue until all 63 are completed.


SQUARE

Make 63.

Rnd 1: Attach buff with sl st in back lp(see Stitch Guide) of bottom coffee Cookie of stack, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in back lp of each of next 4 sts, (sl st, ch 5, sl st) in back lp of next st, [hdc in back lp of each of next 5 sts, (sl st, ch 5, sl st) in back lp of next st] 3 times, join in 2nd ch of beg ch-2. (20 hdc, 4 corner ch-5 sps)

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each of next 4 hdc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-5 sp, [dc in each of next 5 hdc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-5 sp] 3 times, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (36 dc, 4 corner ch-3 sps)

Rnd 3: Ch 4 (counts as first tr), tr in each of next 6 dc, (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner ch-3 sp, [tr in each of next 9 dc, (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in next corner ch-3 sp] 3 times, tr in each of next 2 dc, join in 4th ch of beg ch-4, fasten off.


JOINING

With a length of coffee and tapestry needle, holding 2 Squares with RS facing, whipstitch 13 tr across edge, leaving corner ch-3 sps free, fasten off. Whipstitch Squares tog 7 Squares x 9 Squares.


BORDER

Rnd 1: Attach coffee with sl st in top right Square in first tr after corner ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in first tr, sc in each of next 12 tr, *[sk next corner ch-3 sp, dc in corner ch-3 sp of next Square, dc in sk corner ch-3 sp, sc in each of next 13 tr] across to corner ch-3 sp, (dc in corner ch-3 sp, ch 1, dc around post of last dc, ch 3, dc in same corner ch-3 sp, ch 1, dc around post of last dc) in same corner ch-3 sp**, sc in each of next 12 tr, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg sc, fasten off.

Rnd 2: Join buff with sl st in any sc, ch 1, sc in same st as beg ch-1, sc in each st around outer edge, join in beg sc, fasten off.

Rnd 3: Join coffee with sl st in center sc of any corner, [(ch 2, 2 hdc) in same sc, sk next 2 sc, sl st in next sc] around, fasten off.

CHAPTER 5

Almost Preppy Plaid

DESIGN BY GERALDINE FREEDMAN


SKILL LEVEL

** EASY


FINISHED SIZE

37 x 60 inches


MATERIALS

* KuKu Super medium (worsted) weight yarn by Omega (7 oz/494 yds/0200g per skein):

1 skein each #8005 orange (A), #8065 ocean blue (B), #8001 white (C), #8085 lime green (D), #8006 bright yellow (E), #8045 red (F), #8091 dark green (G), #8008 burnt orange (H), #8037 hot pink (I), #8074 turquoise (J), #8068 royal blue (K)

* Size H/8/5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

* Tapestry needle


GAUGE

10 sc = 3 inches; 4 rows = 1 inch


PATTERN NOTES

Join rounds with a slip stitch unless otherwise stated.

Vertical stripes cross the two-row horizontal stripes over and under every other time.


INSTRUCTIONS

AFGHAN

Row 1: With A, ch 118, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 23 chs, change color(see Stitch Guide) to J, working over A, sc in each of next 3 chs, change color to A, drop J to WS, sc in each of next 30 chs, change color to K, working over A, sc in each of next 3 chs, change color to A, drop K to WS, sc in each of next 30 chs, change color to J, working over A, sc in each of next 3 chs, change color to A, sc in each of next 24 chs, turn. (117 sc)

Rows 2–18: With A, ch 1, sc in each of next 24 sc, with J, sc in each of next 3 sc, with A, sc in each of next 30 sc, with K, sc in each of next 3 sc, with A, sc in each of next 30 sc, with J, sc in each of next 3 sc, with A, sc in each of next 24 sc, turn.

Rows 19 & 20: With H, ch 1, sc in each sc across with vertical stripes (3 vertical stripes of 3 sts each) crossing over horizontal stripes, turn.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Connie Ellison oversees crochet-pattern leaflets and books for DRG Publishing. She is the author of 50 Stitches for Afghans, Afghan Calendar 2012, and Shaped Afghans. She lives in Big Sandy, Texas.

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