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For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.

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Overview

For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.

Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans features 50 patterns for these cozy blankets, made with Berroco Comfort yarn—an affordable, ultra-soft acrylic/nylon blend—and designed by the Berroco team, headed by Norah Gaughan. The book includes something for everyone: The designs range from ultra-modern to traditional, from spare to embellished, and are inspired by sources as varied as Scottish tweeds, Japanese Ikat, and Delft pottery. Intended for knitters and crocheters of every skill level, this collection brings new life to the well-loved and versatile afghan.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781480494701
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
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  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 348,329
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Berroco began as Stanley Woolen Mills in 1810 and has gradually evolved into one of the largest importers and wholesalers of yarns, patterns, and supplies to independent yarn shops throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Norah Gaughan, author of STC’s Knitting Nature, joined Berroco as design director after freelancing for most of the major yarn companies and knitting magazines in the industry.

Margery Winter was creative director at Berroco for 12 years, and has been editor-in-chief of Vogue Knitting and Family Circle Knitting, as well as the fashion editor of McCall’s Needlework and Crafts.
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Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans

More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Designs Featuring Berroco's Comfort Yarn


By Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, Thayer Allyson Gowdy, Liana Allday

ABRAMS

Copyright © 2010 Berroco, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4804-9470-1



CHAPTER 1

Bicolor Chevron

A tailored interpretation of a traditional chevron pattern, this afghan features micro-stripes created using two subtly contrasting yarn colors and single and half double crochet stitches. The gentle gradation of color produces a refined result reminiscent of Scottish tweeds.


Finished Measurements

45" wide x 60" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 7 skeins #9720 Hummus (A); 9 skeins #9748 Aunt Martha Green (B)


Crochet Hook

Crochet hook size US H/8 (5 mm)

Change hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Notions

Stitch holders


Gauge

16 sts and 14 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Chevron Pattern


Stitch Pattern

CHEVRON PATTERN (multiple of 27 sts + 14 + ch1; 2-row repeat)

Set-Up Row: 2 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 5 ch, *sk 2 ch, 1 hdc in next 12 chs, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 12 ch; repeat from * 7 times, end sk 2 ch, hdc in next 5 ch, 2 hdc in last ch. Do not turn. Do not cut yarn. Place last loop on a holder. Return to beginning of row.

Row 1: Change to B. 2 sc in first hdc, 1 sc in next 5 hdc, *sk 2 sts, 1 sc in next 12 hdc, 3 sc in next hdc, work 1 sc in next 12 hdc; repeat from * 7 times, end sk 2 sts, 1 sc in next 5 hdc, 2 sc in last hdc. Do not cut yarn. Place last loop on a holder. Turn.

Row 2: Place held loop (A) on hook. *2 hdc in first sc, hdc in next 5 sc, *sk 2 sc, 1 hdc in next 12 sc, 3 hdc in next sc, hdc in next 12 hdc; repeat from * 7 times, end sk 2 sts, hdc in next 5 sc, 2 hdc in last sc. Do not turn. Do not cut yarn. Place last loop on a holder. Return to beginning of row. Place held loop (B) on hook.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Chevron Pattern.


Afghan

Using A, ch 231.

Begin Chevron Pattern; work even until piece measures 60" from the beginning. Fasten off.


Finishing

Block lightly (see Special Techniques, Page 158).


Marrakesh

Named for the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, this coverlet reflects the city's exotic flavors and rich tones. The solid background is made using crocheted afghan stitch, which requires a particular long hook, and is then embellished with lanky folk art flowers. The monochromatic floral embroidery is a loose interpretation of the gold embroidery found on traditional caftans from the region.


Finished Measurements

45" wide x 60" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 15 skeins #9724 Pumpkin (A) Berroco Comfort Chunky (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 150 yards): 2 skeins #5703 Barley (B)


Crochet Hook

Tunisian crochet hook size US H/8 (5 mm) Change hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Gauge

18 sts and 32 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Tunisian Stitch, using A


Stitch Pattern

TUNISIAN STITCH (any number of sts; 2-row repeat)

Note: All rows are RS rows.

Set-Up Row: Insert hook in 2nd ch from the hook, yo and pull through, keeping the loop on the hook; repeat in each ch across. Do not turn.

Row 1: Working from left to right, ch 1, *yo and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * to end. Do not turn.

Row 2: Insert hook under the second single vertical thread, from right to left, yo and pull through, keeping the loop on the hook; repeat in each vertical thread to end. Do not turn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Tunisian Stitch.


Afghan

PANEL (make 3)

Using A, ch 65. Begin Tunisian st; work even until piece measures 60" from the beginning. Fasten off.


Finishing

Edging: Using A, work 1 row of sc across each side edge of each Panel. Join 3 Panels together as follows: Attach A to corner of first Panel, ch 2, sl st in corner of 2nd Panel, *ch 2, sk 1-2 edge sts, sl st in first Panel, ch 2, sk 1-2 edge sts, sl st in 2nd Panel, keeping Panels even; repeat from * to end. Join 2nd and 3rd Panels in same manner.

Embroidery: Using B, work embroidery following Diagrams. Block lightly (see Special Techniques, Page 158).


Retro

For Retro, we reached back in time and chose motifs that were all the rage twenty years ago, such as twisted-stitch mock cables, twisted-stitch blocks, and garter ribbing. Then we recombined these classics with a contemporary aesthetic in order to say something new.


Finished Measurements

46" wide x 54" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 10 skeins #9713 Dusk


Needles

One pair straight needles size US 8 (5 mm)

One 29" (74 cm) long or longer circular (circ) needle size

US 8 (5 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Gauge

22 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in pattern from Chart


Throw

COLUMN 1 (make 3)

Using straight needles, CO 40 sts. *Begin Chart; work Rows 1-26 twice, Rows 27-50 twice, then Rows 51-56 once. Repeat from * twice. BO all sts.

COLUMN 2 (make 2)

With straight needles, CO 40 sts. *Begin Chart; work Rows 27-50 twice, Rows 51-56 once, then Rows 1-26 twice. Repeat from * twice. BO all sts.


Finishing

Sew Columns together as follows: Column 1, 2, 1, 2, 1.

Side Edging: With RS facing, using circ needle, pick up and knit 220 sts evenly spaced along side edge of throw.

Row 1 (WS): K4, *p4, k4, repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Knit.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until Side Edging measures 3", ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


Repeat for second side of throw.

End Edging: With RS facing, using circ needle, pick up and knit 204 sts evenly spaced along end of throw. Work as for Side Edging. Repeat along second end of throw. BO all sts.

Block lightly (see Special Techniques, Page 158).


Gypsy Patchwork

A wild patchwork quilt in bright hues evokes the gypsy in all of us. Patches of stranded colorwork are interspersed among easy seed-stitch squares and then embellished with relaxed, folkloric embroidery. The blocks are worked separately and then joined with bold, loose stitches. When assembled, this afghan is an explosion of cheerful color.


Finished Measurements

48" wide x 63" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 8 skeins #9742 Pimpernel (B); 5 skeins each #9761 Lovage (A) and #9743 Goldenrod (C); 4 skeins #9725 Dutch Teal (D); 2 skeins #9745 Filbert (E)


Needles

One pair straight needles size US 9 (5.5 mm)

One pair straight needles size US 4 (3.5 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Notions

Tapestry needle


Gauge

20 sts and 26 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Seed Stitch, using larger needles


Stitch Patterns

SEED STITCH (even number of sts; 2-row repeat)

Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to end.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Seed Stitch.


MOSS STITCH (even number of sts; 4-row repeat)

Rows 1 and 2: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.

Rows 3 and 4: *P1, k1; repeat from * to end.

Repeat Rows 1-4 for Moss Stitch.


Afghan

MOTIF A (make 28)

Using larger needles and A, CO 30 sts. Begin Seed st; work even for 30 rows. BO all sts.

Using tapestry needle and 2 strands of E held together, work Overcast st (see Set-Up Row:, page 157) evenly around the Motif.

Work embroidery following Motif A Chart.


MOTIF B (make 28)

Using larger needles and B, CO 30 sts. Begin Moss st; work even for 30 rows. BO all sts.

Using tapestry needle and 2 strands of E held together, work Overcast st evenly around the Motif.

Work embroidery following Motif B Chart.


MOTIF C (make 28)

Using larger needles and C, CO 30 sts. Begin Moss st; work even for 30 rows. BO all sts.

Using tapestry needle and 2 strands of A held together, work Overcast st evenly around the Motif.

Work embroidery following Motif C Chart.


MOTIF D (make 28)

Using larger needles and B, CO 29 sts. Begin Motif D Chart; work even until all 30 rows are completed. BO all sts.

Using tapestry needle and 2 strands of D held together, work Overcast st evenly around the Motif.


Finishing

Sew all Motifs together following Assembly Diagram, and working through Overcast sts.

Block lightly (see Set-Up Row:, Page 158).


Bright Star

Inspired by the intricate piecing of patchwork quilts, the large, brightly colored stars in this afghan are mainly composed of mitered squares. Since the color changes within the squares are all in straight, intuitive lines, this is a perfect project on which to learn the art of intarsia. The straight lines also make the chart easy to memorize, so you can comfortably engage in conversation as you work.


Finished Measurements

50" wide x 60" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 4 skeins each #9725 Dutch Teal (A), #9724 Pumpkin (B), and #9743 Goldenrod (C); 3 skeins each #9753 Aegean Sea (D) and #9717 Raspberry Coulis (E)


Needles

One pair straight needles size US 9 (5.5 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Notions

Crochet hook size US H/8 (5 mm)


Gauge

18 sts and 17 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Garter stitch (knit every row)


Afghan

SQUARE A (make 16)

CO 22 sts A, 22 sts B, 22 sts C, then 22 sts A–88 sts.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Decrease Row 1 (RS): K21 A; k21, k2tog B; ssk, k21 C; k21 A–86 sts remain.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Decrease Row 2 (RS): K20 A; k21, k2tog B; ssk, k21 C; k20 A–84 sts remain.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Continue to work 1 less st at each side in A every RS row and AT THE SAME TIME, decrease 2 sts at center every RS row as established, work until no sts in A remain–22 sts in B and C remain. Change to D across all sts; continue to decrease 2 sts at center every RS row until 2 sts remain, ending with a RS row. K2tog. Fasten off remaining st.


NOTCHED SQUARE B (make 8)

Work as for Square 1 until no sts in A remain–22 sts in B and C remain. BO all sts.


SOLID SQUARES C (make 4)

Using E, CO 44 sts. Begin Garter st (knit every row); work even until piece measures 10" from the beginning, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


SOLID RECTANGLES D (make 4)

Using E, CO 44 sts. Begin Garter st; work even until piece measures 5" from the beginning, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


TOP RIGHT CORNER E

Using B, CO 22 sts. Knit 1 row.


Next Row (RS): K21 B; k1 A.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Next Row: K20 B; k2 A. Continue as established, working 1 less st in B and 1 more st in A every RS row until all sts are in A, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


TOP LEFT CORNER F

Using C, CO 22 sts. Knit 1 row.

Next Row (RS): K1 A; k21 C.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Next Row: K2 A; k20 C.

Continue as established, working 1 more st in A and 1 less st in C every RS row until all sts are in A, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER G

Work as for Top Left Corner, reversing A and C.


BOTTOM LEFT CORNER H

Work as for Top Right Corner, reversing A and B.


CENTER SIDE RECTANGLES I (make 2)

Using A, CO 44 sts. Knit 1 row.

Next Row (RS): K1 B; k42 A; k1 C.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Next Row: K2 B; k40 A; k2 C.

Knit 1 row, changing colors as established.

Continue as established, working 1 more st with B and C every RS row until no sts A remain, ending with a WS row. BO all sts.


Finishing

Sew all pieces together following Assembly Diagram.

Edging: With RS facing, using crochet hook and D, work in sc around entire afghan, working 3 sc in each corner. Do not turn. Working from left to right, work in Reverse sc around entire afghan, working 3 Reverse sc in each corner, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Block lightly (see Set-Up Row:, Page 158).


Ribbon

This feminine throw is worked in a technique called broomstick lace. While technically crochet, broomstick lace is worked onto a very large knitting needle, which is less cumbersome than the tool originally used for the job —a broomstick. This stitch pattern works up very quickly into a distinctively pretty fabric that is subtly different on each side. We alternated panels with front and back sides facing out and then embellished the seams with an appliquéd cord of crab stitch crochet.


Finished Measurements

45" wide x 60" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 13 skeins #9749 Aunt Abby Rose


Crochet Hook

Crochet hook size US H/8 (5 mm)

Change hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Needles

One straight needle size US 35 (19 mm)


Gauge

22 sts and 10 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Offset Broomstick Lace


Abbreviations

ELS (Extended Loop Stitch): With yarn in front, insert hook from back to front through st, yo, pull through, lengthen loop and slip it onto knitting needle.

LKS (Locking Stitch): Sl first st from needle to crochet hook, yo, pull up loop on hook 1", hold this loop steady with left hand, yo and draw through elongated st to make a 3rd strand the same length, insert hook into side of this 3rd elongated strand, yo and draw through loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook.


Stitch Pattern

OFFSET BROOMSTICK LACE (multiple of 6 sts + 1 ch; 4-row repeat)

Note: All rows are RS rows.

Set-Up Row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end, do not turn.

Row 1: Ch 1, lengthen loop on hook and slip onto knitting needle, working from left to right, skip first sc, *1 ELS in each sc across, do not turn.

Row 2: LKS in first st, insert hook through next 5 loops on needle together, yo, pull through 5 loops on hook slipping loops from needle, yo, pull through 2 sts on hook to finish first sc, work 4 more sc in same space, *insert hook through next 6 loops together, yo, pull through 6 loops, slipping loops from needle, yo, pull through 2 sts on hook to complete first sc, work 5 more sc in same space; repeat from * to end, do not turn.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1, working last ELS in LKS.

Row 4: LKS in first loop on hook, insert hook through next 2 loops on needle together, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, slipping loops from needle, yo, pull through 2 sts on hook, to finish first sc, work 1 more sc in same space, *insert hook through next 6 loops together, yo, pull through 6 loops, slipping loops from needle, yo, pull through 2 sts on hook to complete first sc, work 5 more sc in same space; repeat from * to last 3 loops, insert hook through last 3 loops together, yo, pull through 3 loops on hook, slipping loops from needle, yo, pull through 2 sts on hook to complete first sc, work 2 more sc in same space, do not turn.

Repeat Rows 1-4 for Offset Broomstick Lace.


Throw

STRIP 1 (make 5)

Ch 49. Begin Offset Broomstick Lace; work even until Strip measures 42" from the beginning.


STRIP 2 (make 2)

Ch 49. Begin Offset Broomstick Lace; work even until Strip measures 45" from the beginning.


Finishing

Sew Strips together following Assembly Diagram

Short Seam Coverings: (make 5)

Ch 150. Work Reverse sc along ch, then turn and work down the other side of ch. Fasten off. Sew over seams with a running st.

Long Seam Coverings: (make 2)

Ch 160. Work Reverse sc along ch, then turn and work down the other side of ch. Fasten off. Sew over seams with a running st.

Edging: With RS facing, work sc around entire throw, join with a sl st in first sc. Do not turn. Working from left to right, work in Reverse sc around entire throw, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Block lightly (see Set-Up Row:, Page 158).


Greenway

Color therapists tout green as the most restful color. With that in mind, we aimed for the ultimate in restfulness with this afghan, combining four shades of green with a neutral. Two rows of crocheted cluster stitch combine to form pretty, daisy-shaped blocks of color, with each daisy fitting neatly into the next.


Finished Measurements

45" wide x 60" long


Yarn

Berroco Comfort (50% super fine nylon / 50% super fine acrylic; 100 grams / 210 yards): 4 skeins #9748 Aunt Martha Green (B); 3 skeins each #9703 Barley (A), #9721 Sprig (C), and #9744 Teal (D); 2 skeins #9762 Spruce (E)


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, Thayer Allyson Gowdy, Liana Allday. Copyright © 2010 Berroco, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of ABRAMS.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

knit,
Retro, 13,
Gypsy Patchwork, 16,
Bright Star, 20,
Seersucker, 30,
Weave, 32,
Basketweave, 46,
Garter Stripes, 48,
Westchester Winter, 50,
Textured Knots, 56,
Houndstooth, 60,
Autumn Haze, 74,
Petal, 82,
Vintage, 89,
Floret, 92,
Still Life, 104,
Swirl, 112,
Ukrainian Tiles, 118,
Danish Modern, 122,
Nordic Holiday, 125,
ZigZag, 128,
Malian Lattice, 130,
Kilim, 133,
Calico Hill, 136,
Herringbone, 140,
Incline, 142,
Flokati, 144,
Aran, 149,
INTRODUCTION, 6,
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES & ABBREVIATIONS, 155,
crochet,
Bicolor Chevron, 8,
Marrakesh, 10,
Ribbon, 23,
Greenway, 26,
Fish Ripples, 28,
Dots, 35,
Serpentine, 39,
Ethel, 40,
Spiral, 43,
Crazy, 53,
Irish Floral, 62,
Mistletoe, 64,
Little Waves, 67,
Meditate, 70,
Mindful, 72,
Stella, 77,
Lucy, 80,
Pinwheel, 86,
Stripe by Stripe, 95,
Simplicity, 98,
Square Off, 100,
Trapper, 116,
Maine, 146,
Sunny Day, 152,

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    COMFORT KNITTING AND CROCHET: AFGANS: MORE THAN 50 BEAUTIFUL, AF

    COMFORT KNITTING AND CROCHET: AFGANS: MORE THAN 50 BEAUTIFUL, AFFORDABLE DESIGNS FEATURING BERROCO's COMFORT YARN by Norah Gaughan is has an afgan for everyone! I was very impressed by the afgan patters in the preview copy of this book that I received from Net Galley. My copy only contained seven afgans with their patterns. But those seven were all gorgeous and well-illustrated with clearly written instructions. All of these afgans are meant to be made with Berroco Comfort yarn, an ultra-soft blend of super fine acrylic and nylon, spun into a luxury twist. It is hypoallergenic and can be machine washed and dried. The projects are intended for every skill level, from beginner to advanced. 








    Patterns range from a Houndstooth, to a Herringbone which both take their inspiration from traditional Scottish tweeds to a playful take on woolen rugs from Eastern Europe to afgans derived from traditional folk crafts, Delft pottery and Ukrainian Easter Eggs and much more. This book will provide hours of creative fun for years to come. The full book contains over 50 patterns and I plan to definitely pick it up!

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Title: Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans: More Than 50 Beaut

    Title: Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans: More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Designs Featuring Berroco's Comfort Yarn
    Author: Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, Berroco Design Team
    Publisher: Open Road Intergrated Media
    Published: 6-10-2014
    ISBN: 9781480494701
    ASIN E-Book: B00KGMIXKQ
    Pages: 263
    Genre: Crafts
    Tags: Crochet, Home, DIY
    Overall Rating: Excellent
    Reviewed For: NetGalley
    Reviewer: DelAnne

    This book really does have something for everyone. Whether you crochet or knit there are bound to be more than a few of these bold beautiful afghans that will appeal to your eyes. You can learn a few new stitches or designs, but there is nothing more comforting to receive or give than an afghan made with love. You can keep them for yourself, give as a gift or donate them to a good cause.


    So many different styles to choose from will give you hours a creative fun. Pick up a copy of Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans: More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Designs Featuring Berroco's Comfort Yarn and begin the fun. As you can see from the wonderful photographs of various afghans there is no shortage of beautiful ones to make.

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