This beautiful afghan is worked in different colored blocks in the garter stitch. The joining of the blocks creates the eye-pleasing effect of this lovely design. Since each block is worked separately, it is a perfect project for on the go.
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Finished measurement 54″ [137 cm] each side; Each square: 6″ [15 cm]
Gauge: 28 sts and 14 ridges = 4″ [10 cm] in Garter stitch after wet blocking.
Caron Simply Soft (100% Acrylic, 315 yards [288 meters]/170 grams): #H970039702 Off White (MC), 5 balls; #H97003 Sage (CC1), 2 balls; #H9700B Watermelon (CC2), 2 balls; #H97003 Lemonade (CC3), 2 balls
Needles: US size 8 (5 mm): straight
Notions: US size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle
Kfb: knit in front and back of the stitch
S2k2p: Slip 2 sts as if to knit, k1, pass the 2 sts over the knitted one
Each square is worked from one point increased to the needed width and then decrease to get to the other point.
CO 3 sts.
Row 1 and every odd row (RS): Knit.
Row 2: K1, k in front and back and front of the next st, k1 – 5 sts.
Row 4: K1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1 – 7 sts.
Row 6: K1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1 – 9 sts.
Row 8: K1, kfb, knit until there are 2 sts left on needle, kfb, k1 – 11 sts.
Rows 9-38: Repeat Rows 7-8 – 41 sts at the end of Row 38.
Break yarn if you are working on a 2 color block. Otherwise, continue with the same yarn.
Row 39 and every odd row (RS): Knit.
Row 40 (Dec Row): K1, ssk, k until there are 3 sts left on needle, k2tog, k1 – 37 sts.
Rows 41-62: Repeat Rows 39-40 until there are 5 sts on the needle on Row 62.
Row 63: Knit.
Row 64: K1, s2k2p, k1.
Row 65: Knit.
Using the Block instruction above:
With MC, make 9 blocks
With CC1, make 3 blocks
With CC2, make 3 blocks
With CC3, make 3 blocks
With MC and CC1, make 21 blocks
With MC and CC2, make 21 blocks
With MC and CC3, make 21 blocks
Using the diagram below and tapestry needle, join the blocks.
With crochet hook, work one round of sc around the afghan by crocheting in every other stitch and 3 sc in the corner stitch. Work one round of reverse sc (Crab stitch) in every sc.
Fasten off. Block afghan to size.