Try this crochet afghan pattern free and you will be surprised at how easy it is to work. The pattern and the colors will have a very calming effect on you.
I had ordered almost $400 worth of yarn online in hopes of finding new colors. The JoAnn store near my house has only a limited collection of yarn and I feel like I have used it all by now.
I picked three colors from Caron Simply soft for this crochet afghan and couldn’t have been happier. I love how it turned out. I am excited to make more colorful items for spring using all the yarn I bought.
Can you feel my excitement? I love combining colors for my designs. With a beautiful cluster stitch and a border that looks like picot but is not, I really enjoyed working up this blanket. I hope you will love it too.
Crochet Afghan Pattern Free
1.A thinner worsted weight(size 4)yarn. Caron Simply Soft yarn in colors Robin’s Egg, Soft Green and Off White were used for the afghan pictured.
2. Hook H(5mm)
3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
36 inches wide and 37 inches long.
I used 2 skeins of each color. Each skein had 315 yards each. I had yarn left over from the blue skeins but used up almost all of the off white color as it was also used in making the border.
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
ch-sp: chain space
YO: yarn over
Cluster(cl): (YO, insert your hook into the ch-space indicated and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops, keep the remaining loops on your hook)3 times, you will now have 4 loops on your hook, YO and pull through all the 4 loops on your hook.—cluster made
Each repeat is made of (cl, ch 2, cl) worked into the same ch-2 space.
4 Repeats = 4 inches
1. You will be using 3 skeins of yarn at a time, one in each color. Make sure you center pull from all the skeins.
2. For the sake of convenience, we will call the colors blue, soft green and cream. The stripes go in the order blue, cream, and soft green.
3. You don’t fasten off when you change colors but just drop the current color to pick up later. The yarn is carried along the side of your work. It will be concealed once you work the border.
4. Each time you switch colors, bring the new working yarn to your left and under the other two skeins. This is key in keeping your yarn strands from tangling.
5. You will change colors at the end of every cluster stitch row. To join a new color while working your last dc st, start working your dc as usual, and when you have 2 loops left on your hook, YO and pull through the new color to complete your dc.
With blue color yarn, Ch 143. You can ch any multiple of 4+3 if you want to make your afghan a different width.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook ( skipped ch does not count as a st), 1 sc in next, *(ch 2, sk 2 chs, 1 sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of row, turn.——-72 sc and 35 ch-2 spaces
Row 2: Ch 3( counts as a dc), (cl, ch 2, cl)in next ch-2 space and each ch-2 space across, 1 dc in last sc while joining the cream color yarn, drop the blue to pick up later, turn.—–35 Cluster V-sts
Row 3: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in first st, ch 1, 2 sc in next ch-2 space, *(ch 2, 2 sc in next ch-2 space), repeat from * until you work 2 sc in last ch-2 space, ch 1, 1 sc on top of beg ch-3, turn.——72 sc, 34 ch-2 spaces, and 1 ch-1 space at each end
Note: The ch-1 spaces will be hard to see while working the next row. Just know that there is one ch-1 space is right after the first sc and one right before the last sc.
Row 4: Ch 4(counts as a dc+ ch1), 1 cl in adjacent ch-1 space, (cl, ch2, cl)in next ch-2 space and each ch-2 space across, 1 cl in next ch-1 space, ch 1, 1 dc in last sc while joining soft green color yarn, drop the cream to pick up later, turn.——34 Cluster V-sts plus one cluster on each end
Row 5: Ch 1 ( does not count as a st), 1 sc in first st, 1 sc in adjacent ch-1 space, *(ch 2, 2 sc in next ch-2 space), repeat from * until you work 2 sc in last ch-2 space, ch 2, 1 sc on top of beg ch-4, 1 sc in next ch, turn.—-72 sc and 35 ch-2 spaces
Repeat Rows 2-5 while changing colors after every cluster st row. Keep repeating until your blanket is approximately 36 inches long and you end in either a blue or soft green cluster st row. Fasten off.
Adding a Border to the Crochet Blanket
1. The border is worked in cream color yarn on the Right side of your blanket. The right side is the side you work your cluster st rows on.
2. In the first round, you will work over the yarn strands carried along the side which will conceal it.
3. When working sc across the row ends, you will not have actual sts to work into. Work inserting your hook into the leg of the dc or the chains of the beginning chains and not into space under them. This will make sure that you don’t make holes along the edges.
Round 1: With a sl st, join cream color yarn at the same corner you fastened off. Work 2 sc in the same corner, work sc sts as evenly distributed as possible along the row ends, I worked 3 sc in each color stripe.
Once you reach the next corner on the foundation chain side, work 3 sc in the corner, 1 sc into each ch and free loop on the foundation ch side until you reach the next corner, 3 sc in the corner, distribute sc along the row ends, 3 sc in next corner, 1 sc into each ch and st on the last row.
Once you are at the corner where you started the round, 1 sc in the corner, sl st to the first sc. Do not turn.
Note: In the next two rounds, if you find you have an extra st near the corner, just work a sc there even if it breaks the sequence a little.
Round 2: Ch 2 ( counts as a sc+ch 1), 1 sc in same st as ch 2, [*( ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next), repeat from * to next corner, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner st], repeat the part between [ ] until you have worked all around the blanket and you reach back near the corner you started, sl st to the top of beg ch-1. Do not turn.
Round 3: Work (sc, ch 2, sc) in adjacent ch-1 space. The ch-1 space will be hard to see but will be right in the corner. *[sk next sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-1 space], repeat from * until you work all around the blanket and reach back near the corner you started, sl st to the base of the first projection, fasten off.
Finishing the Afghan
Weave any tails left into the backside of your afghan.
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