I cannot believe I was the one who always thought designing crochet afghan patterns is not my cup of tea. This is my third design and I am really enjoying it.
Trying Amigurumi and Tunisian crochet is next on my to-do list. How I wish there were more hours in a day, sigh! Coming back to this afghan, this crochet blanket pattern has a beautiful texture. It looks like petals are falling and hence I named it the Falling Petals Afghan.
I must admit, the colors are not the ones I initially intended. I wanted a darker shade of cream with a beige undertone and a different coffee color. I was also tired of the blues and yellows and wanted to try a new combo. How has it turned out, you be the judge :).
I used a big 6mm hook to make the afghan. If you go down a hook size or two your stitch will have more definition but your afghan will have a little less drape. Using a cotton yarn can also make the texture stand out more. The choice is yours, but make sure you adjust your initial chain for the new gauge.
This afghan will look beautiful in a single color as well. The texture is all you need to make this afghan the most coveted accessory for your living room. Now let’s get straight to the pattern.
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Falling Petals Afghan Pattern
- Worsted weight yarn. The sample afghan was made with Lion Brand Pound of Love in colors Oxford Grey and Vintage White along with Lion Brand Heartland in color Yosemite.
- Hook J(6mm).
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
36 inches wide and 42 inches long. You can make it any size you want. Instructions are included to adjust your foundation chain.
5 Pattern Repeats= 6 inches
3 Rows= 4 1/4 inches
Each stripe took 350 yards of yarn. I had 2 stripes of grey and cream, so it took 700 yards each. I had only a single stripe of the brown or coffee color. So it took only 350 yards. Each stripe is 36 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches tall. If you plan on adding one more stripe and making your afghan 50 inches, double the yardage for the coffee color.
fpdc-front post double crochet
V st: (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) worked into the same st.
Shell St: (3 dc, ch 2, 3dc) worked into the same ch-2 space.
Front post double crochet (fpdc): You can see a tutorial here.
Ch 123. The initial chain is a multiple of 4 plus 3. If you want your afghan to be wider, chain any multiple of 4 and add an extra 3 chs. Every 4 chains will add about 1 1/4 inch to the width.
Row 1 Completed
Row 1: 1 V-st in the 5th ch from hook, *(sk the next 3 chs, 1 V-st in next), repeat from * to the last 2 sts, sk next st, 1 dc in the last st, turn.——–30 V-sts
Row 2 Completed
Row 2: Ch 2, *(1 fpdc in the next dc (the first leg of your V-st), shell in the next ch-2 space, 1 fpdc in next dc (the second leg of your V-st), repeat from * to end, 1 dc on top of beginning ch 3, turn.——–30 shells
Row 3 Completed
Row 3: Ch 2, 1 V-st in the ch-2 space of the next shell and each shell across to end, 1 dc on top of beginning ch2, turn. You will be skipping a lot of stitches to work your V’s and that is what makes your shell stitches pop and look like petals.——–30 V-sts
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have 6 shell rows and join the next color. Continue the stitch pattern repeating these two rows and changing colors after every 6th shell row. Your last row should be a shell row.
Adding Shells to the Foundation Chain Side
Once you finish your Afghan, you will see that your last row has a scalloped edge from the shells while your foundation chain side is straight. If you prefer, you can add shells to the foundation chain side as follows.
1. If you opt to add shells, you might want to add one more V-st and shell row to the very last stripe. This is because once you add the shells to teh foundation ch side, your first stripe will look wider than your last stripe.
2. We won’t be working front post stitches for this row as it will add bulk to the fabric.
Shell Edging: With the right side of your blanket facing up, sl st to the corner of your foundation ch side using the same color yarn as the first row.
Ch 2, (3dc, ch2, 3dc)in the gap under the first shell and under each shell across to end, end with a dc in the last st. Fasten off.
Fasten off and weave in any tails left.
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