Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cute Gingham Afghan


Crocheting is very therapeutic..especially when you make an afghan like this.  225 granny squares... LOL!!! But the end result is pretty dang cute. I love gingham.  I always liked it because you could match gingham to just about anything.  The same goes with polka dots... So much for my thoughts on gingham. The original pattern for this quilt was for a baby afghan.  I decided to make it a full size afghan.  By increasing it from two rounds to four rounds makes the job pretty easy.  I used regular worsted yarn for the original afghan.  If  I decide to do it again, I would use Caron Simply Soft yarn.  I love the bright colors and the softness of the yarn.  Below I have put a partial color chart of Simply Soft yarn colors.  For more information on Caron Simply Soft, click the link to the Caron website.


Gingham Afghan - I use it at the lake

This afghan is made out of granny squares.  Remember those?  the measurement is 14 granny squares X 16 granny squares, or approximately 56"X64", but you can make it any size that you like.

Here is Caron's website for Simply Soft Yarn.  



Instructions:
Materials: 
4 skeins (14 oz.) Caron's Simply Soft Light Country Blue #9709
3 skeins (14 oz.) Caron's Simply Soft White #9701
3 skeins (14 oz.) Caron's Simply Soft Country Blue #9710
Size H crochet hook or size required for gauge)
Gauge:  
One granny square  = approx. 4"
Instructions:
Make 113 squares with Light Country Blue #9709, 56 Squares with Country Blue #9710, and 56 squares of White #9701. Total granny squares 225

Chain 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.
RND 1: (right side): Ch 3, 2 dc in ring; *ch 2, 3 dc in ring; rep from* twice more; ch 2, join with a cl st in top of beg ch-3.
RND 2: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and into ch-2 corner sp; ch 3, work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp; * work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 corner sp; rep from *twice more, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. 
RND 3: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and into ch-2 corner sp; ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp; ch 2, work 3 dc in next chain 2 space; ch 2, work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 corner sp; repeat around granny square, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3.


Arrangement chart
Assembling:
Position granny squares as per arrangement chart above (14 granny squares wide by 16 granny squares long) 56"X64" finished.  I single crocheted around the whole afghan in white to finish it off.

The pattern I used for this afghan said to connect each granny square by stitching them together with an overcast stitch in outer loops only.  I found it easier to slip stitch each square with a crochet hook. It gave more definition to each square.

Grandma Barb’s Blanket
Each night I cover you
With grandma’s blanket
And I wonder how long
It took her to make it
And I bet she was thinking
Of you the whole time
And how warm it would keep you
On your way to dreamland

-Mike Hoffy to Emmett

Life's short.... eat dessert first!


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