The weather outside is frightful, at least by my mediterranean standards. The wind is howling and my feet are cold. And all I wanna do is cuddle inside a warm blanket, eat cookies and drink hot tea. Unfortunately, I made this afghan as a gift. But on the bright side, once I got past the first few rows I could actually crochet and cuddle inside it at the same time.
This afghan is quite easy to make, though I this one is quite large and it took me a couple of months to finish. There were weeks when I only crocheted two rows the entire week… life – it really gets in the way of crocheting.
So, let’s get all silly distractions like cooking and dishes out of the way, and make an afghan
- 4 skeins dark brown worsted weight yarn (A)
- 5 skeins light brown worsted weight yarn (B)
- 5 skeins orange worsted weight yarn (C)
- 5 skeins dark yellow worsted weight yarn (D)
- 5 skeins bright yellow worsted weight yarn (E)
- 4 skeins light yellow worsted weight yarn (F)
- Each skein is 100g (approx. 233m or 254 yards)
- 8mm hook
- blunt needle for weaving in loose ends
- Gauge: 9 stitches and 5 rows = 4’’/10cm square in dc.
- With the above gauge, the finished size of the afghan will be 75”/190cm wide by 79”/200cm long.
- To make a smaller or larger blanket, use different yarns or change the number of stitches/rows worked in each color change. Just remember to crochet a swatch first so you can calculate your finished size accordinly.
- The ombre effect is achieved by dropping/joining 1 strand of yarn at the end of each 5 row block. Cut the dropped yarn, leaving a short tail, then crochet over both loose ends (joined and dropped) to eliminate the need for weaving in.
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- st – stitch
With two strands of color A ch 163.
1: dc in 3rd ch from the hook, dc in each ch across.
2: ch 3, turn. Skip first st (root of the ch 3), dc in each st across. dc in top of ch 3 from foundation chain.
3: ch 3, turn. Skip first st, dc in each st across. dc in top of ch 3 from previous row.
4-5: repeat row 3.
Drop 1 strand color A, join 1 strand color B.
Repeat row 3 X 5 times for each color block, dropping and joining 1 strand of yarn in the following sequence:
1-5: AA (completed)
Bind off, weave in loose ends (if any left).
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