Tuesday, January 24, 2006

SCRUMPTIOUS SCRAPS AFGHAN



copyright © 01/18/06 Dot Matthews

Size: can be made any size you want; Skill: Intermediate
Stitches used: chain (ch); single crochet (sc); half double crochet (hdc); double crochet (dc); treble crochet (tr)

Use the Russian join method to join your scraps together and you won't have to deal with so many loose ends.
RUSSIAN JOIN - weave one end of the yarn back into itself, leaving a loop on the end, thread the next piece of yarn through the loop and weave that end back through itself. Pull the ends to tighten the loops and trim off excess. Confused yet? Here's a couple of links with pictures to help you see what I'm talking about. Russian Join and Russian Join. This is by far my favorite way to join yarns.

You will need: Black yarn for contrast and lots of scraps for color.
K hook optional for foundation chain and J hook for pattern.

Gauge: not important for this project

Pattern worked in multiples of 14 + 2

Black yarn = color A
Scrap yarn = color B

With black yarn and a K hook, ch 170, switch to J hook

Row 1: work in bump on back of chain, sc in 2nd st from hook and in ea st across. turn.

change to color B

Row 2: ch 1, sc in first st,
*sc in next st,
hdc in next 2 sts,
dc in next 2 sts,
tr in next 3 sts,
dc in next 2 sts,
hdc in next 2 sts,
sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * across. Change to color A, turn

Row 3: ch 1, sc in ea st across. Change to color B, turn

Row 4: ch 4 (counts as tr), sk first st,
*tr in next st,
dc in next 2 sts,
hdc in next 2 sts,
sc in next 3 sts,
hdc in next 2 sts,
dc in next 2 sts,
tr in next 2 sts. Repeat from * across. Change to color A, turn

Row 5: ch 1, sc in ea st across. Change to color B, turn.

Repeat rows 2, 3, 4, and 5 to desired length.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

You can add a border of sc around all 4 sides of the afghan, placing 3 sc in ea corner stitch.