Summer’s End Afghan
Rich in color tones, this lightweight afghan is perfect for a cool summer evening.
Designed by Herrschners. Featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Create & Decorate magazine.
• Herrschners Lighthouse Waves (wool and soy blend) medium-weight yarn in Dusty Rose, 20 1.75-oz. skeins
• J-10 crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
• Sewing needle and coordinating thread or floss, tapestry needle
Notes: Gauge: Motif is 9-1/2” point-to-point. Stitches used are chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc). Finished size of piece is approximately 56” across.
1. Motif (make 37).
2. Foundation Ring: Ch 9, join with sl st to form ring.
3. Round 1: Working in ring, ch 8 (counts as first dc and ch 5), 3 dc, *ch 5, 3 dc, rep from * three more times, ch 5, 2 dc, join with sl st in third ch of beg ch-8. (Six ch-5 lps).
4. Round 2: Sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 7 (counts as first dc and ch 4), 4 dc in ch-5 sp, *ch 1, (4 dc, ch 4, 4 dc) in next ch-5 sp, rep from * four more times, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-5 sp, join with sl st in third ch of beg ch-7.
5. Round 3: Sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 6 (counts as first dc and ch 3), 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, *ch 3, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-4 sp, rep from * four more times, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch-4 sp, join with sl st in third ch of beg ch-6.
6. Round 4: Sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 8, sl st in fourth ch from hook, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-3 sp, *ch 5, in next ch-3 sp work: (2 dc, ch 5, sl st in fourth ch from hook, ch 1, 2 dc), ch 5, sc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * four more times, ch 5, dc in next ch-3 sp, join with sl st in third ch of beg ch-8. Fasten off.
1. Arrange motifs into a hexagon shape of seven rows: Row 1 and Row 7, four motifs; Row 2 and Row 6, five motifs; Row 3 and Row 5, six motifs; Row 4, seven motifs (see diagram).
2. Join motifs together at the corners where three picots meet by tying them together using needle and yarn or embroidery floss in a matching color. To close sides of motifs between picots, tack the middle of the ch 5 lps together from the back side with needle and thread twice per motif side.Optional: You may prefer to temporarily tie motifs together at the corners where two picots meet at the edge of the afghan. Although these will be crocheted together while working the edging, temporarily securing the motifs together can make it easier to find the next motif when crocheting the edging.
Special stitches used in edging are: Point: Ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, (sl st, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, sl st) in next picot, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, sl st in next dc. Side: Ch 1, sk next dc, 3 dc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, sc in next sc, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, sk next dc sl st in next dc. Join: Ch 1, place next picot over picot in next motif, working in both picots do (dc, ch 5, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, dc), ch 1, sl st in next dc. Corner Edge: Ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, sc in next sc, ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, sk next dc, sl st in next dc. Note: The outside edge of afghan has four picots on each of the six sides.
1. With right side facing, join with sl st in dc before first picot of any edge and work across edge as follows: *Point, Side, Join, Side; rep from * two more times, Point, Corner Edge. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first edging stitch. Fasten off and secure all ends.
This project submitted courtesy of Herrschners.