Baby Harlequin Afghan Kit (kit by CARON)

(Approx Size 37” X 50”)

The rows in this Tunisian entrelac style of crochet are short. Therefore it is possible to use a regular crochet hook as well as a Tunisian or afghan stitch hook

Skein – Wt. 1.5 oz.: 3 ply 85% Acrylic, 15 % Rayon

Blue - 4 skeins

Pink - 4 skeins

Mint - 3 skeins

Yellow - 3 skeins

White - 3 skeins

 

1 skein makes 2 rows

Crochet Hook: “Boye” size H

Gauge: Each square measures 2” across diagonally

11 X 25 + 2 + 5

Row pattern: 32 stripes

Color

Row #

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue

1

6

11

16

21

26

31

Pink

2

7

12

17

22

27

32

White

3

8

13

18

23

28

 

Mint

4

9

14

19

24

29

 

Yellow

5

10

15

20

25

30

 

 

Instructions:

With Blue, chain 282 loosely.

 

First Strip: (Always work strips from right to left)

Square 1:  (Rows are worked beginning and ending on the right side, until binding off that square which ends on the left side of square.)

 

Row 1: Draw up a loop in 2nd chain from hook and in each of next 6 chains (8 loops on hook). [yarn over and through 2 loops] 7 times ( loop left on hook). This loop is first loop of following row.

 

Row 2: Insert hook in yarn under next bar, draw yarn thru (2 loops on hook). Draw up loop thru yarn under each of next 5 bars. Insert hook in next chain stitch of original chain, (NOT the last stitch of previous row) and draw up loop. ( 8 loops on hook) (Note: At the left hand end of each row, skip the last stitch created by previous row and pick up a loop through the next chain stitch of the original chain at the end of the row. That makes the 8th loop on hook.) Work off loops as in Row 1.

                       

Rows 3, 4 and 5: Repeat Row 2.

 

Bind off as follows: Insert hook under next bar, draw yarn through yarn under this bar and loop on hook (slip stitch worked), work slip stitch thru each bar to left end of 5th row. Slip stitch in same chain as last loop of Row 5, (the one usually skipped to pick up next chain stitch of original chain).

 

Square 2:

Draw up a loop in each of next 7 chains (8 loops on hook). Work off loops as before. Complete same as first square.

 

Continue in this way until there are 25 squares.

 

Square 26:

Row 1: Draw up a loop in each of 7 chains (8 loops on hook). Yarn over and thru 1 loop, [yarn over and thru 2 loops] 7 times.

Rows 2-5: Do 4 more rows this way (total of 5 rows).

Bind off as before but continue around the edge of this square to the beginning of the chain. Fasten off both pieces of yarn together.

 

 

Strip 2:

Square 1: With Pink make a loop on hook, pick up 1 loop in each of 6 slip stitches of first Blue square; pick up a loop in end of first row of 2nd Blue square (8 loops on hook). Work on loops as Square 1, Strip 1. Complete same as Square 2, Strip 1.

 

Square 2: Draw up a loop in each of next 6 slip stitches, draw up a loop in side of first row of next square (8 loops on hook). Complete same as Square 1. Work 23 more squares in same way (25 squares). Fasten off.

 

 

Strip 3:

Square 1: With White, chain 7. Draw up a loop in 2nd and each of next 6 chain stitches, pick up a loop in side of first row of first Pink square (8 loops on hook). Work off loops as in Row 1 of Strip 1. Complete square as Square 1, Strip 1. Continue to work square until there are 25 squares.

 

Square 26: Row 1: Draw up a loop in each of next 7 slip stitches (8 loops on hook). Work off loops and complete same as Square 26 of Strip 1. (Make sure that there are 8 loops on hooks, probably having to create a stitch at the end of each row, going through the back loop of last stitch of previous row.) Continue to work pattern as on Strips 2 & 3 in color sequence of M, Y, B, P, and W until there are 32 stripes.

 

Finishing choices:

Zig-zag finished edge:

To bind off if you want the zig-zag edge (if using 2-color checkerboard pattern): Do not break thread off. Chain one and turn (Work from wrong side. Slip stitch in each stitch except – at outer corners work slip stitch, chain one, slip stitch; and and at inside corners, skip a stitch. Continue around until back at the beginning of this bind off row. Slip stitch into first slip stitch and tie off. Thread loose thread through to hide raw end.

 

Straight finished edge:

To bind off and finish if you want a straight edge: Bind off thread from the last diamond pattern row.

Row 1: With white, join with a slip stitch into top point of block at the top right corner. Work from right to left. Pull up a loop into next 5 stitches (6 stitches on hook). Then pull up another loop into the end of first row of the next block (7 stitches on hook). Work off stitches as before with the blocks, with yarn over and pull through 2 stitches at a time until you have 3 stitches left on hook. Yarn over and pull through all 3 of the last 3 stitches.

 

Row 2: Right past the decrease, start pulling a loop in each of the next 4 stitches (5 stitches on hook). Then pull up another loop into the 2nd row of the next block (6 stitches on hook). Pull off as before through 2 loops at a time, except for the last 3 loops. Yarn over and pull through all of those 3 loops at a time.

 

Row 3:Right past the decrease, start pulling a loop in each of the next 3 stitches (4 stitches on hook). Then pull up another loop into the 3rd row of the next block (5 stitches on hook). Work as before pulling through 2 loops at a time until the last 3 loops. Yarn over and pull through all 3 of those loops at one time.

 

Row 4: Right past the decrease, start pulling a loop in each of the next 2 stitches (3 stitches on hook). Then pull up another loop into the 4th row of the next block (4 stitches on hook). Work as before pulling through 2 loops at a time until the last 3 loops. Yarn over and pull through all 3 of those loops at one time.

 

Row 5 and last row of the triangle: Right past the decrease pull a loop into the next stitch (2 stitches on hook). Then pull up another loop into the 5th row of the next block (3 stitches on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 3 of those loops at the same time.

 

Slip stitch into 1st stitch of next block and repeat for each triangle.

 

For corners choose either of the following methods according to which is needed.

Work 2 triangles joined together: Work as above but instead of pulling a loop through the end of the next row of next block as before, pull a loop through the last stitch of the previous row. Still yarn over and pull through last 3 stitches on hook of each row.

After finishing that triangle, put a slip stitch into first stitch of triangle just finished and continue as before, except at the end of the rows, pull of a loop in the stitch at the end of the row on the next block. Decrease as before for each row.

 

Work 1 small triangle: Work as the first triangle above. Then stip stitch into each stitch until the next full block. Then slip stitch into the 1st stitch of that block and continue the 5 rows as for the full triangles above.

 

1st row around straight edge: After finishing the triangles all the way around, chain 1 and turn. Single crochet into each stitch around except at the corners, you may need to work 2 single crochets into one stitch. It may be necessary to 2 SC in 2 stitches at a corner to achieve a good corner edge. After finishing this row around, slip stitch into the chain one stitch.

 

2nd row around straight edge: Chain one and turn. Single crochet into each stitch around, except at corners which will need 2 stitches in at least the corner stitch. After finishing this row around, slip stitch in the chain one stitch at beginning of row. Don't turn this time.

 

3rd row around straight edge: Slip stitch into next SC and into each SC around except at each corner stitch where 2 slip stitches will be needed. After finishing this row around, slip stitch in the first slip stitch of this row. Bind off.

 

With either finishing method you use, weave any loose threads into the work as much as possible and then clip off the ends of these threads.

 

 

Variations:

Olena Ham’s Checkerboard pattern. Use any color and white/off white. (End with Color A row.)

Large afghan – 4 ply yarn

Color A – 16 skeins

Color B – 15 skeins

Crochet hook – size 10 ½ or K

 

 

Baby Doll Afghan
Size: 18 X 13 inches

Variegated – 2 skeins

Lavender – 1 skein

Crochet hook – size H

8 squares – 8 X 11 + 2 + 7

Chain 97

13 rows Variegated, Lavender, repeated, ending with variegated row.

V

L

V

L

V

L

V

L

V

L

V

L

V

 

 

 

Baby Afghan with Variegated and different colors

Variegated – 8 skeins

Purple – 2 skeins

Pink – 2 skeins

Blue – 2 skeins

White – White

 

Color

Row #

 

 

 

Variegated

1

9

17

25

Purple

2

10

18

26

Variegated

3

11

19

27

Pink

4

12

20

28

Variegated

5

13

21

29

Blue

6

14

22

30

Variegated

7

15

23

31

White

8

16

24