Sunday, April 15, 2007

Diamond Afghan in Afghan Stitch Crochet Pattern

Finished Size: Approximately 50 x 65 inches

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn: 50 oz. Blue and 20 oz. White. Afghan Crochet Hook Size G / 4mm

Gauge: 5 sts = 1 inch and 4 rows = 1 inch

SOLID DIAMOND (Make 182)

1st Row: With Blue, ch 19, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook and draw up a loop, retaining all loops on hook, draw up a loop in each ch across. There are 19 loops on hook. Yarn over and draw through 1 loop, * yarn over and draw through 2 loops. Repeat from * across. The loop which remains on hook always counts as the first st of next row.

2nd Row: Insert hook under 2nd and 3rd vertical bars and draw loop through (1 stitch decreased), draw up a loop in each vertical bar across to within last 2 vertical bars, insert hook under last 2 vertical bars and draw loop through (another st decreased). Complete last half of row to correspond with first row. Repeat 2nd row until 3 sts remain. Sl st in each vertical bar across. Break off.

Attach Blue to first vertical bar on opposite side of starting chain and draw up a loop, insert hook under 2nd and 3rd vertical bars and draw loop through (1st st decreased), retaining all loops on hook draw up a loop in each vertical bar across to within last 2 vertical bars, insert hook under last 2 vertical bars and draw loop through (another stitch decreased;17 loops on hook). Complete last half of row as before. Complete this side to correspond.

STRIPED DIAMOND (Make 210)

With Blue work as for first row of Solid Diamond. Drop Blue, draw White through loop on hook, thus changing color. 2nd row: Repeat 2nd row of Solid Diamond. Change color. Repeat 2nd row, alternating colors until 3 sts remain, Sl st in each vertical bar across. Break off. Attach White to first vertical bar on opposite side and work other half to correspond. Sew motifs together as in diagram, having 14 strips of 15 Striped Diamonds and 13 strips of 14 Solid Diamonds. With Blue sc closely across points on both short ends of afghan. Fold in points of side diamonds and sew neatly in place, Block to measurements given.

POMPON (Make 28)
Cut 2 circles of cardboard, each 2 1/2 inches in diameter, then cut a circle 1/2 inch in diameter in center of each piece. Cut 3 strands of White, each 4 yards long. Wind strands around cardboard circles until center is filled. Cut yarn between cardboards, then tie a strand of yarn tightly between circles. Remove cardboard and trim Pompon. Sew a Pompon to each point on both short ends.


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