Instructions

GAUGE: 5 V-sts and 7-1/2 rows = 4 inches. To save time, check the gauge.

Techniques/stitches used: Refer to knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.

  • V-st: (Dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same st or sp as specified in instructions.
  • Changing colors: Colors are always changed while completing the last st made with first color. When working in dc, yo, insert hk in next st and draw yarn through so there are 3 lps on hk; yo, draw yarn through 2 lps on hk; drop first color, yo, draw new color through 2 lps on hk, leaving about a 3-inch-long tail. Cut first color, leaving another 3-inch-long tail. Continue crocheting with new color.

 DIRECTIONS: Before you begin, refer to gauge, techniques/stitches used, etc.

  1. Lay out the eight coordinating colors of yarn to decide the order in which they will be placed. The afghan is crocheted in lengthwise stripes with 1 rnd of V-sts for the edging. Fringe is added to the narrow ends.
  2. Row 1: With first color of choice, ch 201 (remembering that the lp on hk never counts as one of the chs); V-st in sixth ch from hk; * skip 2 chs, V-st in next ch; rep from * until 3 chs remain; skip 2 chs, dc in last ch: count 1 dc at the beg and end of row and 65 V-sts.
  3. Row 2: Ch 5, turn; V-st in the ch-1 sp of each V-st; skip 2 chs of beg ch-5 and dc in next ch.
  4. Row 3: Rep Row 2, changing colors in the last dc of this row.
  5. Rows 4-24: Rep Row 2, changing colors at the end of every third row until each of the eight colors of yarn have been used: count eight stripes (one of each color).
  6. Rows 25-48: Continue to rep Row 2, changing colors every third row in the same order as before: count 16 stripes.
  7. Rows 49-69: Rep Row 2, changing colors every third row in the same order as before until the seventh color is complete; change to eighth color at end of Row 69: count 23 stripes.
  8. Edging: Ch 5, turn; V-st in the ch-1 sp of each V-st to first corner; (V-st, ch 3, V-st) in corner ch-sp; [skip 1 ch-sp, V-st in next ch-sp] across afghan to next corner; (V-st, ch 3, V-st) in corner ch-sp; V-st in each ch-2 sp between V-sts to third corner; (V-st, ch 3, V-st) in corner ch-sp; [skip 1 ch-sp, V-st in next ch-sp] across until beg ch-5 is reached; ch 3, dc in same sp as the last V-st, ch 1, sl st in third ch of beg ch-5. Fasten off.
  9. Use a tapestry or yarn needle to weave in loose ends.

FRINGE: For each fringe, cut one 12-inch length of each color yarn. With ends even, hold all eight strands together and fold them in half. Insert hk in the ch-1 sp of any V-st at narrow end of afghan and catch the fold of the yarn pieces. Pull the fold through to form a loop. Draw yarn ends through the loop. Pull the ends to form a knot around the st.

Add fringe to the ch-1 sp of each V-st on narrow ends of afghan.

FINISHED SIZE: Excluding fringe, afghan is 54 inches long x 38 inches wide.

Abbreviations

  • ch(s) chain(s)
  • dc(s) double crochet(s)
  • hdc(s) half double crochet(s)
  • hk hook
  • sc(s) single crochet(s)
  • sk skip or skipped
  • sp space
  • sl st slip stitch
  • tr(s) triple crochet(s)
  • beg beginning
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • rep repeat
  • rnd(s) round(s)
  • RS right side
  • sl slip
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • tog together
  • WS wrong side
  • yo yarn over
  • * or [ ] Instructions after * or ­between brackets are ­repeated a ­given number of times.
  • ( ) Instructions in ­parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as ­indicated.

Autumn Afghan Pattern from Emma Willey of Roseburg, Oregon