Instructions

GAUGE: 16 dcs and 7 rows = 4 in. Variations in gauge may change the finished size slightly.

CROCHETED AFGHAN RETRO CRAFT – FINISHED SIZE: Afghan measures about 44 x 57 in.

Before beginning, check gauge.

Print pattern illustration and crochet abbreviations.

Row 1: With Pagoda, ch 5, tr in fourth ch from hook, [ch 5, tr in fourth ch from hook of ch-5 just made] 11 times. Count: 12 trs and 12 ch-sps.

Rnd 1: Ch 4, in fourth ch from hook of ch-4 just made work (2 dcs, ch 2 for corner, 3 dcs, ch 2 for corner, 3 dcs), sc around post of last tr made in Row 1, * work 3 dcs in next ch-1 sp in Row 1, sc around post of next tr in Row 1, rep from * to first ch made in Row 1, work (3 dcs, ch 2 for corner, 3 dcs, ch 2 for corner, 3 dcs) in first ch of beg ch-5 in Row 1; working across other side of Row 1, [sc in next ch-sp, work 3 dcs in next ch opposite 3 dcs of rnd] around to last ch-sp, sc in last ch-sp, join with a sl st in third ch made of beg  ch-4. Count: 84 dcs and 4 ch-2 corner sps.

Rnd 2: Sl st to ch-2 corner sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), work 2 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs in same ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1,  (work 3 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs) in next ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1, [work 3 dcs in next sc, ch 1] to next ch-2 sp, [work 3 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs in next ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1] twice, [work 3 dcs in next sc, ch 1] to beg ch-3, join with a sl st in third ch of beg ch-3. Count: 96 dcs and 4 ch-2 corner sps.

Rnd 3: Sl st to ch-2 corner sp, ch 3, work 2 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs in same ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1, [work 3 dcs in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] to next ch-2 sp, * work 3 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs in next ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1 [work 3 dcs in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] to next ch-2 sp: rep from * around to beg ch-3, join with a sl st in third ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off Pagoda. Count: 108 dcs and 4 ch-2 corner sps.

Rnd 4: With RS facing, attach Blue Mint with a sl st in ch-2 corner space. Ch 3, work 2 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs in same ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1, [work 3 dcs in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] to next ch-2 sp, * work 3 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs in next ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1 [work 3 dcs in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] to next ch-2 sp; rep from * around to beg ch-3, join with a sl st in third ch of beg ch-3. Count: 120 dcs and 4 ch-2 corner sps.

Rnd 5: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Blue Mint.

Rnd 6: With RS facing, attach Oceana with a sl st in ch-2 corner space. Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 7-11: Repeat Rnd 3.  Fasten off Oceana at the end of Rnd 11.

Rnd 12: With RS facing, attach Blue Mint with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp.  Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 13: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Blue Mint. Count: 228 dcs and 4 ch-2 sps.

Rnd 14: With RS facing, attach Pagoda with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp. Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 15-19: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Pagoda at the end of Rnd 19.

Rnd 20: With RS facing, attach Blue Mint with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp. Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 21: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Blue Mint. Count: 324 dcs and 4 ch-2 corner sps.

Rnd 22: With RS facing, attach Oceana with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp. Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 23-27: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Oceana at the end of Rnd 27.

Rnd 28: With RS facing, attach Blue Mint with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp. Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Blue Mint. Count: 420 dcs and 4 ch-2 corner sps.

Rnd 30: With RS facing, attach Pagoda with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp. Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 31-35: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Pagoda at the end of Rnd 35.

Rnd 36: With RS facing, attach Blue Mint with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp. Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 37: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Blue Mint. Count: 516 dcs and 4 ch-2 corner sps.

Rnd 38: With RS facing, attach Oceana with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp. Repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 39-43: Repeat Rnd 3. Fasten off Oceana at the end of Rnd 43.

Rnd 44: With RS facing, attach Blue Mint with a sl st in ch-2 corner sp. Repeat Rnd 4. Count: 600 dcs and 4 ch-2 corner sps.

Rnd 45:  Sl st to corner ch-2 sp, ch 4 (counts as hdc and ch-2), hdc in same corner ch-2 sp, hdc in each dc and in each ch-1 sp to next corner ch-2 sp, * work (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in corner ch-2 sp, hdc in each dc and each ch-1 sp to next corner; rep from * around to beg ch-4, join with a sl st in third ch of beg ch-4. Fasten off Blue Mint.

Edging:  With RS facing, attach Oceana with a sl st in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 2 for first hdc, dc in same ch-sp, ch 2, sl st in top of dc, hdc in same ch-sp, ch 2, (hdc, dc, ch 2, sl st in top of dc, hdc) in same ch-sp, * sk next hdc, sc in next hdc, [sk next hdc, work (hdc, dc, ch 2, sl st in top of dc, hdc) in next hdc, sk next hdc, sc in next hdc] to next ch-2 corner sp, work (hdc, dc, ch 2, sl st in top of dc, hdc, ch 2, hdc, dc, ch 2 sl st in top of dc, hdc) in ch-2 corner sp; rep from * around to beg ch-2 corner sp, join with a sl st in second ch of beg ch-2.  Fasten off Oceana. Use tapestry or yarn needle to weave in all loose ends.

Crocheted Afghan Retro Craft pattern c/o Louise Puchaty of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, and adapted by Joanne Wied of Greendale, Wisconsin.

Photography by Country Woman.