Instructions

GAUGE: Each kiss motif (X) is 5-1/2 inches square. Each hug motif (O) is 5-1/2 inches high x 3-1/4 inches wide.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES:

  • Scallop: Ch 4, dc in fourth ch from hk.
  • Corner scallop: Ch 8, dc in eighth ch from hk.
  • Directions: Refer to “Before you begin” above for materials needed, gauge, special techniques, etc.
  • The afghan is worked in strips with the front of work facing at all times.

FIRST KISS MOTIF:

  1. K-Rnd 1: With A, ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc), work 11 hdcs in third ch from hk, sl st in top of beg-ch: count 12 hdcs.
  2. K-Rnd 2: * Ch 9, sk 3 chs, dc in each of next 6 chs, sk next hdc of K-Rnd 1, sl st in next hdc, ch 1, sl st in next hdc; rep from * three more times. Fasten off.
  3. K-Rnd 3: With B, sl st in any ch-1 between branches of “X” just made; * scallop (see special techniques), sl st in lp at bottom of fourth dc of next branch, scallop, sl st in first ch of ch-3 at top of branch, scallop, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, scallop, sk 2 dcs, sl st in next dc, scallop, sl st in next ch-1 between branches; rep from * three more times. Fasten off.
  4. K-Rnd 4: With C, sl st in first ch of a ch-3 at top of any branch; * corner scallop (see special techniques), sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, scallop, dc in center ch of next ch-3, yo twice, insert hk into center ch of next ch-3 without drawing up a lp and insert hk in center ch of first ch-3 of next branch, yo and draw yarn through both chs so there are 4 lps on hk, [yo, draw yarn through 2 lps] three times, scallop, yo twice, insert hk into same 2 center-chs as previous st, [yo, draw yarn through 2 lps] three times, dc in center ch of next ch-3, scallop, sl st in first ch of ch-3 at top of branch; rep from * three more times. Fasten off.

HUG MOTIF:

  1. H-Rnd 1: With C, ch 24, sl st in 24th ch from hk to form a ring; ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 5 dcs in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 9 chs, 5 dcs in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 5 dcs in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 9 chs, 5 dcs in next ch, sl st in top of beg ch-3: count 40 dcs. Fasten off.
  2. H-Rnd 2: With D, sl st in second dc of first 5-dc group; corner scallop, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, [scallop, sk 3 dcs, sl st in next dc] three times, corner scallop, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, scallop, sk 3 dcs, sl st in next dc.
  3. With wrong sides together, place Kiss Motif (KM) behind Hug Motif (HM), ch 4, sc in center ch of KM corner, ch 3, dc in beg-ch of ch-4, sk 1 dc of HM, sl st in next dc; * ch 2, sc in center ch of next KM ch-sp, ch 1, dc in beg-ch of ch-2, sk 3 dcs of HM, sl st in next dc; rep from * two more times; ch 4, sc in center ch of KM corner, ch 3, dc in beg-ch of ch-4, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, scallop, sl st in same sp as beg-st. Fasten off.

SECOND KISS MOTIF:

  1. Rep K-Rnds 1-3, then rep K-Rnd 4 until first ch of third branch is reached and two sides of motif remain unworked.
  2. With wrong sides together, place HM behind KM. Ch 4, sc in center ch of HM corner, ch 3, dc in beg-ch of ch-4, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch of KM, ch 2, sc in center ch of next HM ch-3, ch 1, dc in beg-ch of ch-2, dc in center ch of next KM ch-3, yo twice, insert hk into center chs of next two ch-3s of KM and draw up a lp, [yo, draw yarn through 2 lps] three times, ch 2, sc in center ch of next HM ch-3, ch 1, dc in beg-ch of ch-2, yo twice, insert hk into same 2 center-chs as previous st, [yo, draw yarn through 2 lps] three times, dc in center ch of next KM ch-3, ch 2, sc in center ch of next HM ch-3, ch 1, dc in beg-ch of ch-2, sl st in first ch of next KM corner, ch 4, sc in center ch of HM corner, ch 3, dc in beg-ch of ch-4, sk 1 ch and sl st in next ch of corner KM, scallop, dc in center ch of next ch-3, yo twice, insert hk into center chs of next two ch-3s and draw up a lp as before, [yo, draw yarn through 2 lps] three times, scallop, yo twice, insert hk into same 2 center-chs as previous st, [yo, draw yarn through 2 lps] three times, dc in center ch of next ch-3, scallop, sl st in same sp as beg-st. Fasten off.

AFGHAN STRIP: Rep H-Rnds 1-2 and Second Kiss Motif until the strip is five kiss motifs and four hug motifs long. Make five more strips in the same way.

FIRST STRIP BORDER: Working across a short end of first strip with B, sl st in third ch of a corner ch-8; * ch 4, hdc in fourth ch from hk, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch **; [ch 4, hdc in fourth ch from hk, ch 4, hdc in fourth ch from hk, sl st in center of next ch-3]; rep from [ to ] three more times, ending last rep with a sl st in third ch of ch-8; rep from * to ** in corner ch-8; rep from [ to ] four times along first KM of long side of strip, ending last rep with a sl st in third ch of ch-8; † ch 4, hdc in fourth ch from hk, sk the st that joins motifs and sl st in next ch of next ch-8 ††; rep from [ to ] twice, ending last rep with a sl st in third ch of ch-8; rep from † to †† where two motifs are joined. Continue around entire strip as established, ending with a sl st in same ch as beg-ch. Fasten off.

ALL REMAINING STRIP BORDERS: Rep first strip border instructions until both short ends and one long side are complete, ending with a sl st in third ch of a corner ch-8.

Ch 4, hdc in fourth ch from hk, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch. With wrong sides together, place previous strip (PS) behind new strip (NS); * ch 2, sc in center ch of matching ch-3 of PS, ch 1, hdc in beg-ch of ch-2, ch 2, sc in center of next ch-3 of PS, ch 1, hdc in beg-ch of ch-2, sl st in center ch of next ch-3 of NS **; rep from * to ** three more times, ending last rep with a sl st in third ch of ch-8; to join corners, ch 2, sc in center of next ch-3 of PS, ch 1, hdc in beg-ch of ch-2, sk the st that joins motifs and sl st in next ch of next ch-8; rep from * to ** twice and join corners. Continue to join strips as established, ending with a sl st in same ch as beg-ch. Fasten off.

Add all remaining strips in the same way.

EDGING:

  1. Rnd 1: Turn afghan so an end where strips are joined is at top and with C, sl st in center ch of corner ch-3, scallop, sl st in same corner ch (first corner st of edging); * [scallop, sl st in center of next ch-3] across until you reach point where two strips are joined; work scallop, dc in sc at center of joining strip, scallop, dc in same sc, scallop, sl st in center of next ch-3 **; rep from * to ** across top of afghan, ending with a corner st; rep from [ to ] across side of afghan, ending with a corner st; rep from * to ** across bottom of afghan, ending with a corner st; rep from [ to ] across final side of afghan, ending with a sl st in same sp as beg-st. Fasten off.
  2. Rnd 2: With D, sl st in center ch of a corner st, make one corner stitch; * [scallop, sl st in center of next ch-3] across edge, ending with a corner st; rep from * around, ending last rep with a sl st in same sp as beg-st.
  3. Rnd 3: Ch 1; * work 5 scs around corner ch-3, work 3 scs around each ch-3 across; rep from * around, ending with a sl st in beg-st. Fasten off. Weave in all loose ends with the tapestry needle.

FINISHED SIZE: Afghan is about 43 inches square.

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.

Hugs and Kisses Afghan from Rosalie DeVries of Florence, Arizona