Instructions

GAUGE: Four (1 puff, picot, ch 1) sts and five rows=3 inches.

Stitches used: Refer to knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.

Special Techniques:

  • Puff: *Yo, insert hk in st or sp as instructed, yo and draw through a ½-inch-long lp; rep from * three more times in same st or sp; yo, draw yarn through all lps on hk, ch 1 to close.
  • Picot: Ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk.
  • Changing colors: 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. Cut old color, leaving a long enough tail for weaving. 

Directions:

  1. Row 1 (RS): With Slate Blue, ch 183. Dc in fourth and fifth chs from hk; make (1 puff, picot, ch 1) in next ch; * sk 2 chs, make (1 puff, picot, ch 1) in next ch; rep from * across row until 3 chs remain; work 1 dc in each of last 3 chs; count 3 dcs at each end of row and 59 puff sts in between.
  2. Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), turn, sk first dc and dc in each of next 2 dcs; * ch 2, sl st in picot; rep from * across row, ending with sk last puff, dc in each of last 2 dcs and in top of turning ch-3, changing to Dark Slate Blue as you complete the last dc.
  3. Row 3: Ch 3, turn, sk first dc and dc in each of next 2 dcs; * make (1 puff, picot, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * across row, ending with 1 dc in each of last 2 dcs and in top of turning ch-3.
  4. Row 4: Rep Row 2, changing to Light Slate Blue as you finish the last dc.
  5. Row 5: Rep Row 3.
  6. Row 6: Rep Row 2, changing to Slate Blue as you finish the last dc.
  7. Row 7: Rep Row 3.
  8. Continue to rep Rows 2 through 7, changing colors as established until afghan measures 55 inches or desired length and ending with Slate Blue. Fasten off. Use tapestry needle to weave in loose ends.
  9. Fringe: For each fringe, cut four 15-inch lengths of Slate Blue yarn. Hold four strands together and fold them in half, then insert hook in a ch-2 sp on first or last row of afghan and catch the fold of yarn pieces. Pull the fold through the stitch just enough to form a loop and draw the yarn ends through this loop. Pull the ends to form a knot around the stitch. Trim fringe to 6 inches.
  10. Add fringe to each ch-2 sp of first and last rows in the same way.

FINISHED SIZE: Afghan without fringe is about 55 inches long x 45 inches wide.

Crocheting 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)

Knit/Crochet Abbreviations

  • 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.

Puff-Striped Afghan from Nancy Hearne of Marysville, California