Instructions

GAUGE: One granny square = 7-1/2 inches square. For edging, 6 dcs and 3 rows = 2 inches.

Stitches used: Refer to knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.

Directions: GRANNY SQUARE (make 35):

  1. Rnd 1: With multicolor yarn, ch 6; sc in beg ch to form a ring; ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), work 2 dcs in ring, ch 3, work [3 dcs in ring, ch 3] three times, sl st in top of beg ch-3: count four 3-dc clusters.
  2. Rnd 2: Sl st in each of next 2 sts and in next ch-3 sp, work (ch 3, 2 dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs, ch 3) in the same ch-3 sp as sl st; * work (3 dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs, ch 3) in the next ch-3 sp; rep from * two more times, sl st in top of beg ch-3: count eight 3-dc clusters.
  3. Rnd 3: Sl st in each of next 2 sts and in next ch-3 sp, work (ch 3, 2 dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs, ch 3) in the same ch-3 sp as sl st; * work (3 dcs, ch 3) in next ch-3 sp, (3 dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs, ch 3) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * two more times; work (3 dcs, ch 3) in next ch-3 sp, sl st in top of beg ch-3: count twelve 3-dc clusters.
  4. Rnd 4: Sl st in each of next 2 sts and in next ch-3 sp, work (ch 3, 2 dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs, ch 3) in the same ch-3 sp as sl st; * work [3 dcs in next ch-3 sp, ch 3] twice, work (3 dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs, ch 3) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * two more times; work [3 dcs in next ch-3 sp, ch 3] twice, sl st in top of beg ch-3: count sixteen 3-dc clusters. Fasten off.
  5. Rnd 5: Join white or other solid-
  6. color yarn with a sl st in any corner ch-3 sp, work (ch 3, 2 dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs, ch 3) in the same ch-3 sp as sl st; * work [3 dcs in next ch-3 sp, ch 3] three times, work (3 dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs, ch 3) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * two more times; work [3 dcs in next ch-3 sp, ch 3] three times, sl st in top of beg ch-3: count sixteen 3-dc clusters. Fasten off. Use tapestry needle to weave in loose ends.

ASSEMBLY: Referring to Fig1, use needle and white yarn to whipstitch two squares together along one edge. Start stitching at the center ch of one corner and end at center ch of next corner.

Continue to add squares to this strip until it is seven squares long. Make five strips of seven squares. Whipstitch the strips together for an afghan that is five squares wide x seven squares long.

EDGING:

  1. E-Rnd 1: Join white yarn with a sl st in any corner ch-3 sp, ch 3, work 4 dcs in same ch-3 sp; dc in each st and each ch around with 5 dcs in each corner ch-3 sp, end with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off.
  2. E-Rnd 2: Join multicolor yarn with a sl st in the center dc of any corner, ch 3, work 4 dcs in same st; dc in each st around with 5 dcs in each corner st; end rnd with a sl st in top of beg ch-3.
  3. E-Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in next st, work 5 dcs in next st; dc in each st around with 5 dcs in center st of each corner; end with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off. Use needle to weave in ends.

FINISHED SIZE: Afghan is about 57 inches long x 42 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.

Summer Colors Afghan from Beverly Mewhorter of Apache Junction, Arizona