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Archive for July 3rd, 2013

This week has been gray, wet and humid. The bugs are having a wonderful time. The mosquitoes are plentiful. Therefore, I have been spending a lot of time indoors working on the hexagon afghan.

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It is not finished by any means, what with 11 more rows, but I have come to the spot where I can share the design. The motifs, the way I am joining them, and the edging I’ll be working are all set in stone, so to speak.
Therefore, if you feel like you need some color in your life, or a project that you can just easily putter on with, here is the loosely written pattern for my afghan that I have named Cape Ann. I am using US terminology here.

Cape Ann Afghan

Size: 45 x 60 inches (114.30 x 152.40 cm). You can make it any size you want by adding more motifs across a row to widen it, or decreasing the number to slim it down or adding rows to lengthen or decreasing rows to shorten.

Yarn: Worsted Weight or Bulky will work. I used worsted weight Valley Yarns Northampton (100% wool, 247 yds, 100 grams) in the colors:
A) Bright Pink (approximately 500 yds)
B) Spring Blue (approximately 900 yds)
C) Lake Heather (approximately 1,000 yds)
D) Natural (approximately 1, 700 yds)
Depending on the size you are making the yard amounts will vary. Again, I have not finished the afghan so I am sharing with you the amount of yarn I bought after some rough estimation.

Hook: US 9/5.50mm

Gauge: A completed motif measures 5 x 5 inches (12.70 x 12.70 cm). You don’t need to get this gauge. Measure your motif. Take the motif measurement and divide it into the desired width of your finished afghan. The number you get is the number of motifs you need to make up one row. Then, take the motif measurement and divided it into the desired length of your finished afghan. The number you get is the number of rows you need.

The motif is worked from the center out: flower center (A), petals (B), leaves (C), background (D).

With A: Ch4. Join to form ring. Ch2 (counts as first dc). Dc 17 more times in ring. Join with slipstitch to first dc. 18 dc. Finish off. Cut yarn.

dc in chain

Join B to first dc. Ch3 (counts as first hdc). Hdc once in each of next 2 dc. Ch1. *Hdc once in each of next 3 dc. Ch1.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with slipstitch to first hdc. 18 hdc and 6 ch1 spaces. Finish off. Cut yarn.

join b

Join C in first Ch1 space. Ch2 (counts as first dc). In same ch sp work two more dc, ch1, 3dc. First corner made. Ch1. *In next ch1 sp work 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1.* Repeat from * to *. Join with slipstitch to first dc. Hexagon shape formed. 6 corners with ch1 spaces and 6 ch1 space sides made. Finish off. Cut yarn.

join c

Join D in first corner ch1 space. Ch2 (counts as first dc). In same space work 2 dc, ch1, 3dc. First corner made. Ch1. In next ch sp work 3 dc, ch1.* In next corner space work 3 dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1. In next ch sp work 3dc, ch1.* Repeat from * to *. Join with slipstitch to first dc. Finish off. Cut yarn.

Your first motif is complete.

Joining Motifs As You Go for First Row of Afghan.
To add more motifs to your first row complete the above steps for joining colors A through C. Where you join the hexagons together you will be substituting a joining slipstitch for a ch1.

Join hexagons together for first row of afghan as follows:
Join D in first corner ch1 space. Ch2 (counts as first dc). In same space work 2dc. Insert hook from front to back into corner ch1 space on completed hexagon.

cj1

Wrap yarn around hook from left to right, pull loop through corner ch1 space on completed hexagon and loop on hook from incomplete hexagon.

cj2 yarn position

Hexagons are joined. Still working in the same ch1 space as before on the incomplete hexagon, work 3 dc.

complete corner where joined

Insert hook from front to back into next ch1 space on completed hexagon. Join hexagons as detailed above. Work 3 dc in ch1 space on incomplete hexagon.

second join

Insert hook from front to back into next ch 1 space on completed hexagon. Join hexagons. Work 3dc on incomplete hexagon. Insert hook from front to back into corner ch1 space of completed hexagon. Join hexagons. Still working in the same ch1 space as before on the incomplete hexagon, work 3 dc, ch1.

third join

Working only on incomplete hexagon: 3 dc in next ch1 space, ch1. *In corner ch1 sp work 3 dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1. In next ch1 space work 3dc, ch1.* Repeat from * to *. Join with slipstitch to first dc.

Special Stitches
Hdc (half double crochet): Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, pull up loop, yarn over hook, draw through two loops, yarn over hook, insert hook into same stitch, pull up loop, yarn over, draw through two loops, yarn over, draw through last three loops.

Friday I will give details for joining motifs on the second and all following rows.
I am writing up these instructions and will post them on Ravelry in pdf format. They will be free. I just need to complete more of the afghan so my yarn yardage is accurate. My Ravelry name is Slippedstitches.

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