Afghan for Debbie
In November 2011 our Crochet Group started working on a gift for a member of our group. The reason for such a gift was a fire that burned Debbie’s place down to the ground. She lost her grandma in the fire and most of her belongings were gone. We decided to make an afghan for her to help her feel loved. Many of us started working on 6×6 granny squares. We used different patterns and different colors to make it look unique and handmade. Most people contributed 1 – 5 squares, there were some who made as many as 60! It took 5 brains to lay out all squares in a nice pattern. This is what we had by February 2012.
This is the picture of what we did at our Crochet Group during our February meeting. While connecting squares together we were squatting, sitting up, laying down, standing ontop, stepping over, and overlapping all night long.
This is what it looked like at the end of February and after additional 2 hours of connecting the squares.
There are only five of us in this picture, but there were several more people working on this beautiful project.
This is Debbie on the day when we presented her the afghan. We hope it was a little piece of “home” for her.Thank you, dear friends, for doing something for someone somewhere!
These are a couple of patterns of squares we used in our project:
Free pdf download: Cluster Square
Level: Easy to Medium
Materials: Medium weight yarn (4), hook size between 4mm and 5.5 mm.
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Cluster = 3dc connected together on the bottom and on the top. Work in following way:
- yarn over (yo), put hook into designated stitch and pull one yarn out (3 on hook), yo, pull through 2 (2 left on hook),
- yo, put hook into the same stitch and pull one yarn out (4 on hook), yo, pull through 2 (3 left on hook),
- yo, put hook into the same stitch and pull one yarn out (5 on hook), yo, pull through 2 (4 left on hook)
- yo, pull through all 4 (1 left on hook)
To Begin: 16 ch.
Row 1: 1 ch. Turn. 16 sc.
Row 2: 3 ch. Turn. [Cluster, 1 ch] repeat 7 more times. Cluster. (8 clusters in a row)
Row 3-9: same as Row 2.
Row 10: sc around perimeter of the square. Make 3 sc in each corner and about 16 sc on each side.
Free pdf download: Weave Square
Level: Medium to advanced.
Materials: medium weight yarn (4),hook size between 4 mm and 5.5 mm
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
ss = slip stitch
2-ch space = space formed by 2 chains in a row
3-ch space = space formed by 2 chains in a row
To begin: 16 ch. (see image 1)
Row 1: 1ch, turn, [(1sc, 2ch, 4dc) into 1st ch from hook, skip 3ch] repeat 3 times, ss into the last ch.
Row 2 – 7: 4ch, turn, [(1sc, 2ch, 4dc) into 2ch-space from previous row] repeat 3 more times.
Row 8: 4ch, turn, [(1sc, 2ch, 4dc) into 2ch-space from previous row] repeat 3 more times, (3 dc in same 2-ch space to form a corner).
Last row (around the perimeter of the whole square): do not turn; continue to side A (see image 2):
(Side A) 1sc into the top of the dc that sticks out the most to the outside, [3 dc into the indented 2ch-space, 1sc into the top of the dc that sticks out the most to the outside] repeat 2 times, 4dc into the indented 2ch-space, 2 sc into the top dc. Continue on to Side B.
(Side B) [3 sc into 3-ch space, 1 sc into next stitch] repeat 3 more times. Continue on to Side C.
(Side C) 1sc into the 16thch of the Side B, 1sc into the top of the dc that sticks out the most to the outside, [3dc into the indented 2ch-space (next after the dc that sticks out the most to outside), 1sc into the top of the dc that sticks out the most to the outside] repeat 3 times, 4dc into the indented 2ch-space (next after the dc that sticks out the most to outside). Continue on to side D.
(Side D) 1sc into the top of the dc that sticks out the most to the outside, [2dc into the indented 2ch-space of row 8, 1sc into the top of the dc that sticks out the most to the outside] repeat 3 times, ss into a dc of previous row (see image 2).
(Optional additional row: sc around the square, crochet 3sc into each corner stitch.)
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