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Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: As usual I have a few new projects I'm working on and one more new Great Grandbaby coming that I'm creating a Blanket for, so, busy, busy. If you have any comments, or questions about my interests (creativity), I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie



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Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Three Way Afghan (Baby, Table Runner, Mats)

By Berta Gilholm

Take one pattern using the same leftover materials and by making it a little smaller or larger create several different gifts for family or friends.  You can make a Table Mat Afghan, a Table Runner Afghan or a Baby Boy/Girl Afghan with the following pattern.

Materials: Leftovers, any color of your choice (A) light (B) dark (C) medium.
(A) 6 skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, Worsted Weight #4 100% acrylic, 2.5 oz/70 g - 121 yds/111mm, 501 Vanilla Twist
(B) 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver, Worsted Weight #4 100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g - 364yds/333mm, 7365 Coffee Café
(C) 1 skein of (very old from 1988) Lee Wards Orlon Sayelle, Worsted Weight #4 100% Orlon, 3.5 oz/99 g - 235yds/333mm, 1069 Dark Williamsburg Blue. Love this color/no longer available.
"For a girl use pink in place of the blue".
Crochet Hook size US J/10, 6mm.
Yarn Needle
Note: The Baby Afghan is worked in three panels which are then joined together to form one piece. Two stripes of open weave stitches are created in each panel with skip stitches for weaving in chain stripes vertically, then a border is worked around the whole joined piece to finish. The Table Runner is just one single panel from the Baby Afghan and the Mat is ½ of a panel with border.
Weave in ends as work progresses. Ch 2L counts as first stitch of row unless otherwise indicated.
Approximate Finished Size:  Sizes are approximate.
Baby Afghan = 40 inches wide x 45 inches Long.
Afghan Runner = 13 inches wide x 30 inches long.
Afghan Mat = 13 inches wide  x  15 ½ inches long.
Abbreviations: Ch = chain, Ch 2L = chain 2 loosely, Dc = double crochet, FO = fasten off, Jwslst = join with slip stitch in top of beginning stitch of current row,  Rnd = round, Sc = single crochet, Slst = slip stitch, St = stitch Yo = yarn over.
Special stitch and Instructions:
Dc2t = double crochet two stitches together - Yo, go through next st, yo, pull up a loop, go through next st, yo pull up a loop, yo pull through 3 loops on hook, yo pull through last 2 loops on hook.  
Color Code = (A) Vanilla Twist (B) Coffee (C) Williamsburg Blue
Instruction/Baby Afghan:
Panel:  Make 3.
With (A) Ch 31,
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across, turn (30 sc)
Row 2 through Row 4: Ch 2 L, dc in next st and in each st across, turn (30 dc)
Row 5: Ch 2 L, 1 dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc in each of next 10 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, turn (26 dc + 4 ch spaces)
Row 6: Ch 2 L, 1 dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 1, skip next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next ch, 1 dc in each of next 10 dc, ch 1, skip next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next ch, 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, turn, (26 dc + 4 ch spaces)
Row 7 through Row 54 : Repeat Row 6,
Row 55 through Row 57: Ch 2 L, dc in next st and in each st across including ch spaces, turn (30 dc)
Row 58: Ch 1, Sc in each dc across, FO and weave in ends (30 sc)
Panel Border:
Join (B) in any short end corner,
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space(corner made), *(1 dc in each of next 28 st), **((2 dc , ch 1, 2 dc) in next st (corner made)); ***(working down long side - "4 dc evenly spaced in next 2 row ends",  Dc2t in next row end", Repeat from " to " all the way down side to last 4 row end st's - 1dc in next 3 st), Repeat ** for corner,  Repeat * for other short end, Repeat ** for corner, Repeat *** for long side, jwslst, FO (B) (258 dc + 4 corner sp) 
Join (C) in any ch 1 sp of short end corner,
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space(corner made), *1 dc in each dc across to next corner, (2 dc , ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp (corner made), Repeat from * 2 times, 1 dc in each dc across to corner,  jwslst, FO (C) (268 dc + 4 corner sp) 
Join (B) in any ch 1 sp of short end corner,
Rnd 3: Repeat pattern for Rnd 2, FO (B) (278 dc + 4 corner sp) 
Join panels together vertically using (B) and a whip stitch, FO weave in ends.
Afghan Top & Bottom Borders:
Top:
Join (A) in first dc after ch sp in the corner of one end (working across the 3 joined panels horizontally),
Row 1: Ch 3, 1 dc in next 37 dc, *1 trc in next 2 joined seam stitches,1 dc in next  37 dc, Repeat from * one more time, FO (A) (111 dc + 4 trc)  Turn,
Row 2: Join (B) in last st, Ch 3, 1 dc in next 114 stitches across, FO (B) (115 dc)  Turn,
Row 3: Join (C) in last st, Ch 3, 1 dc in next 114 stitches across, FO (C) (115 dc)  Turn,
For Rows 4 through 7: Repeat  Row 3 with the following colors - (4) B (5) A (6) B (7) C
Row 8:  Join B in last st, Ch 3, 1 dc in next 114 stitches across, turn (115 dc)
Row 9: Ch 1, 1 sc in next 114 dc, FO weave in ends
Bottom:
Using the same color sequence, Repeat Rows 1 through Row 5 of Top then repeat Row 8 and Row 9 of Top, FO weave in ends.

Instructions/AfghanTable Runner: 

(Make 1)
Make 1 Panel of the Baby Afghan including panel border, weave in ends.
You can do 1 more repeat of round3 using the border panel but, change the stitch to chain 1 and  single crochet.

Instructions/AfghanTable Mat: (Make 4)
Using the Panel pattern from the Baby Afghan as follows:
With (A) Ch 31,
Row 1 through Row 26:  Repeat Row 1 through Row 26 of  Afghan Baby Panel.
Row 27 through Row 29: Ch 2 L, dc in next st and in each st across including ch spaces, turn (30 dc)
Row 30: Ch 1, Sc in each dc across, FO and weave in ends (30 sc)

Mat Panel Border:
Basically the same as panel border except much shorter.
Join (B) in any short end corner,
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space(corner made), *(1 dc in each of next 28 st), **((2 dc , ch 1, 2 dc) in next st (corner made)); ***(working down long side - "4 dc evenly spaced in next 2 row ends",  Dc2t in next row end", Repeat from " to " all the way down side to last 4 row end st's - 1dc in next 4 st), Repeat ** for corner,  Repeat * for other short end, Repeat ** for corner, Repeat *** for second long side, jwslst, FO (B)  
Join (C) in any ch 1 sp of short end corner,
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same space(corner made), *1 dc in each dc across to next corner, (2 dc , ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp (corner made), Repeat from * 2 times, 1 dc in each dc across to corner,  jwslst, FO (C)   
Join (B) in any ch 1 sp of short end corner,
Rnd 3: Repeat pattern for Rnd 2, FO and weave in ends.

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