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Friday, September 24, 2010

Easy Single Crochet Afghan ~ Written Pattern

In my previous post, I shared with you a video tutorial on making this very easy single crochet 'in the rectangle' afghan which is the perfect design to use when you have some yarn to use up, but you're not sure you have enough for a particular pattern. With this pattern, you just crochet until your yarn is all used up and you're done. You end up with something the size of a doll blanket, a baby blanket, a lap blanket, or a full size cozy afghan. But you never have to worry about being short of yarn to finish a set of pattern stitches or even to finish the last row.

So today I'm sharing the written pattern for this afghan because I know that most people don't carry around video tutorials in their project bags. Although these days, I suppose with the technology available, that is entirely possible! I'm just not that connected!

So here it is:


Single Crochet in the Rectangle Afghan Pattern
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  • Chain (ch) 20
  • 2 single crochet (sc) in 2nd ch from hook
  • 1 sc in back loop of each ch to last ch
  • 5 sc in back loop of last ch – count back 5 stitches from hook and place marker, then count back 2 stitches from hook and place marker
  • 1 sc in same space as each previous sc back to the beginning
  • 2 sc in same space as first 2 sc
Working in back loop only for remainder of project:
  • 2 sc in each of next 2 stitches – count back 5 stitches from hook and place marker, then count back 2 stitches from hook and place marker
  • * 1 sc in each stitch to marker
  • 2 sc in marked stitch – move marker to stitch just made
  • 2 sc in next stitch *
  • Repeat from * to * until afghan is as big as you want or until you run out of yarn.
Watching, or working along with, the video tutorial once before trying to follow the written pattern may prove helpful to beginner and seasoned crocheters alike.

You will see in the video that I use locking stitch markers. These are available at any yarn shop or craft store that carries knitting and crochet supplies such as your local Michael's or AC Moore or similar stores. I also use them on my lace knitting which you can see HERE. I find them to be the best kind of marker for crocheting because they open and close which makes it possible to attach them directly to a stitch, unlike the closed circular markers for knitting which can only be slid on and off the needles. You don't have to use this kind of marker though. You can use any other type of marker that can open and close, or even just a scrap of yarn in a different color, or a paper clip or safety pin. But if you have the chance to make a purchase at a craft shop that carries the locking stitch markers, and you also have a good coupon to use, purchasing a package of these handy helpers would be a good investment in your knitting and crochet tool collection. These would also make a nice stocking stuffer for the budding crocheter or knitter in your family! Just a thought.

A few projects are in the works here at Hooked On Needles. The pink and purple afghan I was working on last week on election day is just about ready to be pieced together. My prize for the Fall into Fall Giveaway which starts October 1st is complete and I am in the process of writing up the pattern for it which will also be made available on the same date. I have signed up for a few fun Christmas swaps which you may have noticed on my sidebar, plus another which is not on my sidebar. So I am keeping myself plenty busy while my little ones are in school. I hope your fall season is shaping up to be productive and enjoyable too!

Happy Stitching!

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1 Comments:

  • Hi Mary Grace!

    I tried this and I can't believe I fell right into it after not picking up a crochet hook for at least a decade. I'm making it out of the most awful green yarn - I had started knitting a sweater with it, what was I thinking! I'll post it soon.

    By Blogger Cynthia Gilbreth, At September 27, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

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