Tranquil Garden Afghan Square
This afghan square is the last in a series of three used in the Rosary Hill Blanket CAL & Charity Project. Crochet a beautiful blanket for yourself and give back to those less fortunate by donating a square or two to the Rosary Hill Blanket Charity Project!
Here’s how it will work:
The Free CAL Part:
- The CAL/CHARITY project will run over a 4 week period starting 6/3/2016 and you can read about it HERE.
- Click HERE to join the Rosary Hill CAL Facebook Event to be sure and get all the details and news on the CAL.
- The first 3 Fridays, 6/3, 6/10 and 6/17, I will release a new free pattern for a 12″ afghan square.
- The 4th week, 6/24, will be a lesson in how to join the squares and add the border.
The Giving Part:
- The pattern is yours to keep with no obligation, of course, but in the spirit of giving I ask that you consider making 2 squares and donating them to the Rosary Hill Blanket Project.
- If you participate in the donation, you will automatically be entered into a Grand Prize Giveaway, which will include yarn from our generous sponsor Red Heart Yarns and a mystery goodie!
Each blanket uses 12 white squares and 6 each of the green and wine. Because the nuns would like the blankets to be uniform, all squares must be made using Red Heart Soft yarn in the colorway for that week’s square ( Week 1= white; Week 2=wine; Week 3= dark leaf). One skein of yarn will make two squares but feel free to make as many as you like!
Mail the squares to the designated address (available in the Facebook Event), to be received no later than July 15th to qualify for the Grand Prize Drawing, but of course, you are welcome to continue to donate squares after that too. The more squares we receive, the more blankets we make!
The squares will be assembled and lovingly joined, and bordered by a small team of “angels” who have volunteered to help out and the blankets will be delivered to the hospice in time for the 2016 Christmas season.
Now for the pattern!
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Tranquil Garden Afghan Square Instructions
Red Heart Soft ~ 125 yards
Clover Amour Hook USI/5.5mm
Check gauge as you complete rounds
Size: Approximately 11-12” square
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
YO: yarn over
Beginning Cluster Stitch (beg CLst): ch2, *YO, insert hook in designated stitch or space, YO, pull loop through, YO, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * once (3 loops on hook); YO pull through all loops.
Cluster Stitch (CLst): *YO, insert hook in designated stitch or space, YO, pull loop through, YO, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * 2 more times (4 loops on hook); YO pull through all loops.
Popcorn St: Work 4 dc in indicated st, drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back through top of first st made, place dropped loop on hook and pull through st (4dc will pop forward and create the “popcorn” effect).
- Weave ends as you work.
- Ch2 at beginning of round does NOT count as stitch.
- Stitch counts in ( ) at end of round.
- When a number precedes a stitch, complete that number of stitches in the next stitch. Example: 3hdc means work 3hdc in the next stitch.
- Join each round with sl st to first st of the round.
Round 1: Ch4, sl st to first ch to form loop, ch2, 16dc in center of loop, join. (16)
Round 2: Ch2, Popcorn St in same st, 2dc in next st, [Popcorn St in next st, 2dc in next st] repeat around, join. (8 Popcorn sts, 16 dc)
Round 3: Ch2, 2dc in same st, dc in next st, [2dc in next st, dc in next st] repeat around, join. (36)
Round 4: Ch2, 2dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, [2dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join. (48)
~Gauge check: approximately 4 ¼” diameter at this point~
Round 5: Ch2, Popcorn St in same st, 2dc in next st, dc in next st, [Popcorn St in next st, 2dc in next st, dc in next st] repeat around, join. (16 Popcorn sts, 48 dc)
Round 6: Ch1, starting in first st, *[hdc, ch4, hdc] in same st, [ch3, skip 3, sc in next st] 3 times, ch3, skip 3 *, repeat between * to end, join.
Round 7: Sl st into next ch4 (corner) space, [beg CLst, ch4, CLst] in same corner, ch1; [5dc in next ch3 space] 4 times, ch1, *[CLst, ch4, CLst] in next corner, ch1, [5dc in next ch3 space] 4 times, ch1* repeat between * 2 more times, join to beg cluster. (20 dc on each side + 4 corners)
~Gauge check: approximately 6 ½” diameter at this point~
Rounds 8 to 10: Sl st into next corner, [beg CLst, ch4, CLst] in same corner space, ch1, 2dc in next ch1 space, dc in each dc, 2 dc in next ch1 space, ch1, *[CLst, ch4, CLst] in next corner, ch1, 2dc in next ch1 space, dc in each dc, 2 dc in next ch1 space, ch1* repeat between * 2 more times, join to beg cluster. (32 dc on each side + 4 corners after last repeat)
~Gauge check: approximately 10” diameter at this point~
Round 11: Sl st into next corner, ch3 (counts as dc), work 6 more dc in same corner, 2dc in ch1 space, dc in each dc, 2dc in next ch1 space, * work 7dc in next corner, 2dc in ch1 space, dc in each dc, 2dc in next ch1 space *, repeat between *2 more times, join. Fasten off. (36 dc on each side + 7 in each corner)
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Hello, I’m working on the last square for this beautiful afghan. I’m struggling with row 8. I’m trying to get 32 dc but I cannot understand how this is possible with 20 dc and 5 ch 1 spaces (I end up with 30). Please advise, thank you very much.
You will be increasing 4 stitches by crocheting 2 dc into the ch1 space on either side of each corner. This is done over three rounds, so round 7 = 20, round 8 = 24, round 9 = 28 and round 10 = 32
Hope that helps.
Gail P says
Can send squares in before week 4?
Absolutely! You can send them at any time.