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With its dizzying geometric shapes and bold color scheme, this Sundsvall Throw and Pillow are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd. Check out this free crochet afghan pattern to learn how to put together a lap quilt that's perfect for curling up with a book or for staying snug while watching TV. This tutorial comes with a bonus pattern for a matching throw pillow, so you'll be comfortable and stylish at the same time. This set makes a great going away present for grads, too.

Intermediate

Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • NaturallyCaron (75% Microdenier Acrylic/25% Merino Wool): 15 oz (A), 18 oz (B), 12 oz (C)
    • Shown in: #0012 Foliage (A); #0022 Plum Pudding (B); #0018 Spice House (C)
  • US I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge
  • 14 x 14"/35.5 x 35.5cm pillow form
  • Yarn needle
  • Assembly diagram


Size: Throw – 48"/122cm wide x 48"/122cm long; pillow – 16"/40.5cm wide x 16"/40.5cm long, including border

Gauge: In Ldc Cluster Pattern, 15 sts and 13 rows = 4"/10cm.

Note: For gauge swatch, designer recommends working one small block, including edging. Block should measure 7 1/2 x 7 1/2"/19 x 19cm when blocked.

Stitches Used: Chain (ch), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), reverse single crochet (rev sc), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st)

Special Terms:

Ldc: Long double crochet—Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch 2 or 3 rows below, yarn over and draw up a loop (to current row height), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice. Do not work into the corresponding chain in the current working row.

Ldc Cluster Pattern (multiple of 4 sts + 2)
Row 1 (RS):
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, sk next 3 ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in next ch; working over next ch, Ldc in foundation ch directly below; dc in next ch, *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next ch; working over next ch, Ldc in foundation ch directly below; dc in next ch; repeat from * across to last st, hdc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, sk next st, *sc in next Ldc, ch 3; repeat from * across to last Ldc, sc in last Ldc, ch 1, sc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Ch 2, dc in next ch, ch 1, sk next sc, *dc in next ch; working over chs of previous rows, Ldc in sc 3 rows below; dc in next ch, ch 1, sk next sc; repeat from * across to last ch-1 sp, dc in next ch, hdc in last sc, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 3, sc in next Ldc; repeat from * across, ch 3, sc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 6: Ch 2, dc in next ch; working over chs of previous rows, Ldc in sc 3 rows below; dc in next ch, *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next ch; working over chs of previous rows, Ldc in sc 3 rows below; dc in next ch; repeat from * across to last st, hdc in last st, turn.
Repeat Rows 3–6 for Ldc Cluster Pattern.
 

Notes:
1. Throw is made of large blocks (15"/38cm square) and small blocks (7 1/2"/19cm square). Blocks are arranged as shown in assembly diagram, and sewn together.
2. To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over; yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook. Do not fasten off old color; carry unused colors along side edge. Proceed with new color.
3. Throw and pillow are worked in rows changing colors as specified in color sequence.

Color Sequence: *Work 2 rows with A, 2 rows with B, 2 rows with C; repeat from * as needed.

Instructions:

Throw

Large Block (make 5)
With A, ch 50.
Row 1 (RS): With A, work Row 1 of Ldc Cluster Pattern and change to B in last st—13 sc, and 12 ch-3 sps.
Row 2: With B, work Row 2 of Ldc Cluster Pattern—38 sts, and 11 ch-1 sps.
Row 3: With B, work Row 3 of Ldc Cluster Pattern and change to C in last st—14 sc, 2 ch-1 sps, and 11 ch-3 sps.
Row 4: With C, work Row 4 of Ldc Cluster Pattern—37 sts, and 12 ch-1 sps.
Row 5: With C, work Row 5 of Ldc Cluster Pattern and change to A in last st—13 sc, and 12 ch-3 sps.
Row 6: With A, work Row 6 of Ldc Cluster Pattern—38 sts, and 11 ch-1 sps.
Rows 7–41: Repeat Rows 3–6 eight times, then repeat Rows 3–5, and continue to change color as in Color Sequence (working 2 rows of each color)
Row 42: With A, ch 1, sc in first sc, *sc in next ch; working over chs of previous rows, work long dc in sc 3 rows below, sc in next ch, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, turn—49 sts. Fasten off B and C. Do not fasten off A.

Edging

Note: Edging rounds are not joined, work in a continuous spiral.

Round 1: With A, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in first st, sc in each st across to last st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in last st; working in ends of rows, evenly space 47 sc across side edge; working across opposite side of foundation ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in first ch, sc in each ch across to last ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in last ch; working in ends of rows, evenly space 47 sc across remaining side edge.
Rounds 2 and 3: Sc in each sc around, working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner ch-2 sp, and change to B in last st of Round 3.
Round 4: With B, repeat Round 2 and change to C in last st.
Round 5: With C, sc in each sc around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner ch-2 sp. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Small Block (16)

With A, ch 22.
Row 1 (RS): With A, work Row 1 of Ldc Cluster Pattern and change to B in last st—6 sc, and 5 ch-3 sps.
Row 2: With B, work Row 2 of Ldc Cluster Pattern—17 sts, and 4 ch-1 sps.
Row 3: With B, work Row 3 of Ldc Cluster Pattern and change to C in last st—7 sc, 2 ch-1 sps, and 4 ch-3 sps.
Row 4: With C, work Row 4 of Ldc Cluster Pattern—16 sts, and 5 ch-1 sps.
Row 5: With C, work Row 5 of Ldc Cluster Pattern and change to A in last st—6 sc, and 5 ch-3 sps.
Row 6: With A, work Row 6 of Ldc Cluster Pattern—17 sts, and 4 ch-1 sps.
Rows 7–19: Repeat Rows 3–6 three times, then repeat Row 3, and continue to change color as in Color Sequence (working 2 rows of each color)
Row 20: With B, ch 1, sc in first sc, *sc in next ch; working over chs of previous rows, work long dc in sc 3 rows below, sc in next ch, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, turn—21 sts. Fasten off B and C. Do not fasten off A.

Edging

Note: Edging rounds are not joined, work in a continuous spiral.

Round 1: Draw A through first st on Row 20, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same st, sc in each st across to last st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in last st; working in ends of rows, evenly space 19 sc across side edge; working across opposite side of foundation ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in first ch, sc in each ch across to last ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in last ch; working in ends of rows, evenly space 19 sc across remaining side edge and change to B in last st.
Round 2: With B, sc in each sc around, working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner ch-2 sp, and change to C in last st.
Round 3: With C, sc in each sc around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner ch-2 sp. Fasten off leaving a long tail forsewing.

Finishing

Block pieces to measurements. Arrange square as shown in assembly diagram. Sewing through back loops only, sew the
squares together.

Border

Round 1: With RS facing, join B with sc in any corner hdc, (hdc, sc) in same st, sc in each sc around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner hdc.
Rounds 2 and 3: Sc in each sc around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner hdc, change to C in last st of Round 3.
Round 4: Ch 1, rev sc in each st around. Fasten off.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

Pillow

Front

Work as for large block of throw, through Round 1 of Edging only. Fasten off.


Back Panels

With B, ch 50.
Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—49 sts.
Rows 2–51: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Fasten off.

Edging

Overlap the panels by 6"/15cm and pin to hold. Working through both thicknesses of overlap area as needed, join B with sc in any corner, (ch 2, sc) in same corner, evenly space 47 sc across each side, working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner. Fasten off.

Finishing

Block pieces to measure 13 1/2 x 13 1/2"/34.5 x 34.5cm.
Round 1: With WS of front and back together, match edging sts; working through both thicknesses, join A with sc in any corner ch-2 sp, (hdc, sc) in same ch-sp, sc in each st around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner ch-2 sp.
Round 2: Sc in each sc around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner hdc
Round 3: Sc in each sc around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner hdc; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Round 4: Join B with sc in any hdc, (hdc, sc) in same st, sc in each sc around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner hdc; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Round 5: Join C with sl st in center of any edge, ch 1, rev sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Insert pillow form through slit at back panel overlap.
 

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