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Prairie Star Afghan
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Whether you use this Prairie Star Afghan as a blanket or as a wall decoration, it's beautiful. The crochet afghan pattern is challenging enough for advanced crocheters. If you are up for the challenge, then you are in for gorgeous results. In the end, this advanced afghan pattern to crochet will be worth the work. It's old-fashioned and detailed but far from boring, which makes it a fantastic gift for semi-traditionalists. The star pattern that is featured in the center is made using several complementary colors so that it stands out in all its beauty.
AFTER THE FIRST MOTIF, ALL OTHERS ARE JOINED WHILE WORKING RND 3.
Work and join center six CA motifs first, then work outward following diagram.
Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet GaugeMotif measures 4 1/4" x 6 3/4" before joining. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Finished SizeApprox. 54" x 77"
- RED HEART Super Saver: 6 Ounces 378 Claret CA, 11 ounces 303 Painted Desert Print CB, 5 ounces 633 Dark Sage CE, 15 ounces 316 Soft White CF
- RED HEART Fiesta: 14 Ounces 6013 Wheat CC, 7 ounces 6661 Meadow CD
- Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
- Yarn needle
- Diagram (see below)
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Instructions for the 1ST MOTIF:
With CA, ch 4; join with a sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, [sc, hdc, dc, tr, ch 3, tr, dc, hdc] twice all in ring; join with a sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 5, dc in sc, * dc in next 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc) all in ch-3 sp, dc in next 3 sts **, (dc, ch 2, dc) all in next sc; rep from * to **; join to 3rd ch of ch-5.
Rnd 3 (See Note): Ch 3, * (dc, ch 3, dc) all in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, (3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc) all in ch-4 sp, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, skip next dc **, dc in next 2 dc; rep from * to **; dc in last dc; join to top of ch-3. Fasten off.
Instructions for the 2ND MOTIF:
With CA, work Rnds 1 and 2 same as for first motif.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in ch-2 sp; ch 1, with wrong sides together sc in ch-3 sp on first motif, ch 1, dc in same ch-2 sp on 2nd motif, dc in next 2 dc; sc in next ch-1 sp, skip next dc on motif in progress – join made; dc in next 3 dc, join, 3 dc in ch-4 sp, ch 2, sc in ch-5 sp on first motif, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch-4 sp on 2nd motif; complete same as first motif – 1 side joined.
NOTE: Check motif placement carefully. Some motifs will be joined beginning at a ch-5 sp. Some motifs will join a ch-3 sp to a ch-5 sp.
Following diagram, join all motifs in this manner: sc in a corresponding sp of a completed motif (the sc replaces one chain stitch on the motif in progress). Where 3, 4, or 6 points come together, join at points by sc into the sc of a previous joining.
Instructions for the HALF MOTIF:
Ch 4; join with a sl st to form a ring.
Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 1, (sc, hdc, dc, tr, ch 3, tr, dc, hdc, sc) all in ring; do not join; turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in first 4 sts, (3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc) all in ch-3 sp, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in last sc; turn.
Row 3-Joining Row: Ch 3, sc in ch-sp on completed motif, ch 1, dc in first 3 dc, join, dc in next 3 dc, join, 3 dc in ch-4 sp, ch 2, sc in sc of previous joining, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch-4 sp, join to next motif, dc in next 3 dc, join, dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of ch-3, ch 1, sc in ch-sp on completed motif, ch 3, sl st in top of ch-3 of Row 2. Fasten off.
EDGING-Rnd 1: With right side facing, attach CE in any st; ch 1, work 1 rnd sc evenly around, increasing at outer points and decreasing at inner points to keep work flat; join to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, work 1 rnd dc, increasing and decreasing at points as before to keep work flat; join to top of ch-3. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
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