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The colors in this Dublin Country Throw are spot on for the Irish countryside. The free crochet afghan pattern is written for intermediate crocheters.

Intermediate

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

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

Materials:

  • One size US H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle
  • Naturally Caron.com Country (75% microdenier acrylic/25% merino wool; 3 oz/85 g, 185 yds/169 m skein): 9 oz (A), 15 oz (B), 9 oz (C), Shown in: #0020 Loden Forest (A); #0014 Deep Purple (B); #0019 Vicuna (C)
  • Patterm Diagram

 

 

Dublin Afghan 2  Dublin Afgan 3  Dublin Afghan 4

Instructions:

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Throw measures approximately 45"/114 cm wide x 64"/162.5 cm long

GAUGE
In basket weave pattern (as established), using H-8 (5 mm) hook, 12 sts and 7 rows = 4"/10 cm.

In shell pattern, using H-8 (5 mm) hook, post and shell panel = 6 1/2"/16.5cm wide, shell panel = 5 3/4"/14.5 cm wide

STITCHES USED
Chain (ch), double crochet (dc), single crochet (sc)

SPECIAL TERMS

FPtr: Front-post treble crochet: Yarn over twice, insert hook from right-hand side of stitch to WS of piece, return to RS at left-hand side of stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up loop, complete as tr.

BPtr: Back-post treble crochet: Yarn over twice, insert hook from right-hand side of stitch to RS of piece, return to WS at left-hand side of stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up loop, complete as tr.

shell: 5 dc in indicated space.

BASKETWEAVE PANEL (make 4)

With A, chain 12.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—11 sc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, FPtr around next 3 sts, BPtr around next 3 sts, FPtr around next 3 sts, dc in last st, turn—2 dc, 6 FPtr, and 3 BPtr.

Row 4: Ch 3, BPtr around next 3 sts, FPtr around next 3 sts, BPtr around next 3 sts, dc in last st, turn—2 dc, 3 FPtr, and 6 BPtr.

Rows 5 and 6: Repeat Row 3 twice.

Row 7: Repeat Row 4.

Row 8: Repeat Row 3.

Rows 9–98: Repeat Rows 3–8 fifteen times.

Rows 99–101: Repeat Rows 3–5.

Row 102: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 103: Ch 1, sc in each st across, do not turn.


Side Edging

Row 1: Pivot to work along side edge, work around posts of last st of each row; sc in end of each sc row, 2 sc in end of each dc row across—203 sc. Fasten off.

Join A with sc in edge of first row on opposite side edge, repeat Row 1 along opposite side edge. Fasten off.

 

POST AND SHELL PANEL (make 3)

With B, chain 24.

Row 1 (RS): Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across—23 sc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in next st, skip next 3 sts, shell in next st, ch 2, skip next 3 sts, dc in next 5 sts, skip next 3 sts, shell in next st, ch 2, skip next 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn—9 dc, and 2 shells.

Row 3: Ch 3, FPtr around next st, shell in first st of next shell, ch 2, skip next 4 sts, dc in next st, FPtr around next 3 sts, dc in next st, shell in first st of next shell, ch 2, skip next 4 sts, FPtr around next st, dc in last st, turn—4 dc, 5 FPtr, and 2 shells.

Row 4: Ch 3, BPtr around next st, shell in first st of next shell, ch 2, skip next 4 sts, dc in next st, BPtr around next 3 sts, dc in next st, shell in first st of next shell, ch 2, skip next 4 sts, BPtr around next st, dc in last st, turn—4 dc, 5 BPtr, and 2 shells.

Rows 5–100: Repeat Rows 3 and 4.

Row 101: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, ch 3, sc in center st of next shell, ch 3, skip remaining sts of shell, sc in next 5 sts, ch 3, sc in center st of next shell, skip remaining sts of shell, ch 3, sc in last 2 sts, turn—11 sc, and 4 ch-3 spaces.

Row 102: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next st, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next 5 sts, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next st, sc in next 3 ch, sc in last 2 sts, do not turn—23 sc.

Side Edging
Work as for basket weave panel side edging.

 

SHELL PANEL (make 2)

With C, chain 18.

Row 1 (RS): Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch across—17 sc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in next 4 sts, skip next 3 sts, shell in next st, ch 2, skip next 3 sts, dc in next 5 sts, turn—10 dc, and 1 shell.

Row 3: Ch 3, FPtr around next 3 sts, dc in next st, shell in first st of next shell, ch 2, skip next 4 sts, dc in next st, FPtr around next 3 sts, dc in last st, turn—4 dc, 6 FPtr, and 1 shell.

Row 4: Ch 3, BPtr around next 3 sts, dc in next st, shell in first st of next shell, ch 2, skip next 4 sts, dc in next st, BPtr around next 3 sts, dc in last st, turn—4 dc, 6 BPtr, and 1 shell.

Rows 5–100: Repeat Rows 3 and 4.

Row 101: Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, ch 3, sc in center st of next shell, ch 3, sc in last 5 sts, turn—11 sc, and 2 ch-3 spaces.

Row 102: Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next st, sc in next 3 ch, sc in last 5 sts, do not turn—17 sc.

Side Edging
Work as for basket weave panel side edging.

FINISHING
Arrange panels according to assembly diagram. Using yarn needle, whipstitch panels together through back loops only. Using yarn needle, weave in all remaining ends.

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