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Bars and Stripes Free Crochet Pattern

Get a modern look in your home with this Bars and Stripes Free Crochet Pattern. With blocks of color and a beautiful border, this throw is sure to become a household favorite in no time. This crochet afghan pattern is far from boring. With stripes of various colors making up the main portion of the blanket, a unique and equally colorful shell stitch border adds an unexpected twist to an otherwise classic afghan. Use this crochet pattern as an opportunity to let your true colors shine by choosing your favorite shades to adorn this wonderful throw!

Intermediate

Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

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

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 2 skeins 400 Grey Heather A, 1 skein each 624 Tea Leaf B, 774 Light Raspberry C, 885 Delft Blue D, 505 Aruba Sea E, 726 Coral F, and 3950 Charcoal G
  • Crochet hook: 6mm [J-10 US]
  • Yarn needle

Size: Throw measures 56½” long x 45” wide (143.5 x 114.5 cm)

Gauge: GAUGE: 8 sc and 8 ch-1 spaces = 4” (10 cm) in pattern; Rows 1–7 = 2¼” (5.5 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Abbreviations: A , B , C = Color A, Color B, Color C, etc.; ch = chain; dc = double crochet; sc = single crochet; sp(s) = space(s); st(s) = stitch(es); ( ) = work directions in parentheses into same st; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.

Special Stitches: lg shell (large shell) = 7 dc in indicated stitch or space. sm shell (small shell) = 5 dc in indicated stitch or space.

Notes:

  1. Five strips of 27 bars are worked in rows from bottom to top of throw.
  2. Strips 2–5 are joined as you go to strips 1–4. Join odd numbered rows with slip st in the last sc of the corresponding row in the previously made strip.
  3. 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 to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Cut old color.
  4. Border is worked in joined rounds.
  5. To minimize weaving in, work over ends as you stitch.

THROW:

STRIP 1:

First Bar With A , ch 30.

Row 1 (right side): Working in back bars, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across, turn—15 sc and 14 ch-1 spaces.

Rows 2–7: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, skip next ch-1 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, turn. Change to B in last st of Row 7.

Rows 8–167: Repeat Row 2 and change color as in the following color sequence: *Work 5 rows with B , 7 rows with C , 5 rows with B , 7 rows with A , 7 rows with B , 5 rows with D , 7 rows with E , 5 rows with D , 7 rows with A , 7 rows with F; repeat from * once, 5 rows with B , 7 rows with C , 5 rows with B , 7 rows with A , 7 rows with B , 5 rows with D . Fasten off.

STRIPS 2 and 4:

First Bar With right side facing, join E with slip st to last ch of foundation row of previously made strip, ch 31.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * to last ch, ch 1, skip last ch; join with slip st in first sc of corresponding row of previously made strip, turn—15 sc and 14 ch-1 spaces. Bars and Stripes Free Crochet Pattern

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, skip next ch-1 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, skip next ch-1 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * to last ch, ch 1, skip last ch; join with slip st in first sc of corresponding row of previously made strip, turn.

Rows 4–7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice. Change to A in last st of Row 7.

Rows 8–167: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 and change color as in the following color sequence: *Work 5 rows with A , 7 rows with D , 5 rows with A , 7 rows with E , 7 rows with F , 5 rows with A , 7 rows with C , 5 rows with A , 7 rows with B , 7 rows with D ; repeat from * once, 5 rows with A , 7 rows bar with D , 5 rows with A , 7 rows with E , 7 rows with F , 5 rows with A . Fasten off.

STRIPS 3 and 5:

First Bar With right side facing, join A with slip st to last ch of foundation row of previously made strip, ch 31.

Rows 1–7: Work same as Rows 1–7 of Strip 2.

Rows 8-167: Work same as Next Bars of Strip 1.

Note: At the end of Strip 5, you should have 73 sc and 72 ch-1 spaces across and 167 rows.

 

BORDER:

With right side facing, join A with sc in 7th st of last row.

Round 1 (right side): *Ch 1, skip next ch-1 space, sc in next sc; repeat from * across; working across ends of rows of first side, (ch 2, sc in first row), **ch 1, skip next row, sc in next row**; repeat from ** to ** across; working across opposite side of foundation ch, (ch 2, sc) in first ch, ***ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from *** across; working across ends of rows of 2nd side, (ch 2, sc in first row), repeat from ** to ** across; (ch 2, sc) in first st of last row, ch 1; join with slip st in first sc, turn—314 sc, 310 ch-1 spaces, and 4 ch-2 sps.

Rounds 2–4: Ch 1, skip first sc, sc in next ch-1 space, [*ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to next ch-2 space, ch 1, skip next sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 space (corner made)] 4 times; **ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from ** to first sc; join with slip st to first sc, turn— 326 sc, 322 ch-1 sps, and 4 ch-2 sps. Fasten off.

Round 5: With right side and top of throw facing, join C with sc in 9th sc following first ch-2 space, [*skip next ch-1 space, sc, and ch-1 space, lg shell in next sc, skip next ch-1 space, sc, and ch-1 space, sc in next sc*; repeat from * to * to last ch-1 space and sc before next ch-2 space, skip next ch-1 space, sc in next sc, lg shell in next ch-2 space (corner shell made), sc in next sc, repeat from * to * to last ch-1 space and sc before next ch-2 space, skip last ch-1 space and sc, lg shell in next ch-2 space (corner shell made), skip next sc] twice; repeat from * to * once, ch 1; join with slip st in first sc—86 lg shells and 86 sc. Fasten off.

Round 6: With wrong side facing, join A with sc in center dc of first lg shell following any corner shell, [*ch 1, sm shell in next sc, ch 1, sc in center dc of next lg shell; repeat from * to last sc before next corner shell, ch 1, sm shell in last sc, ch 1, (skip first dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, sm shell in next dc (corner shell made), ch 1, skip next dc, sc in next dc, skip last dc) in next corner shell] 4 times, ch 1, sm shell in next sc, ch 1; join with slip st to first sc—90 sm shells and 90 sc. Fasten off.

Round 7: With right side facing, join B with sc in center dc of first sm shell following any corner shell, [*lg shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next sm shell; repeat from * to next corner shell, (sc in first dc, skip next dc, lg shell in next dc, skip next dc, sc in last dc) in next corner shell] 4 times; join with slip st in first sc—94 lg shells and 94 sc. Fasten off.

Round 8: With right side facing, join F with sc in any sc, *ch 3, (sc, ch 3, sc) in center dc of next shell, ch 3, sc in next sc; repeat from * around, ch 3; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING: Weave in ends. Block if necessary.

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This Bars and Stripes Free Crochet Afghan looks elegant in contrasting and symmetrical stripes. The pattern looks complicated but as you study the details closely, you will realize that it's manageable and can be accomplished with much patience and attention to detail. You can substitute the colors with your choice of colors. It's a challenge to do this project. Can't wait to prove to myself that I can do this. Thanks for the free pattern.

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