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The Cosmic Dorm Crochet Throw is a super snuggly crochet afghan pattern perfect for that college-bound teen in your life. Work it up just in time for graduation so she'll have something homemade to bring with her. This is an easy crochet afghan pattern worked up in fun Zaps yarn. Zaps is a solid colored yarn combined with a strand of a contrasting color. She'll not only love the color scheme and the crochet design, but she'll love bringing a piece of you with her.
Crochet HookP/16 or 11.5 mm hook
Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)
Finished Size: 40 x 54 in. (102 x 137 cm)
- 757-109 Zaps: Atomic Blue 2 balls Note: (A)
- 757-152 Zaps: Jet Setter 3 balls Note: (B)
- 757-149 Zaps: Lightning 2 balls Note: (C)
- 757-110 Zaps: Supersonic 2 balls Note: (D)
- 757-147 Zaps: Sonic Purple 3 balls Note: (E)
- Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size P-15 (10 mm)
- Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
1 ripple = about 7 1/2 in. (19 cm), measured from peak to peak.
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
- Throw is worked in a ripple crochet pattern. The ripple pattern is easy to do, but it's important to remember that you may need to work several rows before the ripple pattern becomes clear.
- The ripple pattern consists of alternating 3-st “peaks” and skipped st “valleys”. Take care to keep the peaks and valleys of each row aligned. 3 sts are worked into the center st of peaks, and sts are skipped over valleys.
- When working a crochet ripple, your piece may not lay flat until you've worked a few rows.
- To change color, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete the st. Fasten off old color. Proceed with new color.
- With A, ch 87.
- Row 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sc in next 7 ch, sk next 2 ch, sc in next 7 ch, 3 sc in next ch; rep from * to last 17 ch, sc in next 7 ch, sk next 2 ch, sc in next 7 ch, 2 sc in last ch – 5 ripples.
- Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next 7 sc, sk next 2 sc, sc in next 7 sc, 3 sc in next sc; rep from * to last 17 sts, sc in next 7 sc, sk next 2 sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in last st; changing to B in last st.
- Row 3: With B, rep Row 2.
- Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc in this row and in all following rows), turn, dc in first sc, *dc in next 7 sc, sk next 2 sc, dc in next 7 sc, 3 dc in next sc; rep from * to last 17 sts, dc in next 7 sc, sk next 2 sc, dc in next 7 sc, 2 dc in last sc.
- Row 5: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first dc, *sc in next 7 dc, sk next 2 dc, sc in next 7 dc, 3 sc in next dc; rep from * to last 17 sts, sc in next 7 dc, sk next 2 dc, sc in next 7 dc, 2 sc in last dc.
- Row 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc in this row and in all following rows), turn, dc in first sc, *dc in next 7 sc, sk next 2 sc, dc in next 7 sc, 3 dc in next sc; rep from * to last 17 sts, dc in next 7 sc, sk next 2 sc, dc in next 7 sc, 2 dc in last sc, changing to C in last st.
- Rows 7 and 8: With C, rep Rows 5 and 6, changing to D in last st of Row 8.
- Rows 9 and 10: With D, rep Rows 5 and 6, changing to E in last st of Row 10.
- Rows 11-14: With E, rep Rows 5 and 6, changing to A in last st of Row 14.
- Row 15: With A, Rep Row 5.
- Row 16: With A, rep Row 3, changing to B in last st.
- Rows 17 and 18: With B, rep Rows 3 and 4, changing to C in last st of Row 18.
- Rows 19 and 20: With C, rep Rows 5 and 6 changing to D in last st of Row 20.
- Rows 21 and 22: With D, rep Rows 5 and 6, changing to E in last st of Row 22.
- Rows 23 and 24: With E, rep Rows 5 and 6, changing to A in last st of Row 24.
- Rows 25 and 26: With A, rep Rows 15 and 16, changing to B in last st of Row 26.
- Rows 27-50: With B, rep Rows 3-26, changing to B in last st of Row 50.
- Rows 51-64: Rep Rows 3-16.
- Fasten off.
- From RS, join A with sl st at corner, ready to work across one long side edge of Throw.
- Row 1: Ch 1, work 87 sc evenly spaced across side edge.
- Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
- Fasten off.
- Rep Side Border on opposite side edge.
- Weave in ends.
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