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Flavorful Fruit Crochet Throw
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This Flavorful Fruit Crochet Throw may remind you of a summer picnic with fresh colorful fruit and whipped cream treats. With its bright fuschia, mango, and green stripes in between stripes of white, this free crochet afghan pattern will put you in the sweet summertime mood you've been searching for.
This blanket even has a ruffled edge that makes it stand out even more. It's an easy pattern, so any crocheter will enjoy working it up on a chilly night in anticipation of bright sunny days to come.
1. When instructed to work into a stitch or space "2 rows below", work into the row numbered 2 less than the current row. For example, if you are working Row 5, a stitch "2 rows below" is in Row 5 – 2 = Row 3.
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 to complete stitch. Proceed with new color.
Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet Gauge2 shells = 4” (10cm) in pattern; 7 rows = 4” (10 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Finished Size45" X 55" (114.5 X 139.5 cm)
- RED HEART® With Love®: 4 skeins 1303 Aran A, 1 skein each of 1701 Hot Pink B, 1252 Mango C, and 1601 Lettuce D
- Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5mm [H-8 US]
- Yarn needle
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With B, ch 152.
Row 1 (right side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip next 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across; change to A, turn—Twenty-five 5-dc groups and 26 sc.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in first sc, ch 1, sc in center st of next 5-dc group, ch 1, *beg cross-st, ch 1, sc in center st of next 5-dc group, ch 1; repeat from across to last sc, 2 dc in last sc, turn—24 cross-sts and 25 sc.
Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, sc in next sc, *5 dc in ch-1 space of next cross-st, sc in next sc; repeat from * across to last 2 dc, skip next dc, 3 dc in top of beginning ch-2, change to C, turn—Twenty-four 5-dc groups, two 3-dc groups, and 25 sc.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, cross-st, ch 1, *sc in center st of next 5-dc group, ch 1, cross-st, ch 1; repeat from * across to last 3 dc, skip next 2 dc, sc in top of beginning ch-3, turn—25 cross-sts and 26 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 5 dc in ch-1 space of next cross-st, *sc in next sc, 5 dc in ch-1 space of next cross-st; repeat from * across to last sc, sc in last sc; change to A, turn— Twenty-five 5-dc groups and 26 sc.
Rows 6 and 7: Repeats Row 2 and 3; change to D in last st of Row 7. Repeat Rows 4-7 changing color in the following sequence: [2 rows each of D, A, B, A, C, A] 8 times, then 2 rows D.
With right side facing, join A with slip st in first sc to work across st of last row; ch 3, 6 dc in same st as join, *skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, 6 dc in next sc; repeat from * to last sc, 7 dc in last sc; working down long side and in ends of rows, **sc in space between next 2 B rows, 6 dc in sc of next color row, skip next color row;** repeat from ** to Row 1, 7 dc in the base of the first sc of Row 1; working across opposite side of foundation chs of Row 1, ***sc in loop below next 5-dc group, 6 dc in loop below next sc; repeat from *** to last loop, 7 dc in last loop; working up 2nd long side and in ends of rows, repeat between ** and ** to last row; join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3.
- (SPECIAL) Beginning Cross-stitch (beg cross-st)
- Dc in space after the sc and before the next 5-dc group one row below, ch 1, dc in space before the same sc and previous 5-dc group.
- (SPECIAL) Cross-stitch (cross-st)
- Dc in next ch-space after next sc two rows below, ch 1, dc in chspace before same sc.
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