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French Country Throw

Take yourself on a trip to the French countryside with this one-of-a-kind crochet lace pattern. The French Country Throw is truly a sight to behold. With its elegant crochet flower pattern and fresh spring color scheme, this granny square blanket will make you feel like you're in a little cottage in the most traveled country on earth. Using the crochet shell stitch, you can create this breezy crochet lace pattern in no time. Follow this helpful tutorial to get a crochet afghan that will last a lifetime.

Intermediate

Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

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

Throw measures 45” x 55”.
 

Materials
RED HEART® “Super Saver®”:
1 skein each 320 Cornmeal A and 885 Delft Blue B; 2 skeins each 316 Soft White C and 996 French Country D.
Crochet Hook: 6mm [US J-10].
Yarn needle.


GAUGE:
Rounds 1-5 = 5.5” across; Square = 8.5” x 8.5”.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.


Special Abbreviations
shell = (sc, 5 dc, sc) all in same space.
join = drop loop from hook, insert hook from right side into corresponding loop of completed square and draw loop through.


NOTE:
Work all squares through Round 8, then arrange as on diagram and join while working Round 9.


THROW
Square A (Make 16)
With A, ch 4; join with a slip st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring; join with a slip st in first sc.
Round 2: [Ch 3, slip st in next sc] 7 times, ch 3, slip st in first sc of Round 1.
Round 3: Slip st in next ch-3 space, [ch 4, slip st in next ch-3 space] 7 times, ch 4, slip st in first slip st.
Round 4: Slip st in next ch-4 space, [ch 6, slip st in next ch-4 space] 7 times, ch 6, slip st in first slip st.
Round 5: [Shell in next ch-6 space, ch 1] 8 times; join in first sc. Fasten off.
Round 6: Join C in the back loop of the center dc of any shell; ch 1, sc in same dc, * ch 3, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 3, sc in back loop of center dc of next shell, ch 3, (tr, ch 4, tr) all in next ch-1 space for corner, ch 3 **, sc in back loop of center dc of next shell; repeat from * around, end at **; join.
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next tr, ch 2, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in ch-4 space for corner, ch 2, sc in next tr, ch 3 **, sc in next sc; repeat from * around, end at **; join.
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * [ch 1, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 1, sc in next sc] 3 times, ch 1, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in corner ch- 2 space, ch 1, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in next sc, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 1 **, sc in next sc; repeat from * around, end at **; join. Fasten off.


Square B (Make 14)
Work same as Square A EXCEPT begin and work Rounds 1-5 with B.
Arrange squares as in diagram.
First Round 9: Join D in the first ch-1 space to the left of any corner ch-2 space; ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in same space, * [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space] twice, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space, [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space] twice, (sc, ch 4, sc) all in corner ch-2 space **, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, end at **; join in first sc. Fasten off. Work Joining Round 9 for all other squares, joining on 1 or 2 sides as required. Where corners are already joined, join in previous joining.
Joining Round 9: Join D in the first ch-1 space to the left of any corner ch-2 space; ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in same space, [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space] twice, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space, [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space] twice, (sc, ch 2, join, ch 2, sc) all in corner ch-2 space, (sc, ch 1, join, ch 1, sc) all in next ch-1 space, [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 1, join, ch 1, sc) all in next ch-1 space] twice, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, join, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 1, join, ch 1, sc) all in next ch-1 space, [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 1, join, ch 1, sc) all in next ch-1 space] twice, (sc, ch 2, join, ch 2, sc) all in corner ch-2 space; (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space, * [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space] twice, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space, [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space] twice, (sc, ch 4, sc) all in corner ch-2 space **, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, end at **; join in first sc. Fasten off.

Border
Round 1: With right side facing, join D in first ch-2 space to the left of any corner ch-4 space; ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in same space, ch 1, * (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 1; repeat from * to corner; (sc, ch 4, sc) all in corner ch-4 space, ch 1; repeat from * around; join.
Round 2: Slip st in next ch-2 space, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same space, ch 1, * (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-2 space, ch 1; repeat from * to corner; (sc, ch 2, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 2, sc) all in corner ch-4 space, ch 1; repeat from * around; join. Fasten off.
Round 3: With wrong side facing, join C in any ch-2 space along side edge; ch 1, sc in same space, * ch 3, sc in next ch-2 space **; repeat from * to corner; ch 3, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in corner ch-3 space; repeat from * around, end at **; ch 3; join; TURN.
Round 4: Slip st to center ch of next ch-3 space; ch 1, sc in same space, * 3 dc in next sc **, sc in next ch-3 space; repeat from * to corner; skip next sc, 5 dc in corner ch-3 space, sc in next ch-3 space; repeat from * around, end at **; join.
Round 5: Slip st in next 2 dc; ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same dc, * ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in center dc of next dc-group; repeat from * to corner; ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in first dc of corner dc-group, ch 1, skip next dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next dc; repeat from * around; ch 1; join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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I have started trying to make this beautiful throw, but I can't understand how to join the squares. Is it possible to provide clearer instructions? Thanks

Why can't I print this pattern when it says that it is printable?

I decided to view the French Country Throw and I went to the website. First I want to say in my language FREE means NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Therefore I resent any website I have to join in order to get the so called free pattern. If I have to provide ANY private info and email address (that they have no earthly need for) except to be sold to SPAMMERS it is NOT FREE so why do they lie about it ? The only thing that annoys me more is when I do join and grudging give all this information only to find the pattern I am seeking is NOT THERE. Sign me Annoyed

This is another beautiful pattern by K. Eng. I just love her patterns!

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