Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crocheted Colorado Stripe Afghan

In an earlier post (Breakfast Scarf) I wrote about my mentor. About a year ago she contacted me via Facebook asking where her crocheted gift was. I assume she was joking, and possibly inebriated. I thought, I may as well make her something, after all she did have a significant impact on my life. I asked her what she wanted and she. She did not know, but suggested something with her mother in mind. Her mother had recently passed away unexpectedly. I enquired further if there was a place or color that reminded her of her mother. She told me Colorado and Yellow, and then she had to run.

I began working on a blanket. Actually I began looking for something to work on I googled "crochet" and "Colorado" and eventually came across a pattern for a Colorado Stripe afghan. It was from a book called The Great Afghan Book. I ordered the book, and began to follow the pattern once it arrived.

The book was one that my grandmother had referenced in her notebook. The first pattern I ever followed was from this book. I was glad to buy it, and am sure that I will end up using several of the patterns.

I worked on the blanket sporadically, and eventually set it aside as other projects grabbed my fancy. Finally in that in between period where my fancy lay dormant and I had nothing else to work on I remembered- I need to finish that blanket some day! And so I set to work, and when I finally tied off and wove in the last strand I thought briefly of keeping this for myself, but instead took a picture, shared it and tagged my mentor, "It's yours if you want it"

Now, I just have to make sure I mail it before another year goes by!

Follow the simple pattern below to make your own!

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Crocheted Colorado Stripes
Worsted Weight Yarn (any two colors)
Size I hook
Make this as large or small as you like, I used about 6 skeins for this particular blanket.
With color A – ch 194 loosely. Work in pattern stitch as follows.
Row 1 (foundation row): Sc in 2nd ch from hook *ch 3, sk 3 chs, sc in next ch, rep from * across
Row 2 (patt row): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 3, scin next sc, rep from * across
Rows 3-5: Rep row 2, 3 times. At end of Row 5 change to color B in last sc.
Rep Row 2 in the following 12-row sequence
2 Rows B
1 Row A
1 Row B
1 Row A
2 Rows B
5 Rows A
Rep 12-row color sequence until you are satisfied that the blanket is big enough! Weave in the ends and border as desired. I sc crocheted around once and finished with a scalloped edge (*ch 1, sk1, 4dc in next ch, sk 1, sl st in next st, repeat from * around. Tie off and Weave in ends.)