A quick and easy crochet project
My friend came to work dressed in the most beautiful shades of blue, gray and off-white recently. It reminded me of the Appalachian Mountains in winter. I was inspired!
I decided to make a thick and cozy afghan that reflected the winter as well as the mountains. I found these gentle colors: off-white that represented the frequent overcast skies, blue the shade of the distant mountain ranges and grey to showcase the naked trees in the forest. This afghan is not only pleasing to eye, but also very thick and warm on an Appalachian winter evening.
Skill level: Easy
All yarn: Lions Brand Yarn Hometown USA, super bulky
- 4 skeins of Aspen Tweed
- 4 skeins of Washington Denim
- 4 skeins of Chicago Charcoal
Crochet needle: size N or size to fit gauge
Gauge: 3 double crochets (US) groups + 5 rows = 4 inches (10cm)
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
j = join
r = round
sp = space
Using color 1, ch 6; j r with sl st to form a loop.
Ch. 3, 2 dc, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch from foundation loop.
Ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 1, (3 dc in next space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 1) 3 times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round.
Ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 1, (3 dc in next space, ch 1, 3 dc in next space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch1) 3 times, 3 dc in next space, ch 1, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round.
Change to color 2. Each subsequent round follows the same basic procedures used in the preceding rounds. Start with 3 ch substituting for the first dc. In the corners, work 2 sets of 3 dc separated by 2 ch. Otherwise, work 3 dc in each space, separated by 1 ch on either side.
This pattern makes a lap quilt. The one shown is size 54x54 inches, which requires you to double the yarn. Share your afghan with me on the Simply Appalachian Facebook page. I look forward to hearing from you!