This afghan was made with Caron Simply Soft. The colors are Pistachio and Dark Sage. I’m providing my instructions for anybody else who wants to make this blanket.
The center is a pretty stand-alone blanket. I’ve given hints for making a baby blanket or a king sized. The body of the blanket is 40″ wide and 48″ long so I used 8″ squares for the border. There are 5 squares on the top and bottom and 6 squares along the sides, with an additional 4 more for the corners. That’s a total of 26 squares. I didn’t keep track of how many skeins I used but it is a yarn hog. I’m pretty close to the amount needed.
If you try this pattern and run into any trouble leave a comment on the blog and I’ll get back to you. Thanks! Melissa
Spring Rain Afghan
Approximate Finished size of Afghan with Square Borders: 62×72
Hook Size: H or size needed to obtain gauge
5 Skeins each Pistachio and Dark Sage Caron Simply Soft
Gauge: (3 dc plus 1 ch) 3 times = 3.5 inches (3-1/2″).
Ch 1 at beginning of row counts as first single crochet. Ch 3 at beginning of row counts as first double crochet;
Changing Colors: When changing colors I like to use a slip stitch with the new yarn and carry both the ending color and the new color through the first st. I then drop the ending color and cinch up the stitches. This does put a small knot in the yarn, but it hides easily when weaving the ends in and it ensures the afghan won’t come apart with wear and washings. There are great instructions on changing colors, weaving in ends, sewing squares together and just about anything else on The Crochet Crowd website.
This pattern can be increased or decreased as desired. The repeat is 5 st, plus 1. So in order to make a baby blanket, you could ch 76, (which is 5×15+1), then begin Row 1. If you want to make for a king size bed afghan without the border I added, you could chain 291 (which is 5×58+1) then begin Row 1.
Spike Stitch Directions:
***Spike double crochet (sdc): yo, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull up lp to height of current row (3 lps on hook), (yo, pull through 2 lps) twice.
Row 1: With Dark Sage, ch 146, sc in 2rd ch from hook. sc in each ch across. Turn. (145 st)
Row 2: Ch 3, *dc in next 3 sc, ch 1, sk next sc,* repeat between ** to last 3 sc. dc in last 3 sc, dc in last sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, *dc in next 3 dc, ch 1* repeat between ** to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 dc, dc in top of beg ch 3., turn.
Change Color to Pistachio.
Row 4: Ch 3, *dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc, sdc (Pass over ch 1 sp with sdc, Insert hook in ch 1 sp 2 rows below), (see *** above). rep between ** ending last repeat at (dc in next dc, ch 1 sk next dc dc in next dc) dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.
Row 5: Ch 3, dc in next dc, *ch 1, dc in each of next 3 dc*, rep from ** across to last 3 sts, ch 1 dc in next dc, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn
Change Color to Dark Sage
Row 6: ch 3, dc in next dc,*sdc( Pass over ch 1 sp, Insert hook in ch 1 sp 2 rows below), (see *** above), dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc* rep from ** across, ending with sdc, dc in next dc, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.
Row 7: ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *ch 1, dc in each of next 3 dc*, rep from ** across, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.
Change Color to Pistachio
Repeat Rows 4-7 until length is approximately 48″ or desired length. After you reach desired length sc the last row so it will match the beginning 2 rows, Don’t Fasten off. ch 3 in corner st. sc down side, 3 sc in corner st, continue around bottom, and up the other side so that the entire afghan has a finishing sc stitch.
Finishing: Weave in ends and sc around edges. You can add the border I’ve given directions for at the end.
Hook size: H
4 Skeins of Pistachio Caron Simply Soft
5 Skeins of Dark Sage Caron Simply Soft
Pattern Notes: Front post triple stitch: fptr. Triple crochet around front post of stitch on instructed row.
Make 24 squares
Rnd 1: With Dark Sage yarn ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, (3 sc in ring, ch 3) 4 times. Join with slip stitch to first ch 1.
Rnd 2: Ch 1 sc in first 3 sts,(sc,ch10,sc in next ch sp), *sc in next 3 sc, (sc,ch10,sc in each ch sp)*. Repeat from *around. Join with slip stitch to first ch 1. Fasten off
Rnd 3: Join Pistachio yarn in any ch-3 sp on rnd 1, behind ch-10, ch 3(fold rnd 2 stitches in front of work in order to attach yarn to rnd 1). dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, * sk next st, dc in next 3 st of Rnd 3, sk next st., (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-3 sp on rnd 1 behind ch 10)* Repeat between **. Join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, *2 dc in next ch sp, then move forward to ch-10 sp of rnd 2, (2 dc then ch 8 and make loop on top of 2nd dc by sl st on top of 2nd dc, dc) move back to rnd 4 ch sp, 2 dc in same ch sp.** dc in each of next 7 st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, dc next 5 st, join in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off.
Rnd 5: Join Dark Sage yarn in first dc of rnd 4 (behind ch 8 loop), ch 3, dc in next 4 st, *fptr around next 3 st on rnd 3(see Pattern Notes), sk the 3 st behind fptr on this rnd, dc in next 5 st, ch 5 then pass behind ch-8 sp,** dc in next 5 st*, repeat from ** around ending last repeat at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.
Rnd 6: ch 3, dc in next 4 st,*fpdc around next 3 fptr, dc in each of next 5 st, 2 dc in next ch sp, then move forward to ch 8 loop of rnd 4 (2 dc then ch 8 and make loop on top of 2nd dc by sl st on top of 2nd dc, dc) move back to rnd 6 ch sp, 2 dc in same ch sp ** dc in each of next 5 st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off.
Rnd 7: Join Pistachio yarn in dc after any ch-8, ch 3, dc in each st around with ch 5 at each corner, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.
Rnd 8: ch 3, dc in ea st around with 3 dc in each ch-8 sp on rnd 6 in front of ch-5sp, join in 3ch of beg ch-3.
Rnd 9: Join Dark Sage yarn, ch 2, hdc around with 2 tr in rear corner ch sp of rnd 7, ch 2, 2 tr, join in beg ch 2.
Rnd 10: ch 1, sc around with 3 sc in corner ch 2 sp, join in beg ch 1. Fasten off.
Weave in loose ends.
Sew together 5 squares for the top. Sew together 8 squares for each of the sides. Attach 5 squares to the top of the afghan, leaving a space in each corner for the corner squares. Add sides.
Rnd 1: Slip Stitch Dark Sage to any sc on edge of afghan, ch 1, sc around entire afghan, with 3 sc in each corner. Slip stitch last stitch to beginning st.
Rnd 2: ch 4, *sk 1 ch, dc in next ch,* Repeat around with 3 dc in each corner. Fasten off.
Rnd 3: With slip stitch attach Pistachio to any ch 1 sp. ch 4, *dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1* Repeat with 3 dc in each corner. Fastion off.
Rnd 4: With slip stitch attach Dark Sage to any ch 1 sp. ch 4, dc in same sp,* ch 1, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp*, Repeat around with 3 dc in each corner. Fasten off.
Weave in loose ends.