Talking Crochet with Carol Alexander

Cheer Up

Designed By Eleanor Albano-Miles

Using a colorful variegated yarn, the bobble clusters in these strips and squares are great fun to crochet. This cheery afghan is the perfect gift for someone who needs cheering up.

Finished Size
About 43" x 58" before fringe

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn, 33 oz (2310 yds, 990 gms) variegated; 30 oz (2100 yds, 900 gms) blue
  • Size J (6mm) crochet hook, or size required for gauge
  • Size 16 tapestry needle

Gauge
7 sc = 2"

Cluster (CL)
Keeping last lp of each dc on hook, 4 dc in st indicated, YO and draw through all 5 lps on hook; ch 1 -- CL made.

Instructions

Motif (make 27)
With variegated, ch 16.
Row 1 (wrong side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch -- 15 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2 (right side): Sc in first sc, CL {see Pattern Stitch} in next sc; sc in next sc; * CL in next sc; sc in next sc; rep from * 5 times more -- 7 CLs. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in first sc, CL in next sc; {sc in next sc, trc in next sc} 5 times; sc in next sc, CL in next sc; sc in next sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 5 through 12: Rep Rows 3 and 4 four times more.
Row 13: Rep Row 3.
Row 14: Rep Row 2.
Row 15: Sc in each st. Finish off.

Edging
Hold motif with right side facing you and Row 15 at top; join blue in first sc.
Rnd 1:Ch 1, in same sc work {sc, ch 2, sc} -- corner made; sc in next 13 sc, in next sc work {sc, ch 2, sc} -- corner made; working along next side in ends of rows, sk Row 15, sc in each of next 13 rows; working along lower edge in unused lps of beg ch, in first lp work {sc, ch 2, sc} -- corner made; sc in next 13 lps, in next lp work {sc, ch 2, sc} -- corner made; working along next side in ends of rows, sk Row 1, sc in each of next 13 rows; join in first sc.
Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 5 {counts as a dc and a ch-2 sp}, dc in same sp -- beg corner made; * † sk next sc, ch 1, {dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc} 7 times †; in next corner ch-2 sp work {dc, ch 2, dc} -- corner made; rep from * twice more, then rep from † to † once; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-5.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining; * in next corner ch-2 sp work {sc, ch 2, sc}; sc in each dc and in each ch-1 sp to next corner; rep from * twice more; in next corner ch-2 sp work {sc, ch 2, sc}; sc in each dc and in each ch-1 sp to first sc; join in first sc. Finish off and weave in all ends.

Strip Panel (make 4)
With variegated, ch 12.
Row 1 (wrong side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch -- 11 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2 (right side): Sc in first sc, CL in next sc; sc in next sc; * CL in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * 3 times more -- 5 CLs. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in first sc, CL in next sc; {sc in next sc, trc in next sc} 3 times; sc in next sc, CL in next sc; sc in next sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 5 through 172: Rep Rows 3 and 4 eighty-four times more.
Row 173: Rep Row 3.
Row 174: Rep Row 2.
Row 175: Sc in each st. Finish off.

Edging
Hold strip panel with right side facing you and Row 175 at top; join blue in first sc.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, in same sc work {sc, ch 2, sc} -- corner made; sc in next 9 sc, in next sc work {sc, ch 2, sc} -- corner made; working along next side in ends of rows, sk next row, sc in each of next 173 rows; working along lower edge in unused lps of beg ch, in first lp work {sc, ch 2, sc} -- corner made; sc in next 9 lps, in next lp work {sc, ch 2, sc} -- corner made; working along next side in ends of rows, sk next row, sc in each of next 173 rows; join in first sc.
Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 5 {counts as a dc and a ch-2 sp}, dc in same sp -- corner made; † sk next sc, ch 1, {dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc} 5 times; in next corner ch-2 sp work {dc, ch 2, dc} -- corner made; sk next sc, ch 1, {dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc} 87 times †; in next corner ch-2 sp work {dc, ch 2, dc}; rep from † to † once; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-5.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining; * in next corner ch-2 sp work {sc, ch 2, sc}; sc in each dc and in each ch-1 sp to next corner; rep from * twice more; in next corner ch-2 sp work {sc, ch 2, sc}; sc in each dc and in each ch-1 sp to first sc; join in first sc. Finish off and weave in all ends.

Assembly
Join motifs in 3 panels of 9 motifs each (see assembly diagram). To join motifs, hold 2 motifs with right sides together and carefully matching stitches; with tapestry needle and blue, sew together with overcast stitch {see Stitch Guide on page 160} through BLs only along one side. Join remaining motifs together in same manner, having 9 motifs in each panel.
Join motif panels and strip panels together as follows:
Hold one strip panel and one motif panel with right sides together and carefully matching stitches; with tapestry needle and blue, sew together through BLs only along one long side. Referring to Layout for placement, sew remaining panels in same manner.

Border
Hold afghan with right side facing you and one short end at top. With blue make slip knot on hook and join with an sc in ch-2 sp in upper right-hand corner.
Rnd 1 (right side): 2 sc in same sp; working in BLs only, † sc in each sc and hdc in each joining to next corner ch-2 sp; 3 sc in corner ch-2 sp †; working along next side, sc in each sc to next corner ch-2 sp, 3 sc in corner ch-2 sp; working along next side, rep from † to † once; working along next side, sc in each sc to first sc; join in first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same sc and in each st to first sc; join in first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.

Fringe
Make Double Knot Fringe as follows. Cut 30" strands of blue. Use 8 strands for each knot. Working across each short end of afghan, attach single knot fringe evenly spaced {about every 4th st}. With right side facing and working from left to right, take half the strands of one single knot fringe and half the strands of the fringe next to it and knot them together (see illustration and photo). Trim ends even.

Copyright 2003 Great Big Crochet Afghan Book by American School of Needlework, Inc./ASN Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

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