Lily’s Garden Striped Granny afghan
At this moment, Lily’s Garden Striped Granny afghan is running as a CAL (crochet-a-long.) I thought it would be amazing to see what you use, how you finish, and share your project with the cyber world! Do you see the SUBMIT link in the menu? Use that to send in your pics. You may use an alias if you wish or link to your shops for full credit.
Now you can even have the matching phone cover!
Now, let’s have some fun and see what you can do! Are you concerned about all those ends? Don’t be! How about fringe?
You may be wondering how to go about selecting colors. I knew I wanted to use about 9 different colors to represent squashes, lettuces, leaves, grass, grapes, and berries. With that in mind and images of autumn, I was off to select some of my favorites. I ended up with 13. I felt if I used them all, there wouldn’t be much of a contrast between them all so I decided to start with 5 as a base color (main color) and 4 to highlight. My ratio for creating the pattern would be 2 rows of base color to 1 row of highlight. The entire blanket is created this way!
You may, for example, prefer pastels for your base colors and whites or creams for your highlights. I think browns or greys with corals and pinks would be very interesting. Be sure to tell us your ideas.
UPDATE: Marie from Underground Crafter has created a fantastic recording of my pattern if you need assistance. Scroll down to hear the recorded pattern. (She had my full permission to record my pattern this way. She did not break copyright.)
Red Heart Super Saver (listed in the order they appear in the pattern with the amount I purchased to begin the project. After completing the first 45 rows, I am uncertain that I will need the full 2nd skeins of the colors listed below, but I still want to add more rows to my border which may be ornate.)
- Lavender – (base color, may not require 2 full skeins to complete additional border)
- Real Teal – (base color, may not require 2 skeins to complete additional border)
- Burgundy – (base color, may not require 2 skeins to complete additional border)
- Jade – (base color, may not require 2 skeins to complete additional border)
- Light Periwinkle
- Dark Orchid – (base color, may not require 2 skeins to complete additional border)
- Tea Leaf
Clover crochet hook I/5.5mm
Size: 54″ W x 53″/ 78″ L
Gauge: 4.5 stitches, 7 rows = 4″
(Please ignore that I measured from the wrong side in the images. I measured from the right side afterward.)
Stitch Guide in American Terms:
FSC – foundation(less) single crochet
DC – double crochet
Sc – single crochet
Scroll down for the Free crochet pattern or Purchase the convenient PDF (click) HERE.
FSC – Chain 2, insert your hook into the first chain, yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop (one base chain created, 2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops (1 loop on hook.) One FSC completed. Insert your hook into the base of the chain you just created, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 1 loop (second base chain created, 2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops (1 loop on hook.) Two FSC completed. Repeat until you’ve achieved the number of chains required for your project.
Standing DC – Pull up a loop the height of a double crochet stitch, hold the loop onto the hook tightly while you twist the hook behind the loop from the right side. While still holding the loop on the hook, yarn over by grabbing the yarn with the hook and bringing it forward- 2 loops on hook. Insert hook into the same as the loop, yarn over and pull up a loop- 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2, yarn over, pull through 2. One Standing DC completed. (If this just isn’t working for you, you may chain 2 instead.)
Multiples of 3 + 2
Do not turn your work.
Standing DC counts as a DC.
The first row is the color you will use for your base (first) border row. Each row is a new color. Color order follows the instruction or use your own color scheme or strategy.
Row 1: Using Lavender, FSC 148.
Row 2: Using Carrot, standing DC and DC in the first stitch, skip 2, *3 DC in the next stitch, skip 2. Repeat from * 48 times, 2 DC in the last stitch. Fasten off. – 148 DC, 49 spaces
Row 3: Using Real Teal , standing DC in the first stitch, 3 DC in the first space and each space across ending with DC in the last stitch. Fasten off. – 149 DC, 50 spaces
Row 4: Using Burgundy, standing DC and DC in the first space, 3 DC in the next space and each space across, 2 DC in the last stitch. Fasten off. – 148 DC, 49 spaces
Rows 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and subsequent odd number rows: Repeat Row 3 using the colors indicated below.
Rows 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and subsequent even number rows: Repeat Row 4 using the colors indicated below.
Row 5: Lemon
Row 6: Jade
Row 7: Burgundy
Row 8: Light Periwinkle
Row 9: Dark Orchid
Row 10: Lavender
Row 11: Tea Leaf
Row 12: Burgundy
Row 13: Jade
Row 14: Carrot
Row 15: Dark Orchid
Row 16: Real Teal
Row 17: Light Periwinkle
Row 18: Burgundy
Row 19: Lavender
Row 20: Lemon
Row 21: Jade
Row 22: Real Teal
Row 23: Carrot
Row 24: Lavender
Row 25: Dark Orchid
Row 26: Lemon
Row 27: Jade
Row 28: Burgundy
Row 29: Light Periwinkle
Row 30: Real Teal
Row 31: Dark Orchid
Row 32: Tea Leaf
Row 33: Lavender
Row 34: Burgundy
Row 35: Carrot
Row 36: Jade
Row 37: Real Teal
Row 38: Light Periwinkle
Row 39: Dark Orchid
Row 40: Burgundy
Row 41: Lemon
Row 42: Lavender
Row 43: Jade
Row 44: Tea Leaf
Row 45: Dark Orchid
Once you have worked this section, you should be at 26 inches. Repeat the color order once to reach [26×2] 53 inches or twice to reach [26×3] 78 inches. Make sure to consider your border measurements for the completed size. That will depend on the border you choose. Exciting, isn’t it?!
Finishing: Using your first color (Lavender), sc around the remaining 3 sides of the afghan. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
You could leave this as is or choose from different borders to complete your look. Check out my roundup of 10 Amazing Free Crochet Edging patterns, Click HERE. If you can share any links for edgings, just comment below. Be sure to send your pictures in of how things are going. I’ll try to keep up and add them all to a feature page.
Here is Marie (Underground Crafter‘s) recording promised. Thank you, Marie!