Pastel Spring AfghanPattern and step-by-step tutorial
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To celebrate this occasion we decided to bring today a project we were working on, and it’s here! The Pastel Spring Afghan.
This idea was born because I needed a gift for a baby due in November-December (yes, I know, it’s too soon but I have more babies on the way that need their afghans) and I decided to make it related to spring because they found out and announced it on April. For this reason the afghan has a floral-like design without being totally flowery, because I also wanted a gender-neutral design. I chose pastel colors because they are not my favorites and a gift for a baby is a good excuse to use them.
For this afghan I used Katia’s Alabama for the first time in lavender, blue, green and apricot. These skeins are a soft and elastic cotton-acrylic mix. This time I decided to use a mix with acrylic to make it easier to wash for the future moms, because I seriously doubt they will have time to hand-wash the afghan. I made it with 14 skeins y a 5 mm (H/8) hook and it turn out 68 x 135 cm (26.7 x 53 in).
I hope you enjoy our phototutorial, and we have another surprise! I dared to create a graphic for the first time because I know how many of you prefer a visual pattern. I think it looks pretty okay!
Please comment, and we are already in July, so happy summer!
PD: If you want to learn how to change colors in an invisible way, here it is.
Yarn: Alabama Katia (115 y) = 1610 y
Color A (3 skeins color 50, 315 m/345 y), color B (4 skeins color 47, 420 m/460 y]), color C (3 skeins color 43, 315 m/345 y) and color D (4 skeins color 46 420 m/460 y).
Hook: 5 mm (H/8)
1 repetition from row 1 to 7 starting with 17 chains: 4.7 x 2.4 inches/12 cm x 6 cm
sl st=slip stitch
2dc-cl=2 double crochet cluster
ch-#sp= space of #ch
26,7 x 53 inches (68 x 134 cm)
tc: Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch and draw through a loop (4 loops on hook), *yarn over hook and draw through 2 loop*x 3 times.
2dc-cl: Start a dc but stop before finishing it (2 loops on hook), yarn over and start a second dc in the same stitch and stop before finishing it (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through the 3 loops.
The pattern needs a multiple of 8 +1.
Row 1: [With color A] 169 ch, sc throughout the row = 169 sc.
Row 2: [Change to color B] 1 ch, sc throughout the row in front loop = 169 sc.
Row 3: [Change to color C] 4 ch, [skip 1 sc, *1 2dc-cl, 1 ch, 1 2dc-cl* in the same stitch, 1 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 dc in following sc, 1 ch] repeat until the end of the row, 1 dc in last sc = 42 2dc-cl.
Row 4: [Change to color D] 1 ch, 1 sc, [1 sc in ch-1 sp, skip 1 2dc-cl *1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sl st* in ch-1 sp between both 2dc-cl, skip 1 2dc-cl, 1 sc in ch-1 sp, 1 sc in following dc] =42 ch-3 sp.
Row 5: 1 ch, 1 sc, [5 sc in ch-3 sp, 3 sc in following stitches] repeat until the end of the row, 1 sc in last sc = 42 archs of 5 sc.
Row 6: [Change to color A] 2 ch, 1 hdc, [1 tc in ch-1 sp between 2dc-cl of row 3 (under the arch we’ve just createdo), skip the 5 sc of the arch, 1 hdc in following 3 sc] repeat until the end of the row, hdc in last 2 sc = 169 stitches.
Row 7: 1 ch, sc throughout the row in back loop =169 sc
Following rows: Repeat pattern from row 2 to 7.
Weave in ends.
With any color, start at the upper right corner:
[4 ch, 2 ch, 2 dc] in the same stitch, dc in each stitch, [2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc] in the next corner and when you get to the last (and first) corner again, 1 dc in the upper right corner stitch and join with a sl st.
Weave in ends.