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Beatrice Ryan Designs Crochet-A-Long Afghan… Week 1


Here we go!  The time has finally come for us to start our Afghan!!  If you missed the materials list you can find that post in the Crochet-A-Long tab at the top of the page.  Each week I will post a Free Pattern section on Saturday morning…   All CAL weekly Free Pattern sections will be posted in the Crochet-A-Long tab throught the entire CAL.  Once complete it will be posted as a pattern in whole and available in the Pattern Tab.  You can follow along here each week, And you can also join me on Ravelry with my Crochet-A-Long Group, on Facebook each Friday evening for our “Show and Tell” and on our Pinterest Board designated just for this CAL… If you want to post your progress pictures on Pinterest you need to shoot me an email to beatriceryandesigns@gmail.com so I can add you to the group!

So here we go!!

This CAL will start with 8 basic Granny Squares, Each Granny Square should be approximately 6″-7″ across…  Gauge is not important so if you want to make a smaller or larger blanket you can adjust this by your hook size…The dominate or neutral color will be worked for the LAST ROW of each square.  You can use it more than once in your square if you desire.  These will be the only time we use Granny Squares in this pattern… We will be joining them together in a specific manner next week…  This afghan will be worked in the round.

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These are my 8 Granny Squares… I am loving my colors!!

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Stitches:

Ch – Chain     Sl St – Slip Stitch     Sc – Single Crochet     Dc – Double Crochet

Tips:

I work over my ends as I go. This saves time weaving the ends in.  I also prefer the Magic Circle to start my project, Click Here for a video tutorial.  If you prefer to use the basic method of Ch 5, join into a ring that will work just fine!

You can use as many colors as you like, or make this a solid color afghan.

Instructions:  Make 8 Granny Squares

Make a Magic Circle

Row 1:     Ch 3 (Counts as Dc now and throughout), 2 Dc in center of ring, Ch 2, *3 Dc in ring, Ch 2*, Repeat * * 2 more times, Join with Sl St to top of Ch 3. Pull center tight = 4-Dc 3 clusters  and 4- Ch 2 spaces.   Fasten off.

Row 2:     Join next color to any Ch 2 space using a Sl St. Ch 3, 2 Dc in same as joining.  Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space, *Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 space, Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Ch 1 Join to top of Ch 3 with Sl St. Finish off. = 8 – Dc 3 clusters, 4 – Ch 2 Spaces and 4 – Ch 1 Spaces.

Row 3:     Join next color to any Ch 2 space using a Sl St. Ch 3, 2 Dc in same as joining.  Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space, *Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2, 3 Dc in same Ch 2 Sp*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Ch 1, 3 Dc in last Ch 1 space, Ch 1,  Join to top of Ch 3 with Sl St. Finish off. = 12 – Dc 3 Clusters, 4 – Ch 2 Spaces, 8 – Ch 1 Spaces.

Row 4:     Join next color to any Ch 2 space using a Sl St. Ch 3, 2 Dc in same as joining.  Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space, *Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2, 3 Dc in same Ch 2 Sp*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 space, Ch 1, 3 Dc in last Chain 1 space, Ch 1.   Join to top of Ch 3 with Sl St. Finish off. = 16 – Dc 3 Clusters, 4 – Ch 2 Spaces, 12 – Ch 1 Spaces.

Row 5:     Join next color (Your dominant or neutral color)  to any Ch 2 space using a Sl St. Ch 3, 2 Dc in same as joining.  Ch 2, 3 Dc in same space, *Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp, Ch 2, 3 Dc in same Ch 2 Sp*, Repeat * * 2 more times. Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 space, Ch 1, 3 Dc in next Ch 1 space, Ch 1, 3 Dc in last Ch 1 Sp, Ch 1.   Join to top of Ch 3 with Sl St. Finish off. = 20 – Dc 3 Clusters, 4 – Ch 2 Spaces, 16 – Ch 1 Spaces.

Weave in any loose ends with a yarn needle.

All Done… Congratulations on finishing week 1!!  I prefer to block these Granny Squares with a steam method.  Lay each Granny Square flat on ironing board.  Gently steam each square, being very careful not to press down on the  yarn… You will only hover over the square.  Gently manipulate each square into shape before it cools.  Leave on ironing board until completely cool.   If you prefer to block your squares by pinning them to a foam board and letting them sit that is also a great way to obtain a great shape!

Next week we will be joining these squares, so if you haven’t finished all of them… The joining will only take a small amount of time and you will be able to catch up…

Have a great week!!! Don’t forget to show up Friday evening on Facebook and share your progress. Check the Pinterest Board also… and for more discussion and fun… Hop over to Ravelry!

** My Free Patterns are made for your enjoyment.  If you find any errors, please email me at beatriceryandesigns@gmail.com**

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post these patterns and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

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19 comments on “Beatrice Ryan Designs Crochet-A-Long Afghan… Week 1

  1. I love the colours you’ve chosen.

  2. did you use your dominant color in the squares? please note when it’s necessary to use dominant color. thank you.

  3. I assume the final round of your grannies is done in your main color since it is a neutral. I just want to make sure I am correct before I go further.
    Thanks

  4. I didn’t expect the chain 2 at corners. I expected chain 3. Interesting. I love your color choices.

  5. i really wanted to partake in this CAL, but I am doing the Crochet Mood Blanket, as well as the Moogly CAL, during my last semester in my psych degree… Alas, I have realized that I may have bit off I will loyally follow you in hopes of being able to do it at a later date. :) I look forward to progress!

  6. Friday’s so far away!

  7. Hey Beatrice . . . this is my first time working with granny squares and also my first afghan as well as my first crochet along . . . so many firsts!! Anyhow . . .what size hook would you suggest using? Thanks so much for your help!

  8. I found the first week of the crochet along! Thanks! Manda!

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