The old fashioned slipper stitch or ribbed stitch known to all crocheters finds rebirth in this simple pattern. The two predominating colors in your room can be worked into this design. Or if you prefer to use the self-shading colors, it will be necessary to change threads as you work and the result will still be colorful.
Materials: Chadwick's Red Heart Germantown Zephyr, 23 balls (1 oz. balls) each of color 282 Rust and 323 Champagne. If 30 yd. balls are used, buy 3 times the amount specified.
Milward's steel crochet hook No. 1 or Milward's Casein crochet hook No. 3 or 4.
If shaded colors selected, buy 160 (25 yd. balls) and see notation at the end of these directions before starting work.
For an afghan of about 40 x 60 inches, 173 blocks (each 4 inches square) are required. Blocks are made individually and then sewed together.
Block. Starting at center, with Champagne ch 6 and join with sl st to form ring. 1st rnd: Ch 3 (to count as d c), 15 d c in ring. Join with sl st to 3rd st of ch-3 first made. Ch 1, turn. Hereafter pick up only the back loop of each st of previous row throughout entire block. 2nd rnd: * S c in each of 3 d c, 3 s c in next d c (this is corner). Repeat from * 3 more times. Join with sl st. Break off. 3rd rnd: Attach Rust, ch 3, turn. D c in next s c, * 3 d c in next s c (corner), d c in each of next 5 s c. Repeat from * around, ending rnd with d c in each of last 3 s c. Join with sl st. Ch 1, turn. 4th rnd: S c in each s c, and 3 s c in each corner s c. Join. Break off. 5th rnd: Attach Champagne, ch 3, turn. D c in each of next 3 s c, * 3 d c in corner s c, d c in each of next 9 s c. Repeat from * around, ending rnd with d c in each of last 5 d c. Join. Ch 1, turn. 6th rnd: Same as 4th rnd, but having 4 additional sts in each section between corners. Break off. 7th rnd: Attach Rust, and work as for 5th rnd, having 4 additional sts in each section between corners. Ch 1, turn. 8th rnd: Same as 6th rnd, but having 4 additional sts in each section between corners. Break off. This completes one block with a center in Champagne. Make 95 more blocks same as this.
To make a block with a Rust center, make another block same as this, but reversing colors, that is, using Rust in place of Champagne and Champagne in place of Rust. Make 76 more blocks same as this. Place blocks in position alternately, as in diagram, with wrong side on top. With Rust, sew blocks together with over and over stitches, picking up only the top loops of s c's.
Edging. 1st rnd: Holding right side of work toward you, attach Champagne to inner corner of one block and work a rnd of s c all around afghan making 18 s c on each side of block, and 3 s c on each outside corner (do not increase at inner corners). Fasten and break off. 2nd rnd: Attach Rust, * ch 3, tr in next s c, d c in each of next 2 s c, s c in each of next 3 s c, repeat from * to corner, then make s c in each of next 2 s c (5 s c made at outside corner), and continue in this manner, having 5 s c at each outside corner and 3 s c at each inner corner.
Note: When using a shaded color for this design, follow above directions, except do not break off yarn at end of rnds, but turn.
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