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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

French Country

Afghan Schematics are for those who already have some experience in crochet.  The afghans were all made using a Basic Round Ripple afghan pattern.  The variations of each afghan is listed in the "Afghan Schematics"  found on the individual photo page of each afghan.

This post shows the photos and lists the materials used for this afghan and also a description or "Schematic" of how it was created.

If you are new to this style afghan please read my page
Tips and Tricks of the Round Ripple Afghan.

The basic Round Ripple Afghan pattern

Written in American terminology 

This afghan was a donation to a local church to be used in a raffle.
French Country
Size:  Width point to point about 50 - 52 inches.
Gauge:  N/A
Materials:  Red Heart Super Saver
14 oz French Country  (Color A)
7 oz Delft Blue            (Color B)
8 oz Light Blue            (Color C)
Small amounts less than 4 oz each  (Amounts vary with hook size and your personal crochet gauge)
Bright Yellow  (Color D)
White               (Color E)
Green               (Color F)
Susan Bates Hook size 5.50 mm  US 9 / I  UK 5

Special Stitches:
Berry Stitch = Sc in first stitch, pull yarn through next stitch, holding back on first loop on hook chain 3, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook, sc in next stitch. Keep loops of right side of work. Berry Stitch Complete
Vine = slip stitch

Round   01 - 12:  Color A Double Crochet
Round          13:  Color D Berry stitch
Round          14:  Color E  Double Crochet
Round   15 - 17:  Color B Double Crochet
Round   18 - 20:  Color C Double Crochet
Round   21 - 27:  Color A Double Crochet
Round          28:  Color D Berry stitch
Round          29:  Color E  Double Crochet
Round   30 - 32: Color B  Double Crochet
Round   33 - 36:  Color C Double Crochet

With Color E , Ch 3, skip one stitch, in next stitch work *dc, picot in top of same stitch, 4 times, dc in same stitch; sk next st, dc in next st, skip one stitch* repeat from around. Join in top of beginning ch 3.

The vine is worked as a slip stitch in the space between the rows. The leaves are worked in the crocodile stitch while the vine is added.  Holding yarn on top of work, insert hook in space between rows, under the stitch, front to back to front, under the stitch bar, as if the hook were a sewing needle. Catch yarn and pull it through to the front of the piece. Holding the loop on hook, insert hook under the next stitch front to back to front, under the stitch bar, pull yarn through to front and through loop on hook completing a slip stitch. Repeat process to create a slip stitch.

The Leaf: is a single crocodile stitch, with a picot, at the point, worked while adding the slip stitch vine. 
There are many tutorials for the crocodile stitch on You-TUBE.

A leaf requires 2 double crochet stitches as a base. When you wish to add a leaf, rotate your piece to the left or right, slip stitch into the space between the double crochet stitches. Chain 3, make 4 double crochet working across the bar of the double crochet stitch. Chain 2, drop loop from hook, place hook (front to back to front) under bar between next row, pick up dropped loop and pull it through, chain 1, sl st in first chain. This creates the first half of the leaf and secures the tip so it will not fold back on itself. At this point you will need to rotate your piece so you can work the second series of double crochet stitches across the second crochet and back toward the the vine. Work 4 dc across the bar for the second side of the leaf, chain 3, slip stitch back into the vine. Leaf completed and secure.

If this leaf seems too involved you may choose to use the simple Heart Leaf Pattern that was used on the Raspberry Sherbert Throw.

Heart shape Leaf pattern (or use leaf pattern of choice)

Using color D, start with magic circle, Sl st in ring chain 4, 5 tr, 5 dc, ch 3, sl st in first ch to form picot, 5 dc, 5 tr, chain 4 sl st, all in ring.Pull yarn tail and draw ring tightly closed. Tie, work in ends.   Make 24

Crochet Flower Buttons  make 12 yellow and 12 white
Sl st in ring, chain 3, 2 dc, ch 3, sl in ring; repeat three more times, join to first st for 4 petal flower.
Pull yarn tail to close center of flower, tie. Do not trim yarn.  Use yarn tail to form shank of button or if you desire to sew on the flower, the next step may be eliminated and you may use the yarn tail to sew the button.
Lay crochet hook across the chosen back of button and stitch over hook several times to create the shank of the button.  Afghan has 24 flowers and leaves but more may be added if desired.  Flowers and leaves may be sewn on or you may secure them with a slip stitch,  such as you would apply beads, while the vine is crocheted onto the afghan.
To crochet leaves and flowers in place:
Working on front of afghan Join yarn in first space between rows 34 and 35.   Count stitches on one side of  point.  Slip stitch in each space, on the first side of a point, to half way position between the valley and the point.  Thread the working yarn through center of leaf and complete sc. Sc in next two spaces.  Thread yarn through shank of button flower and complete sc.  Sl st around the point to the half way position between the point and the valley, on the second side, and attach flower and leaf.  Alternate color of flowers or position of leaf as desired. Slip Stitch in each sp to bottom of point. Sc in both spaces at bottom of point and continue around placing leaves and flowers as you progress, work around. End off, work in yarn ends.

Berry Stitch 
Berry Stitch adds texture without bulk
Sc in first stitch, pull yarn through next stitch, holding back on first loop on hook chain 3,
yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook, sc in next stitch, repeat.
Keep loops of right side of work. Berry Stitch Complete

Details   see also    



  1. Replies
    1. Thank you. Looks lovely in other colors too.

    2. I think this would also be a nice rug!

    3. I agree. I developed my Round Ripple Afghan Pattern from a photo of an oval ripple rug that I had seen in a Designer Home type magazine back in the early 60's. Only mine was round because I just could not seem to figure out how to make it an oval shape. Been round every since.
      Thank you for your comment

  2. Oh my gosh... this is beautiful! I want to make a special afghan for my wonderful neighbor for Christmas, and I've been scouring the internet for months looking for just the right one. I think I'm going to attempt this. I'm really just getting out of the beginner stage, but I think I can manage this one. It is awesome!

    1. Thank you. This is easier than it looks. The centers go very fast. I am here if you have questions. You could also use shank buttons for flowers, and you can use any leaf pattern. I put up a lot of photos to help. I also love this pattern. The Raspberry Sherbet is basically the same pattern with different colors and a few less flowers.

  3. I am making the forever spring afghan and I am stuck at row 16..it seems like it's missing a stitch?

    1. Once you go though the center basic setup of the round ripple afghan, and have your points established, the pattern is only a 3 round repeat, 1 round with even shells in the point followed by two rounds with increase shells in the points. The rounds with the increase shells keep it expanding while the round with the even shell is to keep it flat instead of starting to ruffle. If you have read the tips on the round ripple afghan I suggest after you complete a round, count it point by individual point instead of trying to count the whole round as one.
      If you count the points now, you will know which point is missing a stitch. Then check that point, on each round from the first row to row 15/16 and see if the correct number of stitches are in each point. If the point stitches are correct, look for a skipped stitch or two stitches accidentally joined into one.
      If you are still having a problem contact me. Use the email app in the right sidebar rather than the comments. That way we can talk in depth.

  4. This looks great! Love the colours and the shape.Bet it's going to be on my bed next winter! ;)
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    1. So happy you like it. Thanks for your comment.


  5. Your basic round ripple pattern is so awesome! All it takes is a little imagination. Love the basic pattern!

    1. Let your imagination run free, then post a photo of it on the internet for everyone to see.

  6. After a project is over, if I gift it to a friend, I kinda miss it. And how rude is it to go visiting and say, "How's that afghan I gave you?" So I've decided I will afford twice the yarn and make two, every time I want to give one. Now I'm going to experiment with the second French country that I finish. Keeping the green vine yarn out of the picot border is difficult for me, so I'm going to add the vine first on the next one and finish with the border. I know that the yarn will probably get caught in the leaves, too. But there are only 24 of those and approximately 500 of the picots!!!

    1. I hear you. Sometimes it is like giving away your child isn’t it? Making two is an awesome idea if you have the time.
      You may notice I put up a basic pattern and a photo of my creation to inspire those view my projects. What warms my heart is when someone takes my pattern and gets a inspiration of their own design. My afghan was finished before I decided where to put the vines and flowers, therefore they were added last. There is another pattern here called Raspberry Sherbet which is almost identical except for color and placement of vine, leaf, and flowers, also added later. If you pre design exactly where you are going to add your vine and flowers it is an excellent idea to crochet your vine in as you work your project. Had I thought of that, I would have done it that way myself.
      Unfortunately sometimes I end a project and for some reason it does not look quite finished to me. After looking at it for a while, I change it until it “feels right” if you understand what I mean. Ah yes, I love picots and there are a lot of picots, but you can always choose another border. There is a list of all the posts on the bottom right side of the page you can looks at some of the other borders, choose one from another source, or make up your own. Take a pattern, tweak it and make it your own. However please note changing patterns does change yarn requirements.
      Thank you so much for your wonderful post. Dorie