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Monday, March 26, 2012

Raspberry Sherbet

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

Raspberry Sherbet

Size: about 56 inches diameter
Gauge: N/A

Caron Simply Soft Yarn
12 oz soft Pink (Color A)
6 oz Vanilla (Color B)
6 oz Harvest Rose (Color C)
2 oz Dark Sage (Color D)
Susan Bates Hook  US size J / 10  Metric  size 6

Extra Special Stitches:
Crossed double crochet = The crossed dc is worked over an area of two stitches. To begin, *(skip the next stitch, make a double crochet in the following stitch, make a double crochet in the skipped stitch, skip 2 sts, dc in next st.) around.
Slip Stitch Vine
Buttons and Leaves

Afghan Schematics: The directive details for the changes in the rounds.

Follow the basic pattern, this entire afghan is worked in double crochet stitches
Round    1  - 17:  color A
Round   18 - 19:  color B
Round          20:  color C
Round   21 - 22:  Color B
Round   23 - 26:  Color A
Round   27 - 32: Color C
Round   33 - 34:  Color B
Round          35:  Color A  crossed double crochet stitch
                                            or regular double crochet, your choice.
Round   36 - 37:  Color B
Round   38 - 41:  Color C  working round making large shell in all points

Border Round      
42:  Using Color B Start in 2nd stitch at bottom of any point; *sc, ch 3,
work picot, sk 1 st, sc in next st* to point. Two sc, with picot in point,
work in pattern down left side of point, skipping the two center stitches
at the bottom of the points work around, Join end off. Work in ends    
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 12

Flower pattern, (or use crochet flower of choice.) 

Using color A start with magic circle. or adjustable loop
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 prefer to sew on the flower, 
the next step may be eliminated and you may use the yarn tail to sew the button.
To create shank on button: Lay crochet hook on back of button.
Stitch across hook several times to form shank of button.  
Secure yarn tail and remove hook  Make 12.

This afghan has 12 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:
With Color D and working on front of afghan Join yarn in first space
between rows 29 and 30.  You will add leaves or flowers in the same method
you would add a bead.  Slip stitch in each space to 3 sps before point.
Thread yarn through center of leaf and complete sc.
Sc in next two spaces.  Thread yarn through shank of button flower
and complete sc.  Slip Stitch in each sp to bottom of point.
Sc in both spaces at bottom of point and continue around.
Put leaf and flower button on each point. End off, work in yarn ends.

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