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Home : Patterns : Zen Spiral Afghan
 

Free Crochet Pattern: Zen Spiral Afghan

Lion Brand« Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: 70629AD
Rating: ****4.1 (based on 8 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
60 in. (152.5 cm) diameter

CORRECTIONS: None
 

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This circular afghan features spike stitch and stripes for extra texture and color.
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Zen Spiral Afghan

Lion Brand« Wool-Ease®

GAUGE:

Rnds 1-9 = 8 in. (20.5 cm) diameter. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

STITCH EXPLANATION:

Spike stitch Yarn over hook, insert hook in next stitch 3 rows below, pull up loop even with current row, yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Long Spike stitch Yarn over hook, insert hook in next stitch 4 rows below, pull up loop even with current row, yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTES:

1. After working a spike stitch, take care to skip the stitch, in the current row, over which the spike stitch was worked.
2. Change color at the end of a rnd by working join as follows: insert hook in top of beg ch, yarn over with new color and draw through both loops on hook. Fasten off old color.

AFGHAN
With A, ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 8 hdc in ring; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 8 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in each hdc around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 16 sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, turn, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 24 sts.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, turn, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 32 sts.
Rnd 5: Ch 2, turn, *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 40 sts.
Rnds 6-12: Continue as established, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 2 rnds with B, 2 rnds with C, 2 rnds with D, 1 rnd with A - 96 sts. Change to E.
Rnd 13: With E, ch 2, turn, hdc in next st, Spike stitch in next st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 10 sts, Spike stitch in next st; rep from * around to last 10 hdc, hdc in next 10 hdc; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 104 sts. Change to A.
Rnds 14 and 15: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with A, 1 rnd with D - 120 sts.
Rnd 16: With D, ch 2, turn, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 17-25: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with D, 2 rnds with E, 2 rnds with C, 1 rnd with B, 1 rnd with A, 2 rnds with B - 192 sts. Change to D.
Rnd 26: With D, ch 2, turn, hdc in next 5 sts, Spike stitch in next st, *hdc in next 11 sts, Spike stitch in next st; rep from * around to last 6 sts, hdc in next 6 sts; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 27-30: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with D, 3 rnds with A - 224 sts, Change to B.
Rnd 31: With B, ch 2, turn, hdc in next 2 sts, Spike stitch in next st, *hdc in next 13 sts, Long Spike stitch in next st, hdc in next 13 sts, Spike stitch in next st; rep from * around to last 25 sts, hdc in next 13 sts, Long Spike stitch in next st, hdc in next 11 sts, join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 32-37: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with B, 2 rnds with C, 2 rnds with D, 1 rnd with A - 272 sts. Change to E.
Rnd 38: With E, ch 2, turn, hdc in next 7 sts, Spike stitch in next st, *hdc in next 16 sts, Spike stitch in next st; rep from * around to last 9 sts, hdc in last 9 hdc; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 39 and 40: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with A, 1 rnd with D - 288 sts.
Rnd 41: With D, ch 2, turn, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 42-50: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with D, 2 rnds with E, 2 rnds with C, 1 rnd with B, 1 rnd with A, 2 rnds with B - 360 sts. Change to D.
Rnd 51: With D, ch 2, turn, hdc in next 19 sts, *Spike stitch in next st, hdc in next 22 sts, Spike stitch in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 20 sts; rep from * around to the last 26 sts, Spike stitch in next st, hdc in next 22 sts, Spike stitch in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 368 sts.
Rnds 52-55: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with D, 3 rnds with A - 400 sts. Change to B.
Rnd 56: With B, ch 2, turn, hdc in next 16 sts, *Spike stitch in next st, hdc in next 24 sts, Long Spike stitch in next st, hdc next 24 sts; rep from * around to last 34 sts, Spike stitch in next st, hdc in next 24 sts, Long Spike stitch, hdc in next 8 sts; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 57-62: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with B, 2 rnds with C, 2 rnds with D, 1 rnd with A - 448 sts. Change to E.
Rnd 63: With E, ch 2, turn, hdc in next 3 sts, Spike stitch in next st, *hdc in next 27 sts, Spike stitch in next st; rep from * around to last 24 sts, hdc in next 24 sts; join with sl st in top of beg ch. Change to A.
Rnds 64 and 65: Continue in hdc, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced around each rnd, and work in the following color sequence: 1 rnd with A, 1 rnd with D - 464 sts.
Rnd 66: With D, ch 2, turn, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg.
Rnd 67: Ch 2, turn, *hdc in next 57 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 472 sts. Change to E.
Rnd 68: With E, ch 2, turn, *hdc in next 58 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 480 sts. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)  


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: ****4.1 (based on 8 reviews)
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Zen Spiral Afghan Reviewed by JoAnn Clark on 2012-01-02 *****
I made this afghan for my mother-in-law for Christmas and she loved it! I really enjoyed working on the pattern (even though the later rounds felt endless some nights because they just took so long! :) ) I used Cocoa for A, Burgundy for B, Natural Heather for C, Mushroom for D, and Caramel for E.

I saw the reviews from others saying how the pattern was a little tricky to understand. Here's some notes I made for myself when I saw patterns in the pattern emerging that might be helpful to others:

1) I met the gauge with the K-10.5 hook. However, my project ended up about 10-12" shy of the pattern's size - very frustrating! (I added some rows since I had some extra yarn. More on that later...)

2) I'm mathematically inclined by nature, so as I started working on the afghan, I started seeing some numeric patterns emerge that helped keep me straight on my stitch counts. Since each round was comprised of 8 parts (segments), I worked my rounds that way. A segment (to me) was the total # of hdc's in 1/8th of the round, with the last 2 hdc's of that segment being worked in the same stitch to serve as the increase.

3) I noticed that at a point, my "segment" lengths started to correlate to the Round # I was working on as follows:
a) For Rounds 17-25, the segment length = Current Row # - 1. Example: For row 17, each segment was 16 sts long (including the 2 hdc's in the last stitch to make the increase).
b) For Rounds 27-30, the segment length = Current Row # - 2.
c) For Rounds 32-37, the segment length = Current Row # - 3.
d) For Rounds 39-40, the segment length = Current Row # - 4.
e) For Rounds 42-55, the segment length = Current Row # - 5.
f) For Rounds 57-62, the segment length = Current Row # - 6.
g) For Rounds 64-65, the segment length = Current Row # - 7.
h) For Rounds 67-68, the segment length = Current Row # - 8.

4) I saw the pattern with the colors, so I added a few more rows as follows:

a) Round 69 = with E, hdc in each st around (480 total)
b) Round 70-71 = with C, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts each round (496 total at the end of Round 71)
c) Round 72 = with B, hdc in each st around
d) Round 73 = with A, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts (504 total)
e) Round 74-75 = with B, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts each round (520 total at the end of Round 75)
f) Round 76 = with D, hdc in each st *** need to figure out spacing of spike stitches for this row so it lines up with others in pattern ***
g) Round 77 = with D, hdc in each, increasing 8 sts (528 total)
h) Round 78-79 = with A, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts in each round (544 total at end of Round 79)
i) Round 80 = with A, hdc in each st around
j) Round 81 = with B, hdc in each st around, increasing 8 sts *** need to figure out spacing of long spike stitches for this row so it lines up with others in pattern ***

I only had enough yarn to finish through Round 74, so Rounds 75+ remain untested.


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