Radiant Squares Afghan
Lion Brand® Amazing® - Vanna's Choice®
14 sts + 23 rounds = About 4 in. (10 cm) in pattern. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. 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. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
|kfb (knit into front and then back) |
An increase worked as follows:
1. Knit the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2. Knit the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3. Drop the st from your left hand needle - you have increased 1 st.
1. Afghan is made of 36 Squares, 12 each of Squares I, II, and III.
2. All Squares are made exactly the same, only the yarn colors change.
3. Each Square begins with a crochet chain, then is worked in rounds from the center out. If you have a preferred way to begin working a piece from the center out, feel free to omit the chain!
4. Each Square is worked with 2 colors; do not cut yarns between colors changes, carry unused color up WS of work.
5. Squares are assembled with visible seams on the right side of the Afghan.
SQUARE I (make 12)
With crochet hook and A, and leaving a long yarn tail, chain 8. Join with sl st to form a ring.
With double pointed needles (dpns), pick up 2 sts with each of 4 needles. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on the left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle, being careful not to twist the sts.
Next Rnd: Kfb in each st around - 16 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 1: On each needle: k1, kfb, kfb, k1. You have increased 2 sts on each of the 4 needles, you will now have a total of 24 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit each st on each needle around.
Rnd 3: On each needle: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on that needle, kfb, k1.
You have increased 2 sts on each of the 4 needles - 32 sts.
Rnd 4: Purl each st on each needle around.
Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnds 6 and 7: With D, rep Rnds 4 and 5.
Rnds 8 and 9: With A, rep Rnds 4 and 5.
Note: As you continue in the following section of the Square, change to the circular needle when sts have been sufficiently increased.
When you change to the circular needle, you will need to place st markers onto the needle to divide your sts into the 4 groups that you had on the dpns. (For example, if you change to the circular needle when you have increased to a total of 80 sts, you will need to place a marker between each group of 20 sts.) You may want to use markers that are a different color from the beg of rnd marker.
Rep Rnds 6-9 until you have 112 sts (Square should measure about 8 in. (20.5 cm).
Thread beg yarn tail into blunt needle and sew the hole at the center of the Square closed.
SQUARE II (make 12)
Work same as Square I, using B in place of A and E in place of D.
SQUARE III (make 12)
Work same as Square I, using C in place of A and F in place of D.
Following diagram, arrange Squares into 6 strips of 6 Squares each. The outside edge of each Square will roll slightly. Seam Squares together into strips as follows:
With RS facing, butt 2 adjoining Squares tog. From RS, sew Squares tog with straight sts, just inside the rolled edge.
Using the same seaming technique, and following diagram, sew the strips tog to make the Afghan.
Weave in ends.
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