Although 180 squares are required for the 50-by-62-inch afghan (above and center
in the photograph here), the 4-inch squares and the scalloped border work
up quickly as you gain experience. Use scrap yarn or your three favorite colors for this project. The design also makes a lovely baby afghan if worked in a smaller size such as 9 squares by 15 squares.
Size: About 50 by 62 inches.
Materials: 4-ply knitting worsted (4-ounce skeins), 3 light blue, 4 robin blue, 5 medium blue.
Crochet hook size G or size needed to obtain gauge.
No. 18 tapestry needle.
Gauge: Each square is 4 by 4 inches.
Squares: With light blue, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: *1 sc in ring, ch 10. Repeat from * 7 times. Join with sl st to first sc and fasten off.
Round 2: With robin blue, join yarn in any ch-10 loop. Ch3, 2 dc in same sp. *In next loop work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) for corner; 3 dc in next loop. Repeat from * twice more. Work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in
next loop for corner. Join with sl st to top of ch-3. Fasten off.
Round 3: With medium blue, join yarn in any ch-2 corner sp; ch 3 and work 2 dc in same sp.
*1 dc in each dc to next ch-2 corner sp; 3 dc in corner sp. Repeat from * twice more. Work 1 dc in each dc of last side, join with sl st to top of ch-3 and fasten off.
Make 180 squares.
Joining: Sew squares together so afghan is 12 squares by 15 squares. Click Here for details.
Border: With robin blue, join yarn in the center dc of any corner and ch 1, 2 sc in same st. Work 1 sc in each dc of squares with 1 sc in seam between squares. Continue around afghan in this manner, working 3 sc in each corner dc.
Join with sl st to top of ch-1 of first corner and fasten off. With light blue, join yarn in center sc of 3-sc corner, * sl st in next sc, sc in next sc, dc in next sc, 3 tr in next sc, dc in next sc, sc in next sc.
Repeat from * around entire afghan, working 2 or 3 sl sts as needed at corners to even the design.
Join with sl st to first sl st and fasten off.
This border is distinctive yet simple to do.