The circles within the squares of this afghan use a raised design called the popcorn stitch for a textured effect. The popcorn stitch, made of five double crochet stitches (Figure C), is easy to master. This afghan was made using only two colors, with the color sequence reversed in the squares used as a border, to create a dramatic design.
Size: About 42 by 47 inches.
Materials: 4-ply knitting worsted (4-ounce skein) 5 each of red and white.
Crochet hook size G or size needed to obtain gauge.
No. 18 tapestry needle.
Gauge: Square is 5 by 5 inches.
Main square: With white, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), work 15 dc in ring and join with sl st to top of ch-3 (16 dc in ring).
Round 2: Ch 4, *1 dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * 14 times. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch-4. Fasten off.
Round 3: Join red in any ch-1 sp, ch 3,4 dc in same sp. Drop loop from hook, insert hook in top of ch-3, pick up loop and pull through, ch 2 (popcorn made). *5 dc in next sp, drop loop, insert hook in top of 1st dc, pick up loop and pull through, ch 2. Repeat from * 14 times (16 popcorns) and join with sl st to top of ch-3 of first popcorn. Fasten off.
Round 4: Join white in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp. *(3 dc in next ch-2 sp) 3 times, in next sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) for corner. Repeat from * twice. Work 3 dc in each ch-2 space of last side, 3 dc in corner, ch2 and join with sl st to top of 1st ch-3. Fasten off.
Round 5: Join red in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 1, 2 sc in same sp. Work 1 sc in each dc with 3 sc in corner sp. Join with sl st to ch-1 and fasten off.
Make 42 squares.
Contrasting square: Follow crochet directions for main squares, reversing color sequence: work ring, rnds 1, 2 and 4 in red, and rnds 3 and 5 in white.
Make 30 squares.
Joining: Join main squares together so afghan is 6 squares by 7 squares.
Join contrasting squares so there are 2 strips of 6 squares and 2 strips of 9 squares.
Sew shorter contrasting strips to ends of afghan and longer strips to sides (Figure D).
Border: With red, join yarn to center sc of 3-sc group in corner of afghan, ch 3, 1 dc in same sc. Work 1 dc in each sc and 1 dc in seam between squares. Continue in this manner, working 2 dc in each center sc of corner. Join with sl st to first ch-3. Ch 4, dc in same dc, *ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc. Repeat from * around afghan, working 1 dc, ch 1,1 dc in corner st. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch-4. Fasten off.