Dale Earnhardt An Afghan in Tunisian Crochet © 2001 Cindy Murray All rights reserved. Please read throughall the instructions before starting this project! Please Note: This pattern is worked using the afghanstitch.
You should be familiar with this stitch before attemptingthis afghan. The method I used is the color-change method, howeveryou can do this afghan using cross-stitch. I suggest that youhave at least some experience changing colors in afghan stitchbefore attempting to do so with this pattern.
For a tutorial on special techniques usedin this pattern, please go to http://home.comcast.net/~crochet_cindy/tutorial/afghan.htm The afghan is divided into six graphsso that the grid is not too small to read. If you have troubleand loose your place, I recommend that you tape the sides of thegraphs together to make one or two larger pieces. Materials: Red Heart Super Saver no dye lot yarn in8 ounce skeins: 8 Black , 3 Red, 7 White, 1 Grey, and a smallamount of Blue (for the GM symbol).
Hook: SizeH flexible afghan crochet hook, or hook needed to achieve guage. Guage: 4 sts = 1". Be sure to checkyour guage!
The graphic in this pattern will be distorted if yourguage is off. Finished Size: Approximately 70" W x 80"L Pattern Notes: 1. ... more. less.
Try not to carry unused yarn acrossmore than two stitches or rows, as there is no way to "crochetover" carried yarn, and it will leave loops which can besnagged.<br><br> I generally try to start a new bobbin any time a coloris not used in the next two stitches. 2. It is not necessary to tie yarn on witha knot, however leave a 6 to 8 inch tail for weaving.<br><br> do 3. DO NOT count the first loop on the hookas the first stitch! The first stitch will be the first loopyou pull up.<br><br> This is contrary to the standard method, but isnecessary to maintain the overall look of the afghan. 4. Graphs are worked from right to leftstarting at the bottom.<br><br> With black, chain 336 . LOOSELY Rows 1-20: Work in afghan stitch across. Rows 21-30: Work black for 20 stitches, red for 295 stitches, and black forthe last 20 stitches.<br><br> Rows 31-295 (next 265 rows): Work 20 stitches in black and 10 red before workingas per chart. Finish each row with 10 red, then 20 black. Rows 296-305: Work black for 20 stitches, red for 295 stitches, and black forthe last 20 stitches.<br><br> Rows 306-325: Work in black across. Fasten off. Edging: There are two suggested waysto edge this afghan.<br><br> Both should provide enough weight to theborder/edging to hold the afghan flat. Additional blocking maybe required. Reverse Single CrochetEdge: I edgedthe sample afghan in black with one round of single crochet andthen a round of reverse single crochet using 2 strands.<br><br> This providesa nice "bound off" edge to the afghan. To keep it fromrippling due to the bulk of the 2 strands, I skipped every thirdstitch. Don't forget to put three stitches in the corners.<br><br> Blanket Binding: I have not tried this bordermyself, but it looks very sturdy and may add additional weightto the edge of the afghan, which would help to flatten out thosecurled ends even more. Instructions for this simple border canbe found in the free patterns areaat(http://hometown.aol.com/ lffunt/page.html). Priscilla's Crochet Finishing: Weave in all ends.<br><br> Enjoy! Oh, and don't forgetto let me know how it turned out! 1 2 3 4 5 6<br><br>