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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Week 8 - Art Deco CAL

Welcome to Week 8 of the Art Deco Afghan CAL!



For CAL details and to find a list of participating shops for yarn kits,  read all about it HERE.

VIDEOS: by Tania Leis, Hooked by TJ

Week 8 – Righthand

Week 8 - Lefthand


Art Deco Afghan on Ravelry - $2.50

Today is the final installment for our period masterpiece. In order to tie together all of our different deco sections, I’m echoing one of the previous stitch patterns. We will be using the Decorative Band as our Border. I really love this stitch pattern, and I love the textured simplicity of it. What a great way to complete our work of art!

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MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

YARN

Cascade Anthem – Lempicka Kit

A – Raspberry

B – Silver

C – Rose Shadow

D – Roasted Coconut

E – Denim

F – Fuchsia Rose

HOOK - I / 5.5 mm

Use the hook size appropriate for your yarn and tension.

OTHER

Stitch markers, Tapestry Needle, Scissors

FINISHED SIZE

Finished Afghan with Border = 42”  X  58”

ABBREVIATIONS

Beg = beginning

Ch/s = chain/s

Cont = continue/ing

Dc= double crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

Hk = hook

Lp/s = loop/s

Rnd = round

Sl St = slip stitch

Sp/s = space/s

St/s = stitch/es

Yo = yarn over

INSTRUCTIONS

BORDER –  Use color A

To begin the Border, you already have 2 rows of 135 sc across the top and bottom of afghan. You will work 2 rows of sc along both long sides of the afghan to match. All you need is an odd number of sc stitches on each side for the Border stitch pattern. You can just wing it, and work an odd numbered amount of sc across each side however they will fit - not crowding in too many nor stretching out too few. This is the easiest way to begin the Border, and no one will ever know if the number of stitches on each side aren’t the same.

If you prefer more detailed symmetry and want the same number of stitches on each side, you can do that too. I did this and will show you how I did it. But remember, the border is very forgiving, and exact stitch counts aren’t really necessary. Just make sure you have an ODD number of stitches on each side.

Set-up Rows - I worked a total of 191 sc across each long side.

Holding afghan with RS facing and long side edge in hand, join color A with sc to Left Side corner. This will be the vertical post of the end of row sc edging on short side. Do not join your sc to the top of this sc, but to the side.

Left Side of Afghan

Row 1 (RS):

Color A Edging – 2 sc (includes the joining sc)

Right Angle color D – 23 sc

Right Angle color B – 23 sc

Color A Edging – 2 sc

Quarter Circle color C – 13 sc

Half Circle color C – 27 sc

Half Circle color C – 27 sc

Band, Grid, Band – 39 sc

Ch2 corner Bi-color Square – 1 sc

Bi-color Square – 15 sc

Ch2 of same and next Bi-color Square – sc2tog = 1 sc

Bi-color Square – 15 sc

Ch2 corner Bi-color Square – 1 sc

Color A Edging – 2 sc

Ch 1, turn. (191 sc)

Row 2 (WS): Sc in each sc across. Finish off. (191 sc)





Right Side of Afghan Worked in reverse order with slightly different stitch counts in certain sections.

Row 1 (RS):

Color A Edging – 2 sc

Ch2 corner Bi-color Square – 1 sc

Bi-color Square – 15 sc

Ch2 of same and next Bi-color Square – sc2tog = 1 sc

Bi-color Square – 15 sc

Ch2 corner Bi-color Square – 1 sc

Band, Grid, Band – 38 sc

Half Circle color A – 27 sc

Half Circle color A – 27 sc

Quarter Circle color A – 14 sc

Color A Edging – 2 sc

Right Angle color C – 23 sc

Right Angle color A – 23 sc

Color A Edging – 2 sc

Ch 1, turn. (191 sc)

Row 2 (WS): Sc in each sc across, ch 1 turn. DO NOT finish off. Continue with Border.

(191 sc)

BORDER

The Border is the same stitch pattern as the Decorative Band.

Continue with color A.

Rnd 1 (RS):

Working on Long Side:

(Sc, dc) in first st, [sk next st, (sc, dc) in next st] to end of side.


Rotate to work on Short Top Side:

(Sc, dc) in first vertical st, sk next vertical st, (sc, dc) in next st, [sk next st, (sc, dc) in next st] to last 2 vertical sts, sk next vertical st, (sc, dc) in last vertical st.



Rotate and repeat Long Side and Short Side ending on Bottom Side, join with sl st to beg sc, ch 1, turn.



Rnd 2 (WS): PM in the last dc on each side this Rnd.

(Sc, dc) in first sc, [sk next dc, (sc, dc) in next sc] around all sides, join with sl st to beg sc,

ch 1, turn.



Rnd 3 (RS): Sc in same st, (sc, hdc, sc) in next marked dc, [sc, in each st to last marked dc on this side, (sc, hdc, sc) in marked dc] around to beg sc, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off.



Weave in all ends, block as desired.




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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Week 7 - Art Deco Afghan CAL

Welcome to Week 7 of the Art Deco Afghan CAL!


For CAL details and to find a list of participating shops for yarn kits,
 read all about it HERE.

VIDEOS: by Tania Leis, Hooked by TJ

Week 7 – Righthand

Week 7 - Lefthand


Art Deco Afghan on Ravelry - $2.50

For this week’s section, we will be making some 2 color squares. By turning after each round, it won’t be necessary to carry colors. This is a pretty straightforward square, and works quickly once you get started. Sit in your favorite chair, turn on your favorite television show or music, and you’ll be done in no time.

The inspiration for this section is, of course, the chevron. I love chevrons, or ripples, or zig zags – whatever you want to call them. There are so many variations that produce very unique looks. For this design, I chose to use big, bold chevrons. Very cool, don’t ya think?



NOTE: Erte and Seattle will be substituting colors this week.

Erte – use colors A and C (instead of F)

Seattle – use colors E (instead of A) and F

MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

YARN

Cascade Anthem – Lempicka Kit

A – Raspberry

B – Silver

C – Rose Shadow

D – Roasted Coconut

E – Denim

F – Fuchsia Rose

HOOK - I / 5.5 mm

Use the hook size appropriate for your yarn and tension.

FINISHED SIZE

Each Square – 5”

Joined Panel – 10” Height X 40” Width

ABBREVIATIONS

Beg = beginning

Ch/s = chain/s

Cont = continue/ing

Dc= double crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

Hk = hook

Lp/s = loop/s

Rnd = round

Sl St = slip stitch

Sp/s = space/s

St/s = stitch/es

Yo = yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES

Sc2tog (single crochet 2 stitches together) - [Insert hk in sp indicated, yo and pull up lp] twice, yo and draw through all lps on hk.

NOTES

1. To change colors, work the last st in first color until the last yo. Drop first color to WS. Pick up new color with hk and draw through all lps on hk to complete the st. Continue working with the new color. Always keep non-working color to WS.

2. The ch-3 at the beg of a Rnd counts as a dc.

3. The hdc join counts as a ch-2 join.

INSTRUCTIONS

BI-COLOR SQUARES – Make 16

Use colors A and F

Erte – use colors A and C (instead of F)

Seattle – use colors E (instead of A) and F

Sizing - Each square is 5” X 5”. Make sure that 8 squares in a row is equal to the width of your blanket. You may need to adjust your tension.

With A ch 4 and join to form a ring, OR make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: (WS) Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, 3 dc in ring, drop A and join F in last st, ch 2, 3 dc in ring, ch 2, 3 dc in ring,  join with hdc to top of beg ch-3, turn. (12 dc, 4 ch-2)


Rnd 2:
(RS) Working with F, ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, drop F, join A in last st, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in last ch-2 sp, join with hdc to top of beg ch-3, turn. (28 dc, 4 ch-2)



Rnd 3: (WS) Working with A, ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next 7 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, drop A, join F in last st, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, dc in next 7 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in last ch-2 sp, join with hdc to top of beg ch-3, turn (44 dc, 4 ch-2)



Rnd 4: (RS) Working with F, ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next 11 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 11 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, drop F, join A in last st, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, dc in next 11 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 11 dc, 2 dc in last ch-2 sp, join with hdc to top of beg ch-3. Finish off both colors. (60 dc, 4 ch-2)


JOIN SQUARES

After completing all 16 squares, you will sew them together into a large chevron pattern. I used the whip stitch on the WS, as the joins are with matching colors and do not bleed through. You may use the join of your choice. Just rotate each square into correct position as shown below.



EDGING

You will now work 135 sc across the top and bottom edges.

Row 1: Join color A with sc to top right ch-2 corner sp.

Sc in next 15 dc.

(Sc in next ch-2 corner sp) twice.

Sc in next 15 dc.

Rep in RED 3 times.

Sc2tog placing first leg in next ch-2 corner sp and second leg in next ch-2 corner sp.

Sc in next 15 dc.

(Sc in next ch-2 corner sp) twice.

Rep in RED 4 times omitting last sc.

Ch 1, turn. (135 sc)

Row 2: Sc in each st across. Finish off. (135 sc)

REPEAT ON BOTTOM EDGE OF PIECE.



ATTACH TO BOTTOM OF AFGHAN

With color A, sew Chevron piece to bottom of afghan.



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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Week 6 - Art Deco Afghan

Welcome to Week 6 of the Art Deco Afghan CAL!



For CAL details and to find a list of participating shops for yarn kits,  read all about it HERE.

VIDEOS: by Tania Leis, Hooked by TJ

Week 6 – Righthand

Week 6 - Lefthand


Art Deco Afghan on Ravelry - $2.50



This week we will continue with our Dunand inspired section. You will make four more Right Angles, or Triangles, and then arrange them to your satisfaction. You can arrange them in the same order as I did, or however it pleases you with your colors.

Some of you may be having difficulty with gauge on this section. The length has been too short. Remember that each Right Angle needs to be half the width of your blanket - the clamshell section. No worries – here’s some tips on how to get the correct dimensions. 

1. Go up 1 or 2 hook sizes.

2. Try looser tension.

3. Keep adding more rows until your length is correct. It really doesn’t matter if you end up with more stitches on the last row than what the pattern calls for. It will not affect the border, but will just add a little to the height of the blanket.

MATERIALS & GUIDELINES

YARN

Cascade Anthem – Lempicka Kit

A – Raspberry

B – Silver

C – Rose Shadow

D – Roasted Coconut

E – Denim

F – Fuchsia Rose

HOOK - I / 5.5 mm

Use the hook size appropriate for your yarn and tension.

FINISHED SIZE

Each Right Angle – 4” X 20”

Four Joined Right Angles – 16” X 20”

ABBREVIATIONS

Beg = beginning

Ch/s = chain/s

Cont = continue/ing

Dc= double crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

Hk = hook

Lp/s = loop/s

Rnd = round

Sl St = slip stitch

Sp/s = space/s

St/s = stitch/es

Yo = yarn over

NOTES

·       All odd rows begin with an increase – 2 hdc in same st and the stitch counts increases by 1.

·       All even rows are worked evenly across and the stitch count remains the same as previous odd row.

·       There is no RS / WS.

INSTRUCTIONS

RIGHT ANGLES 

Make 1 in color A, 1 in color C, 1 in color E, and 1 in color F.

Sizing - Each right angle piece is 20” in length. Make sure that 1 right angle is equal to half the width of your blanket. See tips listed above for help on sizing.

Row 1: Ch 2, 2 hdc in first ch, ch 1, turn. (2 hdc)

Row 2: Hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (2 hdc)

Row 3: 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st, ch 1, turn. (3 hdc)

Even Rows: 1 hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.

Odd Rows: 2 hdc in first st, hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn.

Cont working Even and Odd Rows in established pattern. Finish off  after Row 44.

 

ROWS

STITCH COUNT

 

ROWS

STITCH COUNT

1 – 2

2

 

23 – 24

13

3 – 4

3

 

25 – 26

14

5 – 6

4

 

27 – 28

15

7 – 8

5

 

29 – 30

16

9 – 10

6

 

31 – 32

17

11 – 12

7

 

33 – 34

18

13 – 14

8

 

35 – 36

19

15 – 16

9

 

37 – 38

20

17 – 18

10

 

39 – 40

21

19 – 20

11

 

41 – 42

22

21 - 22

12

 

43 - 44

23

 JOIN

After completing all 4 Right Angles, you will sew them together. I used the mattress stitch, as the color doesn’t bleed through to the RS, but you can use your method of choice.

You can place your Right Angles in the order shown here, or arrange all 8 pieces in your desired order.

Note: Position piece A and piece C so that their points are slightly to the right. Join Pieces E and F at long ends as circled above. Join pieces A and C at long ends as circled above.

Sew both pieces together as shown, or to your preference.

EDGING

Row 1: Join color A to top right corner and work 135 sc evenly across top, Ch 1, turn. (135 sc)

Row 2: Sc in each st across. Finish off. (135 sc)

Repeat on bottom edge of piece.

ATTACH TO TOP OF AFGHAN

With color A, sew Right Angle section to top of afghan. I used the whip stitch on WS.


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