Afghan of the Month - April

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Day Lilies

Design by Eleanor Albano-Miles

These exotic flowers are added to the crocheted hexagon blocks like appliques. We arranged the flowers in a circular pattern, but you might want to completely cover your afghan with lilies.

Size
About 51" x 70"

Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn, 45 oz (3150 yds, 1350 gms) off white; 7 oz (490 yds, 210 gms) green; 4 1/2 oz (315 yds, 135 gms) pink, orange, and gold
  • Note: Our photographed afghan was made with Red Heart® Classic™, Off White #3, Seafoam Green #684, Pale Rose #744, Medium Coral #252, and Honey Gold #645.
  • Size J (6mm) crochet hook, or size required for gauge
  • Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook
  • Size 16 tapestry needle

Gauge

  • 3 sc = 1"

Instructions

Motif (make 53): With larger size hood and off white, ch 6; join to form a ring.

  • Rnd 1 (right side): Ch 3 {counts as a dc on this and following rnd}, 17 dc in
    ring; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3 -- 18 dc.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same ch as joining; 2 dc in each rem dc; join in
    3rd ch of beg ch-3 -- 36 dc.
  • Note: Remainder of motif is worked in joined rows.
  • Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining and in next 4 dc, ch 3, sk next dc; * sc in next 5 dc, ch 3, sk next dc; rep from * 4 times more; join in first sc -- 6 ch-3 sps. Ch 3 {counts as first dc on following rows}, turn.
  • Row 2: In next ch-3 sp work {2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc}; * dc in next 5 sc, in next ch-3 sp work {2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc}; rep from * 4 times more; dc in next 4 dc; join in 3rd ch of turning ch-3 -- 54 dc. Ch 3, turn.
  • Row 3: Dc in next 6 dc, in next ch-2 sp work {dc, ch 2, dc}; * dc in next 9 dc, in next ch-2 sp work {dc, ch 2, dc}; rep from * 4 times more; dc in next 2 dc; join in 3rd ch of turning ch-3 -- 66 dc. Ch 3, turn.
  • Row 4: Dc in next 3 dc, in next ch-2 sp work {dc, ch 2, dc}; * dc in next 11 dc, in next ch-2 sp work {dc, ch 2, dc}; rep from * 4 times more; dc in next 7 dc; join in 3rd ch of turning ch-3 -- 78 dc. Ch 1, turn..
  • Rows 5: Sc in same ch as joining and in next 8 dc, in next ch-2 sp work {sc, ch 2, sc}; * sc in next 13 dc, in next ch-2 sp work {sc, ch 2, sc}; rep from * 4 times more; sc in next 4 dc; join in first sc.

    Finish off and weave in all ends.

Lilies (make 10 pink, 10 orange, and 8 gold)

  • Top Half: With smaller size hook, ch 4; join to form a ring.
  • Foundations Rnd (right side): Ch 1, 9 sc in ring; join in BL of first sc.
First Petal:
  • Row 1: Ch 1, 2 sc in same lp; working in BLs only, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc -- 6 sc. Ch 1, turn, leaving rem sc unworked.
  • Row 2: Sc in first 2 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc; sc in next 2 sc -- 8 sc. Ch 1, turn.
  • Row 3: Sc in each sc. Ch 1, turn.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 5: Dec over first 2 sc {to work dec: draw up lp in 2 sc indicated, YO and draw through all 3 lps on hook -- dec made}; sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc -- 6 sc. Ch 1, turn.
  • Row 6: Dec over first 2 sc; sc in next 2 sc, dec -- 4 sc. Ch 1, turn.
  • Rows 7 and 8: Rep row 3.
  • Row 9: Dec twice -- 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
  • Row 10: Rep row 3.
  • Row 11: Dec. Ch 1, turn.
  • Row 12: Sc in next sc. Finish off.
Second Petal:
Join in BL of next unused sc on Foundation Rnd to left of First Petal. Work same as First Petal.
Third Petal:
Join in BL of next unused sc on Foundation Rnd to left of Second Petal. Work same as First Petal.

Bottom Half

Using smaller size hook, ch 4; join to form a ring.

  • Rnd 1 (right side): Ch 1, 9 sc in ring; join in first sc.
  • Rnd 2: Ch3 {counts as a dc}, dc in same sc; 2 dc in each rem sc; join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3 -- 18 dc.
First Petal
  • Row 1: Ch 1, 2 sc in same ch as joining; working in BLs only, 2 sc in each of next 2 dc -- 6 sc. Ch 1, turn, leaving rem dc unworked.
  • Row 2 through 12: Rep Rows 2 through 12 of First Petal of Top Half.
Second Petal: Sk next 3 unused dc to left of First Petal; join in BL of next dc. Work same as First Petal of Bottom Half.
Third Petal: Sk next 3 unused dc to left of Second Petal; join in BL of next dc. Work same as Second Petal of Bottom Half. Finish off and weave in all ends.

Leaf (make 168)
With smaller size hook and green, ch 12; sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next 2 chs, trc in next 3 chs, dc in next 2 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch. Crochet WorldFinish off, leaving a 12" end for sewing. Weave in rem end.

Lily Motif Assembly
Referring to Photo A for placement, sew six leaves to one motif. Referring to Photo B, sew bottom half of one lily to center of motif; tack end of each petal to Row 3 of motif. Referring to Photo C, sew matching top half over bottom half, positioning top half petals between petals of bottom half; tack end of each petal to Row 2 of motif. Repeat with remaining leaves and lilies.

Afghan Assembly
Referring to Layout for placement, join motifs together. To join, hold two motifs with right sides together and carefully matching stitches. With tapestry needle and off white, sew with overcast stitch {see Stitch Guide} through BLs only along one side, beginning and ending in ch-2 sp of corners. Join remaining motifs in same manner, being sure all corner junctions are firmly joined.

Border
Hold afghan with right side facing you and one short end at top; with larger size hook, join green in ch-2 sp at top of first motif in upper right-hand corner {see Layout}; ch 2, 2 hdc in same sp; hdc in next 15 sc, 3 hdc in next ch-2 sp; {hdc in next 15 sc and in next joining} twice; {hdc in next 15 sc, 3 hdc in next ch-2 sp} twice ; rep from to twice more; hdc in next 15 sc; 3 hdc in next ch-2 sp; hdc in next 15 sc, in next joining, and in next 15 sc ; rep from to 6 times more; {3 hdc in next ch-2 sp, hdc in next 15 sc} twice; 3 hdc in next ch-2 sp; rep from to 3 times; hdc in next 15 sc; rep from to 7 times; 3 hdc in next ch-2 sp; hdc in next 15 sc; join in 2nd ch of beg ch-2. Finish off and weave in all ends.

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