Afghan of the Month: November

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Plum Pudding

Design by Lori Zeller

Delicious texture and unusual stitch combinations make this yummy throw fun and interesting to crochet. It's sure to become a beautiful home accent you'll treasure for years.

Skill Level
Intermediate

Finished Size
45 x 54 inches

Materials
  • Medium (worsted) weight yarn:
    • 20 oz/1,000 yds/567g cream
    • 18 oz/900 yds/510g light plum
    • 10 oz/500 yds/284g dark plum
  • Size I/9/5.5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge
7 sc = 2 inches; 8 sc rows = 2 1/2 inches

Pattern Notes
Chain-3 at beginning of row or round counts as first double crochet unless otherwise stated
Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.

Special Stitches
Shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) as indicated in instructions.
Beginning shell (beg shell): Ch 3 (see Pattern Notes), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same ch sp.
Cross stitch (cross-st): Sk next st, dc in next st, working behind last dc worked, dc in st just sk.

Afghan
Motif
Make 20.
Row 1 (RS): With cream, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (10 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts, [ch 3, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice, ch 3, sc in each of last 2 sts, turn. (10 sc, 3 ch sps)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, [sk next st, holding ch-3 to front of work, sc in next st, sc in sk st, sc in next st] 3 times, turn. (10 sc)
Rows 4–9: [Rep rows 2 and 3 alternately] 3 times.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Rnd 11: Now working in rnds, ch 1, sc in each st across, ch 2, sc in end of each row across, ch 2, working in starting ch on opposite side of row 1, sc in each ch across, ch 2, sc in end of each row across, ch 2, join (see Pattern Notes) in beg sc. Fasten off. (40 sc, 4 ch sps)
Rnd 12: Join light plum with sc in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same ch sp, sc in each st around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner ch-2 sp, join in beg sc. (48 sc, 4 ch sps)
Rnd 13: Sl st in next ch sp, beg shell (see Special Stitches), cross-st (see Special Stitches) 6 times, [shell (see Special Stitches) in next ch sp, cross-st 6 times] around, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (24 cross-sts, 4 shells)
Rnd 14: Sl st in next st, sl st in next ch sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same ch sp, *ch 2, sc in ch sp between next 2-dc group and next cross st, [ch 2, sc in sp between next 2 cross-sts] 5 times, ch 2, sc in sp between next cross-st and next 2-dc group, ch 2**, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner ch sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg sc. Fasten off. (36 sc, 36 ch sps)
Rnd 15: Join dark plum with sc in first ch sp, ch 2, sc in same ch sp, *sc in next sc, working behind last rnd, dc in each of next 16 sts on rnd 13, sc in next sc before next ch-2 sp on last rnd**, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg sc. (64 dc, 16 sc, 4 ch sps)
Rnd 16: Sl st in next ch sp, beg shell, *sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st, sk next st, dc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st, sk next st, dc in each of next 2 sts, sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st, sk next st, dc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st, sk next st**, shell in next ch sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off. (80 dc, 4 shells)
Rnd 17: Join light plum in any corner ch-2 sp, beg shell, *sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st, [sc in next ch-1 sp, sk next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st], sc in next ch-1 sp, sk next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 3rd sk st, rep between [ ], sc in next ch-1 sp, sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st**, shell in next ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off. (80 dc, 16 sc, 4 shells)
Rnd 18: Sl st in next st, sl st in next ch sp, beg shell, *sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st, [sc in next ch-1 sp, sk next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st] 4 times, sc in next ch-1 sp, sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st**, shell in next ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off. (96 dc, 20 sc, 4 shells)
Rnd 19: Join cream in any corner ch-2 sp, beg shell, *dc in next st, fpdc (see Stitch Guide) around next st, [sk next st, sc in next st, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sk next st, fpdc around next sc] 5 times, sk next st, sc in next st, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next st, sk next st, fpdc around next dc, dc in next st**, shell in next corner ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (72 sc, 28 fpdc, 8 dc, 4 shells)
Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in each st around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner ch-2 sp, join in beg sc. Fasten off. (33 sc on each side between corner ch-2 sps)

Assembly
With cream, sew Motifs WS tog in 4 rows of 5 Motifs each.

Edging
Rnd 1: Join cream with sc in any st, sc in each st and in each ch sp on each side of seams around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner ch-2 sp, join in beg sc. Fasten off. (140 sc across each short end between corner ch sps, 175 sc on each long edge between corner ch sps)
Rnd 2: Join dark plum in any corner ch-2 sp, beg shell, *ch 1, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, [sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st, sk next st, sc in next st] across to last 2 sts before next corner ch sp, ch 1, sk next 2 sts**, shell in next corner ch-2 sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.
Rnd 3: Sl st in next st, sl st in next ch sp, beg shell, *sk next ch-1 sp, 2 dc in next sc, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in sk ch-1 sp, sc in next ch sp, [sk next 3 sts, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in 2nd sk st, sc in next ch-1 sp] across to last sc on this side, sk next sc, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, working behind 2 dc just made, 2 dc in sk sc**, shell in next corner ch sp, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off.

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