Well, I’m honestly not sure how to start this post. A lot is happening all around the world, and I know I’m not alone in feeling a little lost.
Tensions are running high, feelings are all over the place, and I wish I could give all of you a (virtual) hug. I know we are all left worried and wondering over what is happening. We don’t even know how long this will last. Here in Ontario, we just found out that our kids will be home for the next three weeks, and we are all encouraged to stay home. If ever there was a need for an online community, now would be it.
As a crocheter and designer, it got me thinking about what I have that I could offer to help us pass the time. So, although I can’t do anything major to help during this time, I feel like I could at least do this. I am adding the Victoria Afghan crochet pattern to the blog for a specific reason…
VICTORIA AFGHAN CROCHET PATTERN
The reason I chose the Victoria Afghan crochet pattern is because it meets several criteria. Firstly, it has a two row repeat. This makes it a fun and easy pattern to make. You can pick it up and put it down as needed without ever losing your place, or needing to count stitches every row. No stress over complicated stitches or learning new techniques.
Secondly, it looks fantastic when using several different colors! There isn’t a super intricate design that loses it’s impact from too much going on, you know? Although I first designed this using full skeins of Loops and Threads Colorwheel (no longer available), you can use any yarn you like!
Thirdly, this pattern was written for a lot of different sizes. From doll, all the way up to Queen! So you can choose which size you want to make based on the amount of stash you want to use.
Just because we are staying home, doesn’t mean we can’t still be social! If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to join the Sincerely Pam Community Group on Facebook. We will be making this blanket together for the next 4 weeks. I have also lined up several of my favorite Designers and Crochet Friends to join me LIVE a few nights a week! We will be crocheting, chatting, and just hanging out with YOU! I really want to make sure that we still make time for ourselves. To take a bit of time to relax and have some fun, even if it isn’t in person.
CAL (CROCHET ALONG) DETAILS!
This pattern will be released here on the blog in three parts, with the entire CAL running from March 15, to April 13th, 2020.
1: Gauge Swatch and Materials (released March 15th)
2: Blanket Repeats (released Wednesday, March 18th)
3: Edging (coming Monday, April 6th)
Don’t want to wait for each part to be released? You can purchse a copy of the ad-free pdf by clicking one of my shops below.
You can always check out all my other FREE crochet patterns HERE!
PART 1 – GAUGE AND MATERIALS
Yarn: Worsted #4. Sample made using Loops and Threads Colorwheel (discontinued). For the CAL, I will be making another Afghan using scrap yarn. I recommend you have fun doing the same!
See approximate yardage for individual sizes below the materials list. Samples were made by testers in sizes Doll up to Throw size. Twin and Queen have measurements and stitch counts, but no approximate yardage.
Hook: J (6.0 mm).
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends.
- ch: chain
- st(s): stitch(es)
- sk: skip
- sp: space
- slst: slip stitch
- sc: single crochet
- dc: double crochet
- puff: puff stitch
Special Pattern Notes
Sample shown is Baby Size. This pattern is worked from the bottom up. Then the Edging is added to the top and bottom.
Beginning ch1 does not count as a stitch. Beginning ch3 counts as a dc throughout.
Puff Stitch: [Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up loop] 3 times, yarn over, pull through 6 loops, yarn over pull through last 2 loops.
3 pattern repeats and 6 Rows = 4”x4”
***NEW*** You can watch a video tutorial of the Gauge Swatch being made HERE!
1: Ch28, sc in 2nd ch and across. (27)
2: Ch3, turn, *sk2sts, (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk2sts, repeat from * across, dc in last. (22 dc)
3:Ch3, turn, (puff, ch2, puff) in each ch1 across, dc in last. (10 puff)
4: Ch3, turn, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in each ch2 across, dc in last. (22 dc)
Repeat 3 and 4 (3) times.
Measure the gauge swatch away from the edges to get an accurate measurement.
Please note that the Queen size blanket will stretch out when you are making it due to the size and weight. You may want to either use a smaller hook than gauge, or periodically check your gauge while making it to ensure it stays accurate.
You are free to sell what you make from this pattern, but you may not share, copy or reproduce this pattern in part or whole.
Photographs are also copyright protected and may not be used.
Please link back to one of my shops if selling your finished items online.
(c) Pam Dajczak 2017
PART 2 – BLANKET REPEAT INSTRUCTIONS
***NEW*** Having trouble with the pattern repeat? You can watch a video tutorial of the Gauge Swatch being made HERE!
1: Ch (58, 98, 138, 178, 218, 338), sc in 2nd and across. (57, 97, 137, 177, 217, 337 sc)
2: Ch3 (counts as dc), turn, *sk2sts, (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk2sts, repeat from * across, dc in last. (46, 78, 110, 142, 174, 270 dc)
3:Ch3, turn, (puff, ch2, puff) in each ch1 across, dc in last. (22, 38, 54, 70, 86, 134 puff)
4: Ch3, turn, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in each ch2 space across, dc in last. (46, 78, 110, 142, 174, 270 dc)
Repeat 3 and 4 until 6” from desired length using the Chart above as a guide, ending after a repeat of 3.
PART 3 – EDGING
5: Ch1, turn, sc, *sc in top of puff, 3sc in ch2 space, sc in top of puff, repeat from * across, sc in last. (57, 97, 137, 177, 217, 337 sc)
6: Ch5, turn, puff in same st as ch5, sk2sts, dc next 3, sk2sts, *(puff, ch4, puff) in next, sk2sts, dc next 3, sk2sts, repeat from * across, (puff, ch2, dc) in last. (14, 24, 34, 44, 54, 84 puffs)
7: Ch1, turn, sc, ch1, sc in ch 2 space, ch2, sc in dc, ch3, sk1dc, sc in dc, *ch2, (sc, ch2) twice in ch4 space, sc in dc, ch3, sk1dc, sc in dc, repeat from * across, ch2, sc in ch5 space, ch1, sc in 3rd ch of ch5. (30, 50, 70, 90, 110, 170 sc)
8: Ch1, turn, sc, (puff, ch3, puff, ch3 puff) in next ch 3 space, *sk next ch2 space, sc in next ch2 space, sk next ch2 space, (puff, ch3, puff, ch3, puff) in next ch3 space, repeat from * across, sc in last sc. (21, 36, 51, 66, 81, 126 puffs)
9: Ch1, turn, sc, *ch3, (sc, ch3, sc, ch3) in next ch3 space, (sc, ch3, sc, ch3) in next ch3 space, sc in next sc, repeat from * across. (36, 61, 86, 111, 136, 211 sc)
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Reattach yarn to the Foundation Chain.
10: Ch1, sc across remaining loops of the Foundation Chain.
(57, 97, 137, 177, 217, 337 sc)
Repeat Rows 6-9.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.