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Millionaire's Afghan

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Looking for the ultimate crocheted afghan pattern?  Look no further than the Millionaire's Afghan.  With a wide variety of yarn colors and crochet stitches, this colorful crocheted afghan will brighten up any room in your home.  This is also a great project for trying new crochet techniques and practicing your crochet skills.

Millionaire's Afghan

Materials:

  • 2 skeins Naturally Caron Country yarn in Green Sheen (A)
  • 2 skeins Naturally Caron Country yarn in Loden Forest (B)
  • 2 skeins Naturally Caron Country yarn in Claret (C)
  • 2 skeins Naturally Caron Country yarn in Spruce (D)
  • 2 skeins Naturally Caron Country yarn in Chocolate Truffle (E)
  • 2 skeins Naturally Caron Country yarn in Gilded Age (F)
  • 2 skeins Naturally Caron Country yarn in Deep Purple (G)
  • 1 skein Naturally Caron Country yarn in Sunset (H)
  • 1 skein Naturally Caron Country yarn in Soft Sunshine (I)
  • 1 skein Naturally Caron Country yarn in Black (J)
  • US H-8 (5mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge
  • Removable stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • Diagram

 

Gauge:  One large square measures 4"/10cm across

 

Special Stitches:

  • beg-Cl: Beginning cluster—Yarn over, insert hook in indicated ch-space and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; yarn over, insert hook in same ch-space and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
  • Cl: Cluster—Yarn over, insert hook in indicated ch-space and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; [yarn over, insert hook in same ch-space and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
  • FPdc: Front-post double crochet—Yarn over, insert hook from front to back and then to front again around post of stitch, yarn over and draw up loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice.
  • make-join: Drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in next joining location of top of strip or neighboring piece, return dropped loop to hook, draw the dropped loop through the stitch or space.

 

Notes:

  • Throw is worked in five long strips. Each strip is worked from the lower edge upwards, and is made from rectangles, small squares, and large squares. After all five strips have been made, the strips are single crocheted together. If desired, all pieces (rectangles, small squares, and large squares) can be made separately, arranged as shown in assembly diagram and sewn or single crocheted together.
  • Refer to the assembly diagram frequently. The assembly diagram shows the order in which squares and rectangles are made in each strip. The diagram also shows the colors used when making each piece.
  • Large and small squares are worked in joined rounds, with RS facing at all times. A "join-as-you-go" technique is used to join the squares to the top of the partially completed strip and previous squares. Squares are joined to previous pieces while working the last round (joining round). When the first piece in a strip is a square, the square is not joined to any previous pieces.
  • Rectangles are worked back and forth in rows. The first row of most rectangles is worked directly onto the top edge of the partially completed strip. When the first piece in a strip is a rectangle, the first row is not worked directly onto the edge of previous pieces. Instead, a traditional foundation chain and row of single crochet stitches is worked.
  • To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Fasten off old color.

 

Instructions:
Throw measures approximately 40"x56"

Strips
Refer to the assembly diagram for arrangement of each strip. Make each strip from the lower edge upwards. For example, strip #1 begins with a rectangle, then 4 small squares are made and joined to the top of the rectangle, 4 more small squares are made and joined to the previous 4 small squares, 2 large squares are then worked and joined to the previous small squares, and so on.

  1. Strip #1: Strip #1 is the left most strip. Begin by working a beginning rectangle (instructions below), working 6 rows with I and 6 rows with D. Continue strip by working and joining small squares, large squares, and rectangles in the order and color combinations shown in assembly diagram.
     
  2. Strip #2: Begin by working a beginning large square (instructions below), working 2 rounds with C and 2 rounds with J. Continue strip by working and joining large squares, rectangles, and small squares in the order and color combinations shown in assembly diagram.
     
  3. Strip #3: Strip #3 is the center strip. Begin by working a beginning rectangle, working 2 rows with H, 2 rows with B and 2 rows with F. Continue strip by working and joining large squares, rectangles and small squares in the order and color combinations shown in assembly diagram.
     
  4. Strip #4: Begin by working a beginning rectangle, working 3 rows with A, 2 rows with C, 2 rows with D, 2 rows with G and 3 rows with I. Continue strip by working and joining small squares, large squares, and rectangles in the order and color combinations shown in assembly diagram.
     
  5. Strip #5: Begin by working a beginning large square, working all 4 rounds with F. Continue strip by working and joining large squares, rectangles, and small squares in the order and color combinations shown in assembly diagram.

 

Beginning Rectangle
Follow these instructions when working first rectangle of strips #1, #3 and #4 only. For all other rectangles, follow the instructions in the Joined Rectangle section.

Ch 32.

  1. Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch across, turn—31 sc.
     
  2. Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each st across, turn.
     
  3. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *FPdc around next dc, sc in next dc; repeat from * across, turn.
     
  4. Refer to assembly diagram for number of rows to be worked in this rectangle. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until one less row than specified in assembly diagram has been worked.
     
  5. Last Row: Ch 1, sc in each st across.
     
  6. Fasten off.

 

Joined Rectangle

  1. Row 1: With RS facing, join yarn with sc in first corner of partially completed strip, work 31 more sc evenly spaced across the top edge of the strip.
     
  2. Beginning with Row 2, complete rectangle as for beginning rectangle.

 

Joined Small Square

  1. With first color, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
     
  2. Round 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, ch 3, [3 dc in ring, ch 3] 3 times; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—12 dc and 4 ch-3 sps. Fasten off first color. Note: If the same color is used for Rounds 1 and 2, do not fasten off.

Mark Joining Locations

  1. Before joining first small square to top of partially completed strip, place 17 stitch markers evenly spaced across the top edge. Place the first marker in one corner and the last marker in the opposite corner. Space the other 15 markers evenly between the first and last marker. These markers indicate the joining locations for the 4 small squares that will be joined to the top edge.
     
  2. When joining the edge of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th small squares to the edge of the previous small square, the joining locations are the corner ch-1 sps, and the 3 ch-1 sps across the edge. Place markers in these locations on the previous small square, if desired.
     
  3. Work one of the following Round 2 joining rounds, as appropriate. When instructed to make-join, insert hook in next joining location (marked location on top of strip, or next joining ch-sp on edge of previous square).

Joining First Small Square to Top of Strip

  1. Round 2 (joining round): With RS facing, join 2nd color with sc in top of beginning ch, ch 1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, ch 1; join next edge of current square to top of strip, as follows: (sc, ch 1, make-join, sc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, make-join, sc in next dc, ch 1, make-join, sk next dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, make-join, (sc, ch 1, make-join, sc) in next ch-3 sp; complete unjoined sides, as follows: *ch 1, sc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-3 sp; repeat from * around, ch 1; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
     
  2. Joining 2nd, 3rd and 4th Small Square to Top of Strip and Previous Small Square
     
  3. Round 2 (joining round): With RS facing, join 2nd color with sc in top of beginning ch, ch 1, sk next dc, sc in next dc; join next edge of current square to side edge of previous square, as follows: ch 1, (sc, ch 1, make-join inserting hook in top corner ch-1 sp of previous square, sc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, make-join, sc in next dc, ch 1, make-join, sk next dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, make-join, (sc, ch 1, make-join inserting hook in same joining location as corner of previous square, sc) in next ch-3 sp; join next edge of current square to top of strip, as follows: ch 1, make-join, sc in next dc, ch 1, make-join, sk next dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, make-join, (sc, ch 1, make-join, sc) in next ch-3 sp; complete unjoined sides, as follows: *ch 1, sc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
     
  4. Join 2nd row of small squares in same manner, joining into the ch-1 sps and corner ch-3 sps of the previous row of small squares. Join the inner corner to the corresponding corner of the square diagonally across from the current square.

 

Beginning Large Square
Follow these instructions when working first square of strips #2 and #5 only. For all other large squares, follow the instructions in the Joined Large Square section.

Ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.

  1. Round 1 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), [dc in ring, ch 1] 11 times; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch—12 dc and 12 ch-1 sps.
     
  2. Round 2: Ch 3, beg-Cl in first ch-1 sp, *ch 3, Cl in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, ch 1, hdc in beg-Cl (forming last ch-sp)—12 clusters and 12 ch-sps.
     
  3. Round 3: Ch 1, sc in first ch-sp (formed by ch-1, hdc at end of last round), *ch 5, sc in next ch-3 sp; repeat from * around, ch 2, dc in first sc (forming last ch-5 sp)—12 sc and 12 ch-5 sps.
     
  4. Round 4: Ch 1, sc in first ch-5 sp (formed by last ch-2 and dc of previous round), ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp (corner made), *ch 1, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp; repeat from * around; ch 1, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

 

Joined Large Square

Mark Joining Locations

  1. Before joining first large square to top of partially completed strip, place 9 stitch markers evenly spaced across the top edge. Place the first marker in one corner and the last marker in the opposite corner. Space the other 7 markers evenly between the first and last marker. These markers indicate the joining locations for the 2 large squares that will be joined to the top edge.
     
  2. When joining the edge of the 2nd large square to the edge of the first large square, the joining locations are the corner ch-3 sps and the center ch-5 sp across the edge. Place markers in these locations on the previous large square, if desired.
     
  3. Begin Square: Work same as beginning large square, through Round 3. Work one of the following Round 4 joining rounds, as appropriate. When instructed to make-join, insert hook in next joining location (marked location on top of strip, or next joining ch-sp on edge of first square).

Joining First Large Square to Top of Strip

  1. Round 4 (joining round): Ch 1, sc in first ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, join next edge of current square to top of strip, as follows: (5 dc, ch 2, make-join, ch 1, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 3, make-join, ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 2, make-join, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp; complete unjoined sides, as follows: *ch 1, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp; repeat from * around; ch 1, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
     
  2. Joining 2nd Large Square to Top of Strip and First Large Square
     
  3. Round 4 (joining round): Ch 1, sc in first ch-sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1; join next edge of current square to side edge of first square, as follows: (5 dc, ch 2, make-join inserting hook in top corner ch-3 sp of first square, ch 1, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 3, make-join, ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 2, make-join inserting hook in same joining location as corner of first square, ch 1, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp; join next edge of current square to top of strip, as follows: ch 1, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 3, make-join, ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 2, make-join, ch 1, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp; complete unjoined sides, as follows: *ch 1, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc) in next ch-5 sp; ch 1, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
     
  4. Join 2nd row of large squares in same manner, joining into the corner ch-3 sps and side ch-5 sps of the previous row of large squares. Join the inner corner to the corresponding corner of the square diagonally across from the current square.

 

Finishing

  1. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Block strips.
     
  2. Seam Strips: Holding WS of strip #1 and strip #2 together (RS facing you) and working through both thicknesses, join E with sc at beginning of strips, sc evenly across to join strips together. Fasten off. Repeat to join strip #3, #4, and #5.

 

Edging

With RS facing, join E with sc anywhere in edge of throw.

  1. Round 1: Sc evenly spaced around all edges, working 3 sc in each corner; join with sl st in first sc.
     
  2. Round 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each sc around, working 2 sc in each corner; join witih sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
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