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Aran Crochet Throw

Make an aran crochet afghan pattern reminiscent of Ireland.

Bring the essence of Ireland into your home with this simple Aran Crochet Throw from Coats & Clark.  This free crochet afghan pattern makes a great gift for a housewarming and is the perfect blanket to cuddle up with when you enjoy the cool weather outdoors. Embellished with bobble stitching and finished off with fun tassels, this aran crochet afghan pattern is great for those crochet fans who are looking for a bit of a challenge.

The color makes this blanket suitable for any room. It's an excellent gift as well because it will match anyone's home decor. 

Follow the video tutorial from Red Heart to learn more about how to do this aran afghan.

Intermediate

Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeMotif = 14 ½” wide x 15” high.  14 sc = 4” and 16 rows = 4”

Materials List

  • 8 skeins Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Aran
  • 5.5 mm (US I-9) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Motif (Make 12)

  1. Ch 40.

  2. Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn – 39 sc.

  3. Rows 2-6: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn – 39 sc.

  4. Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first 15 sc, [Fpdc in corresponding st 2 rows below, skip next st on current row, sc in next 3 sc] 3 times, sc in remaining 12 sc, turn.

  5. Row 8: Repeat Row 2.

  6. Row 9: Ch 1, sc in first 16 sc, [Fpdc in next Fpdc, skip next sc of current row, sc in next 2 sc] 3 times, sc in remaining 14 sc, turn.

  7. Row 10: Repeat Row 2.

  8. Row 11: Ch 1, sc in first 17 sc, [Fpdc in next Fpdc, skip next sc of current row, sc in next sc] 3 times, sc in remaining 16 sc, turn.

  9. Row 12: Repeat Row 2.

  10. Row 13 and 15: Ch 1, sc in first 18 sc, [Fpdc in next Fpdc, skip next sc of current row] 3 times, sc in remaining 18 sc, turn.

  11. Rows 14 and 16: Repeat Row 2.

  12. Row 17: Repeat Row 11.

  13. Row 18 and 20: Repeat Row 2.

  14. Row 19: Repeat Row 9.

  15. Row 21: Repeat Row 7.

  16. Rows 22 and 24: Repeat Row 2.

  17. Row 23: Ch 1, sc in first 14 sc, [Fpdc in corresponding st 2 rows below, skip next st on current row, sc in next 4 sc] 3 times, sc in remaining 10 sc, turn.

  18. Rows 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37 and 39: Ch 1, sc in first 13 sc, [Fpdc in corresponding st 2 rows below, skip next st on current row, sc in next 5 sc] 3 times, sc in remaining 8 sc, turn.

  19. Rows 26, 30, 34 and 38: Ch 1, sc in first 18 sts, Bobble in next st, sc in next st, Bobble in next st, sc in last 18 sts, turn.

  20. Rows 28, 32 and 36: Ch 1, sc in first 12 sts, Bobble in next st, sc in next st, Bobble in next st, sc in next 9 sts, Bobble in next st, sc in next st, Bobble in next st, sc in last 12 sts, turn.

  21. Row 40: Ch 1, sc in first 13 sts, Bobble in next st, sc in next 11 sts, Bobble in next st, sc in last 13 sts, turn.

  22. Row 41: Ch 1, sc in first 19 sts, Fpdc in next st, skip next sc, sc in last 19 sts, turn.

  23. Row 42: Ch 1, sc in first 19 sts, Bobble in next st, sc in last 19 sts, turn.

  24. Rows 43-48: Repeat Row 2. Do Not Fasten Off.

Motif Border

Work around each Motif.

  1. Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each sc across to last st, 3 sc in last sc, turn to work along side edge, sc in each row end to last row, 3 sc in last row end, turn to work along opposite side of beginning ch, sc in each st across bottom working 3 sc in last st, turn to work along opposite side edge, sc in each row end, work 2 sc in same st as beginning sc, join with a slip st to first sc, turn – 178 sc.

  2. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, [work sc, Bobble, sc] in next center st of corner, *sc in next st, [Bobble in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts] 15 times, Bobble in next st, sc in next st, [work sc, Bobble, sc) in next center st of corner, sc in next st, [Bobble in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts] 12 times, **Bobble in next st, sc in next st [work sc, bobble, sc] in next center st of corner; repeat from * to ** one time, Bobble in last st, join with a slip st to first sc, turn.

  3. Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc in same st as joining and in each st including Bobble ch-1] across to corner Bobble, skip ch -1, work 3 sc in Bobble, sc in each sc and ch-1 space around, skipping ch-1 of corner Bobble and working 3 sc in corner Bobble st, join with a slip st to first sc. Do Not Turn.

  4. Rnd 4 (Right Side): Ch 3, dc in first st to the right, * skip next st, dc in next st, ch 2, dc in skip st to the right; repeat from * around, working 3 sc in each corner, join with a slip st in first sc.

  5. Fasten off.

Assembly

  1. Arrange Squares into 3 rows of 4 motifs each. With wrong sides facing, hold 2 Motifs together, sc in back loops of both pieces to join. Repeat to join Motifs together.

Border

  1. Rnd 1: With right side facing, join yarn in any st, sc evenly spaced around, working 3 sc in each corner, join with a slip st to first sc.

  2. Rnd 2: Repeat Rnd 2 of Motif Border.

  3. Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 3 of Motif Border.

  4. Weave in ends.

Fringe

  1. Cut 20” lengths of yarn. Knot 6 strands in corners and every 4th st along ends of afghan. [Knot 3 strands of each fringe with 3 stands of next fringe on either side] across.

  2. Repeat to make another row of knots. Trim fringe evenly.

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This throw is so lovely and intricate. I'm not sure my crochet skills are quite up to this blanket, but it would make a great project to work on during a long, cold winter.

I'm an experienced crocheter, but I'm confused with the instructions for Motif Border Round 4. Reading it, it sounds like the work is going back and forth to the right and left. (1) Is "dc in first st to the right" really to the right (sort of like a crab stitch / reverse sc would be)? (2) That is followed by "skip next st, dc in next st, ch 2, dc in skip st to the right" -- Is the skipped stitch the next to the right or to the left? That is, are ALL instructions now going to the right on this round? Because if that's the case, where is that "skip st to the right"? -- to this point we haven't gotten to skipping any stitches to the right yet... Yes, even my question sounds a bit confusing. I do think the Rnd 4 instructions need clarification. I have to leave the border unfinished until I hear back from you. )

Hi there! I'm going to paste a comment that Lynette wrote below about row 4, which I hope will be helpful. Let me know if I can assist with anything else! "I had to work this through myself. Here is what I found. I always count (in my head) the foundation chain as #1 and that it goes to the right. Then when I work the actual ROW 1, I am stitching to the left. However, your stitches are facing you so it is the "Right Side". Row 3 would then be the "Wrong/Back Side" making Row 4 the "Right Side" of the piece. I certainly hope I have not confused you!! :) I have stitched for years and every so often, some 'thing' suddenly makes sense to me. Hope this helps and good luck! Lynette"

Thank you Dana B. However, I was talking about the MOTIF BORDER's round 4. My question isn't about the wrong/right side thing, it's about understanding the "to the right" instructions in the border's row 4.... Normally when we crochet we are proceeding to the left all the time (with some exceptions, such as the crab stitch). But this row BORDER row 4 says "to the right" for some of the stitches and "skip stitch" instructions, yet doesn't say "to the right" for others. I would just keep working right, except that when I see "dc in skip st to the right", there isn't any skip-st there unless we've already skipped a stitch and are going backwards (to the left again) and then forwards (to the right again). Sorry, my problem is hard to explain....

The confusion starts with "do not turn" at the end of rnd 3...Turn the work so that the right side is facing then ch 3. DC in the st to the right of your ch3 and continue to work to the left by skipping the stitch to the left of your original ch 3. dc, ch2 and then dc in the skipped stitch. you will be creating X-type stitches - see my photo

I just love this pattern however this pattern is not one for someone that is just beginning to crochet. While doing this I needed to stay focused and needed to concentrate. Because I needed to count the stitches so I would know when to do the single crochet, the front double crochet, and then when to do the bobble stitch. I hope it turns out as wonderful as I expect.

Can someone tell me what Fpdc means?? It's in the pattern, but no explanation. Thanks.

Hi Turtle51895531, Fpdc means Front Post Double Crochet. I am not sure if you need the explanation for the stitch. If you can't find instruction for this stich, please let me know and I will do my best to explain it here for you. Hope this has helped.

Hi there please can someone help me . I have managed to complete motive but cannot do the 4 rows of the boarder I'm at a complete loss don't understand instructions . Thanks

Hi Sanauwyn 1301808! For pattern questions, we reccomend reaching out to the designer (in this case Coats and Clark). They should be able to offer some assistance. You can also ask our active and helpful Facebook community. Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

Hi from France and thanks for this great pattern. Something no clear for me on rnd2 - motif border. Can some one explain it better with simple English. Sorry for mine. Perhaps idea for other video ? It would be great.

please help , can't line up stems

Have you tried this craft? What did you think?

Mofit border, line 4. After line 3 says do not turn but don't understand doing a change 3 then dc in first stitch to right. How is this to work, On first mofit an ready to give up. HELP

i am having problem getting stems togetter in middle/ please help row 9-20

I made this afghan a while ago and I found that it only worked for me by changing 10

I have been working on this motif for 2 days but could never get the written directions to resemble the picture. I finally gave up because the number, in theory, comes out to 39, but the count for doing the stems are off. I basically am following her general directions but am making my own pattern steps and its actually looking better than the pictured one -). AND I taught myself how to make a stitch by stitch pattern so I learned a few things on this one. -)

I am having trouble lining up the three stems of the flowers to meet in the middle. Is there a video for this pattern? Thank you Axt

??? When I do round 4, I only have 11 sc remaining after doing [fpdc, sk next, sc in next 3] part. The pattern says I should have 12, but I only have 11. Is round 4 a misprint?

can not do round 4 of aran crochet throw please help!!!!!!!!!

This is not an easy pattern, but could be fun for more experienced crocheters.

Have you tried this craft? What did you think?

This is a beautiful throw, The picture does not do it justice, I have only been crocheting for a couple of years and the biggest projects I have compleated to date has been hats and baby blankets! I decided to do this blanket for a present for a friend and as a challange to myself, and what a challenge it was! I had never done the fpdc stitch and so I googled it to see how to do it and found some great tutorials on you tube, however I could not get my head around how I could still have enough stitches after plainly missing three on row 9 untill I figured that I had to work behind the outside loop of the fpdc which is lying flat against the outside of the work and therfore you are creating a stitch to make up for the stitch that you are missingafter I worked this out the pattern is now working out beautifully for me, can't wait to finish it, hope that this will help someone else as It frustrated me for a while.....

I need help. If you skip the next sc after the 1st fpdc 3 times at the beginning of the pattern it comes out fine - you have 39 stitches. But when you do the next row (plain sc) you don't have 39 stitches anymore because you have skipped 3 stitches in the previous row. Then the next row of fpdc does not work out. I can't figure this out.

I love Aran yarn it will go with and color furniture and it is going to be a great gift for my sister Billie she will cry as she is not able to crochet any more due to ra thank you for the free pattern Linda Calfee

Beautiful afghan, am going to try it. But I also like the sweater you're wearing. Do you have a pattern for it as well

Is this round right (do I really go to the right) Rnd 4 (Right Side): Ch 3, dc in first st to the right, * skip next st, dc in next st, ch 2, dc in skip st to the right; repeat from * around, working 3 sc in each corner, join with a slip st in first sc. Read more at http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Afghans/Aran-Crochet-Throw-from-Coats-and-Clark/ct/1#m7ZaMEy4Mf0T0eku.99

I had to work this through myself. Here is what I found. I always count (in my head) the foundation chain as #1 and that it goes to the right. Then when I work the actual ROW 1, I am stitching to the left. However, your stitches are facing you so it is the "Right Side". Row 3 would then be the "Wrong/Back Side" making Row 4 the "Right Side" of the piece. I certainly hope I have not confused you!! :) I have stitched for years and every so often, some 'thing' suddenly makes sense to me. Hope this helps and good luck! Lynette

I just recently completed this blanket. It was a housewarming gift and the picture does not do it justice. It turned out beautiful. It is definetely not for a beginner. I had no problems with the directions.

There is something wrong in this pattern starting with row 9. Is there someway I can get the correct way so I can make this afghan?

If you look at the picture, Row 9 is the last row of sc just before you start the bottom of the stems. It worked out well for me. Best I can tell you. :) Good luck and happy stitching!

sherry2648 9827494 If you look at the pattern that's on the Red Heart website, there is a description of the bobble stitch, which does indeed include a chain 1! Bobble: [Yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops] 3 times in same st, yo, draw through all 4 loops on hook, ch 1. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch. Do not work any stitches in the ch-1 of Bobble. sc2tog (sc dec) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

@momer626 7459627, fpdc stands for Front Post Double Crochet. Here is a link to a video tutorial from our sister site, AllFreeCrochet's You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/allfreecrochet#p/search/0/C_57l3m6h4I I hope this helps! --Editor of FaveCrafts

What does fpdc mean. Is there a video that I can watch to do this stitch

what does FPDC mean and how do I do this stitch

@alamedapatstar 0650569, Thanks for your comment. We've compared the pattern on our site to the pattern submitted by the original designer (Dorothy Warrell for Coats and Clark), and they are identical. We suggest you contact the original designer for questions regarding the pattern. Thanks, and we apologize for any inconvenience, --Editor of FaveCrafts

There is something about this pattern that is not working out! A good friend of mine and myself have both tried to work it and it simply is not working out. It seems to start with row 9 and then after that it is just trash!!!!!!! We have both tried it at least 20 times apiece and we cannot get this patter to work out! We have both been crocheting for many years but this pattern has us stumped!!!! For one thing, every row should have it's own instructions and not skip around with the numbered rows!!! This pattern is a mystery to us!!!!!!! It is really ashame, it looks like a pretty pattern!

@alamedapastar We're so sorry you're having trouble with this pattern. We recommend contacting Red Heart and letting them know. They might need to provide a pattern alteration. You can find their contact info here: www.redheart.com. Thanks!

Was there a misprint on rnd 2 of the motif border? When I get to rnd 3 it is telling me to skip ch 1 space, but there is no ch 1 on the previous round. ???? I am trying to make this to send to my niece who is serving in the peace corp. Thanks

You said in directions in Row 7:Ch1, sc in first 15 sc, ( "Fpdc in corresponding st 2 rows below" ?? To do this do you go to row 5 and pick up the front loop?

@bjdl 0003998- Bobble is a crochet stitch; here is a link to a tutorial on how to crochet the bobble stitch: http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Basics/How-to-Crochet-the-Bobble-Stitch-Free-Crochet-Patterns/ct/1 Hope this helps!

What is a Bobble? I did not see anything describing how to do that. Love the throw. Very pretty.

@bjdl a Bobble is a type of crochet stitch....like a cluster stitch. I've included a video on this project that will help explain how this stitch is done.

I've found many helpful tips on you tube with videos from mikeyssmail where you can find explanation for fpdc and bpdc at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eH6T_a1ITQ&feature=fvwrel the knit witch and the crochet geek also have great tutorials and videos. As a beginner, I followed the crochet geek to make baby booties and it was so easy for my first project.

fpdc, fornt post double crochet, it is worked in the front loop of the sc or the stitch that in the patteren.

I'm with you Lizzzitish, I can't anywhere that tells me what a fpdc is or how its done. PLEASE someone tell us. I would like to get busy crochet this for a gift. Thank you,

What is an fpdc and how is it done???

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