How to Crochet an Octagon Granny Afghan
Double crochet is used in this amazing granny afghan from Michael Sellick. You can use any colors you wish so that it will match the decor in your home. Makes for a great housewarming gift too.
Double Crochet (DC) 7 Times into the very first slip knot and then Slip Stitch into the very first chain to complete a full circle. The chaining of 4 at the very beginning counts as one DC therefore equaling 8.
Turn Work, Chain 5. (3 chains count as 1 DC and the 2 is creating the gap. DC into the very next stitch, then chain 2 to create a gap, Repeat this process all the way around, ending with 2 chains reaching over to slip stitch the 7th stitch and 8th together to create the final gap.
Turn work, Chain 3, Place 2 DC into the very first gap area. (the chain and the DC are equivalent to 3 DC in each gap space), then chain 3. DC 3 times into the next gap, then chain 3 and keep repeating that all the way around. At the end, you will finish off with chaining 3, and then slip stitching to the first Chain you started with to complete the circle.
Turn Work, chain 3, place 4 DC into the first gap, (The chain of 3 counts as 1 of the DC to equal 5 total.), Chain 3, and then DC 5 times into the next gap, then chain 3 and continue that all the way around. You will finish off the circle with chain of 3 then slip stitch to the starting chain to complete the circle.
Turn Work, Chain 3 then place 1 DC into the first gap. (The chain and 1 DC counts as 2 DC in the gap). You will then place 1 DC into the first two stitches, the 3rd stitch will get a VSTITCH (1 DC, Chain, 1 DC - This is what is creating the octagon shape now), and the final 4th and 5th will be 1 DC each. Then chain 2. Repeat this configuration all the way around. At the end, you will attach the chain of 3 to the beginning chain to complete a circle.
Turn work, chain up 3. Place 1 DC into each DC. When you get to a VSTITCH, Do another VSTITCH right over it. (1 DC, Chain, 1 DC). This is needed to complete the octagon shape. Place 1 DC in each one. The magic number if 8. There should be 8 DC between each V-Stitch. Go all the way around. You will notice the starting position is no longer at a gap. Ensure the number of stitches at the final flat spot equals 8.
To Create the squares between Octagons
Sticking Hook into the first slip knot, DC 2 more times, then Chain 2, and then DC 3 More times into the first slip knot, then chain 2 and keep repeating until you get 4 clusters of 3. Finish off the rotation by chaining 2 and slip stitching it to the first chain to complete the circle.
Chain 3, Sticking Hook into the very First Gap, DC 2 more times. Then Chain 1, Then reach over to the next corner and do the 3, 2, 3 configuration. (3 DC into the gap, Chain 2, and then 3 DC into the very same gap to create the corner). then chain 1 and do the 3,2,3 configuration on the next corner. Keep repeating this as you go around. You will finish off by chaining 2 and slip stitching the chain to the first cluster of 3 where you started.
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