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Pajama Friendly Argyle Throw

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Pajama Friendly Argyle Throw
Pajama Friendly Argyle Throw
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Create a blanket with a stunning look when you whip up this Pajama Friendly Argyle Throw. Through planned color pooling, you can achieve the look of argyle. The effect is absolutely beautiful. If you haven't tried the moss stitch before, it creates a beautiful texture which really compliments this crochet project. This crochet afghan pattern includes sizing for a full afghan and for a smaller throw, which you could gift as a baby blanket. Cozy up! Once you master the color pooling technique, this is the perfect project to work on wearing pajamas and sitting in front of the TV. 

Directions are for Blanket-size;
changes for larger Throw-size are in
parentheses.

Intermediate

Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

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

Crochet Gauge13 sts (including ch sts) = 4" (10 cm); 13 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Moss Stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge given.

Finished SizeBlanket measures 36 x 36" (91.5 x 91.5 cm) (57½ x 72" (146 x 183 cm))

Materials List

  • RED HEART® With Love®: 6 (18) skeins 1968 Delightful A, and 1 skein 1401 Pewter B
  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein 259 Flamingo C
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 6 mm [US J-10] 
  • Extra hooks in neighboring sizes (see notes)
  • Yarn needle

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTES

  1. It is highly recommended that you watch Marly Bird’s tutorial videos on planned color pooling before beginning this project.

  2. You may have to tighten or loosen some stitches as you go in order to keep the color pooling intact. Keep a variety of hook sizes on hand to help resize your stitches.

  3. Different dye lots of the same colorway may change the number of stitches obtained in any given color. Count the number of stitches YOU get to work through one full sequence, as well as in each color section, and maintain that throughout the pattern. 

MOSS STITCH

Ch an even number of sts.

  1. Row 1: Skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, * ch 1, skip 1 foundation ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * to end, turn.

  2. Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as a stitch now and throughout), sc in next ch-1 space, * ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to end finishing with a sc in last ch-3 space, turn.

  3. Row 3: Ch 2 (counts as a stitch now and throughout), sc in next ch-1 space, * ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to end finishing with a sc in last ch-2 space, turn.

  4. Repeat Row 3 only for Moss st.

BLANKET

With A, ch for at least 46 (67½)" (117 (171.5 cm)), with the last loop on hook being the first loop of a new color just after a color change in the yarn.

  1. Row 1 (right side): Skip 3 ch (counts as 1 foundation ch, 1 turning ch, and 1st ch st of Row 1), sc in the 4th ch from hook, * ch 1, sc around the foundation ch (instead of going into a ch st); repeat from * until 1 full color sequence has been completed. Count the number of sc made in each individual color in the color sequence. Work 4 (7) more full color sequences, maintaining the same number of sc made in each individual color. Leave remaining ch sts unworked. Undo one st repeat (sc, ch 1), turn.

  2. Row 2 (wrong side): Ch 2 (counts as 1 turning ch and 1 ch st of pattern now and throughout), sc in next ch-1 space, * ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to end finishing with a sc in last ch-3 space, turn.

    Note: As you work this row and all remaining rows, you MUST get the correct number of sc in each color in order to maintain the planned color pooling. Change hook sizes, or actual st used, to get the correct color in place. If you use the same number of sts per color that you counted on Row 1, it will work out. 

  3. Row 3 (right side): Ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space, * ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 space; repeat from * to end, finishing with a sc in last ch-2 space, turn.

    Note: The color of the sts on this row will shift to the left or right by 1 st from the previous right side row depending on the colorway and if you are right or left handed. It doesn’t matter which direction the stitch shifts as long as it is off-set by 1.

  4. Row 4 (wrong side): Ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space, * ch 1, sc in the next ch-1 space; repeat from * to end, finishing with a sc in last ch-2 space, turn.

    Note: The color of the sts on this row will shift to the left or right by 1 st from the previous wrong side row depending on the colorway and if you are right or left handed. It doesn’t matter which direction the stitch shifts as long as it is off-set by 1.

  5. Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until 5 (10) full color repeats have been completed lengthwise, ending on a Row 4 (wrong side row).

FINISHING

Squish or stretch the sts on foundation chain to match the width of the rest of the Blanket. You can slide the sts around along the foundation chain, as with an adjustable ring. Unravel unused foundation ch sts and weave in yarn tail to secure foundation.

  1. Edging

  2. With right side facing and working across foundation edge, join C with slip st in foundation ch st under last sc of Row 1.

  3. Round 1 (right side): Ch 2 (counts as 1 turning ch and 1 ch st of pattern), sc once more in same ch, * ch 1, sc in next space between sc of Row 1; repeat from * to ch-3 corner space, (ch 1, sc) 3 times in corner space, rotate Blanket to work along long side edge, (ch 1, sc) in each ch space at edge of every other row to corner sc, (ch 1, sc) twice around corner sc, rotate Blanket to work along top edge, (ch 1, sc) in each ch-1 space to corner ch-2 space, (ch 1, sc) 3 times in corner space, rotate Blanket to work along long side edge, (ch 1, sc) in each ch space at edge of every other row to corner sc, (ch 1, sc) twice around corner sc, ch 1, join with slip st in beginning ch 2. Do not turn.

  4. Round 2: Ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space, * ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, join with slip st in first ch-2 space. Do not turn.

  5. Round 3: Ch 2, sc in next ch-1 space, * ch 1, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to corner space, (ch 1, sc) 3 times in corner space; repeat from * 3 more times, (ch 1, sc) in each remaining space; join with a slip st in beginning ch-2. Fasten off. 

  6. Round 4: With right side facing, join B with a slip st in any corner space, ch 2, sc in same corner space, * ch 1, sc in next space to the right (working in reverse direction); repeat from * to end of around. Fasten off. 

  7. Weave in all loose ends. 

Abbreviations

A, B, C
Color A, Color B, Color C
ch
chain
sc
single crochet
st(s)
stitch (es)
* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated

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