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This Cupcake Afghan is great for beginners. Use a simple stitch to create a delightful afghan that everyone will love. This free crochet afghan patterns features light, pastel colors, making it ideal for a baby shower or new mommy gift. When you learn how to crochet an afghan that you can make over and over again and you'll always have a go-to gift for special occasions. This afghan is both soothing and warm, so it will help a baby quickly drift off to sleep. While little babies will love their blanket, new mommies may appreciate it even more.
This free crochet afghan pattern for babies looks especially lovely and comforting in pastel colors. Use the light greens and pretty pinks found in cupcake icing and delicate cakes to create a tranquil sleeping and snuggle situation for a baby in your life. The scalloped design and pretty little crochet stitches show you how to crochet a blanket that has a classic look.
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Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook, H/8 or 5 mm hook
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet GaugeWith H hook: 4 rows – 3” ; 5 dc, ch 1, 5 dc – 2 ¾”
Finished SizeAfghan Measures: 40” x 46”
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How to Crochet the Cupcake Afghan Pattern
Row 1 (RS): With honeydew and H hook ch 147, 5 dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 5 ch, 5 dc in next ch, repeat from * across to last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, dc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), dc in first st, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 1 sp, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * across to last 3 sts, skip 2 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 1) in each ch 3 loop across, 2 dc in ch 1 sp, dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 1 sp, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * across ending dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), (5 dc, ch 1) in each ch 3 loop across, 5 dc in last ch 3 loop, dc in top of turning ch,
Row 6: Repeat Row 2, fasten off and turn.
Row 7: Join eggshell in first st and repeat Row 3.
Repeat Rows 2 -5 as follows: 6 rows honeydew, 4 rows eggshell (6 times), ending 6 rows honeydew for a total of 66 rows
With eggshell and G hook work along top edge on right side 5 dc in first dc, *ch 1, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, 5 dc in ch 3, space, repeat from * across ending 5 dc in last dc.
Work along side edge *ch 1, sc in first side dc, ch 1, 5 dc in next dc, repeat from * across ending 5 dc in first bottom ch st.
Work along bottom edge *ch 1, sc in ch below 5 dc, ch 1, 5 dc in ch 5 space, repeat from * across ending 5 dc in last ch st.
Work along side edge *ch 1, sc in first side dc, ch 1, 5 dc in next dc, repeat from * across, join to beg sc and fasten off.
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How Did the Afghan Blanket Get Its Name?
One of the most popular crochet patterns is the Afghan. They're cozy and vibrantly colored creations. But have you ever taken a moment to wonder why crocheted blankets are called Afghans?
The term "Afghan" was originally used to refer to the people of eastern and southern Afghanistan. That country is well-known for its colorful textiles such as clothing and carpets. Eventually in America, "Afghan" became synonymous with garments and other fabrics made from different colors of yarn. Afghan blankets are typically smaller in size — they wouldn't cover a bed, for instance — than other blankets. You can most often find them used as decorations on the backs of couches or chairs. "Granny square" is another term that is used to describe Afghans. This probably is due to the fact that crocheters (often grandmothers) would use scraps of different colored yarn to make squares. These squares would then be sewn into blankets that in some ways looked similar to the traditional fabrics of Afghanistan.
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