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Free Christmas crochet afghan patterns are simply lovely. Make this beautiful throw and keep it on your couch all season. It's the perfect blanket for snuggling under while unwrapping presents. If you love ripple patterns, you have to admire the colors and texture in this beautiful throw. Post stitches add interest and even more texture! The variegated stripes look positively lovely with this pattern, and the project is both decorative and practical for chilly December evenings. Celebrate the holidays by making an afghan that will become tradition to use each Christmas.
1. Throw is made in a ripple pattern which consists of a series of 3-stitch “peaks” and 2-skipped-stitch “valleys”, with 12 dc worked between peaks and valleys. You may need to work several rows before the ripple is clearly visible.
2. 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. Cut old color.
3. To lengthen the throw, repeat Rows 2–25. Lengthening the throw may require the purchase of additional yarn.
Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet Gauge1 ripple = 6½” (16.5 cm) from peak to peak; 6 rows = 3½” (9 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Finished SizeThrow measures 45” wide x 56” long (114.5 cm x 142 cm).
- RED HEART® With Love®: 3 skeins 1101 Eggshell A, 1 skein each 1909 Holly Berry B, 1914 Berry Red C, 1601 Lettuce D, 1621 Evergreen E, and 1704 Bubblegum F
- Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
- Yarn needle
With A, ch 191.
Row 1 (wrong side): Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sc in next 12 ch, skip next 2 ch, sc in next 12 ch, 3 sc in next ch; repeat from * 5 times, sc in next 12 ch, skip next 2 ch, sc in next 12 ch, 2 sc in last ch; change to B, turn—190 sts.
Row 2 (right side): Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in first st, *dc in next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, 3 dc in next st; repeat from * 5 times, dc in next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in last st; change to C, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, *sc in next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 12 sts, 3 sc in next st; repeat from * 5 times, sc in next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last st; change to D, turn.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2; change to A.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3; change to C.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2; change to D.
Row 7: Repeat Row 3; change to E.
Row 8: Repeat Row 4.
Rows 9 & 10: Repeat Rows 3 and 4.
Row 11: Repeat Row 2; do not change color.
Row 12: Ch 3, dc in first st, *bpdc around next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, bpdc around next 12 sts, 3 dc in next st; repeat from * 5 times, bpdc around next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, bpdc around next 12 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn.
Row 13: Ch 3, dc in first st, *fpdc around next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, fpdc around next 12 sts, 3 dc in next st; repeat from * 5 times, fpdc around next 12 sts, skip next 2 sts, fpdc around next 12 sts, 2 dc in last st; change to F, turn.
Row 14: Repeat Row 4.
Rows 15–17: Repeat Rows 11–13.
Rows 18 and 19: Repeat Rows 4 and 5.
Row 20: Repeat Row 4.
Row 21: Repeat Row 3; change to B.
Row 22: Repeat Row 11.
Row 23: Repeat Row 13; do not change color.
Row 24: Repeat Row 12; change to A.
Row 25: Repeat Row 21.
Rows 26–97: Repeat Rows 2–25 three times.
Weave in ends.
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- Bpdc (back post double crochet)
- Yarn over, insert hook from back side of work to front and to back again around the post of indicated stitch; yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (1 loop on hook). Skip the stitch “in front of” the Bpdc
- Fpdc (front post double crochet)
- Yarn over, insert hook from front side of work to back and to front again around post of indicated stitch; yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (1 loop on hook).
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