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Happy National Crochet Month! To celebrate, I’m participating in the International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter. For my post in the designer showcase, I’m sharing a free crochet pattern for a afghan motif. This hexagon shaped motif will work up into a beautiful blanket of any size.
Every day in March, 2019, the showcase will highlight a different crochet designer who is also a member of the Crochet Guild of America. Each designer will share a free crochet pattern or a 25% discount on a premium pattern. Find out more information about participating designers, the schedule, and how to enter to win prizes on Underground Crafter.
The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) is where I really got my start in professional crochet design. The CGOA conferences are where I met some of the friends and mentors who have been with me through my crazy 10+ years in this industry. I couldn’t do it without them.
Enough talk. Let’s get stitching! Here’s the pattern….
Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors. Each motif uses approximately 22 yds total of yarn.
G/6/40mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Sample made in Cascade 220 Superwash 100% superwash wool (3.5 oz, 100 g, 220 yd, 201 m) per skein: #204 Smoke Blue, #205 Purple Sage, #1946 Silver Grey
1 motif = 5.5 inches across from point to point, after blocking
Calliope Afghan Motif Crochet Pattern
Rnd 1: With MC and working into a magic ring, ch 3 (count as first dc here and throughout), 11 dc into ring, join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3. (12 sts)
Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, ch 2, skip next st, [2 dc in next st, ch 2, skip next st] 5 times, join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3. (6 2-dc groups, 6 ch-2 sps)
Rnd 3: (Sl st, ch 3, dc) in sp between beginning ch-3 and next dc, 4 dc in next ch-2 sp, [2 dc in space between next 2 dc, 4 dc in next ch-2 sp] 5 times, join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3. (6 2-dc groups, 6 4-dc groups)
Rnd 4: (Sl st, ch 3, dc) in sp between beginning ch-3 and next dc, ch 3, sc in each of center 2 dc of 4-dc group, ch 3, [2 dc in space between dc of next 2-dc group, ch 3, sc in each of center 2 dc of next 4-dc group, ch 3] 5 times, join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3, sl st in sp between beginning ch 3 and next dc. Drop MC off hook, keep live loop and MC yarn to front of work. (6 2-dc groups, 12 ch-3 sps, 12 sc)
Rnd 5: Join CC in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, [ch 2, skip 2 sts, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp] 11 times, ch 2, join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3. (12 3-dc groups, 12 ch-2 sps). Fasten off.
Rnd 6: Replace MC on hook, ch 3, working over ch-2 sp, dc in same space as beginning ch 3, sc in each of next 3 dc, 3 sc in next ch-2 sp (corner made), sc in each of next 3 dc, [working over ch-2 sp, 2 dc in space between dc of 2-dc group from rnd 4 below, sc in each of next 3 dc, 3 sc in next ch-2 sp (corner made), sc in each of next 3 dc] 5 times, join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3. (54 sc and 12 dc). Fasten off.
To join motifs you can sew them together. You can get detailed ideas on different ways to sew your motifs together in my online class, Seaming Crochet. It will definitely take your projects to the next level.
If you prefer to join as you go, use the following steps: Work Rnd 6 as instructed but join adjacent motifs along a side as follows: Work (1 sc, sl st in middle sc of corner on adjacent motif, 1 sc) in ch-2 sp for corner, sc in each of next 3 dc, working over ch-2 sp, dc in space between 2 dc from rnd 4 below, sl st in space between 2 dc on adjacent motif, dc in same space on current motif, sc in each of next 3 dc, (1 sc, sl st in middle sc of next corner on adjacent motif, 1 sc) in next ch-2 sp for corner.
In this photo I’ve inserted a crochet hook into the space formed at the corner of the motif. You may find it easier to slip stitch into the space instead of the middle sc.
By the way, that beautiful ebony crochet hook you see in the picture above is from Laurel Hill. They provided me with the hook shown above. It’s so great when companies come together to support each other and to support crochet. If you love beautiful wooden crochet hooks, you should check them out.
CC – contrasting color
Ch – chain
dc – double crochet
MC – main color
rnd(s) – round(s)
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)