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Diagonal Stripe Afghan
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Jan 29, 2014 17:27:45   #
motormom
 
My grandmother taught this one to me - I've never seen it in print. I think it's a variation of the Crazy Stitch. This is the first time I've done this, so here goes.

This afghan is worked on the diagonal, corner to corner. I've made it many times for gifts - it works up quickly, and looks great.

Row 1: Chain 6. Skip the first 3 chains closest to the hook. DC in each of the remaining three chains – (for lack of a better term at this point, I’m going to call this an increase cluster.)

Row 2: Make 1 increase cluster. Join the last DC to the chain 3 space in row 1 with a slip stitch. Chain 3, then make 3 DC in the chain 3 space (again, for lack of a better term, I’m going to call this a regular cluster.) There are two total clusters in this row.

Row 3: Make 1 increase cluster, then make 2 regular clusters in the chain 3 spaces of the previous row. There are 3 clusters in this row.
Continue, increasing 1 cluster each row, until the straight sides of the afghan are the desired size.

To decrease: There are no more increase clusters from this point.

When you get to the end of the row, connect the last regular cluster to the chain 3 space on the previous row with a slip stitch. Turn, then either slip stitch or single crochet back to the last chain 3 space on the last row. Make regular clusters all the way back – you will end up decreasing one cluster each row.

Edging the afghan is up to you. I like to do a single crochet edging all the way around. One of my cousins likes to do fringe.
a completed afghan, ready to give away

Rows that increase

Rows that decrease

 
Jan 29, 2014 17:38:20   #
Seoulborn
 
motormom wrote:
My grandmother taught this one to me - I've never seen it in print. I think it's a variation of the Crazy Stitch. This is the first time I've done this, so here goes.

This afghan is worked on the diagonal, corner to corner. I've made it many times for gifts - it works up quickly, and looks great.

Row 1: Chain 6. Skip the first 3 chains closest to the hook. DC in each of the remaining three chains – (for lack of a better term at this point, I’m going to call this an increase cluster.)

Row 2: Make 1 increase cluster. Join the last DC to the chain 3 space in row 1 with a slip stitch. Chain 3, then make 3 DC in the chain 3 space (again, for lack of a better term, I’m going to call this a regular cluster.) There are two total clusters in this row.

Row 3: Make 1 increase cluster, then make 2 regular clusters in the chain 3 spaces of the previous row. There are 3 clusters in this row.
Continue, increasing 1 cluster each row, until the straight sides of the afghan are the desired size.

To decrease: There are no more increase clusters from this point.

When you get to the end of the row, connect the last regular cluster to the chain 3 space on the previous row with a slip stitch. Turn, then either slip stitch or single crochet back to the last chain 3 space on the last row. Make regular clusters all the way back – you will end up decreasing one cluster each row.

Edging the afghan is up to you. I like to do a single crochet edging all the way around. One of my cousins likes to do fringe.
My grandmother taught this one to me - I've never ... (show quote)

Awesome thanks for sharing this. Am Book Marking!
Jan 29, 2014 18:43:58   #
scottybearNSW (a regular here)
 
I have also bookmarked this. A good way to use up some stash.
Jan 29, 2014 18:58:14   #
motormom
 
It is a great way to use up odds and ends. I once bought a garbage bag full of yarn at an estate sale (someone's stash, I assume). Luckily, it was all worsted weight. Made several afghans to give as gift, and used up the rest in "the world's ugliest afghan". It's got its own strange beauty, and it's warm.
Jan 29, 2014 19:47:51   #
Clickers
 
I did one of these for my GS last year. It is a great way to use a stash.
Jan 29, 2014 20:04:19   #
motormom
 
Clickers wrote:
I did one of these for my GS last year. It is a great way to use a stash.


Out of curiosity, where did you learn this one? Or did you know my Gram? ; )
 
Jan 29, 2014 20:28:34   #
Clickers
 
motormom wrote:
Out of curiosity, where did you learn this one? Or did you know my Gram? ; )


Hi Motormom, I was looking for something different to do and came across this one. It was on a site called Crochet Australia. They also print books called Paragon Books. I know they are available in Spotlight in Morayfield, not sure about anywhere else in Australia. The site is www.crochetaustralia.com.au
this is the one I found

Jan 30, 2014 06:33:35   #
Latou
 
I learned this one from Mikey on YouTube. He calls it diagonal block stitch. It's nice to work and looks good when finished as you can tell from Motormom's pictures. It's nice for a scarf as well.

Here's a link to a video tutorial for a scarf:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qAtEhO9FQo
Jan 30, 2014 06:33:40   #
DickWorrall (a regular here)
 
I have made several afghans with this method and also scarves.
I even made a pillow cover.
Dick
Jan 30, 2014 06:53:17   #
kksunshine
 
motormom wrote:
Out of curiosity, where did you learn this one? Or did you know my Gram? ; )


Haha...I was thinking the same thing:) This is the first thing I learned to crochet. My gram taught me. She called it the "Idiot " stitch .(not a very nice name). I do more knitting now but always fall back on this when I need something quick. or want to use up stash. It makes nice scarves and also baby blankets.
Jan 30, 2014 07:23:21   #
Jeanette9
 
Thanks for the pattern, looks great :thumbup:
 
Jan 30, 2014 07:28:58   #
harter0310 (a regular here)
 
:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
Jan 30, 2014 08:07:48   #
crafty lady UK
 
Thanks for the pattern. Its great that you are handing down the pattern to other people so it won't get lost forever.

I find these patterns great for afghans, especially when you have limited yarn, as you can weigh the total yarn to be used, split it in half so you can use one lot for one half, and the other for the second half. It takes the guess work out of how much yarn you will need. and it is alot more interesting to do.
Jan 30, 2014 08:46:13   #
tvarnas
 
Thanks for sharing your family pattern. I'm bookmarking this.
Jan 30, 2014 08:53:17   #
crafterwantabe (a regular here)
 
I've bookmark it.. thank you so much for sharing. Its beautiful. Mary
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