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How to Join Crochet Blocks with a Chain 3 Ruffle

How to Join Crochet Blocks with a Chain 3 Ruffle

Well it’s happened again. I seem to have unintentionally made another afghan. Or at least most of the blocks for one. Am I the only one this happens to?

I found a really cute block chart on Pinterest and I just had to try it. And then, well, I may have been taken over by an obsession to finish enough blocks for a blanket.

So, I needed a way to join the blocks. Since this turned out really cute I decided to share. Bonus – it’s super super simple!

My blocks have 25 HDC’s on each side. So, first I joined my yarn to the corner of a block.


Chain 3. Hook under the stitch and SC into the first stitch on the other block.

CH 3, hook over the next stitch on the first block and SC.

Repeat along the length of the blocks.

When I reached the end I just chained 3 and stitched into the next block.

Repeating until the row of blocks was joined in one direction. Then I joined in the same way in the other direction.

Easy peasy. I’m almost done with the blocks – just waiting for a delivery of Tea Leaf to finish them up. Then off to a fancy (and you better believe -simple) border!

Sherry

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Chunky and Bulky Chevron Afghan Pattern

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I have been petting looking at the Bernat Blanket yarn for a while now. With the holidays a skein is finally on sale and I can justify buying it!!! A blanket will only cost me $28. A Christmas gift will only cost me $28. That’s not too bad. You can barely buy a blanket made in China for that. Who wants a blanket made in a sweat shop when you can have one I made in my chair? There is no sweating in the chair. I promise. This is a much better gift. Totally worth a still outrageous $7 a skein.

Right?

Right. Justification over. Finally bought the yarn.

And then.

I wanted a nice warm blanket. Of course, I just bought blanket yarn. But I didn’t want a heavy, smothering, hot, miserable blanket. Cause then the blanket recipient would be sweating in their chair.

Ha! See what I did there? Unintentional. I promise.

Eh hem. Moving on.

So, I tried a half dozen patterns. None of them were just right. The bricks pattern on the label. No. Frankly, I’m not sure that was tested with this yarn. I tried a block patten. Close, but no. A few more. They weren’t just right.

Then I think – chevron! That would be just right! Tried it. Loved it!

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I made this in 2 days. While taking care of my daughter and her newborn baby, 2 dogs (1 of which is like a toddler on speed) and cooking and cleaning. So, it works up pretty quickly. But, I didn’t count the hours.

Final size: 48″ x 60″

Hook: 11.5 mm (I did not enjoy the plastic hook and could not find a large metal one. More on this in a post for another day)

4 balls Bernat Blanket Yarn

I used 1 ball Taupe, 1 ball Sugar Cookie and 3 balls Pine Bough. I barely used any of the 3rd ball of Pine Bough and only had to break into a 3rd because of the color pattern. FYI. If you want to do it exactly like mine I did 4 rows of green,2 rows of taupe and 2 rows of cream and repeated this 6 times.

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Row 1: DC in 4th CH from hook. DC in next 4.

* SK next 2 CH. DC in next 5. CH 2. DC in next 5. Repeat from * to end.
DC in last CH (2 DC’s in same stitch).
CH 3 and turn

Row 2:
DC in same stitch. DC in next 4.
*SK next 2 DC’s. DC in next 5 stitches (the 5th DC will be in the CH from the previous row). CH 2. DC in next 5 stitches (the first DC will be in the CH from the previous row).
Repeat from * to end.
DC in last DC (2 DC’s in same stitch)
CH 3 and turn.

Repeat Row 2 until afghan is long enough.  

I liked it so much I whipped up another one. Again completely justified! Christmas present. We won’t discuss the skeins I just bought to make myself one. Uh. Cause I need to try out my made up hook. And I need a present for myself. I deserve it! Ok. Final justification- if I didn’t make one for myself someone wasn’t going to be getting the blanket I just made them. I feel a nap coming on…

Update: Here are some step by step pics. Hope they help!!

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Continue Row 2 in the same manner as the first row. The pic above has already completed the DC in same stitch so you would DC in the next 4 (the first and last sets of every row has 6 stitches), skip 2 DC’s from the first row, do 5 more DC’s, Chain 2, DC in the next 5. Repeat this pattern until you get to the end. Add another DC so that you have 6 total DC’s.

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