Chromium

While this star shaped afghan sports the usual gaps parallel crochet stitches form, a modified hdc2tog and an adjacent dc stitch fill in the cracks normally made by chains on an increase and skipped stitches on a decrease. The mhdc2tog and adc stitches may seem unconventional at first, but you might find after a few pattern repeats you will no longer need to reference the pattern. If you are having trouble with the pattern, try the tutorial of the first three rounds. Materials Bernat Baby Coordinates Sweet Stripes 5.3oz/150g/404yd 2 skeins in Splash Stripes Size F/5 (3.75mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge Blunt end yarn needle Skill Level Gauge 15dc and 8 ½ rows = 4”

Finished Size 33” across from valley to point 21” from center to point Special Stitches Adjacent double crochet (adc)- yo, in previous st just made insert hook in bottom left front prong, yo and pl through prong, [yo and pl through 2 loops] twice. Modified half double crochet two together (mhdc2tog)- yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pl through lp, sk 1 st, insert hook in next st, yo and pl through lp (4 lps on hook), yo and pl through all lps.

Puntadas especiales Ganchillo doble adyacente (ADC) yo, en gancho hecho anterior del parte movible del st apenas en el diente izquierdo delantero inferior, el yo y el pl a través del diente, [yo y pl a través de 2 lazos] dos veces. Medio ganchillo doble modificado dos junto (mhdc2tog) - yo, gancho del parte movible en el st siguiente, yo y pl a través del lp, SK 1ra, gancho del parte movible en el st siguiente, yo y pl con lp (4 lps en el gancho), yo y el pl a través de todos los lps.

To make hole-less starting rounds, use the magic loop technique. Ch 2 Rnd 1: in second ch from hook *sc, ch 1, rep from *4 times more, join rnd with sl st to sc. Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1*sc in ch-1 st, ch 1, sc in sc, ch 1, rep from * 4 times more, end sc in ch-1 st, ch 1, join rnd with a sl st to sc. (10 sc) Rnd 3: ch 1, *sk ch-1, (2 dc, adc, 2 dc) in next sc, sk ch-1, sl st in next sc, rep from *4 times more, join rnd with a sl st to ch-1. Rnd 4: [sl st in next dc] 2 times, ch 3, *(3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next st, mhdc2tog, dc in next st, rep from * 3 times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next st, mhdc2tog, join rnd with a sl st to top of ch-3. (50 sts) Rnd 5: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, *(3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 3 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 3 sts, rep from *3 times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 3 sts, mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (70 sts) Rnd 6: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, *(3dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 5 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 5 sts, rep from *3 times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 5 sts, mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. Rnd 7: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 6 sts, *(2dc, adc, 2 dc) in adc, dc in next 7 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 7 sts, rep from *3 times more, end (2 dc, adc, 2 dc) in adc, dc in next 7 sts, mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 8: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, *(3dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 8 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 8 sts, rep from *3 times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 8 sts, mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. Rnd 9: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 sts, *(3dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 10 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 10 sts, rep from *3 times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 10 sts, mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. Rnd 10: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 11 sts, *(3dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 12 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 12 sts, rep from *3 times more, end (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in adc, dc in next 12 sts, mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. Rnd 11: sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 13 sts, *(2dc, adc, 2 dc) in adc, dc in next 14 sts, mhdc2tog, dc in next 14 sts, rep from *3 times more, end (2 dc, adc, 2 dc) in adc, dc in next 14 sts, mhdc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. Rep rnds 8-11 four times more, ending on row 27, continuing to (3 dc, adc, 3 dc) in every tip for three rows and (2 dc, adc, 2 dc) in the next row, only changing the number of dcs between shells and mhdc2togs. Border Special Stitches These stitches mimic the special stitches used in the body of the blanket, using the same technique and resulting in a slightly shorter stitch. Adjacent half double crochet (ahdc)- yo, in previous st just made insert hook in bottom left front prong, yo and pl through prong, yo and pl through all lps on hook. Modified single crochet two together (msc2tog)- insert hook in next st, yo and pl through lp, sk 1 st, insert hook in next st, yo and pl through lp (3 lps on hook), yo and pl through all lps. Rnd 1: sl st in next dc, ch 2, hdc in next 42 sts, *(3 hdc, ahdc, 3 hdc) in adc, hdc in next 43 sts, msc2tog, dc in next 43 sts, rep from *3 times more, end (3 hdc, adc, 3 hdc) in adc, hdc in next 43 sts, msc2tog, join with a sl st to top of ch-2. *That’s Cool* a random fact Stainless steel is not completely rust-proof, but because of a hearty helping of chromium, it oxidizes less than it’s counterpart.
© 2007 Laura Lynn Hanks

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