Tally-Ho Afghan

3 dc in ring) 3 times; ch 1 insert hook in 3 rd ch of ch-3, drop Grey attach Wine and make a sl st. 2nd Rnd: With Wine make sc in same place as sl st, sc in next 2 dc, (5 sc in next sp—corner—sc in next 3 dc) 3 times; 5 sc in last sp. Join and break off. 3rd Rnd: Attach Grey, ch 3, * dc in each sc to center sc of corner, leaving the last 2 loop of last dc on hook, drop Grey, attach Wine and draw through 2 loops on hook, 5 Wine dc in corner sc, leaving last 2 loops of last dc on hook, change to Grey. Repeat from * around, ending with 2 Grey dc. Join. 4th Rnd: Ch 3, * dc in each Grey dc, change to Wine as before and make dc in same place as last dc, dc in next 2 dc, change to Grey. Repeat from * around. Join and break off. Make 11 rows of 16 Blocks and sew them neatly together on wrong side. Border: (Note: These products may no longer be available. You’ll need to substitute with yarn and colors of your choice.) Materials: Red Heart Knitting Worsted, 30 balls (1 oz balls) each of Pearl Grey and Wine Rose……..Clark’s O.N.T. Plastic Crochet Hook No. 5 1st Rnd: Attach Wine to one corner, * 3 sc in corner, sc in each dc, to next corner. Repeat from * around. Join. 2nd to 5th Rnds Incl.: Sc in each sc making 3 sc in center sc of each corner and working 4th rnd in Grey. Join. Break off at of 5th round. As fast as the yarn accumulated, it was crocheted into small squares— the colors tastefully combined from whatever yarn was available at the time. When sufficient squares were completed, they were sewed together to make a colorful blanket useful for many purposes— as a bedspread, for a shawl, as a leg and lap covering, for sleighing, for “bundling,” as a throw over a rocking chair, and a colorful decoration around the house. Since grandmother played the major role in its making, the robe was affectionately called the “Granny”. Because granny’s robe originally was made of many colors, it resembled a particular type of colorful rug brought from Afghanistan to this country by the gallant sailing ships of colonial times. So the nickname, “Afghan”, cam into popular use! Today, “Afghan” is used to describe various kinds of robes and blankets which are crocheted or knitted of soft wool yarns in the beautiful shades suggested by style and made available by modern thread and yarn manufacturers.

Crochet this beautiful afghan from Afghans Book No 239, originally published by the Spool Cotton Co. in 1941.

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The Origin Of The Afghan
Gauge: Each block measures 4 inches square. Block: Starting at center with Grey, ch 3, join with sl st to form ring. 1st Rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, (ch 1, The thrifty womenfolk of our early American days carefully saved odds and ends of yarn, leftover colors, ravellings from sweaters and socks — all to be made into a robe for the family’s general use.

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