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Spring Awakening

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Resembling the muted hues found in a spring landscape, the leafy pattern on this plush afghan is worked in double crochet and long double crochet stitches.  Single crochet loops, accented with double crochet clusters, complete the irresistible porch-swing companion.

Finished Size: Approximately 45 ½" x 61"

MATERIALS

Worsted Weight Yarn, approximately:
Color A  (green) 5 ½ ounces, (440 grams, 1,020 yards)
Color B (White) 21 ounces, (600 grams, 1,380 yards)
Color C (Light Green) - 14 ½ ounces, (410 grams, 955 yards)

Crochet hook, size N (9.00 mm) or size needed for gauge

Note.  Entire Afghan is worked holding two strands of yarn together.

GAUGE: 12 sts and 7 rows = 5"

STRIPE SEQUENCE

2 Rows of each color: Color A, * Color B, Color C, Color A;
repeat from * 13 times more.

With Color A, ch 105 loosely.
Row 1 (Right side): Dc in fourth ch from hook (3 skipped chs count as first dc) and in next ch, * ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next 3 chs; repeat from * across: 25 ch- 1 sps.
Note: Loop a short piece of yarn around any stitch to mark last Row as right side.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), turn; dc in next 2 dc, (ch 1, dc in next 3 dc) across. Note: To work long double crochet (abbreviated Ldc) YO, insert hook in ch- 1 sp one Row below next ch-1 sp, YO and pull up  loop even with last st made, (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice.

Row 3; Ch 4 (counts as first dc plus ch 1, now and throughout), turn: skip next dc, dc in next dc, * work Ldc, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * across: 26 ch-1 sps.

Row 4; Ch 4, turn skip first ch-1 sp, dc in next 3 scs. * ch 1, skip next ch- 1 sp, dc in next 3 sts; repeat from * across to last ch 1 sp, ch 1, skip last ch-1 sp, dc in last dc.

Row 5; Ch 3, turn work Ldc, dc in next dc, * ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, work Ldc, dc in next dc; repeat from * across: 25 ch-1 sps.

 Row 6: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 sts, * ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next 3    sts; repeat from * across.

Rows 7 - 86; Repeat Rows 3-6, 20 times.  Finish off.

EDGING
Rnd 1; With right side facing, join Color B with slip st in first dc on Row 86; ch 1, 3 sc in same st, sc in each dc and in each ch-1 sp across to last dc, 3 sc in last dc; &; work 143 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working in free loops of beginning ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc next 101 chs, 3 sc in next ch; work 143 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; join with slip st to first sc: 500 sc.

Rnd 2; Ch 1, sc in same st and in each sc around working 3 sc in each corner sc; join with slip st to first sc: 508 sc.

Rnd 3; * Ch 2, skip next sc, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, skip next sc, slip st in next sc, (ch 2, skip next 2 sc, 3 de in m, sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, slip st in next sc) across to within one sc of corner sc;  repeat from * 2 times more, ch 2, skip next sc, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, skip next sc, (slip st in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, 3 de in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sc) across; join with slip st in same st as joining, finish off.

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