I’ll call this one Baby Toes since the edging I created reminds me of sweet baby’s toes peeking out from under the blanket. This afghan was inspired by the stitch pattern found on SusanB’s site here. I thought it would be perfect to use up some ‘orphan’ skeins I had on hand. Pink is my favorite color and I have numerous pink yarns on hand. I am often given pink yarn by friends who run across skeins in their stashes or at an estate sale or similar.
This afghan uses three different pinks, two different lavenders, and a white. The white and the paler lavender, of which I had only a partial skein are both the lighter weight of Simply Soft. The pinks are all heftier worsted weight acrylic yarns. I have no labels, so no color names. Sorry. I think you can see the three different pinks and the stronger lavender color, but the pale lavender is harder to see. In this photo, it’s right between a pink and the white. The color gradations run from subtle to sharper. Since color is not really my strong point, I just go with what looks good to me.
The afghan took me only three evenings to complete, but one of those was spent doing nothing but weaving in the tails from all those color changes. Had I used a single color yarn or maybe only two colors, this would be one of the fastest baby afghans ever. I simply chained a length that coincided with the multiples indicated in the original pattern (multiple of 3 plus 4) to make it about a yard wide. Then working in pattern, I simply changed colors when it suited me, based mostly on how much of each yarn I had available.
Then, I edged it with several rows of single crochet and one row of slip stitch (with that lavender since I had so little of it left). To create the border, I divided the total number of stitches I had and devised a sort of scallop that I have not seen before. It is worked over 3 stitches – but could easily be worked over 4.
Since I wanted the afghan to be an approximate square and I was running out of some yarns, I decided to work the ‘frilly’ edging around only two opposing edges after working the single crochets and slip stitches around the whole blanket.
Edging -* chain 3, in next stitch, work an incomplete triple crochet and a double crochet (work triple as usual leaving last stitch on hook then work the double crochet and pull through all stitches on the hook) in next stitch, chain 3 and slip stitch into next stitch*, sl st into next stitch then chain 3 and repeat **.
Note: This pattern has not been tested. If you have questions about the v-stitch pattern, you’ll likely find it at the source I used here. If you find errors or have other questions, please email me.
By jd wolfe