GAUGE: When repeating Rows 3 and 4 with a size I/9 hook, 8 hdc and 8 rows = 2 inches.


AFGHAN: With purple, ch 175 (remembering that the lp on hk does not count as one of the chs).

  1. Row 1: Sc in fourth ch from hk, (again remembering that lp on hk is not included in the count); * ch 2, skip 2 chs and sc in next ch; repeat from * across chs; turn: 58 ch-2 lps, counting beg ch as first lp.
  2. Row 2: Ch 2; * work 2 hdc in next ch-2 lp; repeat from * across row; turn; 116 hdc, not counting the beg ch-2.
  3. Row 3: Ch 3, sk 1 hdc, sc in next hdc; * ch 2, sk 1 hdc, sc in next hdc; repeat from * across row; turn: 58 ch-2 lps.
  4. Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
  5. Rows 5-10: Repeat Rows 3 and 4. At end of Row 10, finish the last hdc as follows: yo, insert hk in lp and pull up a lp so there are 3 lps on hk, drop yarn, yo blue yarn and pull a lp through 3 lps on hk. Cut old color and continue working next row as usual with new color.
  6. Rows 11-20: With blue, repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 10 rows, changing to new color at end of Row 20.
  7. Rows 21-180: In same way, add 10 rows of each color in the following order: green, yellow, orange and red. Starting with purple, repeat all six colors in the same order two more times. Use needle to weave in loose ends.

FINISHED SIZE:  Afghan measures about 29 inches wide x 45 inches long.


  • ch(s) chain(s)
  • dc(s) double crochet(s)
  • hdc(s) half double crochet(s)
  • hk hook
  • sc(s) single crochet(s)
  • sk skip or skipped
  • sp space
  • sl st slip stitch
  • tr(s) triple crochet(s)
  • beg beginning
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • rep repeat
  • rnd(s) round(s)
  • RS right side
  • sl slip
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • tog together
  • WS wrong side
  • yo yarn over
  • * or [ ] Instructions after * or ­between brackets are ­repeated a ­given number of times.
  • ( ) Instructions in ­parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as ­indicated.

 Bright Stripes Afghan from Helle Watson of Thornton, Colorado