About 46 x 54 in. (117 x 137 cm)
11 1/2 dc + 7 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm).
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
Making a Gauge Swatch
FPTR (front post treble crochet) Yarn over twice, insert hook from front to back then to front, going around post of indicated st, draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times. Skip st behind the FPTR.
1. Afghan is worked from side to side. Borders are worked across both side edges, then an outer border is worked in rnds all the way around the entire outside of the Afghan.
2. The yarn color is changed following a Stripe Sequence.
3. To change yarn color, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete the st. Proceed with new color. Cut old color.
*Work 2 rows each with A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H; rep from * until a total of 80 rows have been completed.
With A, ch 112.
Row 1 (RS): With A, dc in 4th ch from hook (3 skipped ch count as first dc) and in each ch across – you will have 110 dc at the end of this row.
Row 2: With A, ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, sk first st, dc in each st across, dc in top of beg ch and change to B.
Row 3: With B, ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, sk first st, dc in next st, (FPTR around next st, dc in next st) 3 times, *dc in next 4 dc, (FPTR around next st, dc in next st) 3 times; rep from * to last 2 sts, dc in next st, dc in top of beg ch – 33 FPTR and 77 dc.
Row 4: With B, rep Row 2 and change to C in last st – 110 dc.
Row 5: With C, ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, sk first st, dc in next 6 sts, (FPTR around next st, dc in next st) 3 times, *dc in next 4 sts, (FPTR around next st, dc in next st) 3 times; rep from * to last 7 sts, dc in next 6 sts, dc in top of beg ch – 30 FPTR and 80 dc.
Row 6: With C, rep Row 2 and change to D in last st.
Rows 7-80: Rep Rows 3-6 and continue to change color every other row following the Stripe Sequence, until a total of 80 rows have been worked.
Change to A in the last st of Row 80.
Row 81: With A, rep Row 2.
Do not fasten off.
First Side Border
Row 1 (RS): Continue with A, do not turn, ch 1, sc evenly across side edge of Afghan.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), turn, hdc in each sc across.
Second Side Border
From RS, join A with sl st at beg of opposite side edge.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 of first side border, working the same number of sc in Row 1 as you worked in Row 1 of first side border.
Do not fasten off.
Rnd 1 (RS): Continue with A, turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), working in back loops only, dc evenly spaced all the way around outside edge, working (dc, tr, dc) in each corner; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Notes: When working into sts of outside edge, work in back loops only.
When working across opposite side of foundation ch, work into the chains.
When working across the side edges of the side borders work dc evenly spaced across the edges.
Rnd 2: From RS, draw up a loop of E in same st as joining, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st around working 3 dc in each corner tr; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in back loop of each st around working (dc, tr, dc) in center dc at each corner; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 4 and 5: With D, rep Rnds 2 and 3.
Rnds 6 and 7: With G, rep Rnds 2 and 3.