Simply Elegant Crochet Afghan - free pattern

 When it comes to beautiful and easy crochet afghan patterns, the Simply Elegant Crochet Afghan has quickly become one of our favorites. With a combination of the crochet shell stitch and crochet v stitch, you'll create a lacy crochet blanket pattern that's dripping in elegance. This orchid beauty is like an ode to the beautiful old-fashioned afghans of the forties and fifties. Couldn't you see it gracing the halls of Downton Abbey? Leave everyone stunned with this easy crochet blanket.


Crochet Hook: H/8 or 5 mm hook, I/9 or 5.5 mm hook
Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Materials: 
RED HEART Super Saver: 4 skeins 0530 Orchid
Crochet Hooks:. 5.0 mm (US H-8), 5.5 mm (US I-9) crochet hooks or size needed for gauge
Afghan Measures:  44” x 55”
Gauge: Rows 2-5 – 2 ¼”; Shell, sc, ch 1, sc – 2 ¾”
Special Stitches:  Shell – (3 dcs, ch 1, 3 dcs) in space or stitch as indicated.
                            V Stitch (V St) – (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in space or stitch as indicated.
Note: Afghan is crocheted in multiples of 10 plus 2.
 Pattern: 
Row 1 (RS): With H hook ch 152, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, skip 3 chs, Shell in next ch, * skip 3 chs, sc in next ch, ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, skip 3 chs, Shell in next ch, repeat from * across to last 5 chs, skip 3 chs, sc in last 2 chs, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in first sc, ch 3, sc in next ch 1 space, *ch 3, V St in next ch 1 space, ch 3, sc in next ch 1 space, repeat from * across to last 5 stitches, ch 3, skip next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in last sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, 3 dc in next hdc, sc in next ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next ch 3 space, *Shell in next ch 1 space, sc in next ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next ch 3 space, repeat from * across to last 2 hdc, 3 dc in next hdc, dc in last hdc, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 3, V St in next ch 1 space, *ch 3, sc in next ch 1 space, ch 3, V St in next ch 1 space, repeat from * across to last 5 stitches, ch 3, skip 4 stitches, sc in last dc, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first sc and in next ch 3 space, Shell in next ch 1 space, * sc in next ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next ch 3 space, Shell in next ch 1 space, repeat from * across to last ch 3 space, sc in ch 3 space and last sc, turn.
Continue pattern repeating Rows 2 – 5 for a total of 97 rows ending with Row 5 and fasten off.
EDGING
Round 1: With I hook and right side facing work along top edge [dc, (ch 1, dc) 5 times] in first right corner sc, *sc in ch 1 space of Shell, [dc, (ch 1, dc) 4 times] in next ch 1 space, repeat from * across ending [dc, (ch 1, dc) 5 times] in last sc.
Work along side edge *sc in dc space, [dc, (ch 1, dc) 4 times] in sc space, repeat from * across.
Work along bottom edge [dc, (ch 1, dc) 5 times] in first sc, *sc in ch below Shell, [dc, (ch 1, dc) 4 times] in ch 1 space between 2 sc, repeat from * across ending [dc, (ch 1, dc) 5 times] in last sc.
Work along side edge as for opposite side edge matching position of stitches, join to beginning dc (do not fasten off).
Round 2: Work along top edge sc in next ch 1 space, (ch 3, sc in next ch 1 space) 4 times, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in next sc, sc in next ch 1 space, (ch 3, sc in next ch 1) 3 times, repeat from * across ending (sc, ch 3, sc) in last sc, sc in next ch 1 (corner) space, (ch 3, sc in next ch 1 space) 4 times. Continue pattern around entire afghan ending join to beginning sc and fasten off.
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