Welcome to the March Featured Throw of the Month! This month we have the Top o’ the Morning Throw made in Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Each month we will have a new themed throw as a featured free pattern. Each throw will have a tip or two in the blog, as well as a giveaway to win the yarn to make the throw. Keep reading for the tip and to access the giveaway! Use the hashtag #throwmonth to talk about the series.
This month, we have a mini-tutorial on how to do the stitch pattern used in this afghan. You will need to follow along with the pattern PDF in order to understand the tutorial.
Make sure you read all of the notes at the start of the pattern very thoroughly before you start. You will essentially be making two intertwined mesh afghans. The resulting afghan will be extra-thick and cozy, since it has two layers of yarn.
In the pattern, the A color is Soft White in Super Saver and the B color is Green Tones in Super Saver. In the sample created in this tutorial, the A color is Wheat in Soft and the B color is Guacamole in Soft.
Please pay close attention to whether or not you turn at the end of a row. For most of the afghan, you will work across left to right in the A color and then repeat in the B color. You will then turn and repeat working across in the A color and then again in the B color.
To start, you’ll chain 154. (I am doing a smaller amount for the sample.) Place a stitch marker in the second stitch from the tail, as shown in the picture.
The set-up of A is simple: just a mesh made out of double crochets (dc) and chains. This is the basic method of mesh that you will use throughout the entire afghan.
After you attach B with a slip stitch, you’ll work across the bottom edge of the A-colored mesh. Slip stitch in the chain spaces and work a chain to skip over the double crochets. The left picture is the row immediately after you work across, and the right picture is the row when you have turned your work and are ready to start the first mesh row of B.
To work the B-colored mesh you’ll be creating double crochets that show up in the chain spaces of the A-colored mesh, so the two meshes are offset from each other. Additionally, so the layers stay together, you will be working the B-colored mesh alternatively behind and in front of the A colored mesh.
Chain 4, then working in front of the A-colored mesh double crochet in the next chain, chain 1 (to skip over the A-colored double crochet stitch), working behind the A-colored mesh double crochet in the next chain, chain 1 (again skipping over the A-colored double crochet), then continue the pattern of working double crochets in front of and behind the A-colored mesh. Your pattern may look odd until you have several rows done.
Next, you’ll work another row in A. It is the same double crochet and chain mesh as before. Work the double crochets into the previous A double crochet stitches, and line up the chain spaces as well. When you are finished, do not turn.
Now you’ll come back across and do the B-colored mesh and intertwine it with the A-colored mesh. To intertwine the two meshes, you will continue working double crochets in B to the double crochets in B in the previous B-colored row. You will need to push or pull the tops of the B-colored double crochets through the chain spaces of A so you can use your hook normally.
In this picture, the hook is going into the top of the B-colored double crochet, working behind A.
The below picture is the same as the above picture, just flipped so you can see the back. From this point the hook will yarn over and pull up a loop, and you will complete the double crochet stitch as normal.
Below you can see working into the B-colored double crochet working in front of A.
After your first few rows, the pattern is starting to take shape.
You will need to work several rows before your pattern settles in and becomes recognizable.
After you complete the afghan, you can put the border on as directed in the pattern PDF.
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