Saturday, January 7, 2012

Afton's Afghan

---Revised---
Jan. 8 2013

I made a video tutorial and posted it on Youtube here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7FIHaz9cvw&feature=youtu.be

It's my first video tutorial so be patient :)

----Revised----
Aug 28 2012


This is the Blanket Grandma Turner (Tyson's Grandma) made for Afton when she was born. Since then I have been trying to figure out the patter because it's so amazing!

Yes, it would have been easier to just ask for the pattern but it was fun trying to figure it out on my own.

Well, I finally did it so I thought I would share because it really is one of the neatest patterns I have ever seen. It gives the afghan a 3D look and I love it.



So I kind of came up with a pattern but it was kind of hard to explain so I decided to do a picture tutorial. (also, I always wanted to try a picture tutorial) It's not the best but here it goes.

This is the actual pattern I came up with:


Here's the revised version to try and make it easier to follow

Grandma's 3D Baby Afghan

Hook Size H
Lion Brand Pound of Love: pastel Pink

Row 1: Using this technique of a no chain foundation, 122 dc. Turn
Row 2: ch 3 (does NOT count as dc), 3 dc in next dc. (ch3, sk next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc) 40 times. DC in last dc. Turn
Row 3: ch 3, 3 Bpdc in the first dc of 3 dc set. ch 3 [working behind the ch 3 of previous round, 3 Bpdc in 1st dc of 3 dc set, ch 3) 38 times. 3 bpdc in 1st dc of last 3 dc set. Dc in last turning ch of previous row. Turn

Repeat row three until desired length

Last row: ch 3, (dc in next 3 dc, dc in ch 3 sp ) repeat to the end of the row. Dc in last turning ch. fasten off and weave in ends.


Photo Tutorial:

Starting on Row 3-
Ch 3. Yarn over,



Going behind the ch 3 of previous row



bpdc in the first dc of next 3 dc set


(Going around the front of the stitch)

(Yarn over, pull through, finish dc)


When making the next bpdc in the set of 3, do it the same way but make sure the second one goes on top of the first one, not beneath it. (which mean you may need to pull down the 1st st in order to get the second one on top of it) So the three stack on top of each other. You'll get a totally different look if you do the dc under the previous one.

Here's what it looks like when you just finish the 3 bpdc


This is what the back side looks like



ch 3 and repeat till the end. Then dc in last st (it's the turning ch 3 from the previous row)


This is what the edging looks like

And here's a few rows done

Wow that was not an awesome attempt to explain that but I hope it helped even a little. I love this blanket and I think I'm gong to make lots. It goes pretty fast too.


114 comments:

Silberwulf said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

coryshay said...

I love it! I'm definitely making one! Or two...

Thanks for taking the time to do the photo tutorial. That will help me especially since its been so long since I have read a pattern

Elaine Brown Billings said...

So cute.

Kayleigh said...

I love it! I'm going to go try it out in a few minutes. I'm just wondering with a pound of that yarn what were the rough measurements?

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Mine is about 43"x36" And I think it takes more than the one pound. I think it's a bit big though and I could have gone with a smaller one. Depends on your preferences

ElisabethAndrée said...

Lovely stitch pattern! Thanks for sharing and for making a tutorial! I know how much time and energy you put in that. Thanks again!

JennyB said...
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JennyB said...

Hello! I came across this pattern just love it! I am the editor of AllFreeCrochet.com and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I know my readers would love it as well, and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It's really that simple. Please let me know if this would be ok. I look forward to hearing from you!
Jenny
Jbenoit@primecp.com

Caroline Bondy said...

having trouble with losing a set. please post original pattern.

Tyson and Chelsea said...

I don't have the original pattern. I just made this up while looking at the afghan. Sorry. If I can help I will.

Nanabanana said...

I am new to crochet!! So, excuse a silly question, but what does Bpdc mean? I got the last two letters is double crochet, but what does BP mean?? I think I may make this for my soon to be born granddaughter! It is just lovely.

Thanks for answering!

Anonymous said...

Back post double crochet!! You can find some quick and easy guides on google. Hope that helps!!

Andrea Lewellen said...

I've just started this pattern and absolutely LOVE it. I will certainly be making more than one. Thank you so much for sharing :)

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Thanks for Answering the BPDC there are some great youtubes out there to show how to do it. And thank you Andrea, I hope you like it

Anonymous said...

Just love it and it is so easy all the ladies at my craft class love it too. thank you so much

cherylann4557 said...

I cant wait to finish all I have going on just so I can make this as its gorgeous!! tired of all the granny ones...lol love,love,love this one !! Thank you for sharing it!!!

Rose said...

Thanks for a beautiful pattern took a while but I mastered it. thankyou for sharing with us. God bless you

Rose
sweden

Spoonie said...

I also had trouble figuring this out, but the finished product looked so fun that I persevered and FINALLY this morning discovered the error of my ways. I'm loving it!

Marilyn
Monterey Bay California

Tyson and Chelsea said...

I'm glad you are all figuring it out. It's not the best tutorial

Cher said...

I lose the first set of 3 dc...as when you move to the 3d row you have to skip the first set as there is no chain 3 to go behind until you get to the second set of 3dc. When you do according to pattern your 3d row has 39 sets.....are you to put 3dc in the first stitch after your turning chain 3???

Anonymous said...

Cher, don't worry about not having a ch-3 to go behind. Just go to the 1st bpdc (of the 3-bpdc group of the previous row) and do the 3 bpdc.

Marsha

Suzanne Shade said...

This probably sounds really stupid, but I don't understand what a 3D blanket is??? Sorry. Are you trying to say its a hooded blanket?

Please reply to yarnhooker2561@comcast.net I am really curious to know

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Thank you for clearing that up. I think I need to re-write the directions. The first 3dc set on the row does not have a ch 3 to go behind. It's just on the first st after the turning ch. Then the rest of the row goes behind the ch 3s.

Anonymous said...

I have about 10 inches of a blanket done, and it is a really neat pattern. I discovered early that instead of trying to bpdc 3 times and stack them from the top, it is a lot easier to turn the piece over, get hold of the post and do 3 dcs on it. It creates the same stitches and is just easier than trying to stack them. It would be hard to explain this to someone, but it's easy to show.

I took a sample of your pattern to my crochet group last night and they loved it. Thanks for sharing.

Marsha

Patricia Becker said...

I am having trouble with the final row. I followed the pattern and the result was a wider, bunchy row. The wholes in the work didn't match the other rows. Could you please advise. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Make sure you're doing only 1 dc in the ch-3 space. It's dc in each of the 3 dc's and 1 dc in ch-3 sp.

Marsha

Tyson and Chelsea said...

If you need to skip the dc in the ch 3 sp I'm sure that would be fine too.

Anonymous said...

How many yards...skeins in a pound?

Tyson and Chelsea said...

There's about 1,020 yards in a Pound of Love Skein, but I think I used a little more than that, like maybe 1,200-1,400 yards.

DOJY12 said...

I just tried this with some scrap yarn to see if I could do it (I've been crocheting a long time but don't experiment much & have never used a pattern). I LOVE IT :-) It's beautiful and easy enough for me to do, although I had to research the bpdc. I only started with 24 initial dc stitches and my edges do seem to be reduced from that so when I actually make full size I'll be sure to count everything more carefully. Thanks for this!

Anonymous said...

I love this afghan. I'm trying to make it and I usually can figure any crochet out but no matter what I've tried I cannot figure out the ends. I'm going crazy! Can anyone please explain what to do at each end. I'm so tired of doing a couple rows and tearing it out over and over again. Thanks, Lin

Lee Ann said...

What a nice afghan! Thank you for posting this!!!!

Also, this is my first visit to your blog and it is great!! :).
______
Lee Ann H
Crochet...Gotta Love It! Blog
Crochet...Gotta Love It! Website (crochet names and rosary patterns)

Tyson and Chelsea said...

For the edges: When you start a row, you ch 3 and then 3 dc, so it will be like there are 4 dc close to each other. When you get back to it when you are ending a row, there will be the 3 dc that you do your 3 dc in, and THEN you do ONE dc in the turning ch (the ch 3 you started with). I know that all sounds confusing. If you need more help let me know, Maybe I'll figure out how to do a video. I'm not that talented but I can try :)

Anonymous said...

You don't even know how much a video would help me!
Thank you for your generosity .
Happy New Year. :)

Kathleen said...

This is the most fascinating pattern I've ever seen, and I've been collecting patterns for years. Looking forward to making this. Thank you so much for your time and effort in sharing this.

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern the st looks complicated but is really easy, I made this st in a scarf n it looks very nice.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try this as a scarf with a soft yarn... will let you know.

Anonymous said...

I love this blanket and am gonna try doing it for my grand daughter to be born next May. It seems easy to execute. However I live in Montreal and do not know how much yarn I should be getting in weight, etc.. You talk about yards, is it the length or goes by weight?
Thank you for answering. Thank you for your generous explanations.

Monica Hannah said...

Absolutely beautiful! If I posted a link to your blog from the item, would you allow me to sell this in my etsy store?

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Monica- yes you can sell whatever you make, I would love for you to put a link up.
Anonymous in Montreal- I used a little more than a one pound skein of yarn.

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful, facinating and just magical. I fell in love with it after only 3 to 4 rows. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern.

Anonymous said...

I have made and gave away many many baby blankets. My daughter is having her first baby, a boy. So I was looking for something different cause this one had to be special. I love this pattern, the blanket turned out beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Dree said...

My older son received an afghan in this stitch from a friend of my mom's. I have been meaning to get the afghan out of the attic (he's 13 now and not into pastel baby blankets lol) to figure out the stitch. Now I am hoping not to, I'll be trying this soon!

Lori said...

I have just finished this beautiful afghan for my new grandson who's due any day. I just love it and your video tutorial made it so easy. Most of the patterns I had looked at were very "feminine" as I had crocheted a blanket for each of my granddaughters I was so thrilled to find just the right thing for my first grandson.
Thank you so much.

Monica Hannah said...

Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes that is easier... in the video she shows 2 different ways... stacking it or turning
laurie

Anonymous said...

This looks brilliant!! The videos are fantastic... Definately my next project.... my only question...... How much yarn will I need?

Tyson and Chelsea said...

I used a bit more than a pound of love. I think I used about 1200-1400 yards.

Marsha said...

Hi I love this pattern and its lovely. I also would like to give you a heads up about something that seems to be on your website. I use Google Chrome and it stopped me from coming into your site saying it had malicious content..ie malware and spyware. It also said there was 2 trojans. I am guessing it is somewhere in your links. I came into your site at my own risk so I could see what you have here. Not only do I love to crochet but I have also developed web pages and somehow you posted a link thats bad in some way. If you have someone else creating your site please have them check for these viruses. I wold really hate for your site to be removed for continuing with malicious content. I hope you can resolve this issue.

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Thanks Marsha! I found out It was because we had a link to a blog that had been flagged, so I got that taken care of.

Marsha said...

oh awesome you got it resolved...it worked because I just came straight here without the warnings..ty so much for fixing that and sharing such great creations

Gail said...

I love this dimensional crochet stitch! You should be proud of yourself for figuring it out!! It would make a terrific scarf, too.

Leeny said...

Hi, thanks for the pattern, I have had some wonderful compliments on the blanket.

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Thank you. I'm so glad you liked it.

Mary Casados said...

I have been looking for this stitch for a long time! (about 20 yrs) Im so glad I found you on pinterest.

Mary Casados said...

Its been about 20 yrs since I crochet a blanket like this. I lost pattern,so glad I found you on pinterest!

AngelaN said...

I just wanted to say thank you for this beautiful pattern. I just finished working it into a baby blanket for my soon-to-be-born great-nephew. It came out beautifully, and I'm sure will be unique among the baby gifts. Plus it works up so quickly. One week from start to finish, and that's only working at my leisure.

Thanks again for sharing!

Stephanie Johnson said...

I just found this pattern tonight, while trying to find a new one to attempt for a firend of mine who is expecting. I am a self-taught crocheter, and I typically use picture and video tutorials on the first attempts. This pattern is beautiful! I watched a video on the BPDC on YouTube and Row 3 was easy-breezy! Once I got the first 2 clusters of 3 BPDC done, I could see the pattern coming to life and knew that I had mastered it! Thank you so much for posting this, especially for FREE! I think this will be my go-to baby afghan pattern for quite a while! :)

huggybear said...

This is so unique!!! Exquisite. I just love it. I however had a difficult time trying to execute it. After numerous trys I finally figured it out (yeah). I found the video/tutorial and that helped tremendously. Thanks for that!! Having a visual aid was a godsend. It is really an easy pattern once you know. I am expecting my first godchild and wanted to make something special and this is perfect. Thanks again for your time and effort and sharing. God bless you. P.S. I am also considering doing a video with all the mistakes I was making and what I did to correct them that may be beneficial for folks like myself. If that's okay with you???

Tyson and Chelsea said...

That would be just fine @huggybear. I'm sure people would be able to benefit by that video. Glad you figures it out!

linda martin said...

What a beautiful pattern. I'm going to make this for my grandbaby which is due in August. Can you tell me the multiple of stitches use for this, I want to make it smaller than what you have here.

linda martin said...

First off I love this pattern and plan on making it for my grandbaby. Can you tell the multiple of stitches used because I want to make it smaller than what you have here, thanks.

Tyson and Chelsea said...

I believe you just make the stitches in threes.

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome pattern. You did a great job explaining it. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing it

Avalee said...

Just watched your video tutorial for this beautiful blanket. I had to subscribe so I could tell you what an awesome job you did on the video. You went at just the right speed in order for others to learn by it. Best tutorial I have seen. Thanks so much. I will be making this for my first great-grand daughter.
Avalee

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I am making two for my soon to be twin grand-daughters. The no chain foundation is brilliant, It always bothered me about the tension in the chain. I have been crochteing since 7 years old and this is the prettiest baby blanket I have come across. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Well I started this afghan & hopefully it comes out right,might question is do u still block it after getting done.Thank you

Anonymous said...

wow!!! fantastico!! grazie.... thank you very much!! very nice. I will do it....

Anonymous said...

Hi there...I too appreciate your pattern and video tutorial. My mom taught me to crochet but she is no longer with us. I never could read crochet instructions so I would just go to her and she would show me what it all meant...I knew how to do everything, I just didn't understand crochet lingo. :-) So when I read the instructions, I thought I would never figure it out, but then watched your video and by-golly I already have about 10 rows done in one sitting! :-) I love this pattern - I wish I could share it with my mom though. :`( Thank you for sharing your pattern and then going above and beyond to teach it to us!! God bless!

Anonymous said...

I have one suggestion about "resizing" your pattern to fit individual needs. If I am correct with my thought process [and my math] :-) your first row must always be a dividend of 3 then add 2. I am making a baby sized afghan and wanted it to be about 30" so my first row ended up being 92 stitches...worked out perfectly.

Deb said...

Very pretty. I have a baby shower coming up and would love to make, but since this process is new to me and I only have nine days to complete it I'll try it in the fall.

Kathaleen said...

I tried your pattern - It is beautiful. I have made a couple of baby blankets with it. Thank you for the pictures it really helped a lot. Thanks again for sharing your pattern with us. I think it has become my favorite.

Kathy Bushon said...

I absolutely love this pattern. I am making it for a friend's baby and it is turning out beautifully. I have one question though. I cannot tell from the pictures if you did an edge all the way around when finished. If so, could you please tell me what you did. If not, I think it is fine without it.

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Thank you all! I'm glad you like it :). I didn't do anything on the sides because I thought they finished nicely by themselves.

Anonymous said...

Awesome..thanks so much....your video was great..good job....step by step, very easy and finished product 'beautiful'....
(from a Canadian crocheter)..

linda kelly said...

I have just come across your pattern and cant wait to try it out. I have only been crocheting for a few months so I am so thrilled that you have made it with a video and pictures so even I should be able to make it. Because the pattern is basically 3 rows I should be able to do it in my sleep after a while lol. Thank you for making it for free and putting so much effort in for others to be able to make it.
I live in Manchester England and love Pintrest and the allfree crocheting ect. It seems like you have loads more intresting groups in America than we have here.


Monica said...

it is a beautiful baby blanket, thank you for sharing, I am making it for a friend I know she is going to love it

linda kelly said...

Hi, I am loving this baby blanket ....but I keep losing the edge, can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong, frustrated.
The middle looks fantastic but the edges are all over the place on either side.

linda kelly said...

Hi, well I am pleased to say I managed to sort the edges out and I have finished the blanket, I made mine a bit bigger because I want her to be able to use it for years to come.
Thank you so much for sharing this pattern, the tutorial made it easier to follow and the fact you slowed right down to allow total beginners like me to be able to do this I cant thank you enough.

jonihoughton said...

Can anyone tell me how to figure out what the stitch us a multiple of? I'd like to make a full size afghan but don't know how many FDC to add to make sure it comes out right. Thanks!

Chris Rad said...

Thankyou so much for sharing this beautiful pattern. I am making it for my new grandson Jack and it is gorgeous. My mum who is 80 had packed her hooks away but is now busy with your pattern. We are both loving it.

Elenor Sil said...

I really think is a beautiful design and all however I my self think when you make this blankets for baby´s is basically for a family member. Do you sell this blankets and about do they go for. Alot of people don't want to pay the price for a hand made blanket or due they?

Unknown said...

This is beautiful and I am so excited to make it, but I want to be sure I am doing it right before I get too far. When you start row 4, where are you putting the bpdc? Does it go in the row that appears to be towards the front or the back? I am not quite able to tell from the pictures and the video doesn't really show it. Thanks for the help!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this. Your tutorial is great, it cleared up any questions I had. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank your for sharing this wonderfully unique stitch pattern, the tutorial is excellently explained and easy to follow, I had no trouble at all following along. I like it so much that I will make lots of things with this stitch besides an afghan. The possibilities are endless.











Karen Clark Phelps said...

I have to try this! Ty!

Karen Clark Phelps said...

I've got to try this! thank you!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the pattern-it is just soo delicate looking-going to try it

Paula Lilley said...
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Paula Lilley said...

Thank you so much for the pattern. I made a fluro multicolour one for my niece and it was gorgeous pattern to make.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I just finished it with a pastel varigated yarn, using a "J" sized hook. I love the look. I have been making afghans on and off for over 40 years, and this is the favorite one I have ever made. I appreciate your sharing it with all of us.

Anonymous said...

I made this with peach color yarn and it came out beautiful! I found the pattern to be easy to follow. I also have to say it is one of my favorite baby afghans to make. I gave the first one I made away and I plan on making another one.

Tearza said...

I am very new to crocheting. Sorry for the stupid question... But how can you do the double crochet without a starter chain row. Help please I really do not understand. Thanks in advance.

Tyson and Chelsea said...

There are a bunch of videos in YouTube I followed. You can just do it with a started chain though I it's easier. It doesn't matter which way. :)

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Ps. Thanks all for the frat comments! Wish I had the time to respond to them all. I'm glad this pattern is getting some great use!

Anonymous said...

I have experimented with the last row (on a smaller scale so I could better see the difference between the first and last rows) and my conclusion was this: ch 3, 1 sc in ch3space, 1sc in first of group of 3 dc, skip one, 1 sc in last of group of 3 dc. repeat til the end, 1 sc in last on ch3 from previous row.
Then, I turned and ch1, and did 1sc in each sc and finished it off. That was the closest to the first row I made.

in simpler terms, instead of dc, do simple crochet, and instead of doing one in each of the 3 dcs, just skip the middle one and make one last row of sc to finish it off.
hope it's helpful to someone!
sarah

Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful pattern, thanks so much for sharing! I made it for a friends baby and even though she loves it she won't give it to the baby until he is older, she said it was awful for getting fingers and toes stuck in. SO, next one I will use a smaller hook!

Anonymous said...

Just tied it out as a quick scarf.I think it's very generous of you to put the pattern out there for all of us needle hounds thanks carrie means

Linda Gates said...

I have been looking for a special lacy afghan pattern everywhere. I am making this as a bedspread for a special friend. Good job with the pattern and the video!

Anonymous said...

After row 3 how do I start and where do I start row 4?

Anonymous said...

Also, wanted to say thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I am new at crocheting, however, the video that you provided made it so easy.

However, I am lost after row 3. Where and how do I start row 4 and on?

lefty821 said...

I too am at a standstill on starting row 4, but I am left handed and have done the majority of this pattern backwards. So far it looks like the pictures, but I can't seem to figure out row 4 beginning.

Linda said...

ROW 4
All you do is repeat row 3 over and over till its the size you want
ch 3 [working behind the ch 3 of previous round, 3 Bpdc in 1st dc of 3 dc set, ch 3) 38 times. 3 bpdc in 1st dc of last 3 dc set. Dc in last turning ch of previous row. Turn.
So chain 3 then double crochet in back post 3 times, chain 3 and repeat till end and keep doing this .
I hope this helps you

Linda said...

If you are left handed try looking sat the pictures through a mirror

Tyson and Chelsea said...

Thanks Linda! Yes, you just repeat row 3 until you make it big enough for your taste :)

norma p said...

I found your pattern on all free c. I am making this right now & I love it!! I looks complicated but it is very easy & goes very fast, thank you so much

susan massey said...

I am definitely making this beautiful great-grandchild (not sure if boy or girl yet). My granddaughter lives in FL and she said the lowest temperature in winter is around 60 degrees. Can I use a 3-ply baby yarn to make the afghan? Thank you so much for the picture tutorial, it makes the pattern so much easier for me to understand!

diana skaggs said...

i am doing this blanket right i know but it sure does not lay like the finished one you show what am i doing wrong thanks diana skaggs

Dayna Fleischmann said...

I just started this blanket. The directions and photos were easy to understand and follow! It took a bit for me to see the 3d effect and I'm glad I stuck with it. I'm doing it in white, and I LOVE it!!!

Knitknotcrochet said...

This is a lovely pattern and the instructions and pic tutorial really helped. Thank you.

When I made this pattern for the penultimate row I did the 3 bpdc as per pattern, but omitted the three chain between each 3 bpdc. This way, when I did the final row of cd all the way across I dc'd in to the tops of all the bpdc only. This alteration to the pattern means all the stitches then equal what the pattern started with and avoids the frilly top edge!

Hope this helps others making this pattern.

Anonymous said...

I just finished your pattern. It is a lovely 3 dimensional blanket and I am certain my sister-in-law is going to get a lot of use out of this beautiful baby blanket. My only issue is that the first and last (edging) rows don't match at all. Next time I use this pattern, I will start it with a traditional row of chain stitches. It might need an additional row of double crochet before beginning your pattern. I will have to experiment with it a bit. Anyhow, thanks for posting this!

Kathleen Alldredge said...

I like the look of the blanket an want to make it, question is you name the brand of yarn but don't say how many skeins required. Will just one do the blanket? Please reply so that I can buy and get started.
randkfarms@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I agree with the ladies....BEAUTIFUL!!

I watched it on YouTube as I learn better by watching than reading a pattern. Thanks so much for sharing My oldest dtr is having our first grandchild!! Guess what I'm making for her? So excited.

KaPye said...

I made this for my niece's baby last year, and I decided it was my favorite afghan I've ever made. I made it with varegated pastel yarn. I am making it again with 3 ply pastel, pink,blue,green, yellow and white for a new baby without knowing the gender. I think it is the most special and fun pattern. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic pattern.