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Willow Lace Afghan

By: Amy Long for allfreecrochet.com
Willow Lace Afghan
Willow Lace Afghan

"​This beautiful heirloom afghan is perfect for a baby or just to cuddle up with on a cool summer evening. It has a lovely, quick stitch and a lacy border."

Intermediate

Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Finished Size36 x 48

Materials List

  • 10 oz A (I used Bernat Baby, a sport weight) 
  • 4 oz B (I used Caron Simply Soft, a light worsted weight)

Pattern

With A ch 96.

Body

  1. Turn, ch 1, sc, yo, insert in sc, yo, insert next, yo, pull through all, *ch 1, yo, insert in last stitch, yo, sk 1, insert in next stitch, yo, pull through all, ch 1* across 
  2. Ch 1, turn, yo insert in 1st stitch, yo, insert in picot (ch 1 to close) of 1st stitch below, yo, pull through all, ch 1, *yo, insert in picot of last stitch, yo, insert in picot of next stitch, yo, pull through all, ch 1* across 
  3. Repeat row 2 for a total of 59 rows 
  4. Turn, ch 1, sc around with 3sc in each corner, finish off 
Edging
  1. Attach B mid row, (row 1) sc, *sk 4, ch 5, sc* to corner, at corner skip the middle stitch and continue the next side around 
  2. Ch 1, sc into ch 5 space, *9dc into next ch 5, ch 1, sc in next ch 5 space, ch 1* across to corner, at corner do 10 dc, ch 1 in corner ch 5 then continue as before
  3. Attach A, Ch 4, tr in sc, tr in same, ch 3,* sk 2 ch 1 spaces and dc, ch 3 in next ch 1 space, sk ch 1 space, dc, ch 3 in next ch 1 space, sk 2 ch 1 spaces, 2 tr, ch 3 I next* around to corner, after 1st dc sk 3 spaces and ch 10, dc, ch 3 and continue as before
  4. Ch 1 sc, ch 5, *puff (yo, insert, yo, insert, yo, insert, yo, pull through all) in ch 3 sp at top of shell, ch 3, puff in same sp, ch 5, sc between tr of row row below, ch 5* to corner do the 2 puffs with ch 3 between them , then ch 5 sc in same space, ch 5, puff, ch 3, puff in same sp, continue as before
  5. Attach B, ch 1, *sc in ch 5 sp, ch 5 over puffs sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp*, continue to corner ch 8 over 1st puffs, sc in ch 5 sp, ch 5, sc in ch 5 sp, ch 8 over 2nd puffs, sc next ch 5 sp
  6. Ch 3, dc 7,ch 1 in ch 5 sp over puffs,* sc in ch 5 sp, 8 dc, ch 1 in next ch 5 sp over next puffs*, continue around, including in corner
  7. Attach A, repeat row 3 except in corners, after dc, ch 5, 2 tr in sc in middle of corner, ch 5 and continue
  8. Repeat row 4 except in corners, from last puffs, ch 5, sc in ch 5 sp before tr in row below, ch 5, puff, ch 3, puff, ch 5 in middle, continue as before
  9. Attach B, repeat row 3 except instead of ch 1 between ea dc, do picot on 1st 7 dc and ch 1 on 8th around

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The afghan itself is rather plain, but that border really knocks it out of the park! Im thinking that instead of an afghan, you could work up a scarf and add that lovely edge to that. Or how about a triangle scarf, very plain, and edged with this lacy trim? Thanks for posting this! I can think of all sorts of ways to use it.

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