Raise your hand if you love C2C patterns! Well I know that many of you do, so I just had to add one to the Hugs & Kisses collection. This is the Hugs and Kisses On the Side C2C Afghan.
This blanket crochets quickly and easy, but I have to give you fair warning. If your finished projects must be perfect, then this is not the pattern for you. I had intended on this being a perfect square, and truly it should be, but alas it looks more like a parallelogram. So this sort of squareish throw is just perfect in my unperfect world. When I lay it across my lap or wrap my precious grandbaby in it, perfection doesn’t matter. It the cuddles and snuggles that matter the most.
I used 4 Caron Big Cakes in Summer Berry Tart and only had a small handful of yarn leftover. Corner to corner is fun with self-striping yarn, but feel free to use yarn to match your own decor.
X-st: Skip next st, dc into next st, cross back and dc into skipped st; 1 X-st made.
Hdc2tog: Half Double Crochet Two Together – Yarn over (YO) hook, insert hook into stitch (st), pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook. YO hook, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop, 5 loops on hook. YO hook, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
Row 1: Ch 2, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Turn. – 2 sc
Row 2: Ch 3, (counts as dc now and throughout), dc in next st, 2 dc in last st. Turn. – 4 dc
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in every st to last st, 2 sc in last st. Turn. – 6 sc
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, cross back and dc in bottom of ch 3, X-st across, dc in last st. Turn. 3 X-st, 2 dc
Row 5: Rep row 3. – 10 sc
Row 6: Ch 2, (counts as hdc now and throughout), hdc in bottom of ch 2, *hdc, bobble, hdc; rep from * to end, 2 hdc in last st. Turn. 3 bobble, 9 hdc
Row 7: Rep row 3. – 14 sc
Row 8: Rep row 4. – 7 X-st, 2 dc
Row 9: Rep row 3. – 18 sc
Row 10: Ch 3, dc in bottom of ch 3, dc across, 2 dc in last st. Turn. 20 dc
Repeat rows 3 through 10 another 10 times, increasing 2 stitches each row, then repeat rows 3 through 9 once more.
Row 98: Ch 3, dc in each st across. Turn. – 194 dc
Row 99: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. – 194 sc
Begin decrease. Each row will decrease by 2 stitches. If you would like to try a rectangle shape, continue to increase on one side and decrease on the other side, as you would in a C2C style blanket.
Row 100: Ch 2 (does not count as a st now and throughout), dc in next st, X-st until 2 sts remain, dc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn.
Row 101: Ch 1, sc2tog in the first 2 sts, sc across until 2 sts remain, sc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn.
Row 102: Ch 1, hdc in next st, *hdc, bobble, hdc; rep from * until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn.
Row 103: Rep row 101.
Row 104: Rep row 100.
Row 105: Rep row 101.
Row 106: Ch 2, dc in next st and each st until 2 sts remain, dc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn.
Row 107: Rep row 101.
Rep rows 100 through 107, 11 times.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc evenly in the ends of the rows evenly spaced around the blanket, working 3 sc in the corners, sl st to beg sc. Turn.
Round 2: Ch 1, *sc, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * around blanket, sl st to beg sc. Turn.
Round 3: *Sc into next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk sc; rep from * around blanket, sl st to beg sc. Turn.
Round 4 thru 6: Rep round 3. Finish off.
CLICK HERE to download a row by row Excel spreadsheet to help guide you along.