Op Art Afghan Square

Aug 29, 2009
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Author

Jennifer Christensen

Introduction

I designed this square for an afghan square swap I was involved in a few years ago. The square was named by a friend of mine.

Materials List

2 colors of worsted weight yarn (A & B)
Size I/5.50mm Hook (or size needed for gauge)

Tapestry/Yarn needle

Finished Size

12 inches

Gauge

4 dc and 2 rows = 1 inch

Notes

YO - Yarn Over
Sp - space
Ch - chain
Sl st - slip stitch
St - stitch
Hdc - half double crochet
Dc - double crochet

Sk - skip

Special Stitches:
Beginning Extended Double Cluster (Beg- Cluster):

Ch 4, [YO, insert hook into back lop of 3rd ch from hook, YO, pull through 2 loops] repeat once (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through all 3 loops (beginning cluster made)

Extended Double Cluster (Ex-Cluster):
YO, insert hook into st indicated, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook (chain made), YO, pull through 2 loops on hook, [YO, insert hook into the chain at bottom of first stitch , YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] repeat once more (4 loops on hook). YO, pull through all 4 loops.
3 Double Crochet Cluster (3-dc cluster):

[YO, insert hook into st or sp indicated, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 X’s, (4 loops on hook), YO, pull through all 4 loops.

V-Stitch (V-st):

2 double crochet in space indicated.

The Pattern

Instructions:
Rnd 1 - With color A, make Beg-Cluster (see special stitches), ch 3, [make Ex-Cluster in the free chain at bottom of Beg-Cluster, ch 3] 3 X’s, join with slp st to top of Beg-Cluster, finish off color A. (4 Ex-clusters, 4 ch 3 sp’s)
Rnd 2 - Join color B in any ch 3 sp, [Ch 3, dc twice, ch 2, dc 3 X’s] in same sp. *[3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 3 sp, repeat around, join with slp st in 3rd ch of ch 3, finish off color B (24 dc, 4 ch 2 sp’s)
Rnd 3 - Join color A in any ch 2 sp, [Ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc twice] in ch 2 sp, ch 1, *[sk 2 dc, in sp between the dc’s before the next dc, make 3-dc cluster (see special stitches), ch 1] twice, sk 2 dc, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around, join with slp st in 3rd ch of ch 3, finish off color A.
(16 dc, 8 3-dc clusters, 4 ch 2 sp’s)
Rnd 4 - Join color B in any ch 2 sp, [Ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc twice] in ch 2 sp, dc in next dc, sk dc, *[make V-st (see special stitches) in ch 1 sp, sk 3-dc cluster] 3 X’s, sk dc, dc in next dc, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next ch 2 sp.
Repeat from * around, join with slp st in 3rd ch of ch 3, finish off color B.
(24 dc, 12 V-st’s, 4 ch 2 sp’s)
Rnd 5 - Join color A in any ch 2 sp, [Ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc twice] in ch 2 sp, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, sk 2 dc, *[3-dc cluster in middle of V-stitch, ch 1] 3 X’s, sk 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around, join with slp st in 3rd ch of ch 3, finish off color A.
(32 dc, 12 3-dc clusters, 4 ch 2 sp’s)
Rnd 6 - Join color B in any ch 2 sp, [Ch 3, dc, ch 2, dc twice] in ch 2 sp, dc in next 3 dc, sk dc, *[V-st in ch 1 sp, sk 3-dc cluster] 4 X’s, sk dc, dc in next 3 dc, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around, join with slp st in 3rd ch of ch 3, finish off color B. (40 dc, 16 V-st’s, 4 ch 2 sp’s)
Rnd 7- 11 - Repeat Rnd’s 5 & 6 five more times ending on Rnd 5. Dc’s will increase by 8 dc’s, V-st’s and 3-dc clusters by 4 every Rnd.
Rnd 12 – Join color B in any ch 2 sp, ch 1, *[5 hdc in ch 2 sp], hdc in next 10 dc, 2 hdc in ch 1 sp [sk 3-dc cluster, 2 hdc in ch 1 sp] 6 X’s, hdc in next 10 dc. Repeat from * around. Join with slp st in 1st hdc, finish off.

Weave in all ends.

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