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Baby Bobble Afghan [crochet pattern]





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When I found out that one of my best friends was having a baby, I knew that I wanted to make an afghan for Mini Austin. At her Springfield baby shower, she showed some paint chips that she and Chris had selected. I got the colors (thanks, Vicky!), then headed to the yarn shop. I flipped through my books and found a nice, raised pattern in one of my favorite books, 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton—I wanted something that little fingers would find exciting, and the bobbles on this pattern would be just right. With a little tweaking, I was able to convert it from a square to afghan size.

Next, I had to choose the color progression, which is always a tough job for me. I don’t really trust my color eye because I’m know for selecting “clown pants” color combos. I wanted something that flowed smoothly but didn’t follow the rainbow too closely. Plus, the pattern I had chosen was based on four colors, and I had five to work with.

I played around with trying to fit my five colors into the 11 rows of the pattern, alternating but not repeating the pattern at all. Finally, I tried a pattern that just repeated the same 5-row pattern through the 11-row bigger progression provided by my original pattern. In this end, this was an excellent choice, as it the bobble rows alternated through the colors and made the 5-row pattern less discernible. Check it out:

Next, the trim. I wavered between something with bobbles (to complement the pattern in the afghan) and something soft and long (for little fingers to play with). In the end, I settled with a crocheted fringe (because I hate traditional fringes). It’s from another of my favorite pattern books, Crochet Edgings & Trims by Kate Haxell.

Okay, that’s enough chitter-chatter. Let’s dive into the pattern!

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Baby Bobble Afghan by Linden A. Mueller is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at lindenamueller.com.

Skill Level

I’d estimate that this is an intermediate pattern.

Materials Needed

I’m sorry, but I did not keep track of how much yarn I used. I think that I used 5 balls of each of the Sugar ‘n Cream and Bouquet and 4 balls of the Baby Bee. I can tell you for sure what I used and the order I used it in.

A: Sugar ‘n Cream Country Green 01222
B: Sugar ‘n Cream Chocolate Ombre 02014
C: Bouquet Catalina color 5615 (this is from an old stash, so it might not be around anymore) [light aqua]
D: Sugar ‘n Cream Country Yellow 01612
E: Orange: Baby Bee Cheeky #93 [orange]

Guage

Use hook size indicated on skein wrapper. Adjust as needed. The Baby Bee and Bouquet Catalina are much finer than the rest, so I used a larger hook to make them match guage of the Suger ‘n Cream.

Special Abbreviations

MB: make bobble (work 4 open dc in same st, leaving 5 loops on hook, draw yarn through all five loops at once)

Afghan Instructions

Adapted from Candy Stripe Bobbles (153) in 200 Crochet Blocks

Row 1: Using color A, ch 101, turn

Row 2: Working first sc into 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc into each ch, turn (100 sc)

Row 3: ch 1, sc in second ch from hook. sc 4,  *mb, sc 2, mb, sc 2, mb, sc 5* and repeat between * 8 times. Turn.

From here, you’ll work the following four row patterns (called sets), progressing through the colors in order from A, B, C, D, and E. (This is will give you the nice progression through bobble rows and colors that makes the pattern stand out less.) You’ve already done a modified Set 1 with color A, so start now with Set 2 using color B.

Set 1: Repeat row 2 twice, then repeat row 3. Turn, join next color.

Set 2: Repeat row 2 three times. Turn, join next color.

Set 3: Repeat row 3, then repeat row 2 twice. Turn, join next color.

Set 4: Repeat row 2, then repeat row 3, then repeat row 2. Turn, join next color.

Repeat through sets and colors until you have crocheted 46 rows. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Border Instructions

Two-tone Braid from Crochet Edgings & Trims

Work with right side facing.

Row 1: Using color C, join in any corner, sc around. Turn

Row 2: Ch 2, 1 hdc into each st to end, turn. Fasten off yarn C, join in yarn B.

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc into first st, *skip 1 hdc from row 2, 1 dc into equivalent sc on 1st row, 1 sc into next st in row 2; rep from * to end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Fringe Instructions

Undulating Fringe from Crochet Edgings & Trims

Work with right side facing. Note: I didn’t pick this pattern until after the afghan was started, so the multiple of stitches required for this pattern (multiple of 3 sts, plus one for base ch) doesn’t quite fit the afghan. I added one stich at the end of the row, once I knew how far off I was.

Row 1: Using color E, join in corner on narrow side. Skip 2 ch (count as 1 hdc), 1 hdc into next ch, 1 hdc into each ch to end, turn.

Row 2: ch 2 (count as 1 tr), 1 tr into each st to end, turn.

Row 3: ch 2 (count as 1 hdc), 1 hdc into each st to end, turn.

Row 4: *ch 16, sl st into back bump of 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st into back bump of each ch, 1 sl st into next hdc, ch 12, sl st into back bump of 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st into back bump of each ch, 1 sl st into next hdc, ch 8, sl st into back bump of 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st into back bump of each ch, 1 sl st into next hdc; rep from * to end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

[ download this pattern sans story in PDF here or see all my crochet patterns listed on one page here ]

Creative Commons License
Baby Bobble Afghan by Linden A. Mueller is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at lindenamueller.com.