|My crocheted afghan project|
In second chain from hook pull up a loop as if you were making a single crochet.
Pull up a loop through the next chain and repeat until you get to the end of the chain. You will have 41 loops on your crochet hook.
With the 1st loop on the end of your hook, chain 1.
There will be a vertical bar formed by each stitch from the last row. You work the stitches along these bars.
Place your hook under the first bar. Draw up a loop as if making a single crochet. Do not complete the stitch.
You can make the squares as long as you want. For my project I'm making 40 rows.
There will be one loop on your hook. Place your hook under the vertical bar. Draw up a loop but this time, complete the single crochet. Repeat with all the bars. Once again the last stitch looks like 2 chains. Draw up a loop through the top chain and complete the single crochet. Finish off.
To create the edging on your pieces, you can do whatever you like. You may want to surround it with a combination of rows like double crochet and single crochet, or you may want single crochet with the following rows in the back stitch of previous rows. It really doesn't matter and is your personal preference. Just be sure that your work lies flat. You may need to use a smaller crochet hook than the one you used to make the squares to create a flat edge or decrease where necessary.
My project is 2 rows of double crochet and one row of single crochet on the 2 side edges. I'm then stitching the squares together along these edges making a long strip. I then do 2 rows of double crochet and one row of single crochet along the tops and bottoms of these strips. Then, I'm sewing the strips together and working in the ends.
For a more interesting effect you can try using two colours of yarn and alternate the colours for each row. The yarn will naturally keep to the back when you switch between colours. You can also try using a very fine yarn or fingering with a regular worsted weight yarn. Work them together as if they are one strand.
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For myself, I think that this will be my first and last afghan like this. I've been considering maybe making pillows with this stitch and doing more elaborate cross-stitch decorations on them. I've also considered wall hangings to be more like art pieces, but I always have a list as long as my arm of to-do projects in the works.
I hope you found this helpful or at the very least inspiring. If you need more help than what I've given here, by all means feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave comments and I will try my best to answer them.