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Hill & Valley Afghan

(Tech Rating : Quick Beginner - stitches used: chain,slip stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet)

You will need:

Worsted weight yarn in the following colors and quantities

4 - 6 skeins of varigated and 4 - 6 skeins of a complimenting color (3.5 oz. skeins)

"P" Hook

Special stitches

Beg Hill: ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, sc in center dc of Hill on previous row.

End Hill: 3 dc in last stitch of previous row, ch 1, turn.

Hill Stitch: work 5 dc in sc of previous row [the hills}, sc in center dc of Hill of previous row [the valleys].

Instructions Work 2 strands held together working both strands same colors

Work a foundation as long as you wish (must be a multiple of 5 + 3 for turning (I chose 4 feet for mine))

Row1: dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in same stitch, *skip one ch, sc in next ch, skip next ch, work 5 dc in next ch*, repeat between **s across until last stitch, then do End Hill.

Row 2: Work sc in top of last dc of End Hill, work 5 dc in sc of previous row, sc in center dc of next Hill, work Hill Stitch across, turn.

Row 3: Work Beg Hill stitch, work Hill Stitch across until last stitch, work End Hill,

Subsequent Rows: (length determined by stitcher): Repeat Rows 2 & 3 for desired size. Changing colors every 2 to 4 rows depending on your preferences.

Last Row: Now this depends on whether you end on Row 2 or 3; Basically the idea is to even up the end - this means that you will use the following formula: slip stitch in the center dc of Hills, sc in dc on either side of this, dc in sc of Valley, hdc in dc on either side of this stitch. So it goes: *sl st, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc,* repeat across until end.

Edging: ch 1, turn; work sc across top & bottom and down both sides, working 3 sc in the corners, 3 sc around each dc of Beg and End Hills of rows. This will help stabilize the work, I chose to add another row for looks. Fringe would look good on this Afghan.


Copyright 1997 Margaret Hovey


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