ASTERIA CROCHET AFGHAN SQUARE

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Asteria Crochet Afghan Square
– 2023 Crochet A Block Crochet Along –

This Asteria Crochet Afghan Square is part of the 2023 Crochet A Block Crochet Along.
Beautiful, textured squares with a touch of overlay ranging in difficulty from Easy to Challenging.

Asteria Crochet Afghan Square | Joanita Theron Designs @joanitatherondesigns #crochetsquare #freecrochetalong #crochetblanket #crochetthrow #afghansquare

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Asteria Crochet Afghan Square

Difficulty Level/Skill Required: Easy – Intermediate

Basic stitches in simple variations, simple repeats, color changes, shaping and finishing.
Includes more involved stitch combinations like the popcorn stitch.

You will need to know basic stitches like the DC (double crochet).
Special stitches explained and links to tutorials are provided.

Supplies/Materials:

  • Yarn – Vinnis Colours – DK Nikkim 100% cotton (50 grams/119 meters)
    Weight – DK (11 wpi) 3: Light.
  • Hook – 4.00 mm (G) – Clover
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations: US Terminology
CH – chain
SL ST – slip stitch
SC – single crochet (UK – DC)
HDC – half double crochet (UK – HTR)
DC – double crochet (UK – TR)
RS – right side
WS- wrong side

Gauge:
Not necessary for this project to be perfect.
However if you use a different yarn and/or hook sizing will differ.
Using the SAME hook and yarn will ensure your squares are consistent in size.

Pattern Notes:
Stitch count is important!
For completing the blanket – correct stitch count will ensure a successful joining of squares

Size:
Square – 9 x 9 inches (23 x 23 cm)

Colors:

Approx – 104 – 120 yards (95 – 110 m) for complete square

A – Natural
B – Cappuccino
C – Princess Aqua
D – Khaki
E – Olive
F – Old Gold
G 1 – Kingfisher
G 2 – Tomato

Special Stitches:

How to Work Crochet Popcorn Stitch:

Starting Popcorn:

  • CH 3 – this counts as your FIRST DC.
  • Work 4 double crochet (dc) stitches in the same stitch.
  • Drop the loop from your hook.
  • Insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first double crochet of the group.
  • Grab the dropped loop with your hook and pull it through the stitch.

Popcorn:

  • Work 5 double crochet (dc) stitches in the same stitch.
  • Drop the loop from your hook.
  • Insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first double crochet of the group.
  • Grab the dropped loop with your hook and pull it through the stitch.

For Video Tutorial Click Here.

How to Work Back Post Double Crochet Stitch:

  • Yarn over and insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second double crochet in the row below, and then from front to back again between the posts of the second and third stitches.
  • The hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the double crochet that you’re working around.
  • Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch.
  • You now have 3 loops on the hook.
  • Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.
  • You’ve made one complete back post double crochet (BP dc).

For Video Tutorial Click Here.

How to Work Front-Post Double-Crochet (FPDC):

  • Yarn over and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second stitch of the row/round below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third stitches.
  • The hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the stitch that you’re working around.
  • Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch.
  • You now have 3 loops on the hook.
  • Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.
  • One front post double crochet (FPDC) is complete.

For Video Tutorial Click Here.

How to Work 3 Double Crochet Bobble Cluster Stitch (3DC Bobble Cluster):

  • Yarn over and insert hook from front to back into stitch.
  • *Yarn over and draw through stitch. (3 loops)
  • Yarn over, draw through first two loops. (2 loops)
  • Yarn over and insert hook into SAME stitch.**
  • Repeat instructions from * to ** twice. (4 loops)
  • Yarn over and draw through all 4 loop on the hook.
  • One 3 Double Crochet Cluster Bobble Stitch complete.

For Video Tutorial Click Here.

How to Work 4 Double Crochet Bobble Cluster Stitch (4DC Bobble Cluster)

  • Worked exactly like the 3DC Bobble Cluster but adding a DC (double crochet stitch)

For Video Tutorial Click Here.

Instructions:

With A – make a magic ring/or CH 4; SL ST into 4th CH from hook to form a ring.

RND 1: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC); work 11 DC into ring; SL ST into 3rd of 3 CH.
(12 DC)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With B – join into any DC.

RND 2: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC); work 1 FPDC around SAME DC.
*Work [1 DC; 1 FPDC] into/around next DC.**
Repeat from * to ** 10 more times; SL ST into 3rd of 3 CH.
(12 DC; 12 FPDC = 24 STS)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With C – join into any DC (not FPDC)

RND 3: Work Starting Popcorn; CH 1; work FPDC around next FPDC; CH 1.
*Work Popcorn into next DC; CH 1; work FPDC around next FPDC; CH 1.**
Repeat from * to ** 10 more times; SL ST into top of Starting Popcorn.
(12 Popcorn; 12 FPDC; 24 x CH 1 spaces)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With G2 – join into any 1 CH BEFORE a Popcorn.

RND 4: CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC); work 1 HDC into top of next Popcorn; work 1 HDC into next 1 CH space; work 1 HDC into next FPDC.
*Work 1 HDC into next 1 CH space; work 1 HDC into top of next Popcorn; work 1 HDC into next 1 CH space; work 1 HDC into next FPDC.**
Repeat from * to ** 10 more times; SL ST into 2nd CH of 2 CH.
(48 HDC)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With D – join into the THIRD loop of any HDC – (see photos – this loop is found at the BACK of the HDC stitch.)

Note: if you have tight tension – it is recommended to use a size larger hook for this round.

RND 5: CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC); work 1 HDC into each HDC all around; SL ST into 2nd of 2 CH.
(48 HDC)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With E – join into the THIRD loop of any HDC – (see photos – this loop is found at the BACK of the HDC stitch.)

Note: Cluster worked into this round is a 4DC Bobble Cluster (4 double crochet worked together into SAME stitch) – see special stitches.

Note: if you have tight tension – increase the CH 2 to CH 3 or it is recommended to use a size larger hook for this round.

RND 6: Working starting 4DC Bobble Cluster; CH 2; SKIP next HDC.
*Work 4DC Bobble Cluster (special stitches) into next HDC; CH 2; SKIP next HDC.**
Repeat from * to ** 22 more times; SL ST into top of starting Cluster.
(24 Clusters; 24 x 2 CH spaces = 48 STS)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With G2 – join yarn into any 2 CH space.

Note: to check if squaring is done correctly – after round each corner will be in a 2 CH space – with 6 Clusters in-between each corner.

Note: Special Stitches in this round – FPDC/FPHDC/FPSC
– Front Post Double Crochet
– Front Post Half Double Crochet
– Front Post Single Crochet.

RND 7: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC); work [2 DC; CH 2; 3 DC] into SAME 2 CH space; work 1 FPDC around next Cluster; work 1 DC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPHDC around next Cluster; work 1 HDC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPSC around next Cluster; work 1 SC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPSC around next Cluster; work 1 HDC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPHDC around next Cluster; work 1 DC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPDC around next Cluster.
*Work [3 DC; CH 2; 3 DC] into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPDC around next Cluster; work 1 DC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPHDC around next Cluster; work 1 HDC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPSC around next Cluster; work 1 SC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPSC around next Cluster; work 1 HDC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPHDC around next Cluster; work 1 DC into next 2 CH space; work 1 FPDC around next Cluster.
Repeat from * to ** 2 more times; SL ST into 3rd of 3 CH.
(17 STS on each side – [3 DC; 1 FPDC; 1 DC; 1 FPHDC; 1 HDC; 1 FPSC; 1 SC; 1 FPSC; 1 HDC;  1 FPHDC; 1 DC; 1 FPDC; 3 DC]; 4 x 2 CH corner spaces)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With F – join into any 2 CH corner space.

Note: Concentration required for next round.

RND 8: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC); work [2 DC; CH 3; 3 DC] into same space; work 1 DC into each of next 8 STS; work 2 DC into next ST; work 1 DC into each of next 8 STS.
*Work [3 DC; CH 3; 3 DC] into next 3 CH corner space; work 1 DC into each of next 8 STS; work 2 DC into next ST; work 1 DC into each of next 8 STS.**
Repeat from * to ** 2 more times; SL ST into 3rd of 3 CH.
(24 DC on each side; 4 x 3 CH corner spaces)

RND 9: Work 1 SC into each of next 2 DC; *work 3 SC into next corner space; work 1 SC into DC across.**
Repeat from * to ** all around; SL ST into first SC worked.
(96 SC = 24 SC on each side; 3 SC into each corner. Total SC = 108 SC)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With A – join into any CENTER (2nd SC) of a 3 SC corner group.

RND 10: CH 4 (counts as 1 TR); work [1 TR; 2 CH; 2 TR] into SAME SC; work 1 TR into each of next 26 SC.
*Work [2 TR; 2 CH; 2 TR] into next SC (CENTER SC of corner); work 1 TR into each of next 26 SC.**
Repeat from * to ** two more times; SL ST into 4th of 4 CH.
(120 TR = 30 TR on each side; 4 x 2 CH corner spaces)

RND 11: CH 1; work 1 SC into SAME ST; work 1 SC into next TR; work [1 SC; 2 CH; 1 SC] into next 2 CH corner space.
*Work 1 SC into next 30 TR; work [1 SC; 2 CH; 1 SC] into next 2 CH corner space.**
Repeat from * to ** two more times.
Work 1 SC into next 28 TR; SL ST into first SC worked.
(128 SC = 32 SC on each side; 4 x 2 CH corner spaces).
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Asteria Crochet Afghan Square | Joanita Theron Designs @joanitatherondesigns #crochetsquare #freecrochetalong #crochetblanket #crochetthrow #afghansquare

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