Dare to Dream Afghan

Take a stab at freeform crochet with this truly magical project. Using the idea of freely formed circles to create the sky and clouds, this design builds upon itself to create a beautiful pattern comprised of clouds, blue sky, and rainbows. The entire blanket is worked in two strands of yarn, includes more than 70 freeform circles to create a gorgeous texture. Check out the article on the next page to learn more about freeform crochet and get ready to be inspired!

Skill Level: Advanced.

Size: 45” / [114 cm] wide x 60” / [152 cm] long.

Gauge: 22 sts and 11 rows = 4” [10 cm] in dc

Materials:

Super fine weight yarnYarn: KnitPicks Aloft Super Kid Mohair (72% Super Kid Mohair, 28% Silk; 260 yards [238 meters]/25 grams): White (9 balls);

Cloud Excellent Mohair (66% Super Kid Mohair, 34% Nylon; 218 yards [200 meters]/20 grams): #15 Light Blue (3 balls), #38 Red (1 ball), #27 Orange (1 ball), #42 Yellow (1 ball), #33 Green (1 ball), #47 Blue (1 ball), #13 Indigo (1 ball), #14 Violet (1 ball) ()

Silk Road Needle Arts Hand-dyed Cashmere Merino Sock (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 438 yards [400 meters]/100 grams): Natural Cream (3 balls), Sky Blue (1 ball), Sky and Clouds (3 balls), Blue (1 ball). Note: This was a customer ordered yarn from Silk Road Needle Arts on Etsy. The Etsy shop for the Hand-dyed Cashmere Merino Sock yarn is no longer in operation. The suggested alternative yarn is Cascade Heritage Solids.

Hook: US size B/1 (2.25 mm).

Notions: Tapestry needle.

Pattern Notes

The blanket is 100% free formed and structured by two parts, the Body and the Edge. Both Body and Edge of the blanket start from the lower left corner and worked entirely from the diagrams.

The charts of Body and Edge stitches are for the body circles and edge circles respectively.

Pattern

Body

  • The circles in the body are worked followed the order indicated in the Body Drawing.
  • The starting point of each circle is in the center of the circle.
  • The starting point of each circle either begins from the endpoint of the previous circle or starts between two previous formed adjacent circles.
  • The Body is worked with two strands of yarn. The clouds use Cashmere Merino Sock in colors of Sky Blue, Cream, and Sky & Clouds, along with Kid mohair in White. The color usage is indicated in the Body Drawing.
  • The rainbows use Cashmere Merino Sock in color Cream along with Kid mohair in color rainbow.

After the Body

There are total 4 rows of sc (2 rows in white and 2 rows in Blue) between the Body and Edge.

Edge

  • The circles in the Edge are worked sequentially from 1 to 35, as indicated in the Edge Drawing.
  • The starting point of each circle is in the center of the circle.
  • The starting point of each circle begins from the endpoint of the previous circle.
  • The Edge circles use Cashmere Merino Sock in color of Cream along with Kid mohair in color of Light Blue.
  • The Edge’s border uses Cashmere Merino Sock in color of Cream along with Kid mohair in colors of rainbow and White (see the Edge Drawing).

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block as desired.

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