Rincón Stripes Afghan

Inspired by the colors of Rincón, Puerto Rico, single crochet striped strips make this an easy and satisfying stitch for whatever beach you find yourself crocheting upon. Construction is done with single crochet as well to avoid sewing.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 50” x 57¼” before edging; 52½” x 60” with edging

Gauge: 11 sts = 4’ [10 cm]; 16 rows = 5” [12.7 cm] in sc

Material:

Yarn:

Medium weight yarn Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (100% Acrylic; 170 yards [156 meters]/100 grams): #145 Eggplant (A), 1 skein; #139 Rose Shocking (B), 1 skein; #112 Raspberry (C), 1 skein; #134 Terracotta (D), 1 skein; #158 Mustard (E), 2 skeins; #146 Dusty Purple (F), 1 skein; #173 Dusty Green (G), 1 skein; #142 Rose (H), 1 skein; #169 Pistachio ( I ), 1 skein; #101 Pink (J), 1 skein; #171 Fern (K), 1 skein; #106 Aquamarine (L), 1 skein; #105 Silver Blue (M), 1 skein; #123 Beige (N), 1 skein; #111 Sky Blue (O), 1 skein; #115 Light Blue (P), 1 skein; #102 Aqua (Q), 1 skein; #113 Scarlet (X), 2 skeins

Hook: 10/J (6 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; scissors

Pattern Notes

Each square is 27 sts across x 26 rows high. This allows an uneven number of 2 row stripes (13 changes) to begin and end with the same color.

It is helpful to mark each skein with A, B, C, etc., to avoid color confusion.

Pattern

Strips 1 and 5

With A, ch 28.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch across – 27 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in every sc across, changing to B at end of row.

Rows 3-4: With B, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to A at end of last row.

Rows 5-6: With A, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to B at end of last row.

Rows 7-36: Rep Rows 3-6, changing to C at end of Row 26. Break A.

Rows 37-38: With C, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to B at end of last row.

Rows 39-40: With B, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to C at end of last row.

Rows 39-68: Rep Rows 37-40, changing to D at the end of last row. Break B.

Rows 71-72: With D, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to C at end of last row.

Rows 73-74: With C, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to D at end of last row.

Rows 73-100: Rep Rows 69-72. Break C.

Rows 101-104: Rep Rows 69-70, changing to E at end of last row.

Rows 105-106: With E, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to D at end of last row.

Rows 107-108: With D, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to E at end of last row.

Rows 109-136: Rep Rows 105-108. Break D.

Rows 137-138: With E, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to F at end of last row.

Rows 139-140: With F, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to E at end of last row.

Rows 141-172: Rep Rows 137-140.

Fasten off E and F at end of last row.

Strips 2 and 4

With G, ch 28.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch across – 27 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in every sc across, changing to H at end of row.

Rows 3-4: With H, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to G at end of last row.

Rows 5-6: With G, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to H at end of last row.

Rows 7-36: Rep Rows 3-6, changing to I at end of Row 36. Break G.

Rows 37-38: With I, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to H at end of last row.

Rows 39-40: With H, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to I at end of row.

Rows 41-68: Rep Rows 37-40, changing to I at the end of last row. Break H.

Rows 69-70: With I, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to J at end of last row.

Rows 71-72: With J, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to I at end of last row.

Rows 73-100: Rep Rows 69-72. Break I.

Rows 105-106: With K, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to J at end of last row.

Rows 107-108: With J, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to K at end of last row.

Rows 109-136: Rep Rows 103-106, changing to K at end of last row. Break J.

Rows 137-138: With K, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to L at end of last row.

Rows 139-140: With L, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to K at end of last row.

Rows 141-172: Rep Rows 135-138.

Fasten off K and L at end of last row.

Strip 3 (make 1)

With M, ch 28.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch across – 27 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in every sc across, changing to N at end of row.

Rows 3-4: With N, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to M at end of last row.

Rows 5-6: With M, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to N at end of last row.

Rows 7-36: Rep Rows 3-6, changing to O at end of row. Break M and N.

Rows 37-38: With O, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to P at end of last row.

Rows 39-40: With P, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to O at end of row.

Rows 41-72: Rep Rows 37-40, changing to Q at the end of last row.

Rows 73-74: With Q, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to O at end of last row.

Rows 75-76: With O, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to Q.

Rows 77-108: Rep Rows 73-76, changing to P at end of last row.

Rows 109-110: With P, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to O at end of last row.

Rows 111-112: With O,  ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to P at end of last row.

Rows 113-144: Rep Rows 103-106, changing to N at end of last row. Break O and Q.

Rows 145-146: With N, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to P at end of last row.

Rows 147-148: With P, ch 1, turn, sc in every sc across, changing to N at end of last row.

Rows 139-172: Repeat Rows 145-148 consecutively.

Fasten off N and P at end of last row.

Join Strips

Line the strips up in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 order. With RS held together, sc Strips together on the WS edge with the right-hand side to the left-hand side of Strips in the above order. Using X, sc in sides of corresponding rows all along the long edges from bottom to top.

When all 5 strips are joined, work Edging.

Edging

Rnd 1: With X, attach yarn in any sc at top edge, sc across top edge of Afghan, making 3 sc in each top corner, sc along long edge evenly, 3 sc in bottom corner, sc across beg ch edge, 3 sc in right-hand bottom corner, sc evenly along rem long side, sl st to join in first sc.

Rnds 2-4: Sc in each sc around, again working 3 sc in each corner and ending with sl st to join at end of rnds. Fasten off X.

Rnd 5: With E, attach yarn in any sc with WS facing, and continuing with WS facing throughout, (sc in sc, ch 1, sk next sc) around, sl st to join in first sc.

Fasten off E.

Finishing

Weave in loose ends. yarn ball

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