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Medallion Strips Afghan
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Medallion Strips Afghan
 medallion afghan wpe46.jpg (6872 bytes)
This afghan consists of strips crocheted in the medallion pattern. This is another form of "patchwork crochet": strips are crocheted individually, then are sewn together. When done in sport-weight yarn and in pastel colors, this pattern makes up into a beautiful baby afghan! So enjoy learning and crocheting this pattern! 
wpe44.jpg (8720 bytes) This pattern is ideal for a baby afghan too!
Recommended yarn for this project is 4-ply "worsted-weight" yarn, either in 100% wool or acrylic, utilizing a size H or I crochet hook. Sport-weight or baby-weight yarn can be used for making baby afghans, with either an F or G crochet hook.
Pattern is a multiple of 6 + 2. For each medallion, chain 6, then make an extra 2 chains. For practice purposes, chain 14 loosely in Color A.
ROW ONE OF PATTERN: Single crochet in second chain from hook, *skip 2 chains, do 7 double crochet in the next chain, skip 2 chains, single crochet in next chain; Repeat from * across, ending with a single crochet in the last chain (FIGURE 1). Fasten off.
 figure 1
SECOND PART OF ROW ONE: Attach Color A on the other side of the chaining row, into the same chain stitch where the last single crochet was made in that row. Single crochet stitch in the same space, and then repeat from * of Row 1 to complete the medallion pattern (Figure 2). Fasten off. Weave all ends that are hanging into the back of the medallions'' stitches.
 figure 2
ROW TWO OF PATTERN:Holding the medallion strip right side up, attach Color B in the first single crochet of the row, chain 4, *in the next 3 stitches work as follows (as shown in Figure 3): 1 double crochet, 1 half-double crochet, 1 single crochet, skip 1 stitch. Then into the next 3 stitches work as follows: 1 single crochet, 1 half-double crochet, 1 double crochet, followed by 1 triple crochet stitch into the single crochet stitch between the medallions. Repeat from * across. Fasten off and turn to the wrong side.
 figure 3
ROW THREE OF PATTERN:(Wrong side of strip). Attach Color C into the first stitch, chain 1, single crochet in the same stitch, *working very loosely, pull up a loop in the next 2 stitches (Figure 4), yarn over the hook and through all 3 loops on hook (Figure 5); repeat from * across, ending with a single crochet in the fourth chain of the chain-4 (the top of the chain-4). Fasten off. Turn to right side of strip (Note: The piece will be puckered after this row).
 figures 4 ,5,  6
ROW FOUR OF PATTERN: (Right side of strip). Attach Color B into the first single crochet, chain 1, single crohcet in the same stitch, *2 single crochet in next stitch (Figure 6); repeat from * across, ending with a single crochet in the last single stitch of the row. Fasten off and weave ends into the back of the strip. Repeat Rows 2 through 4 on the other side of the medallion strip.
Color Choice, Gauge, and Yarn Estimation
As shown in the photograph of the "medallion afghan" it is best to select high-contrast colors, especially for colors B and C, which form the edgings of the medallions. It''s best to start the project by crocheting a sample strip following the instructions above. Then measure the width of the strip and estimate how many strips are needed. For example, if the strip measures 4" wide, ten strips will be needed to make an afghan 44" wide (a standard size "adult" afghan measures 45" X 60", a baby afghan is usually 28" X 36").

To determine the length of each strip, calculate similarly using the simple equation below. For instance, if a 2-medallion sample measures 4", you will need a 30 medallion strip to measure 60" long (size of a standard afghan). Here is the algebraic equation to use if desired: