Freaky Under Cover Kisses

Author

By Maria Merlino

Introduction

Freaky Under Cover Kisses AfghanGet your freak on with this amusing coverlet. Without just coming out and announcing it, your favorite four-letter word can be draped across the sofa or bed and only the literate will be the wiser. Another use for it is The Hint Blanket. Express your needs to your lover and keep warm at the same time while he/she gets the hint!

I’ve used easily found worsted weight yarn and the old stand-by hook, an H/5mm. I’ve chosen the extended double crochet stitch (edc) to work this afghan. It’s a true favorite of mine and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. The beauty of the edc when working with color changes is that you can just carry the unused strand across the top of the work and with a gentle tug, you won’t get any peek through. Of course, if you enjoy tearing your hair out, you can work the chart in single crochet and wind numerous bobbins for the lettering. The article will be less than half the size, though. Whatever you choose to do, have fun doing it!

Materials List

  • 4 ply, worsted weight yarn such as Red Heart Super Saver, or Caron Pounder
    • MC:  approx. 16 oz/835 yds/764 m white
    • CC1:  approx. 2 oz/105 yds/96 m red
    • CC2:  approx. 6 oz /315 yds/288 m black
  • H/5.0mm hook

Finished Size

26” x 55”  (66 cm x 135 cm)

Gauge

12 sts x 6 rows of edc = 4″ (10 cm)

Notes

  • To change color, work edc until the last 2 loops remain on hook, drop first color to wrong side of work (or “carry” the yarn by crocheting over it), work the final yo and draw-through with new color to complete stitch. 
  • Keep all unused strands of yarn on wrong side of work or “carry” the unused strands by crocheting over them.
  • When fastening off a color, leave a 3″ tail to weave in. 
  • Odd numbered rows are right side and, referring to the chart, are worked from right to left.
  • Even numbered rows are wrong side and, referring to the chart, are worked from left to right.
  • The ch-2 at the end of each row does not count as a stitch. 

Special stitches:

Extended double crochet (edc): yo hook, insert hook into stitch, draw up a loop, yo, draw through one loop on hook only (3 loops on hook remaining), yo, draw through 2 loops on hoop, yo, draw through remaining 2 loops on hook.

The Pattern

Begin

Freaky Under Cover Kisses crochet chartWith MC, ch 82. 

Row 1: Starting in 3rd ch from hook, edc (see Special Stitches) in each st across, ch 2, turn.  (80 sts). 

Row 2-6: Edc in each st across, ch 2, turn.

Row 7:  Edc in each of next 20 sts, with CC1, edc in  each of next 2 sts, with MC, edc in next st, with CC1, edc in each of next 3 sts, with MC, edc in next st, with CC1, edc in each of next 8 sts, with MC, edc in each of next 2 sts, with CC1, edc in each of next 2 sts, with MC, edc in next st, with CC1, edc in each of next 3 sts, with MC, edc in each of next 2 sts, with CC1, edc in each of next 2 sts, with MC, edc in next st, with CC1, edc in each of next 3 sts, with MC, edc in next st, with CC1, edc in each of next 5 sts, with MC, edc in next st, with CC1, edc in each of next 6 sts, with MC, edc in next st, with CC1, edc in each of next 5 sts, with MC, edc in each st across, ch 2, turn. 

Rows 8-90: Edc in each st across, working the color changes according to the chart (click for larger version), ch 2, turn.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

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