I love the rich autumn colours in this simple 1970s throw. Don't spurn the simple crochet motif; while not technically challenging, they do make an ideal handbag project for your holiday or your commute to work. You may think it's a bit early to think about autumn but there are just under 200 motifs make up the full size blanket... so maybe in time for Autumn 2011!
ss = slip stitch
Remember the above are English crochet instructions where dc is equivalent to US single crochet - see "Terminology" in the side bar.
Editor's note: While writing this I found a simply excellent free form crochet site from James Walters which reflects his own work alongside Sylvia Cosh and has - among other things - some great crochet information. As the author states - the information was originally intended as worksheets for their students - however I found they do offer useful guidance (available in both what I will call "English" as well as "US English"!)
Make 4 ch and join with a ss to make a ring.
1st round: 3ch; 11 tr into ring; ss to 3 ch.
2nd round: 3ch; 1 tr into same place as ss; * 2ch, 2tr into next tr, repeat from * to end, finishing with: 2ch, ss to 3rd of 3ch.
3rd round: 3ch; 2tr into first 2ch
space; * 2ch, 1tr into same space, work 2
tr tog (see abbreviations) with first leg in the same space and second
leg in the next space, 1tr into same space, repeat from *
to end, finishing with: 2ch 1tr into same space, ss to 3rd of 3ch.
4th round: * 1ch, 5tr in space, 1ch, 1dc into 2 tr tog, repeat from * to end, finishing with ss into ss of previous round.
This completes your first motif.
Make 7 for the centre and then 48, 44, 44, and 46 in the other colours.
Here's a close-up picture of one of the motifs. Hopefully it will help you see how they should look.
Join 2 shells to each adjacent motif, using the following pattern as a guide to placement. It is a good idea to sew this together gradually as you go along - you can stop any time you feel it's big enough, leave the throw as a circular shape, or continue with the pattern to make a rectangle.
Sew in all ends.
4ply/Fingering yarn in 5 autumnal colours. You will need about 1 ball for the centre and about 8 balls for each of the other 4 colours.
One number 11 (3mm) crochet hook.
One motif measures about 4 inches in diameter.
Approximately 52 by 60 inches.