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Afghan-Stitch Bookmark May 13, 1999 by Lee Ann Hamm (Crochet...Gotta Love It!)

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Posted May 14, 1999

Afghan or Tunisian crochet is something brand-new to me-I only just tried if for the first time this afternoon (5/12/1999) and found out how easy it is and how fun it is to do. I decided to whip up a pattern and to my amazement, it worked out okay without too much ripping.

I have never seen printed instructions for Afghan/Tunisian crochet and I'm not sure how they're written in the first place, so I wrote them out literally just like in a regular crochet pattern (I relied heavily on some instructions from a crochet magazine.) I also improvised an edging to be worked around the perimeter with the contrasting color. Enjoy and I hope you like it! :)

Small amount of Lustersheen yarn (blue)
Small amount of contrasting Lustersheen yarn
Crochet hook, size G
Gauge: I have no idea how to measure a gauge in afghan (tunisian) crochet, but I don't think it's too important with this pattern

Chain 10.
Row 1:Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, yo (yarn over) and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook); keeping all loops on hook, *insert hook in next ch, yo and draw up a loop, repeat from * across (10 loops on hook).
Row 2:(Keeping all loops on hook) insert hook under 2nd vertical bar of previous row, yo and draw up a loop; * insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and draw up a loop, repeat from * across.
Rows 3-38:Repeat row 2. At the end of row 38 (when 1 loop remains on hook), fasten off and sew in end. Attach trim color of your choice and work edging as follows:

EDGING: Rnd 1:Sc in same place where attached, * skip 1 st, (the one between the next 2 vertical bars), in next st work hdc, 3 dc, hdc=shell made, skip 1 st (the st between the next 2 vertical bars), sc in next st, repeat from * once more; work this edging in same manner for next 3 sides of bookmark and join with sl st to beg sc. Note: when working along the long sides, you may have to skip 2 rows between the scs and the shells, to keep it from curling.

Fasten off and sew in ends and if needed, lightly press with a warm iron.

That's it and I hope my terminology isn't too misleading. Also, I do not own an afghan hook, but I made this with just a regular crochet hook.

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