An Afghan Made with the Celtic Weave and Celtic Braid
Since learning how to do the Celtic Weave, I have been wanting to make a big warm comfy afghan! I love it! It looks like a big warm sweater! Along the sides of the afghan I did a couple Celtic Braids. This is actually laid out on my California King bed and almost fits the top.
I used a size J hook and started with a 269 chain. (I lost track of how many skeins of yarn I used.) The Celtic Weave is made by crocheting with the right side (RS) facing you, ch 2, skip the 1st 3 stitches. Then, around the front post Triple crochet around the next stitch. Fptr around the next stitch. Working in front of the 2 stitches you just made fptr around the second stitch that was skipped, and then in the 3rd skipped stitch. Skip the next 2 stitches. Fptr around the next two stitches. Working in front of the last 2 stitches fptr around each of the skipped stitches. Continue this pattern across and dc in the turning stitch; turn. Next row will be wrong facing (or back of piece) ch 2. back post triple crochet around the second stitch of the row and bptr around the next stitch. skip the next two stitches. Bptr around the next 2 stitches. Working in front of the last 2 stitches, bptr around the 2 skipped stitches.
The Celtic Braid:
Right side row: skip 2 stitches, 2 fptr over next 2 stitches, working in front of stitches just made, fptr in each the skipped stitches, fptr in each of next 2 stitches.
Back side row: skip 2 stitches, bptr over next 2 stitches. bptr in skipped stitches, bptr in next two stitches.
I did one Celtic braid then 2 double crochets and then another Celtic braid and then a lot of Celtic weave between and another Celtic braid, 3 double crochets and another Celtic braid.
Reverse shell stitch: Chain 3 to begin the first shell. Dc in same stitch and in the next two stitches. Chain 3, flip your work so you are looking at the back of the 3 stitches you just made. Slip stitch in the top of the original ch 3 you made (at the very beginning before you did any dcs). Ch 1 turn back to the front. The last 3 chains you made will now be across the top of the 3 dcs. Dc 7 times around those 3 chains. Dc in next 3 stitches. Ch 3, flip work, slip stitch around the post of the previous shell. Ch 1 turn to right side. 7 double crochets to make shell; continue around.
The biggest mistake I made with this afghan is not buying all of the yarn at once. I can see slight differences in the skeins. It is really a bummer! Part of the reason I didn’t realize the slight change in color is because I was working on it in a darker room because I didn’t want my daughter to see it before it was done.
I love how it turned out! Just like a big warm sweater! Perfect for 2 to cuddle under!