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How do you crochet a diamond-patterned afghan?

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One way of making a diamond-patterned afghan consists of crocheting and sewing together 27 strips of alternating solid and striped diamonds. The project takes a minimum of two weeks and requires a crochet hook, yarn needle, 50 ounces of colored yarn and 20 ounces of white yarn.

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  1. Start the solid diamond

    Using the blue yarn, crochet a chain of 19 stitches. For the first row, insert the hook into the second chain, and draw a loop through. Repeat this procedure for all 18 chains until there are 19 loops on the hook. Yarn over, and draw this through the first loop. For the remaining loops, yarn over once, and draw through two loops each time. The row is completed when only one hoop is left.

  2. Stitch the second row

    Insert the hook into the second and third stitches of the first row, decreasing the second row. Draw a single loop through. Continue drawing single loops through single stitches until reaching the last two stitches of the first row. Insert the hook through the last two stitches and pull a loop through. Repeat the yarn-over procedure to close the loops.

  3. Finish the solid diamond

    Repeat decreasing stitches for successive rows until only three stitches remain. For the final row, slip the stitch across the entire row, and tie off the yarn. Attach the same color of yarn to the wide end of the triangle, and repeat the previous process. Make 182 solid diamonds.

  4. Crochet the striped diamond

    Crochet 19 chains with the colored yarn, and stitch the first row. Switch to the white yarn, and stitch the second row. Continue alternating colors until only three stitches remain. Use the final color to slip stitch across the last row. Use the opposite color to start the new row at the wide part of the triangle. Make 210 striped diamonds.

  5. Sew the rows

    Use the yarn needle and colored yarn to sew the diamond tips together, resulting in 14 strips of 15 striped diamonds and 13 strips of solid diamonds. Place the rows so they fill each other in with alternating solid and striped diamonds. Sew the rows together.

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