Here is my latest afghan chart. It was requested by Sandra for her Marine son and Corinne who crochets afghans for the VFW, Fisher House, and hospitals.
I altered the insignia somewhat to make it easier to crochet, but I tried to stay true to the original design.
Each square on the pattern counts as a single crochet. It has 170 stitches across and 211 rows. The gauge of the pattern totally depends on the size yarn and hook you use. I measured my gauge for worsted weight yarn and an I hook at 4 sts and 4 rows = 1". With this gauge the afghan would measure 42 1/2" x 52 3/4" . If you want to make it wider or longer, I'd add red stitches on either side of the pattern for width or more rows to the top and bottom of the pattern to make it longer. I don't knit, but I think you could use this for a knitted afghan as well. I recommend using Red Heart Super Saver yarn or Red Heart Super Saver Economy yarn.
If you are really talented (and somewhat ambidextrous) you can switch the hook to your left hand when you get to the end of the row and then crochet back the way you came like Carol Ventura does.
This is another video tutorial by Red Heart Yarn.
If you are new to crochet charts check out my Globe Pillow Crochet Along, it has a tutorial on how to read a chart. If you would rather cross stitch the details of the chart, I would crochet the major areas and then you can have a look at my Day of the Dead Banner (also below) pattern for a tutorial on how to cross stitch on single crochet for the finer details.
For other tips on following a crochet chart check out my Harley Davidson Afghan post.
I realize there's no way you could crochet this afghan from this tiny picture, so if you want the chart email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what format you want it in. (Excel--editable .xlsx, Adobe .pdf or picture .png, I recommend the .xlsx or .png files because the pdf splits it up into several pages.)
If anyone wants to make this afghan or anything "Marine" for sale please be sure to check this website for licensing of the image. Thanks.
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