Prize Winning Afghan ? help?

here is the pattern… See if you undertsand this. I sure don’t understand the last 2 paragrapghs of the pattern. I wish there was a video showing me what to do with those loops.

Finished afghan is 60 X 64 inches including fringe. You will need 35 oz. of your color choice 4 ply yarn. I like the no-match stuff, just in case you need or what it longer. You will also need a size “I” crochet hook and 13 one inch safety pins. GAUGE 6 dcs equal 2 inches, 2 rows equal 1".

Note: Count ch 3 at end of each rows as 1 dc. In the last 2 rows ch 6, not 10 for lps.

ROW 1: Ch 253, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 9 chs, ch 10 sk 10 chs (this makes lp) dc in next 10 ch, ch 10, sk 10 chs. Repeat from until there are 13 groups of dcs and 12 lps, ch 3, turn.

ROW 2: Dc in next 9 dcs, ch 10, sk lp, *dc in next 10 dcs, ch 10, sk lp, repeat from *, ch 3, turn. Repeat rown 2 until there are 116 rows. Fasten off.

To finish lps: Start at bottom of afghan and with fingers pull first lp over 2nd lp, pull 2nd lp through, 2nd lp over 3rd, 3rd through, Repeat to end, fasten last 2 lps tog with safety pin. (Be sure all lps go in same direction.)

Fringe: Cut 10 inch lengths of yarn, fold in half. Knot one folded strand in each sc at top and bottom, trim fringe evenly.
Now what do I do with all of those loops? I don’t understand it.

here is what I have so far.

~ Susan

Well, that looks like a fun challenge! I think that pattern will give a pretty neat effect when it’s all finished. I would guess that you anchor the last loop to the edge when you attach the fringe because you certainly don’t want to leave the safety pins in the afghan.

If you would like, I will take the pattern as you have written it and work up a small sample and see if I can figure a way to anchor the loops. If I get a satisfactory result, I’ll make a video and post it on my website. How does that sound? It will take a few days, since our summer is winding down and we still have some fun things to do with the kids before school starts in two weeks. But if you can wait, I’d be happy to put that on my to-do list.

Let me know.


Do you mean all the loops? They look like dropped knit stitches. You knit the loops from bottom to top and put a stitch holder on for the last two loops until ?? The instructions end without saying how to bind off the knitted loops. You could knit them up as you start the last row and SC through the loop on the stitch holder from the middle of ch 6 loops of the last row.
I think it was missing in the instructions so I suggest you can bind off the loops by working the last row chain spaces into the “knitted” loop pulled up.

Or perhaps better, you could tie one of the fringe tassels around the last two loops to secure them as MGM suggested.

Funny that the pattern just left it out… :nails: (searching)

:sun: I found an identical pattern called [U][B]Jacob’s Ladder[/B][/U] (link). There is a SC border around the whole afghan. That site has a photo :woot: and the following finishing instructions.

Finishing: Sc in each dc across top, 2 scs in each lp (remove safety pins as you go). Across bottom sc in 10 dc, * ch 1, sc in 10 dc. Repeat from * to end, fasten off.
Fringe: Cut 10 inch lengths of yarn, fold in half. Knot on folded strand in each ch at top and bottom, trim fringe evenly.

I like that solution as it finishes the sides (row ends) with a clean edge. With such a SC edge you could skip the fringe and embellish the edge with your favorite edge treatment (e.g. fans and picots.)[/COLOR]

Thanks Jack for finding that pattern! I am intrigued and want to work up a sample just to see it work! I will definitely print out the pattern and make a video on how to make the afghan and how to finish it too. That will be a great addition to my video library!



That would be WONDERFUL!!!



I have started working on the sample for this pattern and I really like it. As soon as I can make a video and get it posted, I’ll let you know. Blogger has been having some issues lately with uploading images, so hopefully they will have that fixed soon.

But I did want to point out the note in the Jacob’s Ladder pattern that Jack linked to in his reply. It says:

Note: Count ch 3 at end of each row as 1 dc. In the last 2 rows ch 6, not 10 for loops.

So for the last two rows of your afghan, instead of working 10 chains between the double crochet sections, only work 6. This will ensure that your loops at the very end of each row of loops won’t be too long and hang over the end.

There are lots of possibilities for finishing this afghan too, besides the fringe that the pattern suggests. I’m not a huge fan of fringe myself, but a round of reverse single crochet around the whole afghan after working one or two round of regular single crochet always makes a nice sturdy edge. Scallops are nice too. There are videos for each of these techniques on my website already if you’d like to take a look. I’ve linked to them in the words above. You can find lots of other finishing techniques by clicking HERE and looking through the list.


I found a picture of the Jacob’s Ladder afghan online:

Mary Grace,

Thank You… :slight_smile: I’ll keep watching for it… :slight_smile:


Check my website tomorrow morning for my video on Jacob’s Ladder. I hope you find it helpful, if you can suffer through the whole thing! I got a little long winded…sorry! :aww:

Here’s the link to the video tutorial:

The finished sample item is up for sale too, so feel free to contact me if you are interested in it. Details are in the post.


Mary Grace ( MGM )

I went to your site tonight and watched " Jacob’s ladder video " you had, WONDERFUL! I can do it now!!! Thank You!!!


I have the whole pattern for this afghan if you want to email me I can send it to you…I have made this afghan many times, it goes really fast and is quite pretty when done.


The prize winning pattern you were asking about:
the pattern you put on the web was not all there.
you have’Row 1’, then ‘Row 2’, then ‘To Finish Lps’, then
’Finishing’ then ‘Fringe’.
You had left out "Finishing’, so here it is:

Finishing: Sc in each dc across top, 2 scs in each lp (remove safety pins as you go). Across bottom sc in 10 dc, * ch 1, sc in 10 dc. Repeat from * to end, fasten off.

then you go and do the ‘Fringe’.