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Kitties in a Row Afghan
Adaptations Copyright 1999, 2011 Beverly A. Qualheim -All Rights reserved.  
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Adult sized afghan is approximately 45" x 64"  But you can make it any size you wish by using a larger or smaller hook and adding more or fewer rows.
This is my adapted version of the popular pattern - that I made for my eldest sons graduation. Turned out really nice!


Adult sized amounts: Worsted weight, 4 ply yarn (Simply Soft works great!) : 16 oz light blue; 16 oz navy blue; 22 oz white or 3 colors you like works best with lights and darks in there.

Size H hook

Preemie or newborn blankies
Use an F hook and baby yarn and 79 sts for preemie size
Newborn use a H hook and worsted weight yarn and 139 sts
Work pattern until blankie is square.

Abbreviations: dc = double crochet;  sk = skip;  ch = chain;  sp = space;  YO = yarn over;  lps = loops;  rep = repeat;  st = stitch; rem = remaining
To make a shell
[2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch-1 space

Instructions:
With Navy Blue, ch 164  (139) (79) --loosely

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch; sk next 2 chs, 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch,  * sk next 3 chs, 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch; rep from * to last 5 chs, sk next 2 chs, dc in each of remaining 3 chs. Ch 3, turn. (Counts as 1st DC of next row)

Row 2:
  Dc in each of the next 2 dc, sk next 2 dc, work [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch-1 space [that makes your shell]; * sk next 4 dc, work a shell in next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last 5 dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in each of the next 2 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.
Ch 3, turn. (Counts as 1st DC of next row)

[TO CHANGE COLORS, Work last DC till you have 2 loops remaining on hook.  Finish off the color being used.  With new color, YO and draw through both loops on hook.]

Row 3:
Join white
Dc in each of the next 2 dc, * work a shell
[2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in ch 1-sp of next shell, then work a puff st in sp between shells in 2nd row below as follows; [YO hook, insert hook in sp between shells in 2nd row below; YO hook and draw up a long loop to height of working row] 4 times [you will have 9 loops now on hook;]
YO hook and draw through first 8 lps on hook [2 loops now on hook]; YO hook and draw through rem 2 lps on hook [puff st made]; repeat from * to last shell, work in a shell in ch-1 sp of last shell, dc in each of the next 2 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.


Row 4:
  Ch 3, turn; dc in each of next 2 dc, * work in a shell in ch-1 sp of next shell; rep from * to last 3 dc,  dc in each of the next 2 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.

Row 5: repeat row 4.

Row 6-8:  Change to light blue, rep rows 3-4.  At end of row 8, change to Navy Blue
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*** (Please note that the shells and the puffs work through to both sides so even though it appears that you are working through the puffs on the wrong side this time, it still works.) ***


Rows 9-11:
With Navy Blue, rep rows 3-5.  At end of row 11, change to white.


Repeat rows 3-11 until afghan measures approx. 60" from beginning edge, ending by working row 10 [2 rows of navy blue].  Finish off and weave in all the loose ends. 


For a Kittens in a Row scarf pattern click here


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