How to Crochet an Afghan Using Jacob's Ladder Stitch

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Afghans are one of the most common crocheted objects because afghans serve a useful purpose, are relatively easy to make, make great presents and can be customized in countless ways. The Jacob's Ladder afghan is unique because ladders are formed out of chain stitches and then twisted together to look like columns of knitting. Jacob's Ladder afghans are not difficult, because simple stitches are used such as chaining and double crochet and the most complex stitch used is the double or triple front post stitch.

Things You'll Need

  • Size J crochet hook (US size)
  • Approximately 3500 yards worsted-weight yarn
  • Stitch holders or safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Chain until you have a chain (that is multiples of ten) the width you want for the afghan. Keep in mind that most afghans need about 240 to 300 chains for an adequate width. Also remember that the construction method of the Jacob's Ladder part of the afghan means that the afghan will get slightly smaller width-wise when finished.

  • Skip four chains and double crochet in each of the next nine chains.

  • Chain ten.

  • Skip the next ten chains.

  • Double crochet in each of the next ten chains.

  • Continue to chain ten, skip ten chains and double crochet in the next ten chains until the end of the row. Turn.

  • Continue in the same manner as you did for row one for every row until the afghan is the size you want. Do not bind off.

  • Find the right column of chains. It should look like a ladder.

  • Pull the bottom chain over the chain above, or the second chain, on the ladder.

  • Pull the second chain on the ladder over the (third) chain above.

  • Continue to pull the current chain over the chain above until the top of the chain ladder.

  • Put a stitch holder into the top chain loop to prevent the loop from slipping out.

  • Repeat the same method you used for the first chain ladder with each chain ladder in the afghan.

  • Crochet a border around the afghan, with single or double crochet in each stitch, starting where you ended adding rows to the afghan. When you get to each top loop of the chain ladder, slip stitch in the loop. When you get to each bottom gap, double or triple front post crochet in both sides of the gap at the same time.

  • Join the border together with a slip stitch. Make a knot in the yarn and cut the yarn with scissors leaving 4 inches. Pull the tail of yarn into the afghan with a crochet hook.

Tips & Warnings

  • Combine yarn leftovers to make a colorful afghan with random color patterns.
  • Make sure you buy enough yarn if you are using one color to match the color's dye lot. It is better to buy more yarn than you need to be safe. According to Lion Brand Yarn, you will need 3450 yards of worsted-weight yarn to make a 60 inch square afghan. Yarn skein labels list the yardage contained in one skein.

References

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