Monday, February 13, 2012

Parks and Rec: Ann Perkins' Afghan Pattern

Ann Perkins' Afghan

If you are a fan of the show Parks and Recreation and appreciate a cute a crochet you have probably noticed the adorable granny square afghan on the back of Ann's couch.

Through a little bit googling I found that I am not alone in loving this afghan but I couldn't find a pattern.  So, I made my own!  I was however very excited to find the schematic for the blanket from Captain Hook's Crochet Nook.  Click here to check it out.

If you look closely you can see that this is not a classic granny square.  The center starts with a circle and progresses out into a square.  Also, the holes are really small.

Just a warning my afghan is not yet completed but a work in progress.  I was just too excited to wait so I figured I would share the pattern now!  And of course, this is not exact but I think it is pretty darn close!

Because I haven't completed this project I am not sure how much yarn will be needed for the entire afghan, but I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the following colors:

Tea Leaf
Pretty 'n Pink
Cherry Red
Pale Yellow

Crochet hook: size I (5.5 mm)
( I doubled up on the yarn to make it thicker, crocheting 2 strands of yarn together throughout the whole pattern)

I corrected the pattern and added some more detailed pictures of the process!


Forming the inner circle:
Round 1: 6 SC in magic ring, slip stitch in first SC to join (6 stitches)
Round 2: 2 DC in each SC, slip stitch in first DC to join (12 stitches)
Round 3: 2 DC in each DC, slip stitch in first DC to join (24 stitches)

Your circle should look like this:

To add a new color here, cut yarn and ch1 with new color before beginning the next row

Shaping the corners:
Round 4: [2 DC in first DC, 1 DC in each DC for next 5 stitches] repeat to end of round, which will be 3 more times; Also, don't slip the first stitch at the end of this round. (28 stitches)

This is what round 4 should look like after the first sequence

Round 4 completed should look like this.  The corners will begin to form where each of the 2 DC in the same stitch were created.  To make it easier, I numbered each corner.

Round 5 begins in corner 1.  And...the granny square part starts!!!

Round 5: [2 DC in same DC, ch 2, 2 DC in same DC, ch 1 (Skip 1 stitch), 2 DC in same DC, ch 1 (Skip 1 stitch), 2 DC in same DC, ch 1 (Skip 1 stitch)] repeat 3 more times.  Then, slip stitch in first DC and second DC of round 5 to join.  Cut and secure yarn in ch 2 space of corner 1.

This is round 5 after 1 sequence.

Round 5 (almost completed) completed should now look like this.

Time to change color!  And now, its basic granny squaring from here...

Round 6:
Start in Ch 2 space of corner 1
Form corner: 2 DC in ch 2 space, ch 2, 2 DC in ch 2 space, then, [ch 1, 2 DC in ch 1 space] repeat this two more times, ch 1.  Repeat this entire step 3 more times.  At the end of last repeat slip the first 2 DCs  and ch 2 space of corner 1.

This is what round 6 should begin to look like.  Both corners 1 and 2 are formed

Round 6 is now complete, ending in the ch 2 space of corner 1.  Round 7 begins here.

Round 7: Keep working in the same fashion as round 6.  At the end of this round, cut yarn and secure in ch 2 space of corner 1 of round 7.  Change color!

Rounds 8 and 9: With the new color attached work the square just like the previous round

Beginning of round 8

End of round 9

Weave in all yarn ends (I hate this part!)

And again, you can use this great color schematic to figure out color combos and when to change colors

My squares measure to about 9" by 9"

I am new to crocheting so if you are confused or find anything unclear please don't hesitate to ask!  Enjoy and stay tuned for the completed project!

I linked up to these wonderful parties!
My Merry Messy Life's Hookin Up on Hump Day
Crochet Happy's Crochet Awesomeness Link Party


jessica farris said...

Thank you so much for this! I have been searching forever! Cant wait to see how it turns out!

Nikki Sclafani said...

So happy I found this. Is there any way you can explain exactly what you did for lines 4, 5 & 6? I would appreciate it! Thanks!! :)

©☆K€ †Ŵ☂Ν$™ said...

Thank you for this great post! One question though, for round 4 when you say (2 DC, 5 DC) does that mean 2 DC in each DC? then 1 DC in each DC for 5 stitches? thank you!

Brittany said...

Thank you for your comments! I finally corrected the pattern and added some more pictures of the process. I hope the revisions will clear up any confusion, but if you have and questions feel free to ask! Have fun crocheting!

Beccalola said...

Thank you so much for this! I can't wait to see how it works out! :D

tina b said...

AWESOME! I love that I just googled this, and got an answer right away. I knew I couldn't be the only one who loved that afghan! :) So, any ideas yet on the amount of yarn? And how big do you think it will be total? I've never made an afghan...

acrylicana said...

Googled around to see if anyone else was in love with Ann's afghan. thanks for this! :D It'll be a long project for me (I'm terrible at granny squares) but I will wrap up in Ann's afghan while watching Parks and Rec! I WILL! :D

I hope you continue your blog :B

Alessandra said...

thank you for sharing!
xxxx Ale

Brittany said...

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sara - My Merry Messy Life said...

Love this idea! I don't watch that show, but that's a beautiful blanket. So fun to recreate it yourself, isn't it?

Tamara - Moogly said...

This is awesome! So fun! Thanks for linking up on Hookin On Hump Day!

Tessa Buffington said...

Hi Brittany, could you update with how many of each yarn you ended up using to complete the project? Thanks!!

Brittany L Coughlin said...

Hi Tessa, I wish I had a more exact answer! I started this blanket 2 years ago and just bought yarn as I went, and finally joined all the squares together about month ago. I used all Red Heart Super Saver yarn (364 yds) and they seem to be very consistent with their colors so I didn't have a problem with the colors not matching up. But if I could make my best guess...

Tea leaf: 5-6 skeins
Pretty in Pink: 2-3 skeins
Cherry Red: 3-4 skeins
Turquoise: 3 skeins
Pale Yellow: 2 skeins
dark orchid: 2 skeins
gold: 2 skeins
Light purple (only one I didn't use red heart for): 1 skein

Tessa Buffington said...

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting these instructions! Sadly the links no longer work, so I'm not sure how many granny squares to make. Can you enlighten me?

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree. the one in the picture looks more like a traditional Granny. Not so much like a circle.But Either way, I do like the pattern you have. Great job. maybe a closer shot of the blanket would help.

Stephanie Thomson said...

Thank you so much! I love this afghan and just started crocheting to learn to make it! :)

Jamie said...

Can you tell me what method you used to join them? I've never made an afghan before, and am not quite sure which method would look best for this pattern. Thanks!

Brittany L Coughlin said...

Hi Jamie thanks for your comment! I still need to do a second post of my finished afghan with a joining and edging tutorial. It's unfortunately just been on the back burner lately as I have been busy with other projects on my new blog. To answer your question though, I used the "zig zag" method for joining. Do you happen have a Ravelry account?

Jamie said...

Thanks! Yeah, I do have a Ravelry account. And I'm sure you'll get the tutorial up before I finish making all these squares!! I'm excited to see your finished product!

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

I love Parks and rec, too!!
thank you for sharing this beauty!!!
xxxxxx Ale

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