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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Superhero Dream Catcher Afghan, especially for Spiderman Fans


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Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan - Especially for Spiderman fans
Copyright 2006 - Gail E and Wendy G

Each of these afghans have had different numbers of rounds in red and blue. I do not follow a strict rule of how many rounds of each color, nor how many bands of red or blue to make.
They are approximately 53 inches across.

The base pattern for this afghan is found at http://www.angelcrafts.net/ Please take a look at Lyn's original Round Ripple Baby Afghan, it's lovely and is a lovely gift for a baby.

To make a plain Round Ripple, without the web, simply follow Lyn’s pattern or mine, just drop the sc rounds and use whatever colors & band widths suit you and your needs.

Both afghans are under copyright. The patterns are intended for personal and charitable purposes only. The patterns are not to be sold, redistributed or placed into any collection or compilation at all. Publishing the patterns on other websites, mailing lists, in any print media, electronic media (CDs) OR the selling of these patterns, IS ILLEGAL! Sharing the link to our patterns on the web is not only allowable, but encouraged.

However, you may make & sell as many of the afghans as you can get buyers for. If we can make money from our art, I am all for it. Just don't sell your work for too little. Treat it like the work of art it is, whether it's an afghan or a potholder, your expertise and time are worthwhile.

Always remember, crocheting has three functions -
1. Enjoyment as you create a work of art,
2. Gives pleasure to us as we work & to receipents when we give them a crocheted item,
and
3. Keeps us from eating all the time~:o)

Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan Materials:
14 oz Bright clear Red
14 oz Bright true Blue
1 skein Black
Size H hook
I always buy more yarn than needed, just in case~:o)

Large shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) worked in space indicated
Small shell: (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) worked in space indicated

Rnd 1: With RED: ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring. Ch 3 (ch 3 counts as 1 dc her and through out). Work 11 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in ea st around. Join with sl st. (24 dc)

Rnd 3: ch 3, *skip next st, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next st.  Repeat from * around. End with 1 dc in base of ch 3, ch 2, sl st in top of turning chain.

Rnd 4: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, * (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp.

Repeat from * around. Join.

Rnd 5: sl st into next st, ch 3, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2dc) in ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next st, skip next 2 sts, 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * across. Join. Finish off. Weave ends in.

NOTE: from Round 7 onward, you will work 1 round with small shell, then 2 rounds with large shell. Red and blue rounds are always dc, black rounds are always sc.

Rnd 6: With BLUE: Join with sl st in next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next st, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 2 space, 1 dc in ea of next 2 st, skip the next 2 st, 1 dc in ea of next 2 st. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 st. Join.

Rnd 7: sl st into next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 st, * (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next 3 st, skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 st. Join.

Rnd 8: sl st into next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 st, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 space, 1 dc in next 3 sts, skip next 2 st, 1 dc in next 3 st. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 st, sl st in top of turning chain.

Rnd 9: sl st into next st, ch 3, 1 dc in next 3 st, * (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next 4 sts, skip 2 st, 1 dc in next 4 st. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 st, sl st into top of turning chain.

Finish off color. Weave ends in.

Rnd 10: With BLACK: Join with sl st in next st, (ch 1, sc) in same st as join, *1 sc in each stitch to ch-2 space. (1 sc, ch-2, 1 sc) in ch-2 space, 1 sc in each stitch to bottom of “V”, skip 2 stitches. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 dc, sl st into ch 1. Finish off. Weave ends in.

Suggested Color Pattern for Rounds: This is not set in stone, it is a suggestion only and you should follow your own likes so that you make it YOUR afghan~:o)
5 rounds – RED
4 rounds – BLUE
1 round – BLACK
4 rounds – BLUE
1 round – BLACK
4 rounds – RED
1 round – BLACK
5 rounds – RED
1 round – BLACK
6 rounds – RED
3 rounds – BLUE
1 round – BLACK
6 rounds – BLUE

The only thing that should not change, is that there is one round of black because it is the “web” and would not look right if made wider.

The afghan can be made to any size with additional yarn.

NOTE: Continue working in rounds in colors and pattern established, always working 1 round with small shell, and 2 rounds with large shell. Continue repeating rounds 7, 8, 9. Work those three rounds over and over, regardless of the color used for the rounds. That is what keeps the afghan flat as it increases in size. Also, make the afghan as large as you want. The size is not ‘set in stone.’

Pattern for webbing:
To make “ribs” of the web, work from outer edge to middle of afghan.

Attach BLACK yarn in the ch-2 sp at the top of any point. (Ch 3, sl st in ch-2 sp of next round) for all BLUE and RED rounds. (Ch 2, sl st in ch-2 sp) for all BLACK rounds. Finish off.
Repeat 11 times. Weave in ends.

Border: Attach blue yarn in any stitch. *Ch 1, rev sc in ea st around, with (2 rev sc) in ea ch-2 sp. Finish off. Weave in ends.

NOTE: from Round 7 onward, you will work 1 round with small shell, then 2 rounds with large shell. Regardless of color, follow that sequence. Red and blue rounds are always dc, black rounds are always sc.

Wrap and gift to a Spiderman fan and watch their eyes light up~

NOTE: The round count for the colors used were only the number of rounds that were in each color of the afghan pictured above. Each one I have made has a different number of rounds in red and blue, black rounds are always only one round because it represents the web itself.

NOTE:  With a round ripple, the number of stitches from "sk 2 sts" to the "ch2" space, will increase each time you make a Large Shell round.  So on the round after every Large Shell round you will have one more stitch between the bottom of the "sk 2 sts" to the ch2 space".

If you have any questions about the pattern, don't hesitate to send a message to me at Stitch_n_Frog@mchsi.com

The pattern is on the blog so that it can be made for Spiderman fans, and I am always happy to give any assistance that I can.

If you want to knit the afghan, a wonderful lady, Anne, worked the Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan crochet pattern up in knit, then translated it from Finish to English! So if you are a knitter and want a lighter finished blanket, give her pattern a try.
     http://muro73.googlepages.com/patternsinenglish

And another very kind lady, Ana, has translated the crochet version to Spanish.  You can find this translation at:
    http://hastaelmonyo.com/?p=1375 

MY SINCERE THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU WONDERFUL LADIES!

36 comments:

bagleybiker said...

This is such a fun pattern.It would make a great baby blanket for a little boy. Too bad I don't know of any going to be born.

"Never Knew" said...

What a great pattern! My son was so excited when he saw it. :-) Thank you so much for being so helpful and generous by sharing this with us all.

Caz from NeverKnew

jessicalovvorn said...

This blanket completely stole my heart! Let me share a story with you. My 3 year old son "Kaden", was born with a congenital heart defect, known as "Hyplplastic Left Heart Syndrome". Which basically means that his heart was underdeveloped and that he will need 3 stages of open heart surgery to reconstruct his heart so that only the right side will function. He has had 2 surgeries and will be going back on June 7th for the test to prepare him for his last. I recently learned to crochet and absolutely LOVE it!! But have been trying to figure out the right blanket for his hospital stay. One of my friend's referred me to this page and when I scrolled through the pages and saw this pattern it took my breath away. My son loves spiderman and this blanket will be perfect!! I just pray that I am talented enough to make it for him. But I do want to thank you for sharing this pattern, I know this will make his day!!

rockgirl said...

hi i am making this for my nef this xmas and was working on the 1st row of the blue and realized you had forgotten to wright a round of black between rnd 5 and rnd 6.

Brenda said...

I can't wait to start this for my little super hero!! He is going to love it!

Coonie said...

I love this pattern and i am trying it. i seen comment about the missed black row between row 5 and 6 and i know you can put how many rows of each color u want and one row of black. but after i put the sc black row it says keep doing rows 7,8 and 9 which says start off with slip stitch in the next double crochet but in the black round is all single crochet so how do u start it in next double. any help would be appricated thank u

Andi said...

Thank you for such a great pattern. I am so pleased on how my turned out. I will be donating mine to the local chapter of Project Linus.

Paule Jacquet said...

Il est magnifique, bravo.

Jennifer Mitch said...

I really like this blanket and can't wait to make it. I was wondering if you had seen or heard of any easy to intermediate lapghan/blanket patterns with Disney's Cars or Nick Jr.'s Backyardigans. My 5-year-old grandson is nuts about both. thank you very much. Jennifer

Stitch 'n Frog said...

No I've not seen those patterns. But my children are middle aged, my grands are grown but no great-grands yet, so I've not really been looking for that sort of pattern. LOL

Rosanna Villani said...

I would say thank you: I made the Spiderma Anfghan for a baby of a friend of mine.. I'm italian and I need to learnt how to make crochet from english instructions... THANK YOU!!!

Stitch 'n Frog said...

Thank you for the lovely compliments! I am so happy that people have enjoyed the afghan so much and hope that even more find and enjoy the pattern!

Thank You All~

Angela said...

I am getting ready to start this pattern - is there indeed a missed black row & if there is can you respond to the question about how to start up the next rows after?
Thanks so much.... Angela

Stitch 'n Frog said...
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Stitch 'n Frog said...

This pattern is rather forgiving. There is no missed round of black webbing, I simply did not put one between the red and blue sections. However it is up to each crocheter to decide where and when to put a round of black.

For the black rounds, you may follow in pattern with whichever round is next, either the small shell or large shell round, or just sc in each stitch around, with 2 sc in the ch 2 spaces. Then go back to the next pattern round, either small or large shell.

For more help you may contact me at Stitch_n_Frog@mchsi.com

Julz said...

I have a couple of questions.
First off I am using a size G hook…I went down a size because I didn’t really care for the bigger hole size. However my work is starting to ripple a little bit…I don’t mind if it does a little bit but I was just wondering if this is something that will make it look silly in the end product?
I am getting ready to start my 9th row. And I just want to make sure I was doing this right…I will start back over with row 7 right? I have tried to do it in my mind and it doesn’t seem like it would work out.
Thank you so much for doing this blanket. I showed this to my Gson and he went nuts over it when I asked him if he would like me to make him one like this. I am making it for his Bday and even tho I am nervous about it, I am loving it so far.

Stitch 'n Frog said...

JULZ -- To stop the afghan from rippling, instead of making 1 round of small shell, then 2 rounds of large shells, You need to make 2 rounds of small shell, then 1 round of large shell.

Every couple of rounds, lay the afghan down to make sure it is laying flat. If it begins to Cup, change back to the 1 round small shell, 2 rounds large shell.

MPintus said...

I have a question on row 5. It says to DC in a DC then 2DC, 2CH, 2DC in the chain two space, then another DC in the next DC. Exactly what DC are you to stitch in before and after the (2DC, 2ch, 2DC) pattern? Should the first DC in the DC space be after all 4 DC, basically within the space created by the ch 2 yet still within the DC grouping? It just looks a bit weird with the first DC being in the ch2 space but the last DC in the DC grouping. I really hope that this even makes sense.

Stitch 'n Frog said...

I am not 100% sure of what you mean, but will take a stab at it.

With a round ripple afghan, when you "2dc, ch 2, 2dc in the ch 2 space" it looks like you have 2dc, ch2, 3dc in the space because the first dc of the previous round is the little "bump" that extends into the ch 2 space.

I will try to dig out a round ripple and take a close-up photo of one of the peaks, so what I am trying to say is shown. Will post it with the pattern. May take a day or two to find one and get a clear photo, but I'll get it up ASAP.

MPintus said...

Yes, that is exactly what I'm talking about. You are amazing! I was just concerned because it seems a little lopsided with the DC before the "cluster" so close and then the DC after the cluster farther away in the next DC space.

Leeanne Boyd said...

Hello, I am making this for my co-worker's first baby. I really would like to know what brand of yarn you used as I want the colors to be correct.

Stitch 'n Frog said...

Hello Leeanne, I used Red Heart yarns for it. They hold up well to the rough handling and dragging that kids give things. But any bright true-blue and bright true-red would work just fine.

Thanks for asking~

Leigh Davis said...

I am not sure how you do the black webbing that is vertical after the blanket is made I am assuming. I think I understand everything else in the pattern! This is such a great afghan and my tomboy niece is going to be excited when she opens her birthday present this year! Thanks for helping me!

Stitch 'n Frog said...

Leigh - my email address is at the bottom of the pattern, if you will drop me an email, I will be happy to help you with any problems you have.
I love knowing that Spidey fans are getting their own Spidey'ghan!

gail

Kylie said...
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Yayamama56 said...

Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! I'm going to try it for my 4 yr old grandson who's a HUGE spiderman fan:-)

Kat said...

I did email this- but then thought maybe someone else ran into this problem and could use the help too, so posted it here:

I'm just starting this pattern and have stopped on the first black row: "Rnd 10: With BLACK: Join with sl st in next st, (ch 1, sc) in same st as join, *1 sc in each stitch to ch-2 space. (1 sc, ch-2, 1 sc) in ch-2 space, 1 sc in each stitch to bottom of “V”, skip 2 stitches. Repeat from * around, ending with skip 2 dc, sl st into ch 1. Finish off. Weave ends in."

In particular, I'm having problems with : 1 sc in each stitch to bottom of "V", skip 2 stitches. No matter what I'm doing, when I drop to the bottom of the V it sort of pinches the pattern... which I assume is supposed to happen in order to create the web effect, the problem comes in the skipping 2, when I do that, the blanket sort of 'shrivels, and when I move to the next round, my small shells are offset.

Can you think what I may be doing wrong? Or is it possible to show a picture of how to do it right?

Thank you very much for your help and for the free pattern!,

Stitch 'n Frog said...

By skipping the 2 bottom stitches of each “V” the afghan will of course be drawn up a bit.

Many people don’t realize that the first stitch after making the shell is actually into the little bump that extends into the ch2 space, and their count is off due to that.

Also make sure that you attach the yarn as specified, so that the pattern will read correctly.

La'Tonya Richardson said...

I just found this via Pinterest! My nephew is a Spiderman NUT! He would love me FOREVER!!! I recently make him a Spiderman hat, that he tried to wear in almost 100 degree heat. I can't wait to start it.

WooRim Son said...

Thank you so much. : )

andrea duran said...

What do you mean by slip stitch In the next stitch when starting a round I don't know what stitch to go into

Sueying said...

I love this! I am beginner and really want to try this very soon. Have you ever thought about making a youtube video on this project?

Lorraine said...

Jessica it is now Feb, 2014 and I just finished this afghan for the 1st time but wanted to say that I pray by now you're son is healthy and happy!

elaine velez said...

hello! love this ! have a question. after the first row of black, where do I start the blue row????? help!!!

Cynthia Peterson said...

Just wanted to thank you for posting this pattern. My grandson LOVES his Spiderman blanket, and I found your directions very clear. You rock!!!

Debby Jacks said...

Just finished crocheting this blanket for my grandson, Lawson. I cannot thank you enough for posting this pattern. I cannot wait to present it to him, and see his little face light up. I may have done the crocheting, but you, Ma'am, have as much of a hand in bringing smiles to the faces of the children that we love as anyone does! THANK YOU :)