Deathflake Tunisian "In the Round" Afghan #1: Section 1

My (teenage) granddaughter is into skulls at the moment and so I want to make her a skull afghan for her birthday.

I tried one pattern but it wasn’t working for me so I turned to my “old faithful” – Tunisian crochet.

I found a graph pattern that I liked (The Deathflake by Art Fiend) and now I am starting the afghan, creating my pattern as I go.

The Finished Afghan (approx. 60" square)

Yarn: I will be using black and white Red Heart Comfort yarn. I am working with partly used balls, but I am guessing that I will need 2 (900 yd) balls of each colour. [Note: definitely two large balls of each]
[EDIT: as I said, I was using partly used balls of yarn. Here is what I had leftover and, note that I only did 3 rows in the one section instead of 5, just to be on the safe side. Two full balls would be perfect.)

Hook: 9mm double-ended Tunisian hook (with extension cable)
This is what I use

Denise Della Q

NOTE: I am a leftie, so my apologies for any confuser for right-hand crocheters!

I start with single crochets as this is easier for me.
Magic Ring: with 6 sc with black yarn
Row 1: work 2sc in each stitch = 12 stitches. These create your corners (3 for each corner). Put a marker on the stitch on the second to last stitch; this will mark your first corner. (The last stitch is the first stitch of the next side.)

Now we start the Tunisian and I am using the Tunisian Knit Stitch, which is working through the middle of each loop.
Row 2: Forward pass into all 12 stitches, doing the return pass as needed to work around the circle. [12 stitches]
Row 3: Now we are increasing in the corners. For each corner, you pull up a loop in the space before the corner loop, through the loop and then into the space following the loop. This gives you two additional stitches, one added to previous side and one added to the next side.
Note: I like to work forward/return pass for one side at a time and always ended with doing the increased corner. “Habits” make is easier to keep track of where you are in the process.
Increase in next stitch; work 2 TK, increase in next; 2 TK; increase in next; 2 TK; increase in next; 3 TK; increase in the next
Row 4: Increase in corners, working 4 TK along each side (with an extra one at the end of the last row, due to previous row increase)
Row 5: Increase in corners, 6 TK along sides
Row 6: Increase in corners, 8 TK along sides
Row 7: Increase in corners, 10 TK along sides
Row 8: Increase in corners, 12 TK along sides
Row 9: Increase in corners, 14 TK along sides
Row 10: Increase in corners, 16 TK along sides
Row 11: Increase in corners, 18 TK along sides (and ending with that last increased corner).
By now you should be able to see the corner pattern and recognize the centre corner stitch. Recognizing this corner stitch is very helpful, to keep sides straight.
Continue ’til you are working 36 stitches along the sides.

Knit Stitch
(working through the middle of the stitch loop)

Return Pass
(yarn over and working off the white and first black loop on the hook- 2 loops at a time)

Corner (working into space before the centre loop, through the loop, and then the space after the loop). Notice the line of white down the centre seam of the corner.

To be continued

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Debbie (life & crocheting have a lot in common: it's all about one stitch at a time.)

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MandaPanda ...

very very cool

Debbie Pribele ...

hope so.
my plan for section 2 didn’t go as planned … we’ll see what happens :D

Debbie Pribele ...

been thinking about the deathflake pattern — I hope it looks good with a 9MM hook!

Debbie Pribele ...

Row 3 clarification
12 loops on your hook, you have: corner; 2 along side 1; corner stitch; 2 along side 2; corner stitch; 2 along side 3; corner stitch; and 2 along side 4
Now, mark the next stitch as your first corner and do the increase in that stitch
Next do two Knit stitches for your first side, then an increase for the next corner and so on.

Debbie Pribele ...

Clarification re: Return Pass
you work forward with the one colour, and then you follow that with the second colour, as the return pass… you just aren’t flipping your work … it is all in the same direction.