I created this chart as part of a series of designs for making mix and match afghan squares. Along the way, I've been finding many other fantastic ways to use these crocheted squares. I've used them to create afghans; when you crochet two squares and join them together, they also make nice potholders. If you create them in combination with some of the other squares in the series, you could also design interesting bags, pillows, placemats, wall hangings, and all kinds of other creative projects.
The chart is open to interpretation, and there are multiple ways you could use it. Ideas include tapestry crochet, filet crochet, and cross stitch on crochet. Other needlework techniques could also be used. My project samples thus far are both made using tapestry crochet. Here's a bit more information:
Each grid on the chart represents one stitch worked in single crochet. There chart shows two colors, but the finished afghan squares each have three colors; you'll use surface crochet slip stitches to add the third color after you crochet the chart. I've uploaded pictures of the finished afghan squares for you to look at.
You can use any yarns you like to crochet this design. If you'd like to use the same yarns I used in my sample square, go with Caron's Simply Soft "Bone" as the main color, and "Sage" as the second color.
For the color changes, I used the tapestry crochet technique, meaning that I crocheted overtop of my unused color, placing the inactive color parallel to the stitches in the previous row so that the inactive yarn would be neatly tucked inside each stitch I crocheted with the active color.
To begin working this chart, you'd crochet a starting chain of 26 stitches, and then single crochet in the second chain from your hook. Then you'd begin working the chart.
I've been finishing all my afghan squares in this series with a round or two of slip stitches worked around the outer edges of the afghan squares. For both my sample squares, I used the main color, bone, to complete the slip stitch edging.