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Free Pattern for Crocheting an Afghan Block With Blue and Tan Nested Squares

Includes Both Chart and Written Pattern

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This crocheted afghan square features a square nested inside another square. The free crochet pattern includes both written instructions and a color chart.
Free Crochet Chart for the Nested Squares Afghan Block

Free Crochet Chart for the Nested Squares Afghan Block

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Supplies Needed:

Worsted weight yarn in 2 different colors. To crochet the sample square, I used Caron Simply Soft in the following colors:

  • Khaki / tan -- Bone = Color A
  • Blue -- Blue Mint = Color B

Feel free to substitute other colors or brands of yarn.

Crochet Hook:

Size H / 8 - 5.0 mm

Other:

Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

Finished Size:

The finished square measures 6.25 inches x 6.25 inches prior to adding the edging, and about 6.5 inches square afterwards.

Gauge:

4 sts = 1 inch

Matching this gauge isn't critical unless you have a need for each square to be exactly the same size as my sample.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Design Notes:

Crochet this square in tapestry crochet using single crochet stitch. One square on the chart = 1 sc st.

To form the colorwork pattern, you'll need to know how to change colors in single crochet stitch. There are 1-2 colors in each row; when you're not using a color, you'll crochet overtop of that color until you need it again. Anticipate your color changes prior to working them; when you're ready to change colors, you'll need to stop short of completing the last stitch in the old color, pull through a loop of the new color, and then complete your stitch with the new color. See this tapestry crochet tutorial and this changing colors tutorial if you do not already know how to do the color changes.

Between rows, ch 1 to use as a turning chain.

Project Instructions:

Using color B (blue yarn,) ch 26.

Rows 1 - 5: sc in 2nd ch from hook. Work 5 rows in color B (blue.) I recommend crocheting overtop of color A for all 5 rows, in order to maintain a consistent look and gauge throughout the entire square.

Rows 6 - 20: Work 5 stitches in color B (blue,) 15 sts in color A (tan,) and 5 stitches in color B. (This gives you a total of 25 sc sts.)

Row 21 - 25: Repeat rows 1 - 5.

Edging

An edging is optional. For my sample square, I chose to work an edging in sl st. To work this edging, continue using the same color yarn (color c) to crochet two rounds of sl st all the way around the square. When you work the second round, be sure to work into the back loops only.

If you'd rather choose a different edging, check out these free edging patterns.

Finishing the Square:

End off. Weave in ends. If you used a block-able yarn like wool, block the square. If you used acrylic yarn, there is no need for blocking.

Use this square in the craft project of your choice.

If you make multiple squares, you could sew the squares together to create an afghan or pillow cover.

If you crochet this design in cotton yarn, a single square could become a dishcloth. There are many possibilities for using this square in different ways.

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