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Free Crochet Pattern for a Crocheted Afghan Square With Cross Stitched Diamond

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Combine crochet and cross stitch to create this unique afghan square with a diamond design.
Nested Squares Crochet Design With Cross Stitched Diamond Shape

Nested Squares Crochet Design With Cross Stitched Diamond Shape

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If you'd like to create cozy patchwork-style afghans out of crocheted squares, perhaps you'd like to try this diamond design. I've designed this afghan square to coordinate with multiple others; you can mix and match it with similar designs.

This afghan square is crocheted in single crochet stitch using the tapestry crochet technique. Then the heart design is cross-stitched on top, and the finishing touches are added in surface crochet.

Project Photo:

Before you crochet this design, I recommend taking a look at the following photo:

Nested squares afghan block -- This is the afghan square before any cross stitching was added.

How to Use This Chart:

There are different ways you could use the chart. I invite you to use your creativity and adapt it any way you like!

Having said that, here is how I used it:

Each square on the chart represents one single crochet stitch. This is true whether or not the square has an X over it. The green squares will be worked in green yarn (or the yarn color of your choice -- feel free to make substitutions.) The tan squares will be worked in tan yarn, even the tan squares that have an x over them. So, the square is crocheted in two colors, and then the third color, blue, is added afterward. The Xs represent where the blue yarn is added by cross stitching on top of the single crochet stitches.

When you're crocheting, if you think you'd get confused by the Xs, feel free to work from the plain nested squares chart. No cross-stitching is marked on that chart, which makes it easier to crochet from. You can also print it out and mark your own cross stitch designs in the center, if you'd prefer to do a different design than the ones I've created.

At the end, I added some slip stitch details in surface crochet. I used tan yarn to crochet around the diamond motif. This finishing touch is optional, but I think it enhances the afghan square.

Matching Crocheted Afghan Squares

This square is designed to coordinate with a whole bunch of other mix and match afghan squares. I designed these patterns with afghans in mind; these designs all work well together, and an assorted grouping of them would make a lovely afghan or blanket. If there are different types of projects you'd like to try, feel free; you'll be able to use the squares for making creative pillows, linens and other projects too. Get the free patterns and charts:

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