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Heart Sampler Baby Afghan -- Free Crochet Pattern

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Crochet Sampler Baby Afghan

Crochet Sampler Baby Afghan

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Heart Sampler Baby Afghan -- Project Description

The heart sampler baby afghan is made up of 25 afghan squares, which are whipstitched together to form a crocheted patchwork blanket. 13 of the squares are the striped heart design and 12 of them are the striped checkerboard pattern.

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Materials:

Yarn:

You'll need approximately 19 ounces of DK / light worsted weight baby yarn in a random assortment of colors.

The pictured afghan was crocheted in pastel colors of Bernat Softee baby yarn. Bernat Softee is an acrylic yarn; it is rated as a 3 on the yarn weight system used by the Craft Yarn Council.

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Yarn Colors Used:

  • Soft peach
  • Lemon
  • Pink
  • Prettiest pink
  • Mint
  • Pale Blue
  • Baby denim marl
  • Soft Lilac
  • White
  • Please feel free to substitute different colors or brands of yarn.

Crochet Hook:

I / 9 / 5.50 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Other:

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge:

4 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch when working either charted design in single crochet stitch. For best results, crochet one complete square to use for checking your gauge. Note that you will need to crochet overtop of your unused colors, which means that you should be working overtop of two strands of yarn when you check your gauge.

Gauge isn't too critical for success with this project; your baby afghan is going to be usable even if it turns out to be a different size than my sample. However, it is still a good idea to check your gauge; if your gauge is drastically different, you may want to switch crochet hooks.

Finished Baby Afghan Size:

  • Before adding the edging, the baby blanket measures approx. 32.5 inches square.
  • If you use the same ultra-simple edging pictured, the baby blanket measures approx. 33.5 inches square with the edging added. Please feel free to choose a different edging pattern, in which case the finished size will vary.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Project Instructions:

Crochet 13 heart squares and 12 checkerboard squares in an assortment of colors.

You're more than welcome to copy my colorway exactly. However, my colorway could (and should!) be improved on; I encourage you to personalize it and make it your own.

Click here to see my color placement diagram.

Joining the Afghan Squares

The heart squares and checkerboard squares will alternate. They will be placed in rows of 5; there will be 5 squares across and 5 squares down, with a heart square in each outer corner. There will also be a heart square in the center of the baby afghan.

When you've figured out where you want each square to be placed, join the squares using whip stitch (or the technique of your choice).

Crocheting the Edging for the Baby Blanket:

You can choose any edging you like for this afghan. The edging pattern I used is super-simple. You can click here to see a large close-up picture of the edging.

Edging Instructions:

Baby Afghan Edging Round 1: Single crochet all the way around the outer edge of the joined squares. When you get to a corner, ch 2 to form the corner and then keep on working sc st. At the end of the round, join with a sl st. Whenever possible, crochet tightly overtop of the loose ends; this will save you time when you weave in the ends later.

Baby Afghan Edging Round 2: Sc in each sc st all the way around. When you get to a corner, work 1 sc into the corner space, ch 2, and then work another sc into the same corner space.

Baby Afghan Edging Round 3: Work 1 sl st into each sc st, all the way around. When you get to a corner, work 1 sl st into the corner space. At the end of the round, join with a sl st. End off.

Finishing the Baby Afghan

Weave in all loose ends securely. If you used acrylic baby yarn, there is no need to block this afghan.

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