This mix-and-match afghan is totally customizable. It consists of crocheted squares that are whip stitched together, with an edging added around the outside.
Mix and Match Afghan Squares:If you'd like to crochet your afghan squares using our ready-made patterns, you can select squares from our list of mix and match afghan square patterns.
Design Your Own Custom Afghan Squares:
If you'd rather design your own squares in the same size to match, it's easy to do. There are several different approaches you could take:
- To make an afghan square with a frame design that looks like many of the other squares in the series, use this chart or this chart to start with. Then just grab a pencil and use the center panel to design a pattern that you can cross stitch onto the crocheted square.
- Use ordinary graph paper to design a tapestry crochet square measuring 25 stitches wide and 25 stitches high. For best results, use only two colors per row; that will help to ensure that your gauge stays consistent throughout the project.
My sample afghan is crocheted using three different colors of Caron Simply Soft yarn. I used combinations of Blue Mint, Sage and Bone throughout the entire afghan.
When you crochet your own afghan, you can make yours as colorful as you like; there's no need to limit yourself to using only three colors. You could crochet each square in different colors if you want to.
My sample afghan features a random mix of interesting patterns -- some geometrics, some hearts, some checkerboards, etc. You can stick with a random theme or get more specific by choosing squares that emphasize a particular theme.
The photo above shows you one example of how such an afghan might look, but if you use your creativity you'll be able to use these squares to design afghans that look radically different. An example would be this Christmas afghan. The Christmas afghan is also a three-color design, but in this afghan I've chosen to only use two different squares alternated. The choice of squares and colors work together to convey a Christmas theme.
Crochet Hook Size: I suggest using a size H / 8 - 5.0 mm crochet hook, or the size necessary to give you the correct gauge.
My sample blanket was worked at the following gauge:
1 square = about 6.5 inches square; 4 sts = 1 inch.
It is not critical for you to match this gauge exactly unless you need to ensure that your afghan will turn out to be the exact size stated in the pattern. If your gauge is a little off, your finished measurement will be different than the final measurement given.
If your afghan turns out smaller than expected, you can always compensate by adding more squares. For example, it is typical for this type of square to turn out not-exactly-square; your squares might turn out a little shorter or longer than they are wide. If your afghan turns out too short, you can always add another row of squares onto the top or bottom to make it longer.
Feel free to make the afghan in any size or colors you choose. I've designed the basic afghan pattern in five different sizes for you, but you can feel free to make it in any size you like; just add or subtract squares to make your afghan as large or small as you want it to be. Then you can choose which edging you want to add for the finishing touch.
Baby Blanket Sizes:
- Receiving Blanket Size: This is the smallest size, and it is roughly square. Crochet 16 squares total; the blanket will be 4 squares wide by 4 squares high. Be sure to make your edging at least 2 inches on each side for a total measurement of 30 inches square.
- Crib Size Baby Blanket: Crochet 54 squares total. The blanket will be 6 squares wide by 9 squares high. If your edging measures 2 inches on each side, your finished afghan will measure 43 inches wide by 62.5 inches high.
Child and Adult Afghan Sizes:
- Twin Size Afghan: Crochet 140 squares total. You will make your afghan 10 squares wide by 14 squares high. If your edging measures 2 inches on each side, your finished afghan will measure 69 inches by 95 inches.
- Full / Queen Size Afghan: Crochet 196 squares total. You will make your afghan 14 squares wide by 14 squares high. If your edging measures 2 inches on each side, your finished afghan will measure 95 inches by 95 inches.
- Throw Size: Crochet 72 squares total. You will make your throw 8 squares wide by 9 squares high. If your edging measures 2 inches on each side, your finished afghan will measure 56 inches by 62.5 inches.
Choose or design the squares you want to use; crochet them in the colors of your choice. Before joining the squares, you may wish to lay them out and decide how you want to order them in your final afghan design.
Edging Options for the Custom Crochet Afghan:
I recommend using this easy crochet afghan edging pattern to finish your custom afghan. This pattern is a no-brainer; it's practically guaranteed to match your afghan, assuming you use harmonious colors to crochet it.
Checkered Afghan Edging Pattern: The edging on my sample afghan is a variation of the edging linked above; this one is crocheted using a two-color checkerboard pattern. It's an interesting change from plain single crochet stitch, although it's perhaps a bit "busy."
More Edgings: If neither of those edgings are quite what you want, there are bunches of different edgings you could try.