This baby afghan is crocheted using two different square patterns, a heart square and a checkerboard square; then the squares are joined together, patchwork style, to resemble a baby quilt. Find more detailed info about these squares:
- Peach, pink and yellow heart baby afghan square
- Peach, pink and yellow checkerboard baby afghan square
To create this afghan, you'll crochet 25 squares -- 13 heart squares and 12 checkerboard squares. There are 5 squares across and squares down. The squares alternate, with the heart squares being placed in the outer corners.
Free Crochet Heart Pattern and Chart
Free Crochet Checkerboard Pattern and Chart
- Click here to get the free pattern for the checkerboard baby afghan square.
- Click here for the striped checkerboard chart.
You'll need about 19 ounces of DK / light worsted weight yarn. This colorway was crocheted using Bernat Softee baby yarn in the following colors:
- Prettiest pink
- Soft peach
These colors combine to create an overall effect that has the look of a coral color; one might also describe it as a salmon pink color, with pale yellow accents. This color combination is fantastic if you'd like a feminine colorway for your baby girl's nursery, but you don't want to go with a traditional pastel pink color.
Feel free to substitute other brands or colors of yarn.
Joining Your Baby Afghan Squares
You have quite a few options for joining your squares. If you use the color scheme pictured here, I recommend joining your squares by whipstitching them together with the lemon yellow yarn color. This will provide a bit of contrast that is eye-catching and appealing. However, if you'd prefer that the joins look more "invisible" you could whip stitch using either of the other colors.
I used a simple but effective edging: two rounds of single crochet stitch around the outside of the afghan, followed by a final round of slip stitch in a contrasting color. I used the lemon yellow yarn for the single crochet stitch rounds, and the "prettiest pink" colored yarn for the slip stitch round. See more info here. Feel free to choose a different edging if you prefer; find more free edging patterns here.