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Easy Baby Afghan Square - Free Crochet Pattern

Use Single Crochet Stitch to Create This Easy Baby Afghan Square

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Easy Baby Afghan Square

Baby Afghan Square Worked in Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch. The Colors Used in the Sample Square Are Baby Blue, Lavender and Light Gray.

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Here's a free crochet pattern for an easy baby afghan square.

If you're new to crocheting, this is a great pattern for using to practice your single crochet stitch. You'll have the opportunity to work single crochet in rows, and also in rounds.

If you're a veteran crocheter, this is one of those patterns that's great to have bookmarked if you want to keep your hands busy when you watch movies or talk on the phone.

Skill Level: Easy

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • ch = chain
  • ch-2 sp = chain-2 space; in this pattern, this refers to the corner spaces created by crocheting 2 chain stitches.
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sp = space
  • st = stitch

Materials :

Yarn: You'll need 3 different colors of fingering weight yarn. The sample was made using Baby Blatt / Anny Blatt and Baby Superwash / Bouton D'Or. You can use any similar yarn you like.

Crochet Hook: Size E / 4 - 3.50 mm

For Finishing: Tapestry needle

Finished Size: 8 inches square after blocking

Gauge: 11 sts and 11 rows = 2 inches when working in rows of single crochet stitch (measured prior to blocking.)

Crochet Instructions:

Work in the front loops of the single crochet stitches unless directed otherwise. Begin using color A (the main color - baby blue in my sample.)

Ch 31.

Sc in second chain from hook.

Row 1: Work 30 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Work 30 sc.

Rows 3 - 30: Repeat row 2.

At this point, your piece should measure approximately 5 1/2 inches square, or close to it.

Finish off. Weave in ends.

Edging Instructions:

Begin working in rounds.

Round 1: Attach color B in upper left corner by drawing a loop through. Leave a tail of yarn at least 6 inches long, which will be woven in at the end. In my sample, color b is the lavender color.

Ch 1 (counts as first sc st.) Work 29 more evenly spaced sc sts, one stitch per row, for a total of 30 sts.

Ch 2 to form the corner.

Working into your starting chain, sc 30 evenly spaced sts across.

Ch 2 to form the corner.

Work 30 sc, spacing them evenly across with one sc per row.

Ch 2 to form the corner.

Work 30 sc across the upper edge of the square.

Ch 2 to form the corner. Join with a sl st to the first ch worked in the round.

Round 2: Continue working in color B. Ch 1. Work another round of single crochet. In the corners: Work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp, ch 2, work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp. This will give you 32 sc sts on each side for a total of 128 sc all the way around. Join with a sl st to beginning of round. Finish off, leaving a long tail of yarn.

Round 3: Join color C by drawing up a loop, leaving a tail of yarn longer than 6 inches. In my sample, color C is the light gray color.

Ch 1. Work another round of single crochet. In the corners: Work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp, ch 2, work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp. This will give you 34 sc sts on each side for a total of 136 sc all the way around. Join with a sl st to beginning of round.

Round 4: Continue working in color C. Ch 1. Work another round of single crochet. In the corners: Work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp, ch 2, work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp. This will give you 36 sc sts on each side for a total of 144 sc all the way around. Join with a sl st to beginning of round.

Round 5: Continue working in color C. Ch 1. Work another round of single crochet. In the corners: Work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp, ch 2, work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp. This will give you 38 sc sts on each side for a total of 152 sc all the way around. Join with a sl st to beginning of round.

Round 6: Continue working in color C. Ch 1. Work another round of single crochet. In the corners: Work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp, ch 2, work 1 sc into the ch-2 sp. This will give you 40 sc sts on each side for a total of 160 sc all the way around. Join with a sl st to beginning of round.

Finish off, leaving a long tail of yarn. Weave in the ends securely using a tapestry needle.

Slip Stitch Detail: This is optional, but it's a nice finishing touch. The slip stitches create a gorgeous raised textural effect, setting off the colorwork pattern and making the edging appear to stand out more. I have created a separate tutorial for this technique: Slip stitches in surface crochet how-to. If you're not already familiar with the technique, the tutorial has pictures of each step.

Work a row of slip stitches on the surface of the afghan square, between colors A and B.

To do this, insert your crochet hook into one of the corners, in the area where color B touches color A. Draw up a loop. Insert your hook again in the next stitch, and pull another loop through to form a slip stitch. Continue working in this way, all the way around.

End off, pulling the yarn through to the reverse side. Leave a long tail of yarn and weave the end in securely.

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