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Arrow Stitch Crochet Afghan


Updated May 23, 2016
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Creative and colorful crochet afghan patterns make lovely additions to any home. Made using a simple method, this Arrow Stitch Crochet Afghan Pattern works up quickly and easily, and is a great project for a beginner crocheter. If you like free crochet patterns with style, this is the perfect project for you. Follow along with the pattern and see how easy it is to create a cool and unexpected afghan. The rose and off-white colors make this afghan pleasing to the eye and so comforting after a long, cold day.

This afghan pattern shows you how to utilize the arrow stitch in order to make an unexpected and interesting texture for your afghan. Using the crochet arrow stitch creates a repeated v pattern that can add some serious movement to just about any work up. If you want to make something truly interesting, you could easily use a combination of colors to add to the design element of the repeated arrow stitch pattern.

Arrow Stitch Crochet Afghan

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How to Crochet the Arrow Stitch Crochet Afghan


  • 10 balls Bernat Berella yarn in Rose (MC)
  • 5 balls Bernat Berella yarn in Natural (A)
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 13 sts and 10 rows = 4 ins 10 cm in pat.


Finished Size Approx 51 x 62 ins 129.5 x 157.5 cm

  • With A ch 201.
  • 1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1. Turn. 200 sts.
  • 2nd row: 1 sc in first sc and each sc to end of row. Join MC. Ch 3. Turn.
  • 3rd row: Miss first st. 1 dc in next st. Miss next 3 sts. 1 tr in next st. Working behind tr just made, 1 dc in first missed st. 1 dc in each of next 2 missed sts. Miss next 3 sts after tr. 1 tr in next st. Working behind tr just made, 1 dc in first missed st. 1 dc in each of next 2 missed sts. Rep from to last 2 sts. 1 dc in each of last 2 sts. Ch 3. Turn.
  • 4th row: Miss first st. 1 dc in next dc. Miss next 3 dc. 1 tr in next tr. Working in front of tr just made, 1 dc in first missed dc. 1 dc in each of next 2 missed dc. Miss next 3 dc after tr. 1 tr in next tr. Working in front of tr just made, 1 dc in first missed dc. 1 dc in each of next 2 missed dc. Rep from to last 2 sts. 1 dc in each of last 2 sts. Join A. Ch 1. Turn.
  • 5th row: 1 sc in first st and each st to end of row. Ch 1. Turn.
  • Rows 2 to 5 inclusive form pat.
  • Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 50 ins 127 cm ending on a 2nd row of pat and omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off.
  • Edging: Join MC to any corner of afghan and work 1 row sc evenly around outer edge, working 3 sc in corners. Join with ss to first sc.
  • Next rnd: Working reverse sc from left to right instead of from right to left as usual, work 1 sc in each sc around outer edge of Afghan. Ss to first sc. Fasten off.

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I just love the way this turned out in the photo. It really helps seeing how it turned out for someone that has made it, it encourages me to try it. I like the all one color but I also like the two different color. I think I am going to try the all one color to me it looks elegant. Wish me luck!

Good luck! We'd love to see a photo when you finish. -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts.com

Very interested in the modifications the user who submitted their own photo. Does anyone know who submitted and how to contact them for the modifications? It's very pretty the way the rows between arrows are done. Also, does anyone have the link to the pattern on the Bernat site? I can only find one and it's not exactly this one.

Hi Twitchin Kitten! I am not sure where the modification photos came from. The one down below was uploaded to our site by someone who found the phone, I believe. I would suggest asking our active Facebook group and see if you have any luck there. Happy crocheting! - Kaylee from FaveCrafts

The pattern is good but I really thought the arrows would alternate but they don't ( I was linked here from pinterest and the picture on there had the arrows alternating direction.

Hi there, that looks like a user-submitted image, so perhaps someone made modifications to the original pattern. For possible pattern updates, please contact Bernat Yarns directly via their website or social media pages.

Looks like an easy pattern to follow. With that being said though... the pattern says to repeat from * to * but there is nothing marking where this is. I may be misreading it and I am somewhat confused. Please help!

Hi linnetmm66--Thanks for your comment. I'm not quite sure where you're talking about...I don't see the * in the pattern. Could you be a little more specific so we can help you with your concern? Thanks so much!--FaveCrafts editors

The pattern would be helpful if it did have asterisks in it. The pattern says "repeat from to last 2 sts." in both step four and five. Repeat from WHERE to last 2 sts? It is not clear.

Here is a link to a site with a free arrow stitch afghan pattern that will help you with your question, I'm sure. You can save the pattern or just print it out...good luck! http//com.yarnspirations.pattern-pdfs.s3.amazonaws == .com/WEB-C-UNTD-C-ArrowheadStripesAfghan.pdf

I have made this pattern three times now and I still don't have one for myself! Different family members saw it and they got them.

I went to the end of 3rd row. There are not 2 stitches left to dc in. I recounted and everything is correct. So stumped:( Anyone...anyone. HELP please! Thanks.

Hi there, As far as we know there has not been an update to this pattern since we posted it, so the best option would be to contact Bernat via the information in their designer profile. To get there, simply click on "The Designers of Bernat Yarn" below the project name. Thanks!

How difficult was it to make?

Where do color changes come? Once you say to join MC in step 3 there's no mention of any color changes and yet the afghan has an obvious vertical striping of color. How is that accomplished? Incidentally, there is nothing on the Bernat website about this afghan.

Step 5 tells you to join A.

When do you change colors again in the 5th row or in the 2nd row? Do you work one set in main color and then work one set in contrast color. Just need to know which row to switch colors. Thank you.

Sorry, didn't read the whole way through the directions. But in the picture it looks like the arrow stitch is made in both main color and contrasting color.

Are these USA crochet terms or UK

3rd and 4th rows say - Rep from to last 2 st - Rep from where?????

Did anyone answer you for this question? I haven't made this yet but I was stumped too. Does it work out as you're working pattern?

Why will no one answer this question? Rep from WHERE to last 2 st?? It makes no sense.

the arrow stitch would not copy

For those wondering about how to work behind the stitches, you can most likely find some helpful videos on YouTube on how to do this stitch. You can also visit our friends at AllFreeCrochet.com to see if they can help you out with this tutorial.

The tutorial will show how to make the arrow stitch but as for this pattern of two colors, that seems to be the issue here. And the questions as to when to change from one color to the other, the fifth row is the same as the 2nd row, so it appears that the arrow pattern is worked in Rows 3 and 4, which is worked in the MC. Rows 1 & 2 is worked in the A color, therefore, Row 5 would logically be worked in the A color: Rows 1 & 2 = A color. Rows 3 & 4 - arrow pattern, worked in MC, Row 5, same pattern stitching as row 2, worked in A color. And then again Row 2 of the beginning of the repeated pattern (Rows 2-5) is also worked in color A and rows 3 & 4 (arrow pattern) is worked in color MC.

on row four, when it says to work in front of your tr just made...is it supposed to be behind your tr just made? I'm confused on that part.

would red heart wool work with this pattern??

@wtemple You can use whatever yarn you'd like...just make sure you check your gauge. You could also check the weight/gauge of the Bernat yarn and match it to the yarn of your choice. Good luck!

would red heart wool work with this pattern??

Isn't row three really row four?

What does tr mean?

@surething2012: tr means triple crochet. Hope that helps!

when it says in each chain from the hook do you still go to the second chain from the hook or the first chain from the hook

@surething2012 Which step are you referring to? It seems that the rules are a bit different based on where you are in the pattern. If you continue to have trouble, you can always contact the designer at www.Bernat.com. They should be able to help you out as well. Thanks!

With A chain 201 ? What is with A ???

a represents a color of yarn and chain is your start of crochet

I have made two of this pattern and they work up nice and fast! Love it. Would like to know how masny chain would I do for a baby afghan in this stitch? Would be nice for my great granddaughters birth.

I am a beginner and I have a question right off the bat with the directions. What does RS stand for? I have a beginner instruction book but RS is not listed in the abbreviations. Thanks!

RS stands for "right side" (versus "wrong side"). Hope this helps!

First time on the site! Been awhile since I've crochetd but I'm up for the challenge. Looks like a soft and warm pattern. Hope to have it done for my mom for Christmas! Thank you for the free patterns and info. And THANK YOU SO MUCH for the print friendly version on the pattern ... really appreciate that!

@suzyq719 glad to have you on board! Thanks for the comment and we hope you enjoy all our other free crochet patterns!

Now is a good time to start making afgans for Christmas presents . This looks like a very nice pattern to try. I liked the one comment that suggested Frosty Green/White. This sounds like a very nice combination. Thanks for posting the pattern.

Looks beautiful and makes me want to curl up with a good book by the fireplace.

this is fairly simple once you get a couple of rows down....like it..using rainbow colors..

I am always looking for a new afghan pattern that is striking. This one is very pretty. I love it. Good job!!!

Was not a easy pattern but once I got the hang of it I have four afghan like it in my closet. Love the pattern.

This a very pretty project. It make you want to curl up and watch tv, or read while snuggled up in it.

I had a bit of trouble at first, but once I got it figured out I enjoyed making it in lavender and white for my Sis-in-law. It couldn't have turned out more beautiful, Sis will love it. THANKS!

To ookie833 when you finish your first row of sc and ch 1 and turn, you do not need to chain 200 more sts, sc in first sc of the 2nd row and each sc across. I hope this helps you

so is this just a repeat?

I am confused...wondering if anybody can help. 1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1. Turn. 200 sts. 2nd row: 1 sc in first sc and each sc to end of row. Join MC. Ch 3. Turn. My question. After you turn the chain in the 1st row are you supposed to ch 200 more sts? And if so, do you sc through those sts? Thanks

@ookie833: Good question. The 200 sts is just telling you that you've done 200 in that row...that's the completed number. Hope that helps!

I can't figure out how to catch the missing stitches either. No matter how I try, it doesn't come out right. There should be a diagram or detailed instructions for this stitch.

I don't know how to work behind the trebles and catch the missed stitches. I don't think the pattern looks right....love it in the picture though, would really like to do this but just need a little help!

I love this pattern but really don't understand how to go about crocheting stitches behind treble in missed stitches. Sarah Brown tkvbrown@verizon.net

I saw this and liked it. Crocheted it in frosty green and white....turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! Very easy directions to follow, Thank-You so very much!!!!!

This afghan is my favorite of all I have crochet. I did it in shades of greens and browns, absoultley beautiful.

I would love to do this afghan but I don't know how to read your directions. It would be great if you could do a short video on how to do it. You've done that to teach me how to crochet. It's alot easier for me to learn if I could watch someone doing it. Thank You Louise

@Crafter 6407568 Thanks for the comment. If you want to see a video, you can check the Bernat website (www.Bernat.com). They might be able to help you. Thanks again, and good luck!

For Rosyposy --- You should have the same number of stitches (200) for all the rows after the second sc row. Don't forget, you should count your turning chain as a stitch unless a pattern says not to. That could be why your stitch count is off by 2. If your stitch count is off by 3, your hook has probably gone into the wrong stitch and I would look for the mistake next to one of the treble stitches. That's often where I make my mistakes when doing a cross-over stitch like this one. Count, count, count your stitches as you go and you'll catch a mistake before you get too far along, although even the most experienced stitchers end up having to rip out rows from time to time. Hope this helps. From an experienced novice who is still learning after 50 years of crocheting.

I really like this pattern, however, I am somewhat of a novice crocheter and am having problems. After the initial pattern, when I begin it again with row 2, should there still be 200 stitches? If so, I don't know what I am doing wrong, because I come up 2 or 3 short. In the initial pattern, I made sure I had the 200 stitches before I began row 3 and rows 3 4 turned out perfectly. Please help!

Easy pattern to follow

I love this pattern I made one for my mother in law for her birthday


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