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Granny Square Crib Afghan



This granny square crib Afghan is a great free crochet pattern. The bright colors will light up the room and make you feel at home. Make this crochet Afghan for your own child or for a grandchild.


  • Knitting worsted, 7 oz each of three colors; e.g., bright pink (color A), yellow (color B), purple (color C). Crochet hook, size F or size required for gauge.
  • Gauge: Each square measures 3” per side.
  • This afghan is made with three sets of granny squares and three sets of crocheted shells in between, with a picot edging.



Center Strip: Make 5 squares as follows: With A, ch 6 and join to form center ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, work 2dc in ring, (ch 1, 3dc shell in ring) 3 times; ch 1. Join with slip stitch to top of ch 3. Break off.

Round 2: With B, slip stitch in any ch 1 space and ch 3. In same space, work 2dc, ch 1, 3dc (first corner). (Ch 1; in next space work 3dc, ch 1, 3dc) three times (3 other corners). Ch 1 and join with slip stitch to top of ch 3; slip stitch in next 2 dc and in ch 1 space.

Round 3: Ch 3; in same space work 2dc, ch 1, 3 dc. (Ch 1, 3dc shell in next ch 1 space, ch 1, work corner in next corner space) three times. Ch 1, shell in next ch 1 space, ch 1, join with slip stitch and break off.

Join these squares by whipstitching them together until they form one long strip.

One-color border around strip:

Round 1: Slip stitch with C in a corner space at the beginning of a long side of the finished strip. Work a 1st corner in that space. *(Ch 1, work shell in next ch 1 space) twice; ch 1, work shell in joining between first two squares.* Repeat from * to next corner; ch 1, work corner in that corner space, and continue in that manner around the perimeter of the strip. Join to top of starting ch 3; slip stitch into next 2dc and ch 1 space.

Round 2 through 7: Ch 3, work 1st corner in that corner space; continue around as in Round 1. When you have completed Round 7, join with slip stitch and break off.

Inner border of squares:
Make 24 squares in the same manner as the Center Strip squares, using color B for Round 1, C for Round 2, and A for Round 3. Join 2 strips of 7 squares each, and 2 strips of 5 squares each, in the same manner as the Center Strip. Using a whipstitch, join the longer strips to the long sides of the One-color border and the shorter strips to the ends. Then whip stitch the corner squares together.

Two-color border:

Slip stitch color B to any corner of the [so far] finished work. Work one round, in the same manner as Round 1 of the One-color border. Break off.

Work 5 Rounds in Color A and one more Round in color B. Break off. (7 Rounds altogether)

Outer border of squares:

Make 40 squares in the same manner as all the other squares, using color B for Round 1, A for Round 2, and C for Round 3. Join 2 strips of 9 squares each and 2 strips of 11 squares each, in the same manner as above. Whipstitch the strips in the same manner as for the Inner border.


Slip stitch with B in any corner space and work two rounds in the same manner as Round 1 of the One-color border. DO NOT BREAK OFF.

Ch 4, sc in 4th ch from hook (picot). Sc in each of the next 4 stitches, (work picot, sc in next 4 sts) all around the afghan and join. Break off.



If you like this free crochet afghan pattern then you'll definitely want to download the How to Crochet Granny Squares eBook to find amazing free crochet afghan patterns.

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Jan 31, 2015

I made one of these for my niece and one for my daughter when they were born in the '70's. I lost the pattern, so when my grand niece was born, 4 years ago, I had to look at my daughter's blanket and figure out how to make one for her. It is such a lovely pattern!


Mar 16, 2013

i made this a few years ago, also out of the 1973 mag, Definately a winner. It's so cute made in light, medium, and dark pinks. So glad to find the pattern again


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Feb 10, 2013

Does anyone know if the finished dimensions of it will fit inside of the crib laying flat or if crib blanket is just a name?


Apr 26, 2012

This was in the Jan. 1973 Woman's Day and the size was listed as 28"x41". I made one then and it looked GREAT. I'm amazed it is listed here as it is exactly that pattern I was hoping to find!!!


Apr 23, 2012

Unless I'm missing it, is there a finished size listed for this afghan?


Jan 3, 2010

I made a similar afghan in the 70's. It came out beautifully! I can hardly wait to get started on a new one!


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