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Updated August 12, 2016
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This Cupcake Afghan is great for beginners. Use a simple stitch to create a delightful afghan that everyone will love. This free crochet afghan patterns features light, pastel colors, making it ideal for a baby shower or new mommy gift. When you learn how to crochet an afghan that you can make over and over again and you'll always have a go-to gift for special occasions. This afghan is both soothing and warm, so it will help a baby quickly drift off to sleep. While little babies will love their blanket, new mommies may appreciate it even more.

This free crochet afghan pattern for babies looks especially lovely and comforting in pastel colors. Use the light greens and pretty pinks found in cupcake icing and delicate cakes to create a tranquil sleeping and snuggle situation for a baby in your life. The scalloped design and pretty little crochet stitches show you how to crochet a blanket that has a classic look.

The Cupcake Afghan    The Cupcake Afghan

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How to Crochet the Cupcake Afghan Pattern

Afghan Measures:  40” x 46”

With H hook:  4 rows – 3”
5 dc, ch 1, 5 dc – 2 ¾”


  • Row 1 (RS):  With honeydew and H hook ch 147, 5 dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 5 ch, 5 dc in next ch, repeat from * across to last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, dc in last ch, turn.
  • Row 2:  Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), dc in first st, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 1 sp, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * across to last 3 sts, skip 2 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in top of turning ch, turn.
  • Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, (5 dc, ch 1) in each ch 3 loop across, 2 dc in ch 1 sp, dc in top of turning ch, turn.
  • Row 4:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), *(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 1 sp, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * across ending dc in top of turning ch, turn.
  • Row 5:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), (5 dc, ch 1) in each ch 3 loop across, 5 dc in last ch 3 loop, dc in top of turning ch,
  • Row 6:  Repeat Row 2, fasten off and turn.
  • Row 7:  Join eggshell in first st and repeat Row 3.


  • Repeat Rows 2 -5 as follows:  6 rows honeydew, 4 rows eggshell (6 times), ending 6 rows honeydew for a total of 66 rows


  • With eggshell and G hook work along top edge on right side 5 dc in first dc, *ch 1, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, 5 dc in ch 3, space, repeat from * across ending 5 dc in last dc.
  • Work along side edge *ch 1, sc in first side dc, ch 1, 5 dc in next dc, repeat from * across ending 5 dc in first bottom ch st.
  • Work along bottom edge *ch 1, sc in ch below 5 dc, ch 1, 5 dc in ch 5 space, repeat from * across ending 5 dc in last ch st.
  • Work along side edge *ch 1, sc in first side dc, ch 1, 5 dc in next dc, repeat from * across, join to beg sc and fasten off.

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How Did the Afghan Blanket Get Its Name?

One of the most popular crochet patterns is the Afghan. They're cozy and vibrantly colored creations. But have you ever taken a moment to wonder why crocheted blankets are called Afghans?


The term "Afghan" was originally used to refer to the people of eastern and southern Afghanistan. That country is well-known for its colorful textiles such as clothing and carpets. Eventually in America, "Afghan" became synonymous with garments and other fabrics made from different colors of yarn. Afghan blankets are typically smaller in size — they wouldn't cover a bed, for instance — than other blankets. You can most often find them used as decorations on the backs of couches or chairs. "Granny square" is another term that is used to describe Afghans. This probably is due to the fact that crocheters (often grandmothers) would use scraps of different colored yarn to make squares. These squares would then be sewn into blankets that in some ways looked similar to the traditional fabrics of Afghanistan.



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Was wondering what the cupcake afghan looked like but, okay, it's the stitch used that was made to look like an afghan. It helps that the pattern has been placed on the front page for easy reference to crocheters.

My friend was looking for a beginner pattern that she could work on while watching TV, I think this pattern would be perfect and I love that it actually looks like little cupcakes!

Love this pattern, but do you have picture of the first 5 rows?? I am a little stuck on row 2

Hello! We don't have a close-up photo of those stitches, but you can check out this helpful video featuring this pattern: -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

Thanks for the website which was very helpful to understand how to start the first 5 rows!!!

I am glad we were able to help. This pattern is so popular we have decided to make a video for it in our own studio, so stay tuned! - Kaylee, Editor of

I just love all the patterns from Rosanna Beck!

How would someone increase the size of this afghan for an older child?

Hello! Check out this article from our friends at Lion Brand on how to increase the size of an afghan or throw pattern: Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor of

How can I print this pattern, please. I push the print button and it doesn't work. Thank you! Sandra

Hi sandramello 504552 9! It looks like we are experiencing some technical difficulties with our print button. For the time being, please highlight the portion of the text with your cursor and then copy and paste it into a word document. You should be able to print it from there. :) So sorry about the inconvenience. Happy crocheting! - Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

What does the RS stand for in the instructions? I know all of the other ones.

Hi candlelady23 21880 02! RS refers to the "right side". Hope that helps. - Kaylee, Editor

I am a newby to crocheting so forgive my navet. I have worked my way successfully to the point I need to begin the repeat. I am confused about the "Repeat Rows 2-5" section. What rows do I crochet to get the pattern for 6 rows and the 4 rows?

i love the look of this stitch.... if i wanted to make this pattern a smaller size how should i adjust the stitches? Some patterns tell you in multiples of x plus y for the turning chain. please help me understand.

I have finished the blanket and need to do the edging - i have finished the top row of edging and have moved on to the side but i am finding this very challenging. Can anyone help?

I just finished this blanket...I love it...however when you print the pattern out pay attention to row 3 and row 5 they are the same..the problem for me was I accidently did row 3 when I should have done row 5 and added a cupcake at the beginning of a row )...took me awhile to catch that just need to be awake that this pattern does require attention to the correct placement of the row sequence....not a mindless repeat pattern...I love it!

I cant find the pattern for the cupcake crocheted baby blanket can anyone help me

is it okay to sell the finished afghans

Hi there, Thank you for your e-mail. Although we have linked to the pattern on our site, we cannot provide you with the permission to sell products using it. Please contact the designer, manufacturer, or blogger directly for permission. - Julia from FaveCrafts

I've made it. It's quick and simple. I used a cream, light tan colour for the cake and used different colours for the icing. (I did try and upload a photo but I don't think it's working, will try again later).

Yep, my photos have uploaded and are visibile above.

Love this stitch

What a cute stitch! A little late on the reply, but for anyone curious, a multiple of 6 + 3 for the starting chain works just fine. C: However, a multiple of 1 will require you to skip a lot of ** repeats to work correctly. Ch 9 is only good if you're looking for narrow, single cupcake rows, so I'd recommend any multiple greater than 1.

well I have made it and it's really cute -- goes to show -you just have to keep on trying - once the pattern is established it's a piece of ""cupcake""--

I crochet everyday - but something in this pattern is getting me -I am on my second row for the third time -I like it and keep trying but it could be a little clearer -- for me anyway --

How many stitches is it per cupcake? I'd like to convert this into a scarf. Thanks!

This is adorable. I am going to make this for a baby gift for one of the women in class. Thank you for sharing

Many thanx for this lovely pattern. I just love to try out different patterns and see the result in the end.

So cute! I am trying to figure out what the pattern multiple is for making a dishcloth .help?

I LOVE this! I'm somewhat new to following a crochet pattern, so please forgive my stupidity here when I ask what the (RS) means in row 1. Thank you!

(RS) means right side. Or, to me, front side.

My friend did this with some fuzzy yarn and it was so cute. Love it!! Now I have to try it!

This is a great pattern!

I jst get this website and i love it everything is put easy to understand Thank you for this pattern.


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