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Color Block Crochet Afghan Blanket

By: Joey Bailey from Created in AWE

Nothing is more satisfying than snuggling up under an afghan blanket when it's cold outside. If you're looking for a crochet pattern that will keep you busy for a long time, this is well worth the effort.


  • 4 skeins of each color (20 total)
  • 12 blocks of each color are needed plus 3 more of the first three in the pattern

Basic Pattern Information:

Yarn = I Love This Yarn (from Hobby Lobby) in 5 colors, estimate 4 skeins of each color:
A = Cranberry
B = Medium Blue
C = Graybeard
D = Navy Blue
E = Light Gray
Hook = I/9 5.5 mm

ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet

Size: 67"x85"


I made 63, 9" squares of half-double crochet. Here is how I did it. Adjust to your tension.   


  1. Ch 31.  Turn, hdc across beginning in 3rd ch from the hook (29 hdc total). Ch 2 for turning chain. Repeat to make 23 rows of hdc. Check for squareness by folding it diagonally to make a triangle.
  2. Repeat for 12 squares in each color, plus 1 more of Cranberry, Medium Blue, and Graybeard.

  3. To piece squares together, first create a color pattern to follow.  Mine was Cranberry, Medium Blue, Graybeard, Navy Blue, Light Grey.  Since I used 7 squares per row, I simply repeated the pattern in order as I moved down the rows, going left to right.
  4. Sl st the pieces together on the back.  I suggest you work across in rows first, making it easier to follow the pattern you have created.

  5. Edging - Make 2 rows of hdc in Light Gray and one row of the edging in Navy Blue around the entire perimeter. Start with the light gray. Sl st into the top of a hdc or equivalent opening (for sides without clear stitches) along middle of any side. Ch 2, hdc in each stitch (or equivalent openings). For rounded corners, crochet 2 hdc in the last stitch of one side, 2 hdc in the corner stitch, and 2 hdc in the first stitch of the new side. Finish each row of hdc with a sl st to first stitch. Finish off.
  6. Next, in Navy Blue, sl st into the top of any hdc you have just made (preferrably not a corner).  Ch 2, sl st, ch 1.  *Dc, sl st, ch 1*. Repeat between *s along the edge of light gray and finish with a sl st to first sl st.  Finish off, weave in ends.


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I love the pattern but could I knit this pattern too. I just want to know if I could. If not I might try it anyways in the knit.

Thank you so much for these directions. This is the first afghan pattern I've seen that gave directions on how to join squares. I'm working on a similar afghan and wasn't sure how to proceed.


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