I’ve never really been a huge fan of crochet afghans. I know, I know that’s heresy in the crochet world but, it was just so much work for little reward.
That all changed when I designed this beauty, The Roll Stitch Afghan.
Since then, I’ve been obsessed with afghans! From the Palisade Throw (pictures soooooon!) to the Stained Glass Afghan (pictures sooooooon!) I’ve been stitching all the afghans I can. Not really finishing any, but that’s not important is it? It’s all in the making. Who cares If I ever finish one?
With that said, I’ve never really designed an afghan that I LOVED, like really loved. That was until yesterday. Yep. Yesterday.
I was in the middle of stitching this hat, (stay with me…LOL), and it just wasn’t working out. Every color combo I chose was awful. AWFUL. I mean, the dang thing is STILL sitting in a box waiting to restitched. It was at that time that I jumped on an Instagram Live and started chatting it up. AND I DESIGNED A NEW BLOCK.
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Now, it’s not groundbreaking. For all intents and purposes…it’s a simple granny square. The color work is what gives this block it’s bang for it’s buck. Let me show you, it’s easier than telling you.
Pattern for the block is below. It’s only the block, not a whole afghan. You can just take the block and combine as many as you’d like to make the afghan you’d like. It’s a really fun and easy to work. You do need a pretty good knowledge of crochet and working with different colors at the same time!
I made a mock up of what this would look like as a finished afghan!
Pretty cool right? You’ll need about 30 of the blocks to make this, which would give you and afghan about 35in. x 42in. without a border. Perfect for a baby/toddler!
The Adalyn Rose Afghan Block is a chic, easy to stitch, colorful granny square!
– Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in 3 Colors
– G/6 (4mm Crochet Hook)
– Tapestry Needle
About 7 inches
Abbreviations (US terms):
Ch – chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Rnd – Round
St(s) – Stitches
Level 2 – Easy
– Granny square is worked from the center out in joined rounds with RS facing at all times.
– Square uses color changes, to change colors, work until last two loops on hook, join new color, and finish stitch as needed.
– Weave in ends as work progresses.
– Join with a sl st.
Directions for Making:
Rnd 1: 2dc (ch 2, 3dc) three times in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, join to beg ch-4.
Rnd 2: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp, (ch 1, [3dc, ch 2, 3dc]) three more times, ch 1, join to beg ch-3.
Rnd 3: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, drop A, join B [see figure 1], ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp, join A [Figure 2 and 3], *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp joining B before ending last dc, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, join A; rep from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st. Finish off A.
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Rnd 4: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, drop B, join C [see figure 1], ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp (see photo below), join B [Figure 2 and 3], *(ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, joining C before ending last dc, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, join B; rep from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st.
Rnd 5: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, joining B before ending last dc, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, join C, ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st. Finish off B.
Rnd 6 and all following rounds: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to next ch-2 sp, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st.
And that’s it! Easy peasy puddin’ pie!
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Now, here is my final tip that just didn’t fit into the pattern. You’ll notice I don’t really mention color changes. That’s simply because I know we all have a preference. Me? I will do ANYTHING to keep from having to weave in ends. ANYTHING.
So, I chose to crochet over the floats of yarn in the back, essentially where I carried the yarn from cluster to cluster. Take a look:
This was the easiest and quickest way to get from color to color. If it’s easier, you could also break the yarn and rejoin as needed!
I hope y’all love this afghan square as much as I do. I’m working on a full afghan pattern with it, so be on the lookout for that in the next month or so. In the meantime I’d love to see your finished blocks! So, if you make one and are on Instagram (first give me a follow here @rohnstrong) use the hashtag #adalynroseblock! I’ll keep an eye out and share them on Instagram!
Until next time y’all!