10 Perfect Crochet Squares for Fast Afghans

If you are thinking of making an afghan, the sheer size can be daunting, but crochet offers several different options for breaking it down into pieces. One of my favorites are the 12 inch blocks. They are like granny squares  in that they usually start from a center point and work outward, but the finished designs are very different. Small and interesting, they are great traveling projects, and a great way to make an heirloom, one block at a time!

Way back in 2008, I made my first block afghan, seen above. There are 25 gorgeous squares in there, and it’s still in use and looking good. I made this entire blanket in white, but of course you can make yours as colorful as you can imagine! This style is also perfect for group afghans, where each person contributes one or two squares. If you are thinking about making one of these blankets, there are over 200 free block patterns on Ravelry. And here are 10 of my personal favorites!

  1. Butterfly Garden
  2. Supernova
  3. Flower Burst
  4. Victorian Dream
  5. New Year’s Eve
  6. Star Overlay
  7. Wheel Lattice
  8. Birthday Flower
  9. Mandala
  10. Lovely in Green

The pictures aren’t the greatest – I took each one as I finished the square, but they give you an idea. There are so many possibilities! You can use all different squares as I did, or you can repeat the same square in different colors… get creative! Make a square while you watch a movie, work on a block while waiting for an appointment, and soon you’ll have a pile of squares waiting to be joined.

There are plenty of methods for joining too – whip stitching, single crocheting, etc. My personal favorite method is the flat braided join. It’s pretty, it looks complicated (but isn’t!) and best of all it’s flexible – it’s rare that every square will be *exactly* the same size or have the same number of stitches on the final row, and this method lets you fudge things so they all work together. There are a series of great video tutorials for flat braid join on youtube – I can’t recommend them enough! Now pick a square, pick up your hook, and get started on a custom handmade blanket of your own!

Looking for more? Check out 10 More Perfect Crochet Squares for Afghans!

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    • 2

      moogly says

      Hi Denise! I used whatever hook the pattern specified for each square (or the one that got me gauge) – mostly H, I, and J, as I recall. All the squares were done in Caron Simply Soft in white. It’s a worsted weight yarn. Hope this helps!

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    Fleurbelge says

    What a beautifull collections of squares, so nice, elegant, . But whait a pitty!! why is it there is no diagramme, it would be much more eazy for all of us! and no need for a long litterature, just a diagramme! simple, effcicace, positive, constructive.
    A lot of French speaking passionnata of crochet like me, would love to learn and make these patterns …if only ther was a diagramme!

    Merci beaucoup

    FleurBelge

    • 4

      moogly says

      Bon soir FleurBelge! I agree, diagrams and charts are wonderful, and there need to be more! I hope that software and computers make this easier in the future.

  2. 5

    Audra Curtis says

    This is SO beautiful! I should’ve known when I saw it on Pinterest that it was yours…. I can’t WAIT to try it! (I just have to finish my baby cocoon and my beard first.) :)

  3. 8

    Susan says

    I agree with Audra, whenever I see something “awesomely crocheted,” I know it’s from you! You’re always an inspiration, thanks for sharing your gift with all of us!

  4. 10

    Debbie G. says

    This is beautiful! Do you know how many skeins of yarn you used? How long did it take you to make this? Thanks for sharing this awesome afghan!

    • 11

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Debbie, thank you! I made it as part of a year long Crochet Along, so officially it took me just over a year… However, each square took only 1 – 2 hours, sometimes less! Then a few hours putting it together and I was done. I used Caron Simply Soft in white for the whole thing (no dye lots to worry about!) and each skein made 2-3 squares, depending on the patterns. Another skein, maybe two, to put it together. :D It sounds like a lot, but I just bought 1 skein a month and spent a couple hours each month making that month’s squares, so it was really quite painless!

  5. 14

    Sudha narain says

    Very nice stuff. I like the Graffs of the designs (crochet). I am looking for the grafts of the ten squares design for Afgans you have given. I am unable to find the Graf for it. Please if you can do so,I will be greatful to you.y

    • 15

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello Sudha! I’m afraid these patterns don’t have charts – it would be up to the individual designers to create them.

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    Tamara says

    I am new to crochet, but my goal in learning is to create a beautiful afghan like this one. What stitches should I learn specifically that would help me in making something like this?

    • 17

      Tamara Kelly says

      Each square is different, so you’ll encounter a whole range of stitches. But it’s also a great opportunity to learn new stitches – just go one square at a time. :)

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