Circle of Love Afghan

The Circle of Love Afghan tells a love story in the stitches. Moments of clarity, bursts of brightness, a deep ombre of feeling, and an oversized ruffle to share. And it always comes around again, if you stick with it. And it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Circle of Love Afghan! Cuddle up with your love with this free #crochet pattern from Moogly!

The Circle of Love Afghan is solid, cozy, warm, and fun to make. This blanket doesn’t lie down, calm and flat – it’s slightly hyperbolic… or you might say it’s exuberant and generous! The posts stitches point the way, with a gentle curve that always comes back to the heart. The red peeks of color between the hearts create a dashed line that ties it the love together, and while there might be some cloudy gray, it just makes the love all the sweeter!

Circle of Love Afghan! Cuddle up with your love with this free #crochet pattern from Moogly!

Circle of Love Afghan

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  • US – K, mm hook
  •  2600 yards total Aran weight yarn:
    Color A: Red Heart With Love in White – 3 skeins
    Color B: Red Heart With Love in Pewter – 2 skeins
    Color C: Red Heart With Love in Holly Berry – 2 skeins
    Color D: Red Heart With Love in Berry Red – 1 skein
    Color E: Red Heart With Love in Merlot – 1 skein
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Gauge: 3 rounds  = 4″ across
  • Finished Size: 65″ across
  • Video tutorials (click to watch): Magic Circle; Standing Double Crochet (optional); Chainless Starting Double Crochet (optional); Fpdc – front post double crochet; Seamless join (optional)

Notes on Stitches and Sizing:

  1. On rounds where you break the yarn and finish off, you can do so using your preferred method, or the Seamless Join (linked above). If you use the Seamless Join, be sure to join to the 2nd st of the round, not the first, to maintain stitch counts.
  2. You can join the new color for a new round using a sl st and ch 2 (which does not count as a stitch), and then dc (as written), or you can use the Standing Double Crochet (linked above).
  3. When starting a new round with the same color as the previous round (or as in Round 5), you can ch 2 and crochet as written, or you can use the Chainless Starting Double Crochet (linked above) to replace the first dc of the round.
  4. No turns! This blanket is worked with a definite right side and wrong side. But don’t worry, the wrong side looks pretty good too.
  5. If you wish to make a baby sized blanket, stop after Round 29 and add your border. If you wish to make a lap sized blanket, stop after Round 38 or 47, as you prefer.

Pattern Instructions:

Round 1: With Color C make a magic circle, ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc 12 in the ring. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (12 sts)

Round 2: With Color B, join to any st, ch 2. 2 dc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (24 sts, or 12 Vs)

Round 3: With Color A, join to left st of any V of previous round, ch 2. *2 dc in next st, hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. Remove hook and place marker (pm) in active loop. (36 sts)

Round 4: With Color C, join to any hdc st of previous round, ch 2. *[2 dc, hdc 2 dc] in next st, ch 3, skip 5 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (48 sts)

Round 5: Pull active loop of Color A to the front of the work, and replace hook in loop. Ch 2, dc in 1st st of Round 3, enclosing ch from Round 4. Dc in next st of Round 3. *Ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st (the hdc of Round 4), ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in next 5 sts of Round 3, enclosing ch from Round 4. Repeat from * around, finishing last repeat with dc in last 3 sts. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. (60 sts)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (60 sts)

Round 7: With Color B, join to 1 st to the right of the st above a sc from Round 5, ch 2. *Dc  in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (72 sts)

Round 8: With Color C, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (84 sts)

Round 9: With Color D, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (96 sts)

Round 10: With Color E, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (108 sts)

Round 11: With Color B, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (120 sts)

Round 12: With Color A, join to 1 st before a post st, ch 2. *2 dc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. Remove hook and pm in active loop. (132 sts)

Round 13: With Color C, join to any hdc st of previous round, ch 2. *[2 dc, hdc 2 dc] in next st, ch 8, skip 10 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (156 sts)

Round 14: Pull active loop of Color A to the front of the work, and replace hook in loop, ch2. *Dc2tog in Round 12, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc2tog in Round 12, dc in next 6 sts of Round 12. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. (156 sts)

Round 15: Ch 2, *dc in next 12  sts, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (168 sts)

Round 16: With Color B, join to st above a sc st in Round 14, ch 2. *Dc  in next 13 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (180 sts)

Round 17: With Color C, join to the right st of a V from previous round, ch2. *Dc in next 2 sts, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (192 sts)

Round 18: With Color D, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next 2 sts, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (204 sts)

Round 19: With Color E, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next 2 sts, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (216 sts)

Round 20: With Color B, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next 2 sts, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 14 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (228 sts)

Round 21: With Color A, join to 1 st before a post st, ch 2. *2 dc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 17 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. Remove hook and pm in active loop. (240 sts)

Round 22: With Color C, join to any hdc st of previous round, ch 2. *[2 dc, hdc 2 dc] in next st, ch 17, skip 19 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (264 sts)

Round 23: Pull active loop of Color A to the front of the work, and replace hook in loop, ch2. *Dc2tog in Round 21, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc2tog in Round 21, dc in next 15 sts of Round 21. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. (264 sts)

Round 24: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (264 sts)

Round 25: With Color B, join to st above a sc st in Round 23, ch 2. *2 dc in next st, dc in next 21 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (276 sts)

Round 26: With Color C, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 20 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (288 sts)

Round 27: With Color D, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 21 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (300 sts)

Round 28: With Color E, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 22 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (312 sts)

Round 29: With Color B, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, dc in next 24 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (312 sts)

Round 30: With Color A, join to 2 sts before a post st, ch 2. *Dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next 23 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. Remove hook and pm in active loop. (312 sts)

Round 31: With Color C, join to any hdc st of previous round, ch 2. *[2 dc, hdc 2 dc] in next st, ch 23, skip 25 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (336 sts)

Round 32: Pull active loop of Color A to the front of the work, and replace hook in loop, ch2. *Dc2tog in Round 30, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc2tog in Round 30, dc in next 21 sts of Round 30. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. (336 sts)

Round 33: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (336 sts)

Round 34: With Color B, join to st above a sc st in Round 32, ch 2. *2 dc in next st, dc in next 27 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (348 sts)

Round 35: With Color C, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 26 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (360 sts)

Round 36: With Color D, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 27 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (372 sts)

Round 37: With Color E, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 28 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (384 sts)

Round 38: With Color B, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 29 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (396 sts)

Round 39: With Color A, join to 2 sts before a post st, ch 2. *Dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next 30 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. Remove hook and pm in active loop. (396 sts)

Round 40: With Color C, join to any hdc st of previous round, ch 2. *[2 dc, hdc 2 dc] in next st, ch 30, skip 32 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (420 sts)

Round 41: Pull active loop of Color A to the front of the work, and replace hook in loop, ch2. *Dc2tog in Round 39, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc2tog in Round 39, dc in next 28 sts of Round 39. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. (420 sts)

Round 42: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 34 sts. Repeat from * around.  Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (432 sts)

Round 43: With Color B, join to st above a sc st in Round 41, ch 2. *2 dc in next st, dc in next 35 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (444 sts)

Round 44: With Color C, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 34 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (456 sts)

Round 45: With Color D, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 35 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (468 sts)

Round 46: With Color E, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 36 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (480 sts)

Round 47: With Color B, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 37 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (492 sts)

Round 48: With Color A, join to 2 sts before a post st, ch 2. *Dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next 38 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. Remove hook and pm in active loop. (492 sts)

Round 49: With Color C, join to any hdc st of previous round, ch 2. *[2 dc, hdc 2 dc] in next st, ch 38, skip 40 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (516 sts)

Round 50: Pull active loop of Color A to the front of the work, and replace hook in loop, ch2. *Dc2tog in Round 48, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc2tog in Round 48, dc in next 36 sts of Round 48. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. (516 sts)

Round 51: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (516 sts)

Round 52: With Color B, join to st above a sc st in Round 50, ch 2. *2 dc in next st, dc in next 42 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (528 sts)

Round 53: With Color C, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 41 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (540 sts)

Round 54: With Color D, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 42 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (552 sts)

Round 55: With Color E, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 43 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (564 sts)

Round 56: With Color B, join to 1st st of previous round, ch2. *Dc in next st, fpdc in next st, dc in next 22 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 22 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st and do not break yarn. (576 sts)

Border/Round 57: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st st and fasten off. (576 sts) Weave in ends.

Circle of Love Afghan! Cuddle up with your love with this free #crochet pattern from Moogly!

Now cuddle up with someone or something you love!

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Comments

  1. 3

    Angela says

    This is soooo going in my ravelry queue :) Thanks so much for sharing, it’s absolutely GORGEOUS! Love the Ombre look with the different shades of red. LOVE!

  2. 6

    Nancy says

    This afghan is sooo beautiful, but much more than I would want to try at this stage of my life. But as I said, it is beautiful.

  3. 9

    Helen Charbonneau says

    I have a big purple and pink afghan started almost done for my 14 year old granddaughter; it takes forever to go all the way around. I am going to finish it with this heart pattern. It will be 3 patterns in one. It now has the ring toss center crochet world, the circular with popcorns and puffs and now I will finish it with hearts. Thank you very much…

  4. 15

    Kellie says

    I couldn’t wait to start this but I have a question…on round 7 where it’s supposed to end with 72 stitches, it ends up being 80. I’ve checked and rechecked round 6. I have 60 stitches there. Can you help me to see what I’m missing? I’ve done the 2 dc in one stitch then dc in next 2 and still come up with 80. Thank you!

  5. 20

    Jamie says

    This is beautiful! Trying to talk my husband into an afghan for our bed (he’d prefer a quilt). Seeing this makes me think I need to be more persuasive! :) Thanks for your great patterns! I follow you on facebook and look forward to seeing your posts everyday!

  6. 27

    Laurie says

    I’m having trouble with Row 15 – where is the increase to get to 168 stitches? Love the pattern – thanks for your help in advance :)

    • 28

      Tamara Kelly says

      I apologize Laurie, there was a typo on that line. I’ve corrected it now – it should read dc 12, 2 dc in the next.

  7. 31

    Susan says

    I am confused on row 4. It says to change to color C, which is holly berry but the picture shows you used 3 rows of white? Is there a correction I am not aware of? If you are not suppose to change colors how do you continue on with the same color?

    • 32

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Susan! Round 4 is where you make the hearts within the white. You leave the active loop of Round 3 on a stitch marker, and work Round 4 with the red. Then come back to the white from Round 3, replace the loop on the hook, and continue on with the second white row. I hope that helps!

  8. 35

    tEresa white says

    On row 15, does it matter where your increase lands? What I mean is are you intending for it to be increased on the sc stitch?

    • 36

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Teresa! It does matter a bit, because on Round 16 you use that point to know where to begin, and that’s used to line up Round 17. If you want to put the increase in a different place you can, but you’ll need to keep track of where it would’ve been in the pattern, and it might throw off the post stitch swirl.

      • 37

        Teresa white says

        Thank you so much! I did as the pattern said and it worked out beautifully. I’m very new to reading patterns so sometimes for me it’s reading it a few times even trying to work it a few times till I get it right. Thanks for the response and the pattern, it’s absolutely beautiful and I think after I finish mine (yay a me project) I’m gonna do one in blues with red hearts for my soon to be here grandson!

  9. 39

    Lisa V says

    My bad, Tamara! I was miscounting on row 29. But I am still curious as to why this row was not an increase row.

    Thanks again for a beautiful pattern!

    • 40

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you! Some of the rows are not increase rows to help tame the hyperbolic nature of the finished piece! It has a built in ruffle, and it simply doesn’t need to increase every row to keep growing. :)

  10. 41

    Brigitta says

    Hi Tamara (and co.!!)! I just want to tell you how much I LOVELOVELOVE your patterns and tutorials, particularly the Circle of Love! I’ve been able to crochet for 30-odd years, but never learnt how to follow a pattern! Your videos are priceless, IMO! I might be nuts, but I think I’m going to try this one (if I can calculate the yarn quantities in terms of balls, rather than skeins!

  11. 43

    Brittany Yenser says

    I love this pattern! I have already made a smaller version using greens and I’m working on my second green one now. I’m not sure if I missed it the first time or if my brain just “fixed” it, but in row 7 is says to join to the right of the sc from round 5 then do the repeated section. When I did that I came up with only 71 stitches and had to add a stitch in the same as the starting stitch to keep the pattern as well as the stitch count correct. Is that the way we are suppose to do it or am I over looking something? (Which very well could be the case!!) :)

    • 44

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Brittany! The first stitch of that round is worked in the same stitch that you join to – maybe that’s the confusion?

  12. 45

    says

    love this pattern, but the hearts aren’t always lining up with the fpdc… i’m well into the pattern – probably about half way now. i figure as the first time i’m trying the pattern there are to be a few errors. i think i get confused about the ch 2 at each beginning row, do you count that as a stitch or is it ok to crochet the first stitch into the same stitch as the join/ch 2?

    by the way – i think red heart with love is a new favorite yarn! it’s soo soft and my bf hands don’t snag the fibers like they would on other materials. in addition to these colors being incredibly similar to washington state university’s colors, even the bf loves it!

    • 46

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’m glad you like it! The ch 2 does not count as a stitch, the first stitch is still worked into that stitch – this prevents visual gaps as opposed to a ch 3. Sorry you’re having trouble getting things to line up though! :/

      • 47

        says

        no worries, although, this bit of information does help for the next one i’m doing in Seahawks colors!!! I always figure that when i work a new pattern, there will be errors – a small sacrifice to my yarn muse!

    • 48

      Brigitta says

      Hi there! I’m having, probably, the same issues?! The fpdc lines are sort of diagonal, but then they all are, so that’s ok! A variant of Tamara’s one lol! I’m on row 49 and am having issues withe the chains being too tight when I do row 50…

  13. 49

    says

    I made this and I really enjoyed the pattern, Is there a way to send you a picture of my completed afghan. I used a different color combination than you suggested because it is what I had available.

    • 50

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’m glad you liked it Harriet! You are welcome to post photos on the Moogly Facebook page or email them to me at TamaraKelly at Mooglyblog dot com. :D

  14. 51

    Sam says

    Hey, I really want to make this but I’m in the UK and can’t get red heart love yarn, can you recommend a substitute yarn I could use? And the hook size, it just says mm. Thank you :)

  15. 52

    says

    i finally finished the afghan this weekend!!! LOVE it! few things i noticed with the pattern… i think. i’ll let you know if it’s just my brain or if it could benefit other folks as well. :) it’s a gorgeous pattern! Thank you!!!

  16. 54

    Renee Melton says

    I have loved this from the moment you posted it and finally have someone to make it for! My cousin is getting married and I want to make it for a wedding gift. After looking at the With Love color choices I am thinking Lettuce, Clover, and Evergreen should work for the ombre effect in place of the red….would you agree? I really want it to look as beautiful as yours, but his favorite color is green, so I want to “personalize” it for him by making it with his favorite color – your opinion would be much appreciated :-) I can’t wait to see the finished project! Thanks so much for the beautiful free pattern!!

  17. 58

    Yvonne says

    Thanks for your beautiful pattern. I made it for my sister’s 5th Wedding anniversary so I made it with only 5 heart rings. Worked up nicely. Thanks again!

  18. 60

    Sheryl says

    Hi :) I was wondering if this could be done in just two colors? I have a lovely dark grey and a lavender color I would like to try it in, but unsure of how I would do it.

    • 61

      says

      just my thought: i’d decide the main color and use that for the up to the first row of hearts where i’d introduce the 2nd color. then after finishing the 3rd row of “white” (back ground color/1st color) then switch to the 2nd color as the main, using the first color for the hearts. easier to picture in my head! try using some lined or quad paper to set the idea in your mind, each line can represent a row…

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