Easy Log Cabin Afghan

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Log cabin blankets and quilts are both traditional and modern – it’s an old idea, that never goes out of style! Crocheted versions are wonderful, but usually require lots of color changes – and lots of ends to weave in. By using a self-striping yarn, it’s all fun and minimal fuss – introducing the Easy Log Cabin Afghan!

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I’ve knitted log cabin style  blankets before, but I hadn’t crocheted one – the new Lion Brand Textures yarn changed that! It’s the perfect pairing. Textures has a lot going on – color changes, a tight twist with a solid thread running throughout. I knew I needed to keep the stitches simple to show off the yarn itself. With the Easy Log Cabin Afghan, you can show off the yarn, and the pattern, without having to change skeins until you run out of yarn!

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I made the Easy Log Cabin Blanket in a lap blanket/throw size, but you can stop at a baby size, or keep going as big as you like. I’ve given some estimates of yardage for other sizes below. Be sure to read through the whole blog post before you begin – it’s a very simple pattern, but there is a lot of information here!

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Easy Log Cabin Afghan

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LAYOUT AND YARDAGE ESTIMATE FOR ALTERNATE SIZES:
Please remember that these are only estimates, you may wish to purchase an extra skein when planning your project.

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The pattern for this blanket is almost better explained in words rather than pattern speak – so I’ve included both a summary of how it works *and* the standard written instructions below. If you have questions on one, consult the other!

SUMMARY:

Start with a square of 12 dc and 7 rows. Then after row 7, instead of turning the piece over as usual, turn the square clockwise to work along the edges. Work 12 dc along the 7 rows – 2 dc in the side of each of the first 2 rows, 1 dc in the side of the next row, 2 dc in the side of each of the next 2 rows, 1 dc in the side of the next row, and 2 dc in the side of the last row.

Then, work 6 more rows (for 7 total) of 12 sts each. At the end of this seventh row, turn clockwise again. Work 12 stitches in the sides of these rows, just as before, plus 12 more stitches along the bottom of the original square (1 in each stitch). So now you have 24 sts.

Work 6 more rows (for 7 total) of 24 sts each, and then it’s time to turn again! And it’s going to be the same each time. At the 4th clockwise turn, you’ll end up working the 12 stitches in the side, plus 12 stitches in the top of the original square, plus 12 more stitches in the side of the second section.

So just keep going like this! Every 2 sections, you’ll go up by another 12 stitches total. Work 7 rows every time, and just keep turning. Stop whenever you’ve got the size you like! To complete the square, you can stop after 5 sections (the first full square), or after any multiple of 4 sections (one complete turn around the blanket) after that.

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS:

Row 1: Ch 14, skip the 2 chs closest to the hook (do NOT count these as a st), dc in the remaining 12 chs; turn. (12 sts)

Row 2 – 6: Ch 2, dc in each st across; turn. (12 sts)

Row 7: Ch 2, dc in each st across; do not turn work as usual, but turn clockwise to work along the sides of the last 7 rows. (12 sts)

Row 8: Ch 2, 2 dc in the side of each of the first 2 rows, 1 dc in the side of the next row, 2 dc in the side of each of the next 2 rows, 1 dc in the side of the next row, and 2 dc in the side of the last row; turn. (12 sts)

Row 9 – 14: Repeat Rows 2 – 7.

Row 15: Repeat Row 8, then dc in each remaining st across; turn. (24 sts)

Row 16 – 21: Repeat Rows 2 – 7.

Row 22: Repeat 8 twice. (24 sts)

Row 23 – 28: Repeat Rows 2 – 7.

Row 29: Repeat Row 8, then dc in each of the next 12 sts, then repeat Row 8 again. (36 sts)

Row 30 – 35: Repeat Rows 2 – 7.

Continue in established stitch pattern as above, with the stitch counts for each section of 7 rows as follows. Asterisks mark the points where you can stop the pattern, if you’ve reached the size desired. Note the patterns – you increase by 12 sts every 2 sections, and you complete a square every 4 sections. See the graphic above for more info.

Row 36 – 42: 36 sts

Row 43 – 49: 48 sts

Row 50 – 56: 48 sts

Row 57 – 63: 60 sts*

Row 64 – 70: 60 sts

Row 71 – 77: 72 sts

Row 78 – 84: 72 sts

Row 85 – 91: 84 sts*

Row 92 – 98: 84 sts

Row 99 – 105: 96 sts

Row 106 – 112: 96 sts

Row 113 – 119: 108 sts*

After 119 rows, or when you’ve reached the size desired, go to the Edging.

Edging: (do NOT turn after last row)
Ch 2, dc evenly along side as before, working 3 dc in each corner, and continuing around blanket; join and break yarn, weave in ends.

And that’s that! Stop early, keep going, this yarn does all the heavy lifting so you can relax and crochet the evening away. I hope you enjoy crocheting it as much as I did – it was hard to stop!

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Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2015, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. To print this pattern for personal use, please use the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of the pattern. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Lion Brand for providing the yarn for this pattern!

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Comments

  1. 1

    megan says

    This is a perfect blanket for Christmas gifts. I can’t wait to get started using some of my stash! Thanks for another perfect pattern.

    • 3

      Margaret Buzzanca says

      I’m not very good at patterns even though I have won a few prizes at our Fair in the past. I really don’t get how to do this. I’m one who needs not only the explanation, but pictures. Not only that, I have to look at patterns and reverse directions because they are done incorrectly for a right-handed person.

  2. 5

    Mary Doukakis says

    Thank you so much Tamara! Another winning pattern…looks so fast & easy & I’ve got some RH Unforgettable that I can use. Yay!

  3. 9

    says

    I love it! Is this yarn easier to crochet with than Homespun? I was trying to do a blanket with that but have a hard time finding the stitches. Thanks!

  4. 12

    Karen says

    Hi! Love that this pattern looks easy! I need it! 😉

    Just one question:
    Edging: (do NOT turn after last row)
    Ch 2, dc evenly along side as before, working 3 dc in each corner, and continuing around blanket; join and break yarn, weave in ends.

    Does the Ch2 count as a stitch? Do I dc into that space too? Or do I dc into the next and all around, and then join into the ch2?

    Peace,
    Karen

    • 13

      suzanprincess says

      Karen, that chain 2 at the start of the row counts as your first double crochet, so do NOT do a DC in that space.

      • 14

        Tamara Kelly says

        No, in this pattern the ch 2 does *not* count as the first stitch, you should do a dc in the first stitch.

        • 15

          kAREN says

          Thank you to both of you for your caring replies. xo

          Tara~Are you able to do a video on this? Even if it is a shorter one to get the pattern going?
          Or even a full one if you feel inspired. 😉

          No pressure, just hugs. xo

  5. 17

    Marie says

    Love the design of this blanket. It looks like it would hold its shape/drape better than a simple double crochet back and forth design. I saved the pattern, but have so many others ahead of it I don’t know when I might get to it!

    Love your blog BTW.

  6. 21

    Jen says

    This pattern looked a little intimidating, but after reading through your explanation and the pattern itself, couldn’t be more easy! What a great way to showcase any variegated yarn, this is a pattern I will be using on my next baby blanket!

  7. 23

    Anita Sweet says

    What a great looking blanket! I can’t wait to make one for myself and maybe a few more as gifts….right on time for Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and patterns. I have learned so much from watching your video tutorials!

  8. 25

    Stephanie says

    This is my next afghan!! Wonderful to use up my stash and then try Textures. Thanks for another great pattern.

  9. 27

    Chris Neisser says

    I do this in single crochet. It takes longer but it makes a tighter weave. My family uses them as blankets because they are so warm. :-)

  10. 30

    Cynthia says

    This reminds me of the knitted 10 stitch blanket. Can’t wait to try it. It will be great for my next Linus Project blanket.

  11. 32

    Linda lemcke says

    Love this design and hope I can work it up quickly. My 90-yr old father in law gets cold so easily even in the hot New Jersey weather. You suggest Aran weight. Could I use a Dk? He has trouble lifting anything too bulky. Thank you for so many wonderful patterns and fab video tutorials. Best, Linda

    • 33

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Linda! You can use any weight of yarn you like. :) It will take more sections to get to the same size, and you’ll want to adjust the hook size down a bit, but that’s easy enough. Thank you!

  12. 34

    Sara says

    Ahhh, I think I’ve FINALLY found the right pattern for a wedding gift for a wedding I couldn’t go to, um, three months ago. Oops! But thank you Tamara! I love this.

  13. 36

    alison middleton says

    Hi Tamara, thanks for the gorgeous pattern. Just one question…….The number of skeins to use per size is a great idea but for a UK resident , could you translate SKEIN to either yardage or weight of yarn skein.
    i:e – 50 gram or 100 gram ? Looking forward to crocheting the afghan :)

  14. 38

    Amanda Sullivan says

    This is a page to use, I think I need to make sure and make the pattern just for me…..and I have not crochet in years but I think you have a winner….thanks for your help..

  15. 40

    Jo-Lyn W says

    Hey Ms. Tamera,
    First off might u say i love this pattern to pieces as i have just been given 6000 yards of striping yarn and am making my mom a blanket. I have a question though, row 22 you have row 8 repeated twice do you need to do this every 22nd row? or every beginning row of a fourth panel?

    • 41

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Jo-Lyn, and thank you! Basically, it’s telling you to work along the side in the same fashion as before – work 12 stitches into the sides of each set of 7 rows, and one stitch into the top of each stitch you come to. This is how you start every new panel. :) Since Row 22 has 2 sets of 7 rows to work into, you work Row 8 twice. Later on, you’ll have a set of 7 rows, and then some stitches, and then 7 more rows.

  16. 42

    Cassie says

    Hi Tamera… thank you soooooo much for taking the instructions step by step! It was A LOT easier to follow…I was scared to start at first! My friend and I are making ours at the same time (like a mini CAL) And we are having fun so far!

    Is the 175 rows (65×65) measured like almost a queen bed? I want to go HUGE since I’m having so much fun with it :) I was just wondering because 105×105 (287 rows) is HUGE haha

    • 43

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Cassie! Thank you so much! A queen blanket is usually about 90″ x 100″, but the 65″ x 65″ might make a nice topper! :)

  17. 44

    Margaret Buzzanca says

    Didn’t think you would print my prior comment because it wasn’t complimentary and am sure you won’t post this one either. No matter, I had my say.

    • 45

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Margaret! I had to go back and find your previous comment, it seems to have gone to the spam file. I’m confused though, this is written for a right handed person. In addition, there is a graphic, to add to the two different ways I’ve written it out. I’m sorry you don’t feel this is enough.

  18. 46

    Geeta says

    Hi Tamara,

    This is such a colourful Afghan. It is sure to drive the blues away. Thank you for this lovely idea.

  19. 48

    says

    Hi Tamara,

    This looks absolutely gorgeous and I love the yarn! But I’ve only crocheted a couple of easy afghans and this looks a bit intimidating to me. So I’m putting in my request for a video too if possible. Thanks so much!

  20. 51

    MARIE MCHONE says

    ordered the yarn..unable to use this lovely yarn. to fine for my vision..can you suggest another that be as lovely…

    • 52

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello Marie! I’m sorry the yarn is giving you trouble! One that might work is Lion Brand Scarfie – it’s a bigger Bulky yarn with some fun gradient color changes!

    • 53

      Louisa says

      I used a #5 bulky yarn by Loops & Threads called Charisma. They have some beautiful long repeat colors and easy to use.

  21. 54

    Sue Danzl says

    Love this pattern!! I just finished it using my stash of yarn. It’s beautiful and I’d really like to make another one! When I started I was only going to do a couple of sections to see how it went. But I was so fascinated by the way it all fit together, I couldn’t stop!!! Did it all in a couple of days! I’m thinking I might make the next one using only five rows of each. This would make it smaller but you could just do more sections. Thanks for the great pattern and instructions.

    • 55

      Tamara Kelly says

      😀 Thank you so much Sue! Yes, the key is just to do an odd number of rows, so that you end up on the right side for the turn. I’m so glad you enjoy it!

  22. 56

    Katharine says

    I am having such a challenging time with the fourth ‘square’ I am just not understanding how to join that one to the first one. Am I just stupid? I really love this pattern and so want to make it, I have the perfect yarn for it and want to make it for my hubby for Christmas. It’s so frustrating LOL. Arrrghghg! Thanks in advance for the help!

    • 57

      Tamara Kelly says

      When you turn the corner, you work all the way across – the side of the square you just made, and the side of the first square as well. Does that help?

      • 58

        Katharine says

        Thank you so much for the video, it got through my ‘block’ and I was able to understand! Now this is the next project in the list!!!

          • 60

            Katharine says

            Tamara, Thank you again for such a lovely pattern. I finally was able to pick up and start this again and you’re right… it *is* easy!!! I certainly wish I had read the pattern right the first time and saw that you went across the two blocks at the end of the second block.. LOL, “some” people just need to learn to ready LOL. Now I’m moving merrily along, but really, really need to get Christmas presents done instead. This is too fun and easy though, but it’s MINE when it’s done!

          • 61

            Tamara Kelly says

            Thank you! I’m so glad it worked out for you. And I hope you enjoy the finished blanket! 😀

      • 63

        Katharine says

        KC, I just found some real pretty variegated yarn (Red Heart Sunrise) and wanted to use it to make my hubby an afghan out of it (well an afghan that would be on our bed :).. I’d say it was his, but the yarn is pretty!) Anyhow, I’ll find some more pretties to work this up in or hark, use the stash pile!

  23. 66

    Cathy Larkin-Richards says

    I am just another one hooked on this amazing afghan. I am also a visual learner and would greatly benefit from a tutorial. Do you have one on this project?
    I am making afghans for Veterans and they will love the blasts of color.
    Be Safe,
    Cathy

  24. 68

    Joy vera says

    I have just finished two of these using 5 skeins of scarfie for each, one in creme and grey, the other in camel and navy. They are gorgeous! Thank you!

  25. 70

    Carole says

    I am about half way through. The yarn is a dream to work with, the pattern is so much easier than it seems at first. I am going to use this pattern many times over!
    I am doing mine in”ocean” colour way. And LOVE it!

  26. 72

    says

    I love the pattern. I made an afghan for my 4 year old grandson using plain bright colors…. bright green, dark green, red, blue, yellow, orange, dark turquoise. I used bright green for the border which I did in single crochets instead of double crochets. I am very pleased with the pattern and how fun and easy it was to make this afghan. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!

  27. 74

    says

    Made an afghan for my 4 year old grandson with this Log Cabin pattern. Used solid colors, bright green, blue, red, dark green, yellow, orange, dark turquoise. it’s nice and bright, am very pleased how it turned out! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. :)

  28. 76

    JUDY says

    Hi Tamara
    I love the afghan & would like to make it. The colors are beautiful & would brighten up anyone’s dreary day! I Also am hoping you will make a video. Have a great day!

  29. 78

    Viji Rao says

    i had pinned this pattern for use later and it kind of slipped my mind. Yesterday evening my friend showed me a picture of the afghan she had made using this pattern …and I couldn’t wait to get home to start my afghan….and I sat up late working on it!! I just wanted to let you know how much I loved your instructions. Thank you!

  30. 80

    Linda L. says

    This is just brilliant! I’ve seen crochetted Log Cabin covers before but they either involved changing your wool after each block or making the blocks individually and then sewing them together – either of which is insanity!!

    This is one of Lion Brand’s 9 Top Blogger Patterns for 2015 – congratulations on that. I’m not sure how I missed it on your blog – probably because it was early August and I was in denial of the cold and snow represented by the need for an afghan :) I do like your description in words of how this rolls out – very helpful to my visualizing process.

  31. 82

    Maureen says

    Could you please tell me the color you used in the Textures for the Log Cabin Afghan. I just love the colors.

    Thanks,

    Maureen

  32. 84

    Susan says

    First of all let me say, “I LOVE Moogly blog!” However I don’t know why I’m so stumped on this particular afghan. When we ch 2 and turn, that ch 2 is not considered a stich, right? So for four sets of twelve sts would be 48 sts but really the turning ch makes it seem like 49. Do we crochet in the turning ch from the previous row? I don’t know why Im so stumped on this. Thank you!

    • 85

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Susan! Thank you so much! 😀 The ch 2 does not count – if you did count it, then you’d have 49, but you don’t, so you get 48. So then you do NOT work into it in the next row. You ignore it, like you would a ch1 before a sc. :)

  33. 86

    Sandra Fisher says

    Hello Tamara, love this throw and have just started, im just checking the row 22 part about repeat row 8 twice does this mean im basically doing 3 sides before building the 3rd side up instead of 2 sides, in effect am I going all the way round the work so far except the 4th side? Hooe this makes sence to you, ha ha. I’ll do it the wsy im reading it anywsy while I await your reply.

    • 87

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Sandra, thank you! In Row 22 you are working across the “sides” of 2 blocks – so you need to do the spacing of 12 sts along 7 rows twice. Does that help?

  34. 88

    Mary says

    I love this pattern. Best one I’ve seen and I’ve been looking at a lot of them lately (although mostly baby blanks). I will be making this one for myself.

  35. 90

    BOnita says

    I have been searching for a quilt inspired pattern, but dreading piecing together individually crocheted sections. I absolutely LOVE this pattern. It really speeds along! My mother was a quilter and I’m making my first log cabin blanket for her. I’m using Stitch Studio Bordeaux in “Sundae” its a lovely self striping yarn and costs 11.99 for 612 yards (7.99 on sale) at A.C. Moore. I really think this is one of the prettiest blankets I’ve ever seen. I look forward to making many more of these, including a King Size for my bed.
    The only difficulty I have experienced is trying to convince the puppy that she shouldn’t snatch my yarn and run and that she can’t sit on the blanket while I’m trying to crochet!

    • 91

      Tamara Kelly says

      😀 Thank you so much Bonita! I have a mother that quilts too – and a puppy that doesn’t understand that every blanket isn’t for him haha!

  36. 92

    Connie says

    I love this afghan and just received the Textures yarn yesterday — I had to order it online as I’m outside the US. Anyway, I’m having a terrible time seeing where to put my hook and counting stitches because of the twist in the yarn. I’ve made a start, but I’m not sure how it will turn out. I’m basically just working along and hoping for the best. Any suggestions?

    • 93

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Connie! Textured yarn can make it hard to see where to put your stitches – what I find helps is putting a light colored sheet or fabric, or even paper on my lap, and using a nice bright lamp. You also might want to try a larger hook – that will open up the stitch and let you see where to go too. :)

      • 94

        Connie says

        Thank you so much for your quick reply, Tamara. I just thought I’d tell you that I did exactly as you suggested — before I received your reply! I have a bright clip-on light which I clipped to a clipboard with a piece of white paper on it. I didn’t use a larger hook, but I kept the tension really loose on the foundation chain. It’s resulted in rather large “holes” in that row, but it was that or give up in frustration! I also found that I could feel the stitches with my thumb and finger (once I got past the chain) to help me figure out where to put the hook. When I’m using smooth yarn I tend to count the loops at the top, but I found with this yarn that I can count the vertical “posts.” I’m a beginner and don’t know all of the correct terminology, so I hope this makes sense. I hope this might help someone else who is struggling.

  37. 96

    ABaird says

    Hi, The afghan is beautiful and I was very excited to crochet it for my niece. However, i have had to rip it out 3 times and am struggling with the pattern. My one question now is row 35 seems to be row 7 repeat and then row 36 is row 2 repeat. Shouldn’t row 26 be a repeat of row 8? I have crocheted a number of items before. Not sure why i’m struggling so much with this pattern. Thank you!

    • 97

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello! I’m so sorry you’re having trouble. Have you watched the tutorial video?
      Rows 8, 29, 36, etc, are all basically the same idea – work in the sides of the rows, then across the top of the stitches, then across the sides of the rows.

      • 98

        Alice Baird says

        Sorry. There was a typo in my original post. … My one question now is row 35 seems to be row 7 repeat and then row 36 is row 2 repeat. Shouldn’t row 36 (not 26 as originally typed) be a repeat of row 8? According to the directions, row 36 is a repeat of row 2, so the pattern goes from row 7 back to row 2. This is the only part where row 8 is not repeated.
        Thank yo u

      • 99

        Alice says

        I apologize for my typo in original post. I meant row 36, not 26. In the written pattern row 35 ends on row 7 and row 36 begins with row 2. It seems to me that row 36 should be a repeat of a row 8. thank you

  38. 101

    Carol says

    Oh my goodness,!!!!!!!!! Another excellent tutorial and pattern I cannot live without. I have been on a Moogly binge forever lol. Just taking a break from current charity project and found this one. Just ordered the yarn for your log cabin pattern and copied your colors, just loved the colors.
    Thanks again for all your time and effort that you put into this. It is greatly appreciated.

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