Moroccan Tile Afghan

The Moroccan Tile Afghan is warm, cozy, a fast V stitch pattern to crochet, and full of color! It’s the latest free crochet blanket pattern on Moogly – and I’ve included guidelines for 6 different sizes!

The Moroccan Tile Afghan :: free #crochet pattern with instructions for 6 different sizes and infinite color schemes!

The stitch pattern I used in the Moroccan Market Tote lodged itself in my brain. It was so much fun to make, I had to use it one more time – and figure out how to make it work in rows rather than rounds. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, which is a great afghan yarn with lots of saturated colors to choose from – love that! And now I can tell you for sure that it makes a very very warm blanket! Working on it while the temps dropped at night, I was as cozy as could be. And it was a fantastic movie watching pattern – once the pattern is established with the first few rows, you just zip right along!

The Moroccan Tile Afghan :: free #crochet pattern with instructions for 6 different sizes and infinite color schemes!

The pattern here is written for a throw/afghan sized blanket, as that’s the size I’ve made. Based on the throw, I’ve created the chart below with info to make 5 other sizes! (Since everyone’s gauge is different, and the type of yarn used can affect the outcome as well, these are only guidelines – you’ll need to make your own gauge swatch if you need it to be exact!) And of course, you can make the whole thing in only two colors if you like – it’s all up to you!

The Moroccan Tile Afghan :: free #crochet pattern with instructions for 6 different sizes and infinite color schemes!

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The Moroccan Tile Afghan :: free #crochet pattern with instructions for 6 different sizes and infinite color schemes!

Moroccan Tile Afghan
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  • US – K, 6.5mm hook
  • 3060 yds total Aran weight yarn in 2 or more colors (for the throw – see chart below for other sizes)
    Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice shown
    (2 skeins of each used for the throw size, plus a little extra of Color I for the border)
    Color A: Wild Berry
    Color B: Eggplant
    Color C: Sapphire
    Color D: Aqua
    Color E: Fern
    Color F: Sweet Pea
    Color G: Duckie
    Color H: Goldfish
    Color I: Scarlet
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Related video tutorials: STDC (standing double crochet); CSDC (chainless starting double crochet)
  • UPDATE 11/6/13: Now there’s a special Video Tutorial just for this pattern!

Sizing Chart
Preemie/Lovie (20″ x 20″): Ch 58, 55 rows, 372 yds
Baby Blanket (40″ x 40″): Ch 112, 111 rows, 1488 yds
Throw/Afghan (50″ x 66″, shown): Ch 142, 181 rows, 3060 yds
Twin (65″ x 90″): Ch 184, 247 rows, 5441 yds
Queen (90″ x 100″): Ch 256, 275 rows, 8370 yds
King/Cal King (110″ x 100″): Ch 310, 275 rows, 10,230 yds
Want to make your own size? Use a multiple of 3 +2, +2 for the starting chain. Always end on an odd numbered row.

Instructions
NOTE: You will work 2 rows, first Color A (odd rows), then Color B (even rows), going in the same direction, before turning your work and starting again with Color A and then Color B.

Row 1: With Color A, ch 142, dc in 5th ch from the hook (counts as dc and skipped ch). Ch 1, dc in the same ch. (V stitch made) *Skip 2 ch, [dc, ch 1, dc] in next st. Repeat from * until 2 ch remain. Skip 1 ch, dc in the last ch. Remove the hook from the active loop, and pm (place marker) in loop (this is to keep the stitches from coming out). Do not turn. (140 sts, or 46 V sts)

Row 2. With Color B, STDC in the ch sp of the 1st V of the previous row. Ch 1, dc in the same ch sp. (V st made) [Dc, ch 1, dc] in ch sp of each V st to the end. Remove the hook, pm, turn. (138 sts, or 46 V sts)

Row 3: With Color B row held in back, replace hook in active loop of Color A. CSDC, ch 1, dc between the 1st and 2nd st of Row 1 (between the dc and the first V st). [Dc, ch 1, dc] between the V sts of Color A/Row 1 (NOT in the ch sps, enclosing Color B/Row 2 in each st) until 1 V st of Row 1 remains. Dc between the last V st and the last dc st, ch 1, dc in the last st. Remove hook, pm, do not turn. (141 sts, 47 V sts)

Row 4: Inserting the hook into the ch sp of the 1st V st of Color A, replace hook in active loop of Color B and pull it to the front. CSDC, ch 1, dc in the same ch sp. [Dc, ch 1, dc] in ch sp of each V st to the end. Remove the hook, pm, turn. (141 sts, or 47 V sts)

Row 5: With Color B held in back, replace hook in active loop of Color A. CSDC. [Dc, ch 1, dc] between the V sts of Color A until 1 V st remains. Dc in the last st. Remove the hook, pm, do not turn. (140 sts, or 46 V sts)

Row 6: Inserting the hook into the ch sp of the 1st V st of Color A, replace hook in active loop of Color B and pull it to the front. CSDC, ch 1, dc in the same ch sp. [Dc, ch 1, dc] in ch sp of each V st to the end. Remove the hook, pm, turn. (138 sts, or 46 V sts)

Row 7: With Color B row held in back, replace hook in active loop of Color A. CSDC, ch 1, dc between the 1st and 2nd st of previous Color A row (between the dc and the first V st). [Dc, ch 1, dc] between the V sts of Color A until 1 V st remains. Dc between the last V st and the last st, ch 1, dc in the last st. Remove hook, pm, do not turn. (141 sts, 47 V sts)

Row 8: Inserting the hook into the ch sp of the 1st V st of Color A, replace hook in active loop of Color B and pull it to the front. CSDC, ch 1, dc in the same ch sp. [Dc, ch 1, dc] in ch sp of each V st to the end. Remove the hook, pm, turn. (141 sts, or 47 V sts)

Row 9 – 181: Repeat Rows 5 – 8. (This is the Row # for the throw size, see chart above for last row number of other sizes, see below for color sheme)

The Moroccan Tile Afghan :: free #crochet pattern with instructions for 6 different sizes and infinite color schemes!

Want to use the same color scheme I did? Change colors after every 20 rows, so that the previous Color A is set aside, and the previous Color B becomes the new Color A. To attach the new colors, use the STDC st and work in the pattern. The very last “Color A” will be used for one extra odd numbered row to finish off the blanket. Here’s the color scheme chart for how I did it.

Color Scheme Chart
Rows 1 – 20: Odd A, Even B
Rows 21 – 40: Odd B, Even C
Rows 41 – 60: Odd C, Even D
Rows 61 – 80: Odd D, Even E
Rows 81 – 100: Odd E, Even F
Rows 101 – 120: Odd F, Even G
Rows 121 – 140: Odd G, Even H
Rows 141 – 160: Odd H, Even I
Rows 161 – 181: Odd I, Even A

I finished the blanket off with a simple sc border, which used up the leftover bits of yarn from when I changed colors. However, I did need a tiny bit extra of Color I/Scarlet – less than 10 yards! – to finish it off, as that last odd numbered row left me a little short. If you plan on making a border out of one color, you may need to purchase an extra skein.

The Moroccan Tile Afghan :: free #crochet pattern with instructions for 6 different sizes and infinite color schemes!

Let me know if you have any questions! I know that this is a lot of information, but I want to give you all the info I have so that you can make your own custom Moroccan Tile Afghan, in the size and color scheme you desire. Just read through it all, then jump in, and I think you’ll see just how easily it does come together! Shared on Oombawka Design Link & Share Wednesdays and the Crochet Awesomeness Link Party on Crochet Happy!

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Comments

  1. 7

    Sally says

    Your blanket is amazing, I really wish I hasn’t seen it. I don’t have room or time for another project, but it’s beauty is calling me and telling that I probably have all the yarn I need to get started. My daughter saw it too and feels that it is indeed a blanket especially for her. Oh well better go and print off the instructions. Thank you for sharing such a gorgeous blanket.
    Sally xxx

    • 10

      Tamara Kelly says

      I don’t yet, but it’s on the agenda – I hope to have it up within the next few weeks! If it helps, there’s a closeup of the basic stitch pattern on the Moroccan Market Tote page. I considered charting it but because of the overlapping stitches it would be a mess.

  2. 11

    karolj14564 says

    Wow, thanks so much for not only the pattern but the sizing! There are so many times I see a pattern and have a hard time trying to make it larger!

  3. 12

    Karolj14564 says

    Just want to thank you for not only sharing this beautiful pattern, but also including the different sizes. Too many times I’ve become frustrated trying to figure out increases for a pattern! I can’t wait to make this!

  4. 18

    Jennifer says

    Do you have a video on how to do this pattern? I can’t seem to get it right, and it is so frustrating, when it is so pretty

  5. 22

    Julie Yeager says

    This is beautiful, Tamara! Thank you for sharing the pattern. I think it will be very popular! Love your color and yarn choices.

    • 27

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Janet! It’s 3060 yds total, so 1530 yds of each for 2 – or 9 skeins of each color if you use Vanna’s Choice. :)

  6. 28

    Marrie says

    it is seriously…remarkable, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, marvellous, wonderful, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable, miraculous, phenomenal, prodigious, spectacular

  7. 31

    Amee says

    I feel like i am doing it wrong. The front looks right, but the back seems like a big blob of my color B. I think i am flubbing it. Hope someone gets a video up soon, bc i cant wait to make this!

  8. 33

    Amee says

    Lol. Ok. Can someone post more pics of the pattern? I have got to be messing it up, because row 5 doesnt work now. Lol. I’m sorry! I feel so dumb!

    • 38

      Tamara Kelly says

      Tutorial is coming ASAP! :) You can indeed use the standard chain 3 if you prefer. I just wrote it the way I made it so the pattern would match the photos.

  9. 41

    Kyla says

    I LOVE this afghan! I’m making a blanket for my mother-in-law who will be having back surgery in January. I was going to make your Blackberry Salad Striped, and now I can’t decide!!! Do you have a favorite? Mine will be in several shades of purple as that is my MIL’s favorite color :)
    Thank you so much!!
    Kyla

    • 42

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Kyla! Right now the Morroccan Tile is my favorite, just because I made SO many Blackberrys when I was doing commissions LOL. I think the Moroccan is a little lighter weight overall too, depending on the yarn you use. Plus it has a LOT fewer ends to weave in (depending on how many colors you use of course). :D

      • 43

        Kyla says

        Then I think I will just have to do the Moroccan!! I’m going to use Caron simply soft so hopefully it turns out well. I might need to wait for your tutorial :)

  10. 44

    Kyla says

    Ok. I’m on row 3. When you say “enclosing row 2″ I’m assuming that my row 3 should be crocheted into row 2, is that right? If so, since row 2 is behind row three and I’m working into the V stitch of row 1, how do I “enclose”? Or am I not understanding?

    • 45

      Tamara Kelly says

      Row 3 is crocheted between the V sts of Row 1. So you insert the hook between the V sts of Row 1, and then yo with the yarn from behind. This traps Row 2 within the stitch itself. Does that help at all? I’m putting together a photo and video tutorial for this week if you’re still confused!

  11. 49

    Kristine says

    I love this blanket! I’m making it for my sister in law’s baby shower. I did row 3 wrong about 4 different ways but your last reply to Kyla helped clarify it for me….thank you!! I can’t wait to see my finished product.

    • 50

      Tamara Kelly says

      Oh good! Glad it helped! I’ve got a tutorial coming out today, sorry I couldn’t get it ready sooner!

  12. 56

    Lisa S says

    This blanket is absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try it! So, with the larger blankets I’m assuming you would need more than 2 skleins of each color, do you know approximately how many you would need for the queen or king size?

    • 57

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thanks Lisa! The color scheme I used had 9 colors, 18 skeins total. Each skein has 170 yds. Since the queen will take approximately 8370 yds, that’s about 50 skeins. To get 9 colors, you’d need 6 skeins of each color. Doing the same math for the king, you’re looking at 7 skeins each of 9 colors.

  13. 58

    Valerie Blair says

    I am in love with this blanket & think I need to make it. I have very different colors though, more on the pastel side and quite a variation. Do you think it would work with this pattern? I’ve been trying to find just the right pattern for this stash…

    • 59

      Tamara Kelly says

      I think that would be lovely! I’ve seen a whole variety of color schemes now and they all look good so far!

  14. 60

    Hilde says

    Hello Tamara,

    I like this stitch. I am trying to use it for a pillow, a square one. So I need a flat square. I tried to find out how to do the corners, but I can’t seem to figure it out. Can you help me out?

    Regards,
    Hilde

    • 61

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello Hilde! I’m not sure I understand what you’re asking. It would essentially be a tiny blanket, no?

      • 62

        Hilde says

        Yes, like a tiny square blanket. But made as a granny square. Starting in the middle and growing with each round. So each round I have to make 4 corners. Preferably I want to use the same pattern for each corner in each round.

        • 63

          Tamara Kelly says

          I don’t currently have instructions for how to work the Moroccan Tile stitch from the center out in a square, I’m sorry!

  15. 65

    Cher says

    In order to make this look like the Moroccan cowl I’d just use those colors, right? I know that I’d need a large amount but I fell inlove with those colors!

  16. 68

    Sarah says

    Tamara, I have just finished this afghan and have really enjoyed doing it (especially as it works up so much more quickly than my last project) but I am stuck for a border. You say you did a single crochet border. Was this all the way around and if so how did you get it to fit with the double crochet stitches? Thanks for your lovely patterns.

  17. 70

    Kate says

    I love this pattern.

    I have been crocheting for over 30 years and consider myself a pretty good crocheter. However, there are some patterns that I just cannot get right without counting every single row. If I don’t count I get wavy edges and have to tear my work apart. I crochet to relax. I don’t want to have to count every row to make sure I got it right.

    I completed about 2 feet of this afghan before I gave up. I was getting frustrated every time I picked it up. I”d get a headache instead of getting relaxed as I have to count every single row.

    Yes, I watched and read the tutorial. I’m not getting something!

    Can anyone help me with this as I’d love to make this afghan (and others that I’ve been avoiding because of the counting)?

    Thanks in advance.

    Kate

  18. 73

    Kalna says

    I started the Moroccan tote and stitched the 54 fdc. When I made the v stitches I only ended up with 20. Did I not do enough fdc in row 1? Thank you!

  19. 75

    Phyllis bachmann says

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE AFGHAN! AS A BEGINNER CROCHETER I FELT VERY COMFORTABLE MAKING THE AFGHAN WITH YOUR INSTRUCTIONS & VIDEO.

    SINCE I’M NEW. . . WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THE QUEEN SIZE USING THE 9 COLORS. BUT, I CANNOT FIGURE HOW TO CALCULATE THE QUANTITY OF EACH COLOR I NEED. CAN YOU HELP? THANKS!!

    • 76

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’m so glad you like it Phyllis! The queen size calls for 8370 yds, so divided by 9 you’d need about 930 yds of each color. :)

  20. 79

    Jo says

    Hi there, I love this pattern and have done up a few different swatches to see which colour combinations I like best. Unfortunately, I seem to be making at the end of some rows where I end up with an overlap of colour B across rows. The dots end up joined instead of separate. Do you know what I might be doing wrong?

      • 81

        Cathy says

        I am ending up with the same issue as Jo. It appears the last “tile” in Row 2 and 4 are crossing into Color A. It looks like it happens when the loop is pulled through to the odd rows.

  21. 83

    Cathy says

    I seem to be having a “gap” between the rows, so I feel like Color “B” is not “nesting” but it looks like an entire separate row. What could I be doing incorrect?

    I’m looking so forward to making this afghan.

    • 84

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Cathy! When you work the second row of Color A, it should squish the Color B row down a bit, filling the V in the first Color A row. If this isn’t happening, it may be that you are using too large a hook for your yarn choice, so that the sts are too “big” to nest down in there. I hope that helps!

  22. 85

    Christa bradforD says

    I would love to make this into a bathroom set in cotton yarn. Do you think it would work? How would I adjust for sizes?

    • 86

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Christa! I think it would work great! Just add something non-slip if you’re using it as a rug. :) You can base the width off the sizes given, or Use a multiple of 3 +2, +2 for the starting chain. :)

      • 87

        Alexis says

        I really want to use this pattern for my daughter’s sampler afghan, but I don’t understand the multiple. What does 3+2, +2 mean, is that different than 5+2??

        • 88

          Tamara Kelly says

          Yes! It’s a multiple of 3 (6, 12, 300, etc), plus 2, plus 2 more for the starting chain. So basically, a multiple of 3, and then add 4. The reason the 2s are separate, is because your stitch count will be the multiple of 3 plus 2 – the 2 for the starting chain plus the last of the other chains will count as the first stitch.

  23. 89

    Sara says

    I’ve been in love with this afghan since I saw it, but I wasn’t feeling ambitious enough to try it until I finished the Midnight Moroccan Cowl, Hat and Mitts. I’m working on the afghan now with no problems. In fact, I’ve found everything I’ve tried on your website so far to be very easy with the video tutorials. Thank you so much!

  24. 91

    Tammy says

    Tamara,
    WOW!! Thank you for the beautiful afghan and great tutorial! My daughter is going back east to finish college and she wanted me to make her a warm throw/afghan for her dorm in a variety of her school colors – I have been looking all over for the right one until I saw this, showed it to her and I can barely wait to get started!! Now to just figure out all the color combos. Thank you again!!

  25. 94

    Kate says

    I have been looking for a pattern for my mother’s 60th birthday present. I wanted to make her a special afghan that would allow me to use the birthstone color of each of her grandbabies. I think this pattern is perfect with the way one color blends into the next, allowing me to flow from one child to the next, essentially. I am excited to get started and can’t thank you enough for posting this!!

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