I've done two roundups in the past featuring crochet squares for afghans - the first in February 2012, and again in August. While these squares are fantastic, there are still more new amazing and free crochet square patterns that have come out since - and they deserve a list of their own! UPDATE 4/23 - Two of the patterns are no longer offered for free. They've been marked as such, but I've left the links, as they're still good patterns!
10 New Crochet Squares
- KISS-FIST by Shelby Shea, a Ravelry download: 9" UPDATE: This pattern is no longer free, but is available for $1.99 USD.
- Woolly's Snowflake Square by Letitia Sherriff, on AuntieElle's Blog: 6", 8", 10" and 12"
- Tangled Web Afghan Block by Julie Yeager, a Ravelry download: 12" UPDATE: This pattern is no longer free, but is available for $1.99 USD.
- Owl Granny Square by Sarah Zimmerman, on Repeat Crafter Me: 6" with upsizing instructions
- Promise Petals 9" Block (BAWL No. 1) by Margaret MacInnis, a Ravelry download: 9" UPDATE: This pattern is no longer free, but is available for $0.99 USD.
- Sweet Peas 12" Square by Rebecca Bisbing, a Ravelry download: 12" UPDATE: This pattern is no longer free but is available for $1.99 USD.
- Crown Jewels - 12" square by Melinda Miller, a Ravelry download: 12"
- Center Heart Square by Ginger Badger, on Heartmade Blessings: 12"
- Velvet and Lace Square by Priscilla HewittPriscilla's Crochet: 7"
- Brighter Daze Square by Melissa Green, on MG's Designs: 6"
There are many advantages to making a blanket with squares. Each crochet square is a small project of it's own, perfect for taking with you when you leave the house. They are a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn. And if you mix them up and make different patterns, you'll never get bored! You can mix up the sizes in one blanket, or bump up the hook sizes and add a couple rows to make smaller crochet squares bigger - every squares afghan is unique!
If you're new to crochet, or looking for a fun new way to make a blanket this year, consider joining a Crochet-Along, or CAL! There are two great ones happening right now that I know about. The first is over at Little Bird Knits, and she's doing full photo tutorials of one square a week for 48 weeks. Alternately, you could join the 2013 Crochet Block-a-Month CAL on Ravelry, which is doing a 12" and a 6" square every month for the year. I did one of these back in 2008, and it was a lot of fun! It's a great way to learn some new techniques, make new online friends, and make a blanket!
Many local and national charities also accept individual crochet squares that later get crocheted or sewn into full size blankets, including Warm Up America, which is sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council - so don't be afraid to make a few extras!
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Thank you for featuring a B.A.W.L. block. This was the first of a series of 52 blocks on Ravelry group Vanna's Choice Fan Club, Block a Week Long group. We have an active following and welcome new members 🙂 You do not have to use V.C. yarn to make your afghan. Kiss-Fist above was Week #14 and designed specifically for BAWL.
That's great Margaret! Thank you! 😀 CALs are the best, and this square is fantastic.
There's also a CAL going on over at Knot Your Nana's Crochet which is in week 4, I believe.
#3 & #8 are not free. Ravelry is charging $1.99 each. 🙁
Oh dear, it looks like #3 is indeed charging now. Guess it was only free for a limited time! 🙁 #8 should take you directly to the pattern though: http://www.heartmadeblessings.org/Patterns/Centerheart.php
Ah, it's #6 that's now a paid pattern. Bummer!
No. 1 and No. 5 are not free anymore ... 🙁
Oh shoot! Thank you for letting me know Charmianne!
I love blocks. I always call any crochet block a 'Granny Square'. I think it would be awesome to make an afghan with scraps of yarn, and no two blocks the same pattern!! Wouldn't that look great? I quilt also, and I'm always thinking up quilt patterns like that. I love scrappy anything.
Thank you so very much for sharing these patterns with us. Even if some cost a dollar or two, that's lots better than paying twenty or thirty for a book just to find a few patterns that you really like,
You have a new follower,
Lisa in Alabama, USA
Thanks so much Lisa! It sounds like you might enjoy the current crochet-a-long! 😀 https://www.mooglyblog.com/category/2014-afghan-cal/
These granny squares are unique! I especially like the owl granny square because owls remind me of my godparents who were very loving caring people. Recently I found that one of my nieces is going to get engaged and she's also an owl lover and I am looking for something owl to crochet an afghan for the couple. Are you still offering this owl granny square?
Debbie, the owl square is from http://www.repeatcrafterme.com. I did an afghan of those a couple of years ago, it's a great pattern that's easy to follow!