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Beginner Squares Afghan



There is nothing better than the feeling of finishing a crocheted afghan. Now everyone (including beginners!) can experience that same level of accomplishment with this Beginner Squares Afghan. This free crochet afghan pattern is super simple to crochet. Plus, it's quick to work up using any color Lion Brand Homespun yarn of your choice. This afghan will keep you warm and toasty on the couch as you snuggle up to watch TV or read a book.

Beginner Squares Afghan
Beginner Squares Afghan
This image courtesy of Lion Brand Design Team


Crochet Hook: K/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight: (5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

About 45 x 54 in. (114 x 137 cm)


  • LION BRAND® HOMESPUN® (Art. #790) 
    #417 Great Plains 2 skeins (A)
    #419 Tumbleweed 2 skeins (B)
    #398 Plum 2 skeins (C)
    #414 Amethyst 2 skeins (D)
    or colors of your choice
  • LION BRAND® crochet hook size K-10.5 (6.5 mm)
  • LION BRAND® large-eyed blunt needle

11 half double crochet = 4 in. (10 cm).

STRIPS 1 and 5
With A, chain 25.
Row 1: Half double crochet in 3rd chain from hook and each chain across – 24 stitches.
Rows 2-16: Chain 2, turn, half double crochet in each stitch across.
Change to B, and work 16 rows in half double crochet.
Change to C and work 16 rows in half double crochet.
Change to D and work 16 rows in half double crochet.
Change to A and work 16 rows in half double crochet.
Change to B and work 16 rows in half double crochet.
Fasten off.

Work as for Strip 1, first working 16 rows with B, then 16 rows with C, 16 rows with D, 16 rows with A, 16 rows with B, and 16 rows with C. Fasten off.

Work as for Strip 1, first working 16 rows with C, then 16 rows with D, 16 rows with A, 16 rows with B, 16 rows with C, and 16 rows with D. Fasten off.

Work as for Strip 1, first working 16 rows with D, then 16 rows with A, 16 rows with B, 16 rows with C, 16 rows with D, and 16 rows with A. Fasten off.

Arrange strips in numerical order from left to right and sew together along long edges, matching rows. Weave in ends.


Find this pattern and more in our free eBook The Most Popular Patterns for Afghans: 16 Knit and Crochet Afghan Patterns from Lion Brand.

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Mar 13, 2015

This is NOT a beginner's afghan. The yarn was incredibly difficult to work with, though the finished product in the photographs is gorgeous. I sent the yarn back. Anyone have ideas about using this pattern, which IS easy, with another type of yarn?


Nov 7, 2014

I am on strip #4 of this afghan and it is beautiful. Trick is to get the first row started. I finally put a safety pin in each chain on the starter row and then was able to do the first row with no problem. After that it is a piece of cake. The HDC leaves a nice hole to find for the rest of the strip. then I start again with the safety pins for the next strip.I bought the kit and the colors are really nice and look great....Kathy


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Jul 14, 2014

This pattern is NOT FOR BEGINNERS! I started this pattern 3 different times but simply could not work the yarn, but I loved the idea of the strips to create the color block effect - very elegant and easy to do. I finally just used two strands of yarn to make a very substantial blanket - not the light and comfy that was probably intended, but I like the result any way - it's for a teen boy so sturdy is good. :D Oh, and I thought I counted my rows carefully each time. Each dozen times in fact and still ended up with an extra row here and there. I realized this when I was a strip and a half into the project. Since I'd already made the strips wider (32 chains, 30 stitches) I decided I'll border the strips with Color A (of my colors) and then try to put it together. I'm on the 3rd strip now.... so I'll see how that goes. But I will repeat - this is not a pattern for beginners at all! Not with this yarn and you really need to know how to count rows... LOL!


Jul 14, 2014

This is not a good pattern for beginners! The yarn is so difficult to work with, I gave up 3 different times but couldn't resist what seemed an easy way to do up an afghan. I finally used two strands of regular worsted weight yarn. And somehow, despite counting my rows over and over, I ended up with an extra or missing row here and there. :(( When I realized that, I had already done up an entire panel and was halfway into the second so changed what I was doing. I'd already made the strips a bit wider (32 chain, 30 stitches) and so reduced the number of panels to 3 - which I have made and I plan to use color A to make a substantial border and then stitch the 3 panels together... guess I'll see how that goes. But this yarn is NOT for beginners! It's probably not as light and cozy as this pattern was meant to be... but it's for a teen boy, so maybe substantial is better. :)


Jul 7, 2014

I am in the process of crocheting this pattern. Almost done with the first strip. I almost got a different type of yarn because of the difficulty comments but I loved these colors. As others stated the yarn is difficult to use for the base row. It is hard to see the "V" for inserting your hook. I struggled with it and then inserted a quilting (curved) safety pin into each of the beginning chains as I made the chain. Still had to go slow and find the right insertion point. I will have to do that 5 times, once for the beginning of each strip. After that, the crocheting is really easy, you can see and easily feel the insert hole for rows two and up. The colors really are pretty.


Jun 24, 2014

I am returning to crochet with a desire to stay busy after becoming disabled. It's amazing what the brain will put in storage for later reference. Anyway, I've noticed that the patterns that I've looked at don't leave room for those of us who've bought large lots of worsted yarns with an idea starting only to find that the colors just don't fit. Thankfully I can still read, write and plan, but I'm all out of the "beginners" patterns, and I feel like I want to sink my teeth (and hooks) into something a bit more time consuming. When I d/l your well planned beginners EBook, I was certain that I had found a place I could grow with. Please, how and where can I find a pattern for an Afghan, or some other project that doesn't tell me that I must use the colors in the pattern. I am not demanding a project that uses my colors, just one that is a little more flexible. I love your projects, I would love to get to them using my grab bag of yarn. Thanks for opening the windows to a beautiful way to show how we love crochet.


May 14, 2014

These instructions (including the specifications of the wool used) are rather incomprehensible. Who could I contact to make sense of them? This is clearly not for beginners.


Apr 27, 2014

"Tweed Stripes" by Lion might be a good alternate choice for a beginner for this project. It's a self striping yarn that works up beautifully and you can see your stitches easily. (I would wait till it's on sale though because it is a bit pricey and you'd need quite a few skeins.)


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