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Beginner Crochet Baby Afghan

Baby blankets always make an excellent baby shower gift because they are sentimental and treasured for years to come. This Beginner Crochet Baby Afghan is especially great because of how easy it is to crochet. If you've been wondering how to crochet a blanket, this free crocheted afghan is a great pattern to start with. Four squares of each color are needed and it measures approximately 26 by 33.5 inches when complete.

Beginner

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

SIZE
About 26 x 33 1/2 in. (65 x 85.5 cm)

MATERIALS

  • LION BRAND® JAMIE (Art. #881) 
    #108 Blue Bonnet 2 balls (A)
    #157 Sunshine 2 balls (B)
    #133 Peachy 2 balls (C)
    #106 Little Boy Blue 2 balls (D)
    #100 Angel White 2 balls (E)
    or colors of your choice
  • LION BRAND® crochet hook size H/8 (5 mm)
  • LION BRAND® large-eyed blunt needle
  • Assembly Chart


GAUGE
14 half double crochet + 8 rows = 4 in. (10 cm).
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

SQUARES (make 4 in each color)
Chain 24.
Row 1: Half double crochet in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across – 22 stitches.
Rows 2-13: Chain 2, turn, half double crochet in each stitch across.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
Following diagram, sew Squares together.  Weave in ends.
 

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This is a good one for beginners, and I'm thankful that this isn't made of granny squares.. I love the colors and think anyone would like to get this as a gift. I didn't see the diagram to sew Squares together. Is there a link somewhere? But I guess you can just whip stitch the squares together in what ever color pattern you wish. Looking forward to making this one. Thank you for sharing this free crochet pattern.

This is a great project for a newbie. The stitches used are just basic, you can take your time, making a square at a time, use up your scraps and don't have to remember where you left off. I am going to get the ladies I teach crochet to down load this one.

I think the Jamie from Lion Brand is an older, or old yarn, isn't it? I seem to remember this one from several years ago. I know that they change yarns from time to time, so I am surprised to see this one is still around. The randomness of the colored squares is eye-catching.

Beginner and beautiful. I love to crochet, but find that I really have not progressed much beyond the beginner stage. That being said, there are beautiful patterns like this that can be made by the most novice us all. I can envision this in all different color schemes. Definitely a pattern to keep. I will be making this very soon.

I made all of these squares, and I think the 13 rows is wrong as that would really stretch the squares. I counted the rows off the pattern picture and there are at least 19 of them. I am so disappointed in this pattern!

I have been crocheting for 50 years but still like to fall back on a simple stitch item from time to time.this one is going onto my list of ones to keep. I may change the color pattern though. If I know the sex of the baby, for example a boy, I will do it in blue and white squares or pink and white for a girl. Then run a row or two of the same colors around the outside to finish it off.

I've never crocheted before, but I'd like to learn! I may just have to start with this afghan.

Did you "start with this afghan"? If so how did it work out. I'm trying to teach myself how to crochet.

while the blocks are easy it's like they went brain dead after that diagram on how blocks fit together doesn't show actual sewing never said what color you have 5 different colors none match probably would not make agian

as above what color to sew together

Don't worry I found it.

Where was my pattern saved to?

I HAVE PURCHASED SUPPLIES FROM HERCHNERS FOR YEARS. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME WITH THE INTERNET. I DO NOT KNIT I ONLY CROCHET IT IS GREST TO SEE THE SAMPLES FROM MY CHAIR

I know how to sew the squares together, but what color do you sew them with? For example, a peach square to a yellow square.. What color?

My suggestion is to make one (or two) rows of single crochet around EACH square using white yarn. Then join squares using white yarn. It would make each square really stand out.

How do you sew them together ? With the yarn ?

Here are links to a couple tutorials that might help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6WY06OcsqqE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL1paWaUODI I suspect these squares were joined using the "whip-stitch from the wrong side" technique - the last technique shown in the second video. But the above pattern is a bit tricky since there are 22 stitches per row and 13 rows in each square. So when you rotate the squares as shown in the diagram, you won't be matching stitch for stitch and row for row. You'll have to match up 22 stitches on one square to 13 rows on the other. I would probably pin the corners, smooth out the sqaures and match them up as evenly as possible as you join them. Don't worry if it's not perfect. If you blow up their picture, you can see theirs isn't perfect either. The other option would be to put an edging on each square so that you would have an equal number of stitches on each side for joining. But that would change the look of the finished afghan a little bit. I hope this helps you. Do you know someone who is an experienced crocheter? Or maybe your yarn store can point you to someone. Us "happy hookers" are generally eager to help newbies and to share our tips and tricks! Good luck!

"Sew squares together." THAT is the hard part. I wonder why pattern writers assume I know how to do that, especially on "beginner" patterns like this one.

Hi Very Joyful! I posted a reply to this same question from troll5372 5253253. (It's probably just above your question!) See what I wrote to her and I hope it helps you! Good luck!

My thoughts exactly!

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