Want to crochet a fun mix-and-match afghan? Browse through these free crochet patterns for coordinating afghan squares. Pick out the ones you like, and then help yourself to the free crochet patterns and charts.
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This fun checkerboard pattern was the first afghan square in the series. It's crocheted in three different colors of Caron Simply Soft yarn, but feel free to substitute different yarns if you prefer.
- Get the free crochet pattern
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Mini Checkerboard Afghan Squares
These crocheted afghan squares feature a mini-checkerboard design. Each square on the checkerboard consists of only three single crochet stitches making this one the smallest checkerboard in the series so far. The squares are crocheted in two colors, and then you add surface crochet details using the third color. The surface crochet helps the checkerboard pattern to pop out from the background.
- Get the free chart for the Bone and Blue Mint colorway
- Get the free chart for the Bone and Sage colorway
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This design is one of the quicker/easier patterns in the series; it was a breeze to whip up four different, but similar, colorways, which you can see in the photo pictured at left. I could envision using this design in so many different ways; it could be the basis for an incredible multicolored afghan if you make it in a variety of different colorways; or you could combine it with more of the patterns in this series, which would also give you many interesting possibilities.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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This square features a diamond motif with outlines worked in surface crochet.
- Get the free chart, pattern and written instructions
- See work-in-progress pictures, before and after the surface crochet was added
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A simple evergreen tree is the focal point of this crocheted afghan square with cross-stitched background and surface crochet accents.
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The focal point of this afghan square is a small checkerboard design which is nested inside an outer solid-colored frame.
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This square is similar to the heart square pictured above, except that the focal point of this afghan square is a diamond design.
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This design is so simple, yet so versatile. You can use it as-is, or it could be a springboard for creating many other different designs. I've been cross-stitching the center panel to create other interesting variations.
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Want to create your own cross-stitched designs for the center panel of the nested square block? Just print out the large version of the nested squares chart and draw Xs where you want your stitches to be. Have fun!
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Crochet Techniques You'll Want to Know
If you'd like to crochet any of these afghan squares, you'll need to know the tapestry crochet technique. It's also helpful to know how to change colors in single crochet stitch. It's easy to do once you get the hang of it, but like every crochet technique, it takes a bit of practice.
If you're new to crocheting with mid-row color changes, I recommend starting with the nested squares afghan block which is a super-simple design; you won't have to think too hard about it... once you get started. The three-color checkerboard pattern is also an easy design, as far as colorwork patterns go.
The diagonal stripes afghan square is more challenging to crochet; it's a fun design, but I wouldn't recommend it as a first project.