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Crochet a Colorful Afghan Square

The Colorful Crochet Afghan Square project is an exciting, creative endeavor that involves crafting individual squares using various colors and crochet techniques. These squares are then combined to form a beautiful, unique, and warm afghan, perfect for cozy evenings at home or as a thoughtful gift for loved ones. This activity not only results in a visually appealing final product but also encourages mindfulness, patience, and skill development through the art of crocheting.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy

FINISHED SIZE: 12” square

MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn, Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm, Tapestry needle

Note: Pattern is written for color changes on almost every Rnd, and is a great scrap buster. Change colors at your own discretion.

ABBREVIATIONS:

Beg = beginning

Ch/s = chain/s

Dc= double crochet

FC = first color

Hdc = half double crochet

Hk = hook

NC = new color

Rnd = round

Sc = single crochet

Sk = skip/skipped

Sl St = slip stitch

Sp/s = space/s

St/s = stitch/es

Tr = treble crochet

SPECIAL STITCHES:

BegCorner V-St: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), work (1 dc, ch 1, V-St) in same st/sp.

Corner V-St: (V-St, ch 1, V-St) in same st/sp.

Shell: 7 dc in same sp.

V-st: (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in indicated st/sp.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rnd 1: With FC ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring – or work a magic ring, Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), 8 hdc in ring, join with sl st to beg hdc. (8 hdc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 hdc in same and each st around, join with sl st to beg hdc. Finish off. (16 hdc)

Rnd 3: Join NC with sl st to any hdc, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), dc in same st, ch 1, sk next st, [(dc, ch 2, dc) in next st, ch 1, sk next st] around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-5. Finish off. (16 dc, 8 ch-2, 8 ch-1)

Rnd 4: Join NC with sl st to any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, ch 1, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp , ch 1] around, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. Finish off. (32 dc, 8 ch-2, 8 ch-1)

Rnd 5: Join NC with sc to any ch-1 sp, Shell in next ch-2 sp, [sc in next ch-1 sp, Shell in next ch-2 sp] around, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off. (8 Shells, 8 sc)

Rnd 6: Join NC with sc to 4th dc of any Shell, [ch 2, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next sc, ch 2, sc in 4th dc of next Shell] around omitting last sc, join with sl st to beg sc. (16 dc, 8 sc, 24 ch-2)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same and each st around, 2 sc in each ch-2 sp, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off. (72 sc)

Rnd 8: Join NC with sc to any sc above a Rnd 6 sc, sc in next 4 sts, [hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 5 sts] around omitting last 5 sc, join with sl st to beg sc. (21 sts per side)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same and each st around, (sc, hdc, sc) in each ch-2 sp, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off. (23 sc per side, 4 hdc)

Rnd 10: Join NC with sl st to any corner hdc, BegCorner V-St in same st, sk next 2 sts, [(V-St in next st, sk next 2 sts) to corner hdc, Corner V-St, in hdc] around omitting last Corner V-St, join with sl st to 3rd ch of Beg ch-4. Finish off. (36 V-Sts)

Rnd 11: Join NC with sl st to any corner ch-1 sp, BegCorner V-St in same sp, [(V-St in ch-1 sp of next V-St) to corner ch-1 sp, Corner V-St in corner ch-1 sp] around omitting last Corner V-St, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4. Finish off. (44 V-Sts)

Rep Rnd 11 as many times as needed for size. (+8 V-Sts per Rnd)

Final Rnd: Join NC with sc to any corner ch-1 sp, (hdc, sc) in same sp, work 2 sc in each ch-1 sp and (sc, hdc, sc) in each corner ch-1 sp, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off.

Weave in ends, block.

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