Would you like to make your own cozy, handmade crochet blanket with just a few supplies and a single crochet pattern? You don’t need to be an expert crocheter to make your own beautiful blanket! This easy 6-inch crochet afghan square free pattern will guide you through crocheting a simple afghan square that can be used to make a blanket of any size.
Plus, you’ll learn how to figure out how many squares you’ll need to make a blanket of a specific size. Not only will you have a beautiful handmade blanket to show off, but you’ll also have the confidence to tackle more complex crochet projects in the future. So grab your crochet hook and get ready to dive into the Perpetual Fog Afghan Square free crochet pattern.
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This afghan square pattern is part of the Mélange Blanket Crochet Along, hosted by Underground Crafter. If you love crochet granny squares and motif squares you’ll want to check this out
Check out the Mélange Blanket Crochet Along landing page to find out how the CAL works, how to join, learn about the prizes that are being given away as well as links to all the different projects that are being released as part of the CAL. There is a new free square crochet pattern released every week! There will be 48 square designs to use to create your own beautiful afghan.
How many 6-inch granny squares do I need for a blanket?
How many 6-inch crochet squares you’ll need to make a blanket depends on the size of blanket you’d like to make. Here is an easy way to determine how many squares you’ll need to make a blanket (or almost any afghan square project):
Step 1: Determine how wide and how long you’d like your project. For this example let’s say I want to make a small afghan, which is 40″ wide x 60″ long.
Step 2: Divide your width by 6. I.e. 40/6 = 6.66
This is where you need to make a decision. 6 squares would make your blanket 36″ wide and 7 squares would make your blanket 42″ wide. You can choose to do 6 and leave it at 36″ wide or add a crochet around your entire project (2″ wide on each side) to get to that 40″.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind it being slightly bigger, you can choose to go with 7 squares across and have it be 42″ across. I’m going to choose 7 squares for my example.
Step 3: Divide your length by 6. i.e. 60/6 = 10
So this math tells me that I would 7 squares across the width of the blanket and it would need to be 10 squares long.
Step 4: Multiply the number of squares needed for your width by the number of squares needed to meet your length. i.e 7 x 10 = 70
So I would need 70 afghan squares to make a blanket that was 42″ x 60″ long. If I had made the decision to use 6 squares and add a border, I would need 60 squares.
This math is assuming your square was crocheted to gauge and is a 6″ square however, if you are trying to figure this out for a smaller or larger square, just plug in the actual size of your square for the 6 in steps 2 and 3 to figure out how many you need.
From baby blankets to king-size blankets – now you have the crochet skills to make amazing crochet granny square blankets of any size. I hope you’ll try this out for your next afghan square project!
Perpetual Fog Crochet Afghan Square
I chose to crochet this project in a single, solid color or worsted weight yarn. But just because I made it in a single color, doesn’t mean that you have to! Add a pop of color to your square but changing colors for the post stitches, adding stripes or introduce a new color in the last two rounds of the project to make it look like it has a trim.
This project is worked from the center out in a circular shape. The last few rounds of this project is where we give our project its square shape. Each CH-2 SP in those last rounds will become a corner.
I love 6″ crochet afghan squares because they are super quick to make and can be used to make a wide variety of different projects (i.e. a pouch, cushion cover, tote bag, wall hanging, sweater, etc.).
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- US terms
- I / 6 mm Crochet Hook (or whatever hook size needed to match gauge)
- King Cole Big Value Aran (100% Premium Acrylic, Worsted (4), 257 yds/235 m, 100g/3.5oz), 1 skein in Marble (approx. 52 yds)
- Tapestry Needle
- CH = Chain
- CH-SP = Chain Space
- DC = Double Crochet
- FPBOB = Front Post Bobble (See Special Stitches)
- FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
- FO = Finish Off
- HDC(s) = Half Double Crochet(s)
- HDCINC = Half Double Crochet Increase/2 HDCs worked in the same ST
- MC = Magic Circle / Magic Ring
- Rep = Repeat
- SC = Single Crochet
- SL ST = Slip Stitch
- ST(s) = Stitch(es)
- YO = Yarn Over
Special Stitches and Techniques:
- Front Post Bobble (FPBOB): YO and insert hook from front to back and back to front around the post of indicated ST. YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull through first two loops on hook. *YO and insert hook from front to back and back to front around the post of the same ST, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through first two loops on hook, repeat from *3 more time. YO and pull through all 5 loops on hook.
- Approximately 6” square when worked to gauge.
- Motif = 6” square
- Gauge isn’t vital to this pattern however, not matching gauge will affect the size of your completed square and the amount of yarn used.
- Piece is worked in joined rounds. Do not turn at the end of the round.
- CH 3’s at the beginning of the round count as your first stitch.
- On rounds that start with a CH 3 and where “join” is indicated at the end of the round, join last ST to the top of the CH 3 with a SL ST.
- Skip stitches behind all post stitches and work post stitches around the indicated stitch, in the round below.
Perpetual Fog Crochet Afghan Square Free Pattern
Round 1: Make a MC and CH 3 (counts as first ST). DC 11 into the MC. Join with SL ST to top of CH 3. (12)
Round 2: CH 1, FPDC around CH 3, 3 HDC in the next ST, *FPDC, 3 HDC in the next ST, rep from * 4 more times. Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST (from here on out referred to as “Join”). (24)
Round 3: CH 1, *FPDC, HDCINC, HDC, HDCINC, rep from * 5 more times. Join. (36)
Round 4: CH 1, *FPDC, HDC, HDCINC, FPDC, HDC, HDCINC, rep from * 5 more times. Join. (48)
Round 5: CH 1, *FPDC, HDC 2, HDCINC, FPBOB, HDC 2, HDCINC, rep from * 5 more times. Join. (60)
Round 6: CH 3, (DC, CH 2, DC) in the same ST, *DC 3, HDC 2, SC 4, HDC 2, DC 3, (DC, CH 2, DC) in the same ST, rep from * 2 more times, DC 3, HDC 2, SC 4, HDC 2, DC 2. Join. (64 sts, 4 CH-2 SPs)
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Round 7: CH 3, DC, (DC, CH 2, DC) in the CH-SP, *DC 2, HDC 3, SC 6, HDC 3, DC 2, (DC, CH 2, DC) in the CH-SP, rep from * 2 more times. DC 2, HDC 3, SC 6, HDC 3. Join. (72 sts, 4 CH-2 SPs)
Round 8: CH 1, SC 3, *(HDC, CH 2, HDC) in the CH-SP, SC 18, rep from *2 more times, (HDC, CH 2, HDC) in the CH-SP, SC 15. Join. (80 sts, 4 CH-2 SPs)
FO and weave in ends.
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