Instructions

GAUGE: Each completed granny square measures about 2-3/4 inches square.  To save time, take time to check gauge.

Techniques/stitches used: Refer to knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.

BASIC GRANNY SQUARE: Ch 6, sl st in sixth ch from hk to form a ring.

  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 for first dc, work 2 dcs in ring, ch 2, * work 3 dcs in ring, ch 2; rep from * two more times; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3: count 12 dcs and 4 ch-2 sps.
  • Rnd 2: Sl st into next ch-2 space, ch 3 for first dc, work (2 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs) in same ch-2 sp to form corner, * ch 1, work (3 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * two more times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of first dc: count 24 dcs and 4 ch-2 sps. Fasten off.

DIRECTIONS: NINE-PATCH BLOCK (make 30):

  1. To form each nine-patch block, make five basic granny squares of one color and four of another color. Arrange completed granny squares with right sides up in three rows with three granny squares in each row.
  2. Using tapestry needle and darkest yarn color in the block, whipstitch granny squares with right sides together in planned order, stitching through back loops only of each granny square. Join squares in each row and then join the rows together. See page 66 for stitch illustration.
  3. With right side facing, attach joining yarn in any dc along side of a completed nine-patch block. Ch 3 for first dc, then work 1 dc in each dc on sides of block and work 3 dcs in each corner around; join with sl st in third ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off.
  4. ASSEMBLY: Arrange completed nine-patch blocks with right sides up in six rows with five blocks in each row.
  5.  Using tapestry needle and joining yarn, whipstitch blocks with right sides together in planned order, stitching through back loops only of each block. Join blocks in each row and then join rows together.
  6. With right side facing, attach edging yarn in any dc along any side of joined blocks; ch 3 for first dc, then work 1 dc in each dc and work 3 dcs in each corner around; join with sl st in third ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off.
  7. Use tapestry needle to weave in loose ends.

FINISHED SIZE: Afghan measures approximately 59-1/2 inches long x 50 inches wide.

Abbreviations

  • ch(s) chain(s)
  • dc(s) double crochet(s)
  • hdc(s) half double crochet(s)
  • hk hook
  • sc(s) single crochet(s)
  • sk skip or skipped
  • sp space
  • sl st slip stitch
  • tr(s) triple crochet(s)
  • beg beginning
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • rep repeat
  • rnd(s) round(s)
  • RS right side
  • sl slip
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • tog together
  • WS wrong side
  • yo yarn over
  • * or [ ] Instructions after * or ­between brackets are ­repeated a ­given number of times.
  • ( ) Instructions in ­parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as ­indicated.

Nine-Patch Afghan from Ferne Nicolaisen of Cherokee, Iowa