If crochet blankets are your thing, give this vibrant and intricately textured crochet afghan square a try using Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice!
Classic crochet afghans are worked by chaining huge numbers for length, then working tons of rows for height, but crochet afghan blocks are a great alternative:
- these are far more portable,
- you can customize each individual piece,
- and you may feel more satisfaction with each square you complete.
This design is worked in joined rounds of crochet from the center outward and the instructions include a decreasing technique to create an open fabric.
Whether you’ve got tons of crochet experience and you’re looking for a new challenge, or you’ve just learned to crochet and you want to learn more, the Vanna’s Afghan Square crochet pattern will guide you through every step of the process with success.
Each square offers a fun challenge to try new stitches and techniques, making this a fantastic skill-building crochet project for all levels of skill.
- Blocks are worked individually, then joined when you’re done!
- Small motifs are much more portable than other traditional crochet blanket designs!
- Use any yarn you like to make your afghan block (the finished sizes are up to you)!
- You’ll get to practice a lot of crochet skills: joined rounds, color changes, specialty stitches, gauge & size, finishing techniques & more!
Table of contents
- Selecting the Perfect Yarn
- Sizing Options
- Helpful resources when crocheting this afghan block
- Policy for Individual Use
- Making Vanna’s Afghan Square
- Step-by-step instructions: Vanna’s Afghan Square
- Video Chat
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
What is a crochet afghan block?
An afghan block in crochet is a small motif that is usually square in shape that are typically used to make blankets.
Traditional crochet afghans are worked by creating a long chain to until the total blanket width is reached, then length is added by working back and forth in rows.
Afghan blocks are typically worked in rounds of crochet, starting from the center and expanding outward, until the desired motif shape and size is formed.
Granny squares in particular are a classic example, but afghan blocks can be worked with a variety of stitch patterns.
However, afghan blocks can be worked in other ways to create any shape you need, including rows.
What does Dc4Tog mean in crochet?
The open fabric in the Vanna’s Afghan Square is created with a decreasing technique labeled as Dc4Tog.
The instructions for this specialty technique call for a group of nearly finished double crochet stitches to be worked into one stitch or space, then finished together.
When the instructions are followed in this pattern, the decreases will form a triangle shape, which opens up the fabric to create.
The Dc4Tog is similar to a crochet cluster stitch, and you can see how the stitches are worked worked with our tutorial, right here:
Selecting the Perfect Yarn
What yarn should I use?
The Vanna’s Afghan Square was created for the 2016 Moogly CAL, and one of the criteria to participate in this challenge was that all blocks should be worked using Lion Brand yarn Vanna’s Choice.
Vanna’s Choice has been around for many years because it is one of the best yarns to crochet blankets for many reasons.
Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice is 100% acrylic, which means it is dense yet soft, easy to care for, has a great price, and is usually available anywhere yarn is sold.
There are dozens of colors you can choose from, and each skein has 170 yards of yarn to use.
How can I choose yarn substitutes?
The great thing about crochet blankets is that you can make them in a yarn weight and fiber that you love!
To choose the best yarn to make this crochet afghan block, start by choosing a yarn that is in the same weight category if you are looking to stay within the size range that this motif creates.
If you choose a lighter weight yarn, you’ll create a smaller project that is also lighter in actual weight.
If you choose a heavier weight yarn, you’ll create a larger project that is also heavier in actual weight.
YarnSub.com has a list of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn alternatives that you can review, right here.
You can read more about how to substitute yarn right here: Understanding Yarn Substitution – An Easy Reference For Crocheters
For a close match to Vanna’s Choice yarn, here are some yarns I recommend when crocheting your afghan squares:
How can I change the size of my afghan?
The size of the yarn and hook you choose will determine the size of each block.
Once complete, the blocks will be joined together to create the finished size of your crochet afghan.
Each finished afghan block will be joined together to create the width and height, so it is important to decide the best size to crochet based on the motif sizes you crochet.
Be sure to measure each afghan block as you go to make sure you are creating your desired size.
Popular Crochet Blanket Sizes
Here are 8 of the most popular crochet blanket size measurements for you to use as a guide, right here:
Helpful resources when crocheting this afghan block
You can view lots of completed Vanna’s Afghan Square projects for inspiration when you visit ravelry, right here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vannas-square
Check out other finished Vanna’s Afghan Squares, here:
How to change colors in crochet rounds
This afghan block uses quite a few color changes to really make the design stand out.
If you need help finding the best technique to change colors in rounds of crochet, check out this quick video tutorial, right here:
How to join crochet motifs together
There are many ways crochet can be joined together, and we have 9 video tutorials to show you some of the most popular techniques:
Crochet Pieces Together As You Work (JAYGO): Removable Loop Join, Sc Join, Sl St Join
Crochet Pieces Together When Done: Sl St join, Sc join, Mesh Combo join
Sew Crochet Pieces Together: Whip, Blanket, Mattress
You can read more about each of these popular joining techniques right here:
Blocking Your Motif
I suggest blocking each afghan square as you complete them, before you join them all together. For tips about how to block, and the best tools to use to block these crochet motifs, read more right here:
More crochet motif blocks
If you love the idea of crocheting blankets and other projects with afghan motif blocks, we have a few more patterns you can view.
Even more crochet afghan motif block patterns are free to view on our site, including these popular patterns, right here:
Policy for Individual Use
This crochet pattern is designed by Salena Baca Crochet for the American Crochet Association.
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Users must acknowledge and respect the intellectual property rights of pattern creators and designers as follows:
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Making Vanna’s Afghan Square
Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice, aran weight #4 yarn (100% Acrylic; 170 yards / 155 meters per 3.53 ounce / 100 gram skein). Approximately 50 yards per color are used.
- Color A: Burgundy
- Color B: Purple
- Color C: Dusty Purple
- Color D: Poodle Pink
- Color E: Kelly Green
- US Size (I/9) 5.5 mm crochet hook
- measuring tape
- yarn needle
- 12” x 12”
- 15 pattern stitches = 4″
- 6 pattern rows = 4”
Specialty Stitches and Techniques
- Adjustable Loop
- dc4tog: Double crochet 4 stitches together [yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yo, pull through two loops] x 4 (5 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 5 loops.
You can change colors to fit your taste and style when crocheting these afghan squares. To follow the example, change colors as follows:
- Rounds 1-2: Color A
- Rounds 3-4: Color B
- Rounds 5-6: Color C
- Rounds 7-8: Color D
- Rounds 9-10: Color E
Step-by-step instructions: Vanna’s Afghan Square
Form adjustable loop.
Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc, now and throughout), 3 dc in ring, [ch 6, 4 dc into ring] 3 times, ch 6, sl st to top of first dc to join – 16 dc, 4 ch-6 spaces
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st, now and throughout), [dc4tog, ch 3, sc into ch-6 space, ch 3] 4 times, sl st to top of first dc4tog to join – 4 dc4tog clusters, 8 ch-3 spaces
Round 3: Sl st to first ch-3 space, Ch 3, 3 dc into space, [ch 6, 4 dc into next ch-3 space] 7 times, ch 6, sl st to top of first dc to join – 32 dc, 8 ch-6 spaces. Round 4: Ch 2, [dc4tog, ch 3, sc into ch-6 space, ch 3] 8 times, sl st to top of first dc4tog to join – 8 dc4tog clusters, 16 ch-3 spaces
Round 5: Sl st to first ch-3 space, ch 3, 3 dc into space, [ch 6, 4 dc into next ch-3 space] 15 times, ch 6, sl st to top of first dc to join – 64 dc, 16 ch-6 spaces
Round 6: Ch 2, [dc4tog, ch 3, sc into ch-6 space, ch 3] 16 times, sl st to top of first dc4tog to join – 16 dc4tog clusters, 32 ch-3 spaces.
Round 7: Sl st to first ch-3 space, ch 3, 3 dc into space, [ch 6, 4dc into next ch-3 space, (ch 3, sc into next ch-3 space) 6 times, ch 3, 4 dc into next ch-3 space] 3 times, ch 6, 4dc into next ch-3 space, [ch 3, sc into next ch-3 space] 6 times, ch 3, sl st to first dc to join – 32 dc, 4 ch-6 spaces, 28 ch-3 spaces
Round 8: Ch 2, [dc4tog, ch 3, sc into ch-6 space, ch 3, dc 4 tog, (ch 3, sc into next ch-3 space) 7 times, ch 3] 4 times, sl st to first dc4tog to join – 8 dc4tog clusters, 40 ch-3 spaces
Round 9: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), [sc, ch 3] into each ch-3 space around, sl st to first sc to join – 40 sc, 40 ch-3 spaces
Round 10: Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) into first ch-3 space, [3 dc into following 9 ch-3 spaces, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) into the next ch-3 space] 3 times, 3 dc into following 9 ch-3 spaces, sl st to first dc to join, fasten off – 132 dc, 4 ch-3 spaces
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