Looking for a gorgeous afghan block that offers the flexibility of a solid-color granny square OR a multi color way crochet block? Prepare yourself to think of an afghan square in a whole new way. Meet the Happily Ever Afghan Block.. revisitedI seriously love when a crochet pattern can do double duty… or.. even better.. be worked in multiple ways to make an amazing project. Originally I designed this afghan block as part of the Happily Ever Afghan series, which was a wedding gift for my son and daughter in law.
In my haste to finish up the afghan for the wedding, I never measured the finished square. So I decided to crochet the block in a solid color. And wow… was I ever blown away at just how beautiful this same afghan block is in a solid color! Can you imagine the entire afghan worked in one beautiful, solid color yarn with that gorgeous flat braid join and lacy edge? Sigh.
I’m telling you what.. I love that solid look for so many reasons… easy crocheting.. no ends to weave in. And the best part is that this square can be worked either way for an absolutely stunning project. It makes the perfect traveling afghanproject since you’ll crochet one block at a time and joined at the end. Take a look at the finished afghan in the original color way:
The Happily Ever Afghan pattern travels the journey from afghan idea to afghan square to glorious afghan over 4 delicious posts. In this second post of the series we dive right into making the crochet square for this fun afghan.
This crochet afghan Square uses basic stitches such as single crochet, double crochet and chain stitch. The look is acheived primarily through careful placement of stitches which makes it a good project for an adventurous beginner. Just follow the pattern directions carefully to insert hook for each stitch in the appropriate indicated st or space.
COMPLETE HAPPILY EVER AFGHAN SERIES
If you love the Happily Ever Afghan Block pattern you might also like to check out the rest of the posts for this free crochet pattern series:
It’s All In The Name
But first… a little background on what inspired the name of the afghan. My husband and I have this little thing we do. We have this cute, small block style wall hanging. It is probably about the size of the palm of your hand.
We got this little cutie sometime before we were married and I can’t quite remember if it was a gift or one of those spontaneous purchases I tend to make when visiting Hobby Lobby. It doesn’t have a permanent spot in our house because we constantly hide it. I will hide it for him to find and then when he finds it, he doesn’t say a word, but hides it for me to find later. We don’t verbally acknowledge finding it; just hide it again for the other to find.
So sometimes this moves quite actively around the house and then other times it is MIA for months at a time if one of us hid it in a really great spot. Sometimes I tease him that he hides it to see if I’m dusting–because that’s when I tend to find it..hiding behind a clock or knick knack. It’s just a little way to say ‘I love you’. What little thing do you and your spouse do something fun to say ‘I love you’? Tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to hear!
So when this afghan was done, calling it the ‘Happily Ever Afghan’ just seemed to fit. So let’s get to this fun pattern: The Happily Ever Afghan block!
Happily Ever Afghan Square
Here is what you will need:
- US H 8/5.00 crochet hook (these are my absolute favorite hooks I recommend to everyone!)
- Worsted Weight yarn (Be sure to read the Happily Ever Afghan Planning Guide Here)
- Tapestry needle and scissors
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Finished afghan block (R1-8) is approximately 7.75″ square.
For the Happily Ever Afghan Original Version, Crochet 42 blocks (7 each of 6 color ways):
With Color 1, ch 5 and join to form a ring.
R1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 15 dc in ring (16 st), join with sl st to 1st st.
R2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), *dc in next dc, ch 1*, repeat * to * around, joining with a slip stitch into 3rd ch of original ch 4. Fasten off yarn.
R3: Join color 2 in any ch-1 space in previous round. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same space, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp*, repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st st. (16 groups of 3-dc clusters). Fasten off yarn.
R4: In this row, you will be working in the spaces between the 3dc clusters from the previous row. Join color 3 in the space after any cluster. Work sc, ch 5, sc in same space as joining (1st corner made), *ch 3, sc in next space*, repeat * to * 2 more times, ch 3, **work (sc, ch 5, sc) in next space (corner made), *ch 3, sc in next space*, repeat * to * 2 more times, ch 3**, work ** to ** 2 more times, sl st to starting sc.
R5: Slip stitch in next ch-5 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), in same space work (4 dc, ch 3, 5 dc), *sc in next ch-3 sp, 3dc in next sp, dc in next sc, 3dc in next sp, sc in next sp (5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc) into next ch-5 sp.* Repeat * to * around, ending before last corner and joining with a sl st to top of 1st st. Fasten off color 3.
R6: Join main color to any corner space and work ch 1 (1sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in corner. *ch 5, skip 5 dc, 1 dc into next sc, ch 3, skip next 3 dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 3, skip next 3 dc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 5, skip 5 dc, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) into next corner ch-3 sp*, repeat * to * around, ending before last corner and joining with a sl st to the 1st st.
R7: sl st into next ch 3 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), [2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] into same space (1st corner made), *5 dc into next ch 5 sp, 3 dc into next ch-3 sp, dc in next sc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, 5 dc into next ch-5 sp, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] into next ch 3 sp (corner made)*. Repeat * to * around, ending before last corner and joining with a sl stitch to the top of 1st st.
R8: In this round, sc in each st around, working 3 sc in each corner. Fasten off yarn.
Here are the 6 color combinations of the Happily Ever Afghan Block. Remember to make 7 of each color way.
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Be sure to head to the rest of the crochet posts in the series:
- How to Plan An Afghan
- How to Crochet a Flat Braid Join
- How to Plan out and Crochet a beautiful Border