This crochet heart afghan square features a little heart in the center which is surrounded with chain spaces. This adds a vintage-y look. It’s a simple pattern for beginners: you only need to know basic stitches such as chains, single crochet and double crochet. You can make the square bigger by simply repeating 2 rows as many times as you want. This square can be made with any yarn you like.
‘Home is where the heart is’ afghan square
About this design
I wanted to design a rainbow square because of the current situation we live in. Rainbows have become the symbol of the ‘spirit’ in the face of the pandemic and represent “positivity, hope and togetherness”. People around the world use their creativity to decorate windows with rainbows to “brighten up people’s day”.
I decided to give this design a twist by using a heart in the center. This way the afghan square can be used in many different ways, even after this situation. After the rainbow version, I decided to make this square with my favorite yarn I typically use for afghan squares: Lion Brand Wool-Ease. This yarn and color never disappoints me!
About this pattern
This pattern starts with making a little heart. Then we will work around the heart to make it a square. Finally, we work on the outer rows to make the square bigger. This pattern has 2 simple rows which we repeat; you can make the square as big as you want by simple repeating the last 2 rows. I’ve made a step-by-step video tutorial of this pattern which you can find below.
Heart afghan square pattern
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– 1/4 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease (weight 4/medium, 197yds/180m, 3oz/85g), or approx 44yds/40m of another worsted weight yarn.
– Crochet hook 6mm (J/10)
7 x 7″ / 18 x 18 cm
14 dc and 8 rows equal 10 cm x 10 cm / 4” square
Stitches & abbreviations
– st: stitch
– ch: chain
– sl st: slip stitch
– sc: single crochet
– hdc: half double crochet
– dc: double crochet
– tr: treble crochet
– This pattern is written in US terminology
– The heart is worked separately and then worked in rounds with the right side facing you
– Beginning and ends of rounds will take place within the same corner
– Slip stitches do not count as a stitch
Below you can find a video tutorial of this crochet heart afghan.
* Click here to watch the video on YouTube
Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. You can also begin with a magic circle.
Work the following stitches into the ring: ch 3, 3 tr, 4 dc, 1 tr, 4 dc, 3 tr, ch 3, sl st into ring.
Fasten off, weave all ends.
From heart to square
Attach yarn in tr before last ch 3,
top: (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in tr, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch (make this dc into one loop from the right part and one loop from the left part), 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in next st,
left: 1 sc in next 3 st, (1 sc, 1 hdc) in next st, (1 hdc, ch 2, 1 hdc) in next st,
bottom: (1 hdc, 1 sc) in next st, 1 sc in next st, (1 sc, 1 hdc) in next st, (1 hdc, ch 2, 1 hdc) in next st,
right: (1 hdc, 1 sc) in next st, 1 sc in next 3 st, sl st into first sc, sl st into corner (4 sets of 7 st)
ch 5 (counts as your first dc and ch 2 here and throughout), 1 dc into corner, ch 1,
*[1 dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st] repeat across, 1 dc in last st before corner, (ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1) into corner,
repeat from * 3 more times but replace last corner with 1 ch, sl st in 3rd ch, sl st into corner (4 sets of 6 dc, 5 ch)
ch 5, 2 dc into corner,
*1 dc in each st and ch across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into corner,
repeat from * 3 more times but replace last corner with 1 dc into corner before beginning ch-5, sl st in 3rd ch, sl st into corner (4 sets of 15 dc)
Repeat round 3 (4 sets of 10 dc, 9 ch)
Repeat round 4 (4 sets of 23 dc)
You can make your square bigger by repeating row 2 and 3 as many times as you want.
Make sure to block all your afghan squares before joining them to each other. In short, blocking means you make your square wet and pin in the correct shape, for example on a bed or foam blocks. It will dry and stay in the shape you pinned it. You can find my blocking tutorial here.
Join squares with an invisible seam
I’ve made a photo and video tutorial on how to join squares using the invisible seam method. You can find my tutorial here.
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