How to Diagram a Unique Afghan Pattern

How to Diagram a Unique Afghan PatternI absolutely love to crochet! I’ve been crocheting since I was seven and now it’s so second nature to me, I can do it without looking. Or even thinking about it.

I find it so calming and relaxing. And I love that even while I’m “wasting time” watching TV, I’m making something beautiful. Most of the time, my afghans are gifts for friends and family, and I make a lot of afghans for Covered in Love, a sister organization to Safe Families for Children.

If you’d like to learn, check out this great video on how make a chain and a single crochet stitch, and when you’re ready, you can try this link on how do the other basic crochet stitches, including the double crochet stitch.

I love making granny square afghans because they’re some of the simplest and quickest blankets to make. Granny squares can come in any size, color, or combination of colors.

I’ve found the easiest way to diagram your own unique afghan is to use either graph paper or an Excel spread sheet (once your boxes are all the same size).

Simple patterns like these can turn into beautiful blankets like the one above.


How to Diagram a Unique Afghan PatternThe great thing is, the same pattern can be used to make a child or adult afghan. The only thing you need to change is the number of rounds on your granny square.

Recently, I’ve loved experimenting with granny squares of different sizes. They’re like a puzzle to create a make a truly one of a kind blanket. When creating such a blanket, keep in mind you need to stick to rounds that are multiples of a single number. So I’ll for one blanket I’ll make squares with 2 rounds, 4 rounds, 8 rounds, and 12 rounds. For another, I’ll make a blanket with 3, 6, 9, or 12 rounds. This ensures that all your squares will fit together nice and neat.

This is the pattern of a kids blanket I made recently and it turned out great!

How to Diagram a Unique Afghan Pattern

Once you get more comfortable, you can go crazy. There’s no end to the amount of fun you can have!

I love the #bright colors of my newest afghan. #beautiful #bold #crochet

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If you could make any kind of blanket, what colors would you use? What pattern would you like? Need some more help? Just ask me in the comments!

By | 2016-04-23T18:21:12+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Crafts & DIY, Goals|7 Comments

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  1. Anali Martinez May 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    That is so so hip!!! I want to learn how to do that!!! Thanks so so much for sharing!

  2. Sara May 19, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    You make this seem so easy! I will have to try it myself.

    • Megan Gonzalez May 19, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      It really is that easy! And if you have any questions, you’re welcome to ask đŸ˜€

  3. Rachel G May 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    My great-grandma taught me how to crochet when I was little, and I still know the basic stitches, but I’m very impressed by you coming up with your own color patterns! That’s really cool!

    • Megan Gonzalez May 19, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      The great thing is, all of these were made with basic stitches. I love that with crocheting, you can make beautiful afghans without having to know a ton of stitches.

  4. Nicole May 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I also love to crochet. Once I heard a famous psychiatrist say that because crocheting is rhythmic, it is actually calming. This is true for me too. Well, as long as I find a pattern that repeats often enough. I’m not really that good.

    I LOVE that you crochet blankets for a Safe Families partner organization!

    • Megan Gonzalez May 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      That’s so true. It’s super relaxing for me. And I get a great sense of accomplishment in creating something as well. If you like the idea of crocheting for children in need, you should see if there’s a Project Linus branch in your area—that’s how I started!

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