This double sided crochet blanket will have them hootin’ and hollerin’ about it’s beauty. This is the perfect crochet baby blanket pattern! One side of the stitch looks oval shaped, while the other side has more of a starburst pattern to it. It reminds me of X’s and O’s. So much texture!
Oh and if you’re looking for a warm afghan for those cold winter nights, look no further. Yup! It’s a yarn eater, but it’s worth it to have such a beautiful blanket, am I right!?
Double Sided Afghan – Free Crochet Pattern
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For this project you’ll need:
YARN: 3 skeins of worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU variegated yarn and 1 skein of a solid color to use for the border color.
Here’s a picture of the information of the yarn I used for my afghan.
Alize Skeins are 3.53 OZ
& 307 yards \ 280 mts
ch = Chain
sl st = Slip Stitch
st = Stitch
sk = Skip
dec = decrease
beg = beginning
YO = Yarn Over
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
DCC = Double Crochet Clusters
BFS = Butterfly Stitch
sc = Single Crochet
dc = Double Crochet
Repeat what’s in between * for rest of round.
PDF Pattern with Pictures
RIGHT HANDED VERSION
LEFT HANDED VERSION
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This stitch is done in multiples of 8 + 2
Sizing your Afghan
Chain in multiples of 8 then when you reach desired width ch 2
I chained 120 + 2 so 122 in total. (should have chained 130) This was a good size but once I started the stitch I lost about a 1\4th of the total size. This stitch is a yarn eater and is very warm. I used 3 Skeins for the size I made.
This afghan’s size is categorized by “Small Cradle”
Would make a nice stroller blanket for newborn at that size, but I recommend making a bigger version!
The gauge for this stitch goes by every ch of 8. Which is a size of a full round cluster (the oval) is 4 cms or 1 ½ inches wide.
SIZES – according to gauge size
Small cradle size – Chain 130 (60 cms \ 24 in)
Large cradle size – Chain 154 (46 cms \ 18 in)
Crib size – Chain 306 (91cms \ 36 in)
Lapghan – Chain 338 (101 cms \ 40 in)
Twin – Chain 490 (149 cms \ 59 in)
Queen – Chain 610 (203 cms \ 80 in)
King – Chain 658 (243 cms \ 96 in)
sc in 1st ch from the hook. * Skip 3 sts, dc 3, ch 3, dc 3 into next ch, skip 3 sts, sc into next st * repeat for row. After last sc of row, ch 1 and turn.
Tip for row 2
We will be working always in the 1st and 3rd dc’s skipping the middle DC when creating our clusters.
SC into beginning SC. Ch 3,
(In the video tutorial it was pointed out that I didn’t ch 3 on the repeat before starting my cluster so be aware if you are following the tutorial)
(we will be working our 1st Half DCC (Double Crochet Cluster) using the 1st and 3rd dc of the following 3 DC’s. What you need to do is,
YO and grab up the post of the 1st dc, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and grab the post of the 3rd DC, YO and pull through 2 loops. Then YO and pull through all 3 loops. Ch 3 and Sc into the 2nd ch of the ch 3.
Now we’ll be working with the 1st and 3rd dc’s of the next 2 sets of dc’s to create our Full DCC. See Pictures below for help.
*ch 3, YO and grab up the post of the 1st dc, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and grab the post of the 3rd DC, Pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook) repeat this for the next set of dc’s as shown in picture 5 (5 loops on your hook) YO and pull through all 5 loops. Ch 3 and sc into sc. * repeat for row.
To end row, do a Half DCC again using the last set of dc’s . pull through all 3 loops, CH 1 and DC in ending SC. Ch 4 and turn.
DC 3 into first stitch, * sc into sc, in the top of the cluster stitch (picture 9) work dc 3, ch 3, dc 3 all in same stitch (picture 10) sc into sc *repeat for row.
To end your row Do a half cluster by putting only 3 DC’s in last cluster stitch. Then ch 1 and DC in last sc of row.
SC into 1st st. *Ch 3 & YO and grab up the post of the 1st dc, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and grab the post of the 3rd DC, Pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook) repeat this for the next set of dc’s as shown in picture 5 (5 loops on your hook) YO and pull through all 5 loops. Ch 3 and sc into sc * repeat for row. Sc in 3rd ch of ending ch 4. Ch 1 and turn.
SC into beg st * dc 3, ch 3, dc 3 * in next top cluster stitch, sc into next sc. * repeat for row. CH 1 and turn.
You will be repeating rows 2 – 5
Continue to repeat those rows 2 – 5 until your afghan reaches 70 cms or 27 and ½ inches in length. You want the last row that you crochet to be row 5. The you should have an even number of rows to create the border.
Row 1 of Border
(Instructions are Right Handed)
We’ll be continuing the same row along top.
It’s IMPORTANT to crochet this first row of the border LOOSLEY.
Cut your yarn and SC attach it into the 1st ch space, or you can slip stitch your new color on and then sc in that 1st ch space. Either way, once you have your SC in your first space with your new color, then you will ch 2.
We’ll be working in only the ch 3 spaces along this row. * SC in next ch 3 space, ch 2* repeat for row.
If a ch of 2 is to tight along your side, do a ch of 3.
I had 29 ch spaces at the end of this row, but you may have a different number, just depends on how big you decided to go, but don’t worry, it won’t make a difference.
At the corner, ch 3 and sc in ending sc.
TURN BLANKET to the Left Side –
Still at the corner, ch 2 and sc in side sc.
*ch 2 and sc in ch space, ch 2 and SC in side of next SC *
At the end of this row I had 30 ch spaces, but again this number will vary depending on the size you went with.
At the corner after your last sc in your sc, you want to ch 3 and…
TURN YOUR Blanket to the BOTTOM side
sc in the ch space. Now we repeat what we did for the top row.
*CH 3 and sc in next ch 3 sp. *
You’ll be using the ch spaces before and after the clusters.
I had 29 ch spaces at end of row. When you reach the corner again Ch 3 and TURN to Final Side, SC in 1st ch space.
This row is a lot like the Bottom row you just did. You’ll be chaining 3 and using ONLY the ch spaces on either side of the cluster, you will SC. Be sure you don’t crochet tightly here.
*Ch 3 and sc in next ch 2 space *
When you reach your beginning sp. Ch 3 and sl st in beg sc. I had 32 spaces on this side, again your number may be different depending on your size afghan. My other side had 30, but it didn’t matter.
Row 2 of Border
This row is just *Single crochet in your Single crochet’s and CH 3. * repeat all the way around. Sl st into in beginning sc.
Only thing to watch out for here, is to make sure you end on an even number of ch 3 spaces for the next row to work out correctly. You can do this by adding another ch 3 to a corner space. You may have to anyway if your row is pulling to tightly in the corner.
Row 3 of Border
The Butterfly Stitch
We’ll be doing the Butterfly Stitch or BFS as it will be known for the rest of this pattern.
TIP: ALWAYS remember to ch 1 at the end of the stitch. It’s an important part of the BFS.
— Insert your hook into the stitch, YO and pull up a loop.
YO and pull through only one loop on your hook. (You still have 2 loops on your hook) Insert your hook back into the same stitch and pull up a loop. 3 loops on your hook. YO and pull through only 2, then YO and pull through the last 2 loops. Just like a double crochet. Then CH 1 to end stitch. —
Repeat the BFS 2 more times in this same ch 3 space.
Then ch 1 and sc in next ch 3 space.
*BFS 3 in next ch 3 sp, ch 1 and SC in next ch 3 sp*
Repeat all the way around your blanket.
Sl st in beg sc and ch 1 and cut yarn. Hide all your tails!