I just love how this big Polka Dot Crochet Afghan came out. Me and the Hubby really needed a big blanket for our bed and I’ve been putting off this big project for awhile because I knew it would take me so long, so I decided to do it little by little during break times between other projects.
And it’s like they say, taking breaks and procrastinating can help in the craft world to make a project come out better than your original idea, because it gives you time to think about it.
I started off using only the V stitch Cluster stitch because I really liked the polka dot look it created and had always planned on making an afghan from it. During this time I joined in on Moogly’s CAL 2021 so I stopped and designed a square.
I loved the square so much that I decided to incorporate it to the afghan. I wanted to have more of a colored section of the afghan, and I didn’t want to do it with another row of squares. I was stuck for a bit, but once I did a tutorial on the Clover Crochet Stitch I knew I had
found the stitch I was looking for.
Once I had my color strip section done I knew it was smooth sailing to finish the V stitch Clusters to the end.
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I Heart Polka Dots Afghan – Free Crochet Pattern
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For this project you will need:
HOOK: I used 6 mm hook or size J hook for the US
YARN: I used 3 different colors of worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10 ply AU
Each Skein was – 100 grams / 3.5. oz or 240 meters / 262 yards
I used 15 skeins of Maroon,
9 skeins of Grey and
3 skeins of Off White.
My afghan Measured 203.2 cms by 228.6 cms or 80 in by 90 in.
These are the stitches you will find throughout all four patterns, I just wanted to put them here so you would have them as reference.
(click on link to find tutorials)
ch = Chain
sl st = Slip Stitch
YO = Yarn Over
st = Stitch
sk a st = Skip a stitch
sk 2 sts = Skip two stitches
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
Sc dec = single crochet decrease
SCFP \ SCBP – Front & Back post Single Crochet
beg = beginning
* = Repeat what’s in between * for rest of round.
One thing to watch out with this afghan is because the squares are a certain size, it forces you have to crochet a certain size afghans so that the squares fit perfectly. I was lucky and mine fit about as perfect as you could want! But if it didn’t I had two options.
- Reduce the amount of rows done on the granny squares to reduce their size. So for example, leave off the last row or two.
- Or you could make the granny squares first then crochet from the granny squares using them as your starting point. But keep in mind the V stitch cluster has a multiple of 4 + 3 so your ending stitch amount will have to reflect this.
NOTE: I didn’t start my afghan from the granny squares though. I made my first 31 rows then I sewed my
THE PATTERN INFO
I have the patterns and video tutorials for both stitches I used as well as the granny square and I am putting the links below for you. I did this because it would just make this page way to long to try to write the whole thing out. This page is more of a HUB to keep everything together.
I have written out the V Cluster Crochet Stitch below just because of the color changes. I want you to be able to start this off easy.
Having said that, here are all the page links for easy reference.
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TIPS on SIZING your AFGHAN
I made my afghan for a bed that is larger than a Queen. It’s what they call a size and a half, so my afghan is bigger, but would fit a queen size with plenty of extra on the sides to hang off and look amazing. But if you have a King size I would make this pattern bigger.
My afghan Measured 203.2 cms by 228.6 cms or 80 in by 90 in.
If you’re after a smaller size then here is a method that can help you find the size you need.
First off crochet yourself a swatch of the
V Stitch Cluster yourself to get an exact size with your yarn and crochet method, but I got 16 cms 20 stitches. 16 cms is 6.29 inches.
Measure the bed you want to make your afghan for. I recommend doing this yourself because you know how big or small would be acceptable for you. So get a rough estimate on a size you wouldn’t want to make it any smaller than. So no smaller than (insert your number here) then try to stick as close as you can to that.
Now take your swatch number. Mine was 20 stitches per 16 cms so I’m going to use that for my example.
After measuring my bed I knew I didn’t want it any less than
Divided by the size you got from you swatch. Then take this number and times it by the amount of stitches you measured. Which will give you the amount of stitches you will need in order to reach this size.
Now take in account your Multiples needed to do your stitch. The V stitch multiple is 4 + 3.
203.2 divided by 16 = 12.7
12.7 X 20 = 254
So I am over 2 stitches than my multiple requires. So I just have to reduce by those two stitches. Add them in if you’re planning on starting your afghan with a chain though (254). Because you can use them as your starting stitch.
Or use a DCFS and make the exact amount you need which is 252.
Now that you have the amount of stitches you need for your desired size, I’d make on of the granny’s and measure it as well.
My finished granny measured 30 1/2 cms or 12 inches.
So I took the size of the afghan needed and the size of the Granny.
203.2 divided by 30.5 = 6.66 so almost 7 squares.
I knew I could make this work because you can stretch your piece a bit when sewing to fit this small bridge of length.
But again when starting this afghan I didn’t have any idea I would be using squares so If I was to do this again, I would have measured it like you should, BEFORE you make your first section of afghan. I got incredibly lucky that it worked out for me the way it did.
So I stress again MEASURE before hand.
FIRST V STITCH SECTION To start: Ch 254 or DCFS 252 This stitch is done in multiples of 4 + 3 Row 1 DC in 3rd ch from hook and in all chains (252) Starting our V Cluster Crochet Stitch which takes 2 rows and 2 colors to create. Row 2 (Prep Row)
sc in 2nd ch from hook. sc in next st then ch 2, *skip 2 sts then sc in next 2 sts * repeat until end of row
where you should end perfectly after your last 2 sc’s of the row.
Ch 3 and turn Change COLOR
Row 3 (Cluster Row)
You will be skipping over the sc’s and working in the ch 2 spaces this row, you will be making a DC decrease to create the clusters for this row. So let’s begin.
Skip the first 2 sc’s and working in the ch 2, * YO, insert your hook in the ch 2 space and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops leaving the last loop on the hook. Repeat this 2 more times.
Now you should have 4 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 4 loops, ch 2 then working in the same ch 2 space, create another cluster just like the one you just made.* You have just completed your first cluster set.
You will be making them just like that throughout this pattern. From now on I will refer to them as “cluster set”
Now without chaining just move to the next ch 2 space and repeat what is in between the *’s . When you reach the last 2 sc’s of your row you want to skip the first sc and DC into the last sc of the row.
Ch 1 and turn. Change COLOR
REPEAT rows 2 and 3 until you have 31 rows total
Crochet the V stitch Cluster for 15 full sets (it takes 2 rows to complete so you should have 30 total rows.)
The reason I say Full sets, is because the prep row is not counted separately.
This is where I stopped and made my 7 reverb granny squares.
SEWING YOUR GRANNY SQUARES TOGETHER.
I sewed them onto this first V stitch Cluster stitch piece I made. Use markers to hold your grannies in place to assure your grannies will fit and stay in place while you sew.
I sewed on my grannies using the front loops only. I did my sewing from the back, but I regretted this! I recommend using the front loops from the front instead because it will look so much better! Use the front loop of your V stitch cluster and the front loop of the first corner of your granny square.
Once you got your grannies sewn along the top, then sew the sides up using the same method. Once your grannies are sewn on then you’re ready to move on to the Clover stitch section. (or go back to V stitch Clusters if you don’t want to add this section, but I don’t recommend skipping it! It adds so much color and style)
THE CLOVER STITCH
The clover stitch is done in multiples of 3. So this is what you’re aiming for. I can’t tell you how many stitches you will need in total for your own afghan, because I’m sure yours will be a different size. Just make sure your sticking to the multiples of 3. Just like in the Tutorial, you want to start the row with a single DC. You will also want to end your row the same way.
DC 3 in the corner of the granny. Skip only 2 stitches this first time, then DC 3 in the next stitch.
Now ch 1
Skip 3 DC’s on your granny then DC 3 and ch 1 in next stitch. Repeat until you reach a space between granny’s.
If it’s going the way it should, then you should have ended with 3 DC’s in the corner of your granny allowing your to simply ch 1 and start your next granny square using it’s first corner to make your next DC 3.
If it didn’t line up this way, then I recommend fixing it. This is why at the start I only skipped 2 stitches after my very first corner. Maybe you should skip 3, it’s up to how it’s working out for you.
Once you got it going correctly for the first to the second square, it should stay consistent for you for the whole row. Then all you do is follow the Clover stitch pattern as normal.
It’s important to Use your Secondary color that you were using for your V stitch Cluster for your Next color. This will make your color pattern stay consistent when you switch back to your V stitch Clusters again!
COLOR PATTERN I USED
Be sure to do your color changes as they are called for in the Clover Stitch pattern.
I started with my Maroon color.
Then first color change is Grey, then Off white.
The I did went through 2 more full color changes with my 3 colors.
Giving me 9 rows of Clovers with those colors.
Here are some helpful pictures on the color switching:
When I was ready to start switching back over to my V stitch Clusters again. You do this by using the same color you were using for your polka dots. Mine was Grey so I started my Prep row of the V stitch cluster. It’s easy to do this because you’ll be suing those same spaces you were just using for your Clover stitches.
BACK TO V STITCH CLUSTERS (prep row) use Polka dot color
Put 2 SC’s in those spaces this time and ch 2, then move to next space. Repeat for row. Then switch back to your main color that you used before to do your V Stitch Cluster and continue.
*NOTE – Take a look at your bottom V Stitch cluster section you made and make sure your clusters aren’t on the wrong side. If they aren’t facing your, just flip your afghan over. It’s important to start your cluster row with them facing the correct way!
Continue to make your clusters until you reach your desired size. I stopped after I did 35 full sets of clusters.
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