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Crochet Pinwheel Afghan Square

by | All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns

Here’s a fun situation you probably don’t want to be in every day. Commit to a project and then get so caught up in life that you forget you’ve got commitments that need to be honored. Yikes! Well, good thing Tamara is awesome and reminded me that I’m crocheting for the 2015 Moogly Afghan Crochet Along, and I needed to get my crochet hooks jumpin’! Now, two confessions. I’m pretty terrible at advanced crochet stitches (sc and dc and hdc for me, thankyouverymuch) and I’ve only made a few afghan squares. But I’ve been toying with the idea of making pinwheels for a while, so I came up with a simple Pinwheel Afghan Square!
pinwheel crochet afghan square

Just a few notes before we start. This pattern is the sum of 4 small squares, each of which consists of 1 large triangle and 2 small triangles. The 4 squares are approximately 5″ along the side, and are combined to make a large square that is approximately 10″ along the side. Add in a simple border (or 2) and you’ll reach your desired 12″ square.

  • The colors change in the middle of the corners of the small squares.
  • To change colors, drop working yarn end, pick up new color, YO and pull through the loop already on the hook (counts as a ch1).
  • ch3 at the beginning of round counts as a dc throughout.
  • Notice that each small square round ends with a ch2 just before the join, not ch1.
  • At the end of each small square, leave a loooong tail to use when stitching the squares together.
  • I cut the yarn on every color switch, and I know that sounds incredibly tedious, but in each corner, I made a small knot with the old yarn and the new yarn, and then was able to tuck it into the stitches while working the next round, so I didn’t have to weave anything back in. I did the same on the last round and tried to tuck in the ends while working the outside border, and then only had to weave in a few loose ends.

Make a crochet pinwheel afghan square! via 1dogwoof

Supplies:

I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn, which is a nice soft worsted weight yarn, in 3 colors (A, B, C)
US I hook (5.5mm)
embroidery needle
scissors

Abbreviations:

sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
ch sp – chain space, or, the big gap you see between the dc clusters

Instructions:

Small square (Make 4):

Using color A (the largest triangle) ch 4. sl st into 1st ch. -> creates loop.

Rnd 1:
Using color A: ch 3, work 2 dc into the loop. ch 1. Switch to color B.
Using color B: ch 1, work 3 dc into loop, ch 1. Switch to color C.
Using color C: ch 1, work 3 dc into loop, ch 1. Switch back to color A.
Using color A: ch 1, work 3 dc into loop, ch 2, sl st into top of  beginning ch 3.

Rnd 2:
Using color A: ch 3, work 2 dc into same chain space. ch 1, work 3 dc into next chain space (should be space between color (A & B)), ch 1. Switch to color B.
Using color B: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, ch 1, work 3 dc into next chain space (should be space between color (B & C)), ch 1. Switch to color C.
Using color C: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, ch 1, work 3 dc into next chain space (should be space between color (C & A)), ch 1. Switch back to color A.
Using color A: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, ch 1, work 3 dc into next chain space, ch 2, sl st to top of  beginning ch 3.

Rnd 3:
A: ch 3, work 2 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 2x, ch 1. Switch to B.
B: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 2x, ch 1. Switch to C.
C: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 2x, ch 1. Switch to A.
A: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 2x, ch 2, sl st to top of  beginning ch 3.

Rnd 4:
A: ch 3, work 2 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 3x, ch 1. Switch to B.
B: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 3x, ch 1 Switch to C.
C: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 3x, ch 1. Switch to A.
A: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 3x, ch 2, sl st to top of  beginning ch 3.

Rnd 5:
A: ch 3, work 2 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 4x, ch 1. Switch to B.
B: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 4x, ch 1. Switch to C.
C: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 4x, ch 1. Switch to A.
A: ch 1, work 3 dc into same chain space, [ch 1, 3 dc into next ch sp] 4x, ch 2, sl st to top of  beginning ch 3.

Fasten off with long tail.

Attach the squares together so that the large triangle makes a pinwheel shape, in a counter clockwise direction. You can whip stitch them together or work them together using single crochet along the edge of both squares.

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Border round 1: Using a standing sc to start the border, work single crochet along the entire outside of the large square, using 3 sc in the corner chain spaces. Slip stitch to end the round.
Border round 2: Ch2, then dc in each stitch around, using [dc, ch 2, dc] in the corner stitch and then continue working dc in each stitch around. Fasten off and weave in any leftover ends.

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This pattern has also been translated into Dutch, with pictures!

“Dit patroon is door HET HAAKBEEST in het Nederlands vertaald. Je vindt een versie met foto’s voor rechtshandigen , eentje met foto’s speciaal voor linkshandigen en een printerversie zonder foto’s

 

19 Comments

  1. Katie S. from North Dakota

    I absolutely love your pinwheel design for the Moogly 2015 Cal, I can hardly wait to get started. I like this one so much I might need to make a blanket just using this square too…

    Reply
  2. Andrea

    Actually, you don’t have to snip the yarn off after every color change. That seems like such an unnecessary effort! I tried it, including the method of knotting and tucking in the stitches as I went along, but I wasn’t happy with that. So now I just slip-stitch my way backwards with the new color, until I reach the previous corner, which is where I do the color change. Not sure if this explanation makes sense, but the result is very clean… no carrying of yarn and no weaving in ends, because I never break off my yarn.

    Thank you for the pattern, though – it’s really cute looking!

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    • Rubra Baronissa

      Thanks for the suggestion, Andrea! I’m about to start the square, and I hate tucking in ends (I usually put it off to the very last minute), so being able to do it without AS many ends sounds great!

      ChiWei, the pattern’s really cute and I look forward to making it!

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    • ChiWei

      Hi Andrea, thanks for the suggestion! Actually, I’m a little confused. Does the slip stitch add to the bulk of the square, or do you stitch it on the backside of the square? And do you do it for the large triangle too? Thanks!

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      • Andrea

        Hi ChiWei!

        Yes, I am stitching it on the backside, also the big triangle. It does add a little bit of bulk, but I don’t find it bothersome at all. Less so than carrying yarn, or – god forbid – weaving in all these ends. 🙂 I am going to try and post a picture of mine on your Facebook, since I don’t think I can post one here.

      • ChiWei

        Ack, so sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you Andrea! I saw your post on Facebook and I think I know what you mean. I think the bulk might be kind of nice to add warmth to the blanket (if you’re doing a blanket…). I’ll definitely have to give that a try, thanks!

    • Janice

      Man..how I wish I would have seen your tip BEFORE I snipped and sewed in all those ends!! 🙂

      Reply
      • ChiWei

        I hear ya! I always try to tuck in the ends these days…maybe because I never quite finished a grannie square quilt because of the durn ends!

  3. Linda

    That’s awesome ChiWei. I’ve been thinking about quilt squares made with crochet. It looks fabulous.

    Reply
  4. Marilyn

    ChiWei, this is amazing…I absolutely LOVE this afghan square!

    Reply
  5. Mary

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the design. I think I’ll make it in cotton, add a back and have a fabulous pot holder!. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • ChiWei

      Aww, thanks so much! The pot holder is a great idea!

      Reply
  6. Donna Purcell

    I love this and all your ideas! I think it would really be adorable as a wall hanging in a child’s room.

    Reply
  7. Carmen

    What size button did you use to finish up the square?

    Reply
    • ChiWei

      I just picked a random one from my stash, it might be 1.5 inches.

      Reply
  8. Juli Baloga

    Will you be creating a video for this square?

    Reply
  9. Claudette Catanese

    I could not find the amounts of yarn needed only the brand. How much yarn of each color?

    Reply
    • ChiWei

      For just one square, you don’t need much – I’d consider it a scrapbuster project!

      Reply
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