Chinese Puzzle Afghan Square

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I love the look of this Chinese Puzzle Afghan Square.  The Chinese Puzzle Stitch gives your project beautiful texture! Please note you will need to block this as the edges do not rest completely flat when you are done crocheting.

Chinese Puzzle Lets Learn a New Crochet Stitch

Let’s Learn a New Crochet Stitch!

Stitch: Chinese Puzzle

Yarn: Red Heart with Love
Hook: 5.5 mm (I)

Stitch Multiple: Chain a multiple of 7 sts; plus add an additional 4 sts for the starting chain

Finished Dimensions: 8 ” by 8 ” blocked – Afghan Block

Abbreviations: ch – chain, R – row, RS – right side, st – stitch, sts – stitches, dc – double crochet, dc5tog – double crochet 5 together, FPdc2tog – front post double crochet 2 together, FPdc5tog – front post double crochet 5 together, decrease – is used to refer to any of the dc5tog, FPdc2tog or FPdc5tog sts

Special Stitches:

dc5tog – double crochet five stitches together – this stitch is worked over 5 sts – * yarn over the hook, insert your hook into the next st;  yarn over the hoook and pull up 1 loop; yarn over the hook and pull the hook through 2 of the loops on the hook* repeat from * to * 4 more times; yarn over the hook and draw through all 6 loops on the hook

FPdc2tog – front post double crochet 2 together – this stitch is worked over 2 sts – * yarn over the hook, insert the hook from front to back, to front, around the post of the next dc, yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop, yarn over the hook and draw through 2 of the loops on the hook * repeat from * to * 1 more time; yarn over the hook and draw through all 3 remaining loops on the hook

Video Tutorial Now Available for the Chinese Puzzle Stitch! Click to Tweet

FPDC2TOG 1 FPDC2TOG IMAGE 2

FPDC2TOG IMAGE 3

FPDC2TOG IMAGE 4 FPDC2TOG image 5

FPdc5tog – front post double crochet 5 together – this stitch is worked over 5 sts – * yarn over the hook, insert the hook from front to back, to front, around the post of the next dc, yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop, yarn over the hook and draw through 2 of the loops on the hook * repeat from * to * 4 more times; yarn over the hook and draw through all 6 remaining loops on the hook

fpdc5tog

FPDC5TOG TUT 2

FPDC5TOG 3

FPDC5TOG 7

 

Chinese Puzzle Stitch 8″ Afghan Block

Pattern Instructions

Stitch Diagram:

Chinese Puzzle Stitch Diagram Oombawka Design Crochet

Chinese Puzzle Stitch Diagram Oombawka Design Crochet KEY

 

Video Tutorial available here:

Ch 25

R1 (RS): 2 dc in the 4th ch from the hook (Note: the skipped 3 chs count as 1 dc st), dc5tog, ch 1, * skip the next ch, 5 dc in the next ch , dc5tog, ch 1 *. Repeat from * to * to the last 2 chs; skip the next ch, 3 dc in the last ch.

R2:  ch 3 (Note: the ch 3 counts as 1 dc st), turn; FPdc2tog, work 5 dc in the next ch,  * skip the next decrease, work FPdc5tog, ch 1, work 5 dc in the next ch *. Repeat from * to * across to the last 4 sts. Skip the next decrease, FPdc2tog then work 1 dc in the last dc of the row

Row 2 one

ROW 2 TWO

ROW 2 complete

R3: ch 3 (Note: the ch 3 counts as 1 dc st), turn; 2 dc in the next decrease, work FPdc5tog, ch 1, * work 5 dc in the next ch, skip the next decrease, work FPdc5tog, ch 1 *. Repeat from * to * across to the last 2 sts. Work 2 dc in the next decrease and 1 dc in the last dc.

Row 3

End of Row 3

Repeat R2 and R3: 4 times

Repeat R2 1 more time

Do not finish off – proceed to Border

Border

R1: ch 2, turn, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, skip the ch1, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, skip the ch st, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 1 hdc in the last st,  (19)ch 1 turn to work along the side edge

R2: hdc 19 times evenly along the side edge, ch 1, turn to work along the starting chain row

R3: sc 19 times evenly along the bottom edge, ch 1, turn to work along the side edge

R4: hdc 19 times evenly along the side edge, ch 1, turn to work along the 1st row of the border

You are now back to the starting corner, 2 sc in each ch st (corner), turn

1 FPdc in each st across, 2 sc in each ch st (corner), turn to to work along the side edge

1 FPdc in each st across, 2 sc in each ch st (corner), turn to work along the starting chain row

1 FPdc in each st across, 2 sc in each ch st (corner), turn to work along the final edge

1 FPdc in each st across, finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

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49 Comments

  1. I’m so happy the video helped 🙂 I hope you are recovering well Anna. Wishing you the very best, Rhondda

  2. Thank you for a wonderful video for the Chinese Puzzle Stitch Pattern. I tried to follow along with the pattern first and I got a little confused but with the video also it all came together. The problem I have is with comprehension and just sorting out information. I had 2 strokes and about 8 TIA’s. So it’s been a challenge. I just keep pushing right along. 😊
    Anna

  3. Hi Linda, I will add it to my list for this month 🙂 I’ve just finished the video for the I Feel Pretty Hat and I am uploading it to YouTube as we speak! I’m still not 100% happy with my video lighting but hopefully it is good enough so people can see and hear me 🙂 Were there any others you’d like me to do soon? Thanks! Rhondda

  4. By any chance have you started doing tutorial videos yet on your Chinese puzzle pattern or any other crochet patterns? I am a fairly new in crocheting, been crocheting since April 2016 and always wanting to learn new and different easy patterns.

  5. Hi Amruta, I currently do not have videos but they are on the list for this year 🙂 Hopefully this will be available before the fall 🙂 All the best, Rhondda

  6. All stitches are awesome. Can I gt to see video of all these ?? N where

  7. HOLA RONDA: MUY LINDO TU TRABAJO. PERO YO SOY ARGENTINA Y NO HABLO INGLES.
    TRATO DE INTERPERETARLO CON LA DEMOSTRACION DEL TEJIDO.
    MUCHAS GRACIAS. SI PODES HACER ALGO EN CASTELLANO.

  8. Rhondda

    What an intricate and intoxicating pattern. Okay I had a glass of bubbly before I wrote this. Just kidding. I haven’t attempted the Chinese Puzzle Stitch yet but your pictorial tutorial is so well done I can see it in my mind’s eye already. I think I’ll grab a cotton blend and make a few dishcloths for our fundraising kiosk. For some reason, dishcloths are a top seller. Thank you for your sharing, creative mind.

    Geri

  9. I saw this stitch and fell in love with it. I have been crocheting since I was 10 years old and I’m now 79 years old. I like the idea of the tutorial and I hope I will be able to follow it. This will be my umpteenth afghan. I crochet all kinds of stuff and give them away.

  10. I really like your “learn a new stitch” series. I think my next afghan might be a sampler of all my favorites. The Chinese Puzzle square will definitely be in the mix! Love it.

  11. Saving this stitch too! I imagine if you used the right color combinations, you could make it look like a row of strawberries. Or acorns. I really love the texture of this!

  12. What a great stitch and tutorial! It almost looks like little acorns.
    I’m thinking I need to make some dish/wash clothes now, as well as add this as a beautiful textural block to a sampler afghan I am making.
    Thank you!

  13. Hi Rosemary, I’m sorry but I currently do not offer to print and mail copies of my posts. When our printer broke last year we didn’t replace it because I tend to do most of my work online – and save things as PDF files. If you use the printfriendly button at the end of the post, you can save a PDF copy for yourself too 🙂 All the best, Rhondda

  14. Is it possible for you to mail a printed copy. I am unable to print from my computer. Rosemary

  15. Hi Sherry, The plugin allows us to put the Printfriendly button in only a few places – I always have it at the end of each of my post (by the social media sharing buttons) and on my right sidebar (under the search my website section). I do not have right click disabled on my site so you should be able to copy and paste anything you wish from my posts or comments 🙂

    I do have a lot on my site – Hopefully it is all clearly labelled though so you know what is what 🙂 The ads allow me to operate my website and share my patterns for free to my readers 🙂

    I’m happy you like my patterns!

    Have a lovely week,
    Rhondda

  16. Ok, I found the “Print Friendly” button and was able to copy/paste that. It was right in the middle of the page at the bottom of the pattern. It was hard to find since there’s soooo much stuff on your website. But I do love your patterns.

    BTW, there’s no way to highlight something from the Comment box as I’m typing it in. Sometimes I want to go back and remove something I just typed and rather than highlight and delete, I have to use the backspace key…..

    Thanks.

  17. Hi Sherry, Please feel free to use the Print Friendly button at the bottom of the post and on the side bar of every page of my website to print or save a copy of my posts 🙂 Have a great day! Rhondda

  18. Please allow your instructions to be copied to a Word document – I don’t sit in front of the computer when I crochet. (Cripes, I can’t even highlight what I want to delete in my comments!). Plus I need to have a certain font for me to be able to read the pattern well due to vision problems – I can’t change fonts in a PDF, if you’d offer it that way.

    Printing out the web pages is toooooo much because then I’ll get all the posted comments and advertising, which is a waste of paper when all I want is the printed instructions. When I save patters to Word, I also resize the pictures considerably – these would probably each take up a whole page – not necessary to be that big!

    Sorry I’ll not be able to use your patterns, nor will I ever recommend them to anyone unless these changes are made on your website.

  19. I love learning new stitches. Thank you for this one. Love your patterns, too.

  20. Hi Judy, Thank you 🙂 I do not have a vest pattern available. The one they want sounds lovely though 🙂 Have a lovely week, Rhondda

  21. This pattern is beautiful! I can’t wait to finish a few things so I can learn how to do it.

    Do you by any chance have a pattern for a lightweight/lacy vest with fringe? My daughter and granddaughter are requesting them. 😉

    Thank you for sharing your talents!

  22. Hi Dollie, I can add this to my list of patterns to resize 🙂 I have received a few emails regarding size options. All the best, Rhondda

  23. Hi, I was wondering if there was any way possible this could be done in a 6 or 12 inch pattern? I crochet mostly for charity, and they are kind of picky when it comes to size.

  24. Hallo Ann, ik zou graag de afgewerkte deken te zien! Ik hoop dat je in staat bent om het te voltooien voordat de baby geboren zijn! Met vriendelijke groet, Rhondda

  25. ik doe al zo lang handwerken breien haken naaien en zo. maar deze steek ben ik nog nooit tegen gekomen.ga ze ook eens doen . als een deken voor mijn kleinkind , die word deze maand geboren. eind mei eb dus nog even . ziet er heel leuk uit en denk dat ik er wel snel mee weg ben. als ze af is laat ik het u weten . als het mij lukt met een fotootje. ik ben niet zo goed met de pc hoopt dat ik er een foto kan op krijgen om dan te versturen . je kan niet in alles goed zijn he? dank je voor je voor deze patroon . lieve groet ann.

  26. I love when you teach me new stitches, and don’t know how I missed this one! I’m glad you had us come back and look at all your free patterns, or I might never have found it! I love this stitch! It looks like a soft knitted pattern almost. Thank you so much for sharing your talent so freely with others!!!

  27. Thank you Jo Anne 🙂 You must be very talented to be able to paint portraits! I’ve always wished I could paint – my hands are much too unsteady though 🙁

  28. Lovely and complicated LOOKING. dark colors will not show up the beauty. Thanks. I paint pastel portraits so can’t take this on now.

    Jo Anne

  29. Hi Janalee, I’m sorry I am unable to make videos at this time. I’m hoping to add videos starting in the fall 🙂 All the best, Rhondda

  30. could you put this on you tube so I can see it done. It will make it easier for me
    to see it done and do it while I watch it. I would love to try it sometime.

  31. Thank you Mary 🙂 It is a pretty stitch and I was happy to be able to do a tutorial for it! Let me know if you run into any questions with the instructions please, I’d be happy to help! Rhondda

  32. Learn to crochet and knit at 16yrs of age and have been for at least 40 years. I have never seen a stitch pattern as nice as this one. When. I spotted it I had to try this stitch and I just love it . Thanks will make a blanket out of this pattern.

  33. Hi Donna, Thank you ! I’m afraid I am terrible at estimating how much yarn I will need to make blankets. I always tend to buy a few balls extra…I’d say you could get 3 to 4 squares out of one ball of Red Heart with Love. Each square is approximately 8×8 inches. Then you would also need to take into account the edging you would like to use for the blanket. I hope this helps somewhat – one day I will be better at estimating yarn for projects!! I need to get a device to calculate it for me I think! Rhondda

  34. How would I figure out how much yarn would be needed for a project? I’m thinking of a throw, something like 5′ x 8.’ Thank you, this is a beautiful stitch.

  35. This would make a lovely scarf, but with a thinner border. Maybe with single crochets or slip stitches.

  36. Thank you… I’ll save it. i have too much project but i can’t skip this one. awesome pattern, Ronddha ^ ^

  37. Ohh I can’t wait to try this! I haven’t been crocheting much and I need to get back into the swing of things.

    Emily
    curatorofcute.com