Don’t Blink Afghan Square

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Welcome! Today I am releasing a brand new 12 inch afghan square pattern. This square has been tested and tech edited for your crocheting pleasure 😉 The Don’t Blink Afghan Square is crocheted using simple stitches (double crochet stitches and single crochet stitches) and looks amazing in different color combinations.

The ad-free PDF includes a chart for those who prefer crocheting from charts. You can get the Don’t Blink Square PDF from Ravelry here.

Don't Blink Afghan Square Pattern
12 Inch Afghan Square

Supplies

Dark Square with Odyssey

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Size

12 Inch Afghan Square height approximately 12 inches X 12 inches width

Gauge

Approximately 6 rows per 2 inches and 7 sts per 2 inches

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

bl – back loop

ch – chain

ch2sp – chain 2 space

drdc – dropped double crochet

fl – front loop

R – round

rep – repeat

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st/sts – stitch/stitches

* to ** – Work the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.

[ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches; within the row – a set of instructions to be repeated the given number of times.

( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch or space

Special Stitches

Dropped double crochet (drdc): A double crochet stitch worked into the unworked front loop of a stitch located directly below and 2 rounds before.  

The stitch will be worked in the front loop of the stitch immediately below the next stitch in the current row. The stitch on the current row will not be worked into, this is indicated in the instructions.

The double crochet stitch is worked as a regular dc stitch: Yarn over, insert the hook under the front loop of the specified stitch, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Quick Stitch Guide 

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes:

Beginning in R2 all single crochet stitches are worked in the back loop only.

All double crochet stitches are worked in the front loop only, in the stitch immediately below the next st of the round, but made 2 rounds prior.

We will be working into the corner chain stitches (NOT the chain spaces), under the back loop only.

Color A: Pewter; Color B: Stone

OR

Color A: Platinum; Color B: Stone

Pattern is written with a ch 4, sl st to form a ring to begin. I prefer to use a double magic ring to begin, as it is more secure. Either is acceptable for this pattern.

Pattern is written with a sl st join at the end of each round. I prefer to use an invisible join instead because it is tidier. Either is acceptable for this pattern up to the last round.

Pattern does not have a turning chain for each round because I usually start each new round with a standing st. If you prefer a sl st join and a turning chain, feel free to substitute.

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Don't Blink Afghan Square

This 12 inch afghan square is crocheted in joined rounds beginning in the center and working towards the outer edges.

Using your 6 mm (J) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: With Color A: Ch 4, sl st in first ch to form a ring. Sl st into the ring, ch 1 and work 12 sc. Sl st to the bl of the first sc to join. [12 sc]

R2: Ch 1, 1 sc in the bl of the first st, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of each of the next 2 sts. *1 sc in the bl of the next st, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of each of the next 2 sts**. Work between * and ** 3 times total. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [12 sc, 4 ch2sp]

R3: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the second sc after any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R1, sk the next st in R2 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, 1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R1, sk the next st in R2 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first sc to join. Finish off. [12 sc, 8 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R4: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R2, sk the next st in R3 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R2, sk the next st in R3 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R2, sk the next st in R3 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [16 sc, 12 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

Square measures approximately 2.5 inches in diameter.

R5: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R3, sk the next st in R4 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R3, sk the next st in R4 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 2 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R3, sk the next st in R4 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [20 sc, 16 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R6: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R4, sk the next st in R5 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R4, sk the next st in R5 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 3 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R4, sk the next st in R5 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [24 sc, 20 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R7: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R5, sk the next st in R6 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R5, sk the next st in R6 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 4 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R5, sk the next st in R6 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [28 sc, 24 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R8: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R6, sk the next st in R7 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R6, sk the next st in R7 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 5 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R6, sk the next st in R7 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [32 sc, 28 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

Square measures approximately 5 inches in diameter.

R9: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R7, sk the next st in R8 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R7, sk the next st in R8 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 6 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R7, sk the next st in R8 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [36 sc, 32 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R10: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R8, sk the next st in R9 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R8, sk the next st in R9 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 7 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R8, sk the next st in R9 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [40 sc, 36 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R11: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R9, sk the next st in R10 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R9, sk the next st in R10 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 8 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R9, sk the next st in R10 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [44 sc, 40 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R12: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R10, sk the next st in R11 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R10, sk the next st in R11 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 9 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R10, sk the next st in R11 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [48 sc, 44 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R13: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R11, sk the next st in R12 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R11, sk the next st in R12 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 10 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R11, sk the next st in R12 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [52 sc, 48 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R14: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R12, sk the next st in R13 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R12, sk the next st in R13 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 11 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R12, sk the next st in R13 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [56 sc, 52 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R15: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R13, sk the next st in R14 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R13, sk the next st in R14 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 12 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R13, sk the next st in R14 (behind the drdc)**, 1  sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [60 sc, 56 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R16: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R14, sk the next st in R15 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R14, sk the next st in R15 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 13 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R14, sk the next st in R15 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [64 sc, 60 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R17: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R15, sk the next st in R16 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R15, sk the next st in R16 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 14 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R15, sk the next st in R16 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [68 sc, 64 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R18: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R16, sk the next st in R17 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R16, sk the next st in R17 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 15 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R16, sk the next st in R17 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [72 sc, 68 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R19: With Color B: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R17, sk the next st in R18 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R17, sk the next st in R18 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 16 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R17, sk the next st in R18 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [76 sc, 72 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

R20: With Color A: 1 sc in the bl of the dc before any corner ch2sp, *1 drdc in the fl of the next st from R18, sk the next st in R19 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the first ch, ch 2, 1 sc in the bl of the next ch, [1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R18, sk the next st in R19 (behind the drdc), 1 sc in the bl of the next st] 17 times, 1 drdc in the unworked fl of the next st from R18, sk the next st in R19 (behind the drdc)**, 1 sc in the bl of the next st*. Work between * and * 3 times total, then between * and ** once. Sl st to the bl of the first st to join. Finish off. [80 sc, 76 drdc, 4 ch2sp]

Square measures approximately 12 inches in diameter.

Finishing

Weave in any remaining ends.

Wet block to 12 X 12 inches square for your finished 12 inch afghan square.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Terri, I use the same stitch in this square and I filmed a video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2JizCCGSpA&feature=youtu.be A dropped double crochet is a double crochet stitch being worked into a stitch from a previous row or round. So it wouldn’t be worked into the same stitch it normally falls in in your current round. Instead it would be worked in the round before the round you are crocheting. So if you are working on say Round 6, normally you make your stitches into Round 5. For the dropped double crochet you are working into the stitch in Round 4 instead. That is why we left those front loops available on the previous rounds. To give you somewhere to place that dropped double crochet stitch.

    Hope this helps,
    Rhondda

  2. I have never heard of a dropped double crochet stitch. Do you have a video on how to do this? Love the square, but don’t know that particular stitch. Thank you.