Snuggle under the bold, geometric design of the Bradley Afghan, my newest FREE crochet pattern, created in collaboration with Lion Brand.
The Bradley Afghan takes the basic crochet linen stitch and turns it on its head, infusing a chevron twist. If you can single crochet, you can make this pattern. Keep scrolling for the free version!
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Find a printer friendly, ad-free PDF version of the Bradley Afghan in my Ravelry shop and on TLYarnCrafts.com. The PDF version includes full-color, 5-page instructions with a helpful construction schematic.
Prefer a kit? Get the all-in-one kit for the Bradley Afghan from Lion Brand! The kit includes all the yarn you need for the pattern, plus a printed copy of the instructions. Choose from 5 different accent colors to match your afghan with your decor! Get the Bradley Afghan Kit HERE!
Keep scrolling for the FREE version of the Bradley Afghan crochet pattern.
Blankets, Blankets, and More Blankets
I was looking at one of my favorite recent designs, the Odyssey Wrap, and instantly got the idea to turn the linen stitch chevron concept into a blanket. And I’m so glad I did – the Bradley Afghan is instantly a new favorite!
Trying Color Made Easy for the First Time
I haven’t been shy about my initial aversion to Color Made Easy. To get you up to speed, here’s a very short version of a long story:
- Lion Brand used to make a yarn called Woolspun that everyone (including me) loved. I mean EVERYONE!
- Woolspun got discontinued and the internet went crazy. I’ve been mourning Woolspun since it left store shelves.
- Color Made Easy debuted shortly after Woolspun went away. It has a similar construction and weight to Woolspun, but it is a different fiber content and color palette.
- I’ve avoided CME since day 1 and I’ve been very vocal about it.
To be honest, I had no intention of EVER using Color Made Easy. But I’m a die-hard Lion Brand fan and decided to finally give it a try for the Bradley Afghan. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Color Made Easy.
CME is a 100% acrylic, bulky weight multi-plied yarn. It comes in 22 on-trend colors in big 200 gram balls. I chose two neutral colors, Basalt (dark gray) and Shade (light gray), for the main colors in my Bradley Afghan, and added Anthurium (a bright red-orange) as an accent. Lion Brand is offering a kit version of this project, which includes all the yarn you need plus a printed copy of the pattern. You can choose from 5 options for your blanket, making it personal to you and your decor.
Understanding the Bradley Afghan Shape
Part of the fun of the Bradley Afghan is the shape. It begins as a triangle and grows to the width of the blanket. You then begin decreasing on the far ends of the blanket to start creating the rectangular shape. Once the center point reaches the length of the blanket, you’ll square off the corners. Use the diagram below as a visual when working on your blanket.
Bradley Afghan Pattern Details
- Lion Brand Color Made Easy – Color A (Basalt), 2 balls; Color B (Shade), 3 balls; Color C (Anthurium), 2 balls
- 9mm crochet hook (like this one!)
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch marker
11 rows and 12 inches for four inches in (sc, ch 1) stitch pattern
50″ long x 45″ wide. To make your afghan wider, continue with additional Row 4 repeats in the Body. To make your afghan longer, continue with additional Row 47 repeats in the Body.
- Ch = chain
- Rep = repeat
- Sc = single crochet
- Sc2tog = single crochet two together (decrease made)
- Sc3tog = single crochet three together (decrease made)
- Sl st = slip stitch
- Sp = space
- St = stitch
Bradley Afghan Pattern
ROW 1: With A, ch 2, (sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd ch from hook, turn. (2 sc)
ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in sc, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in last sc, turn. (4 sc)
ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in sc, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in last sc, turn. (6 sc)
ROW 4: Ch 1, sc in sc, ch 1, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1, **sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from ** to last sc, sc in last sc, turn. (8 sc)
ROWS 5-12: Rep Row 4.
ROWS 13-24: With B, rep Row 4.
ROWS 25-36: With A, rep Row 4.
ROWS 37-46: With B, rep Row 4.
ROW 47: Ch 1, sc2tog over first sc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, ch 1, **sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from ** to last ch-1 sp, sc2tog over ch-1 sp and last sc, turn.
ROW 48: Rep Row 47.
ROWS 49-60: With C, rep Row 47.
ROWS 61-72: With B, rep Row 47.
ROWS 73-84: With C, rep Row 47.
ROWS 85-96: With B, rep Row 47.
ROWS 97-99: With A, rep Row 47.
ROW 100: Rep Row 47. Mark first sc of row.
ROW 1: Ch 1, sc2tog over first sc and next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * to sc before ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in ch-2 sp, turn.
ROW 2: Ch 1, sc2tog over first sc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * to last ch-1 sp, sc2tog over ch-1 sp and last sc, turn.
ROWS 3-6: Rep Row 2.
ROWS 7-18: With B, rep Row 2.
ROWS 19-30: With A, rep Row 2.
ROWS 31-42: With C, rep Row 2.
ROW 43: With B, rep Row 2.
ROW 44: Ch 1, sc2tog over first sc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and last sc, turn.
ROW 45: Ch 1, sc2tog over first sc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and last sc, turn.
ROW 46: Ch 1, sc3tog over first sc, ch-1 sp, and last sc. Fasten off.
Join A with a sl st in marked st from Row 100 of Body. Rep Rows 1-46 from Side A. Fasten off after Row 46.
Weave in all ends. Block lightly if necessary.
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Thanks for dropping by to make the Bradley Afghan! I hope you love your finished project as much as I love mine. Be sure to share your progress with me by tagging @TLYarnCrafts and #BradleyAfghan on Instagram. And show off a little in the TLYCMakers group on Facebook 🙂