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’ve been on quite the blanket kick lately. Since finishing my Good Vibes Throw, Autumn Skies Afghan, and my 2019 Temperature Blanket, I was itching to design another one.
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.
Explore the Bradley Afghan kit here!
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.
Ready to start the Bradley Afghan? Find the free pattern below. Or get a PDF version on Ravelry or TLYarnCrafts.com. You can also find an all-in-one kit from Lion Brand.
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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 🙂
Julie S. says
I love this pattern and am interested in making it baby-size. What is the best way to make the blanket smaller, since it’s not your typical long-starting-chain blanket?
Thank you for sharing your lovely and creative pattern!
Toni L. says
Hi Julie! I’m so glad you like the Bradley Afghan 🙂 To make it smaller, start just as instructed, but stop increasing when you get to the width you want. Then move straight to the instructions for Row 47. Repeat that row with your preferred color scheme, then move into the decrease instructions for Sides A and B. Let me know if I can help with anything else!
Just started this lovely pattern. Quick question: Should row 4 read (sc, ch2, sc) in the ch-2 space? It only has a ch1. Thanks!
Toni L. says
Great catch! I just made the edit 🙂
I really do love this pattern for the afghan. This also the first time I’ve used the Color Made Easy yarn.
I’ve been working on the afghan for a while and I’m almost to the end of the body section. I am a little confused though where side A joins the body. I am only seeing 10 rows using color A between body rows 97 – 100 and side A rows 1 -6. Should there be a total of twelve rows using color A? Or, am I missing something?
Thank you for your help.
Toni L. says
Hi 🙂 You’re right – there are 10 rows of A at the transition. This is done on purpose to preserve yarn. I was getting pretty close to the end of the 2nd ball of A and didn’t want to start another one just for the extra two rows. You’re welcome to include 2 more rows before starting Side A to make it even 🙂
I am working on the Bradley afghan, which I love, but I notices, my pattern states color B for rows 85-94, which is only 10 rows. All other color changes are 12 rows each. Why is this? If I add two more rows of color B will it just make the Afghan a little longer, or will it mess up the pattern for the two corners, A and B?
Toni L. says
Hi Jessie – this was to conserve yarn, so you’re welcome to make that section equal to the others. It will add a very small amount of length to your finished blanket – it will not change anything for sides A and B 🙂
Shea Marshman says
I loved working up this pattern!!! It was surprisingly fun and relaxing while still resulting in a really elegant throw. I used it as a stash buster by putting two strands of worsted weight yarn together. I did navy blue, cream, and dark green. Thanks Toni! Another FABULOUS pattern! 💖
Toni L. says
That sounds so pretty, Shea! I’d love to see it sometime. I’m really glad you enjoyed the pattern 🙂
This may sound silly, but I am super struggling getting started. It seems easy, but my pattern looks so weird once I hit row 4 for the body. It just looks jumbled and not triangular at all. Am I misunderstanding? Is there a video to see how this actually starts?
Toni L. says
Hi! Thanks so much for your email. There is now a tutorial video for the Bradley Afghan. You can find it HERE.
While I do appreciate the fact that you made this free with a video tutorial,I feel that your going to fast in the video and should slow down a bit.
Toni L. says
Hi! You can adjust the speed of the video when watching on Youtube 🙂
Well, they’re discontinuing Color Made Easy. 🤷🏻♀️Do you have a recommended sub?
Toni L. says
I do! I just remade this blanket using Hue + Me and it’s absolutely wonderful 🙂
Shelley Tate says
Help!! I bought the Lion brand kit and there isn’t enough yarn to do the Shade stripe on side B. I checked my gauge carefully too. I’m reading in the comments above that some rows are only 10 instead of 12, but my pattern doesn’t show that. (Downloaded Jan 2021) Did I miss something? Will I have to frog a whole Afghan? I may cry 😭
Haley Bateman says
I am having a really hard time following the beginning of this pattern. Is there any way you could make a short video showing how to do the first 4 rows for the body? I would appreciate it so much. I really want to make this for my nephew but can’t seem to get the hang of the beginning.
Toni L. says
Thanks so much for your request for a video. I’ll definitely consider the suggestion 🙂