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Chunky Modern Crochet Blanket Pattern for Beginners [Bradley Afghan]

Snuggle under the bold, geometric design of the Bradley Afghan, a FREE beginner-friendly chunky modern crochet blanket pattern created in collaboration with Lion Brand.

The Bradley Afghan takes the basic crochet linen stitch and turns it on its head. If you can single crochet, you can make this blanket (especially with the included TUTORIAL VIDEO!). Keep scrolling for the free pattern.

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Get the Bradley Afghan

  • FREE PATTERN: Keep scrolling for the free version of the Bradley Afghan with tutorial video, available to view in this blog post.
  • PRINTABLE PDF: Print off the 5-page full-color PDF pattern. It’s easy to read and gives full details on the yardage needed for each color. Purchase the pattern HERE.
  • ALL IN ONE KIT: Customize your Bradley Afghan kit from Lion Brand. Kit includes a PDF version of the pattern (sent digitally) and all of the yarn you need. Optionally, add the crochet hook and tapestry needle to your order. Purchase the kit HERE.

Easy + Modern Crochet Blanket Pattern

My favorite crochet patterns have clean lines, neutral colors, and simple stitches. The Bradley Afghan ticks all of those boxes! This fun and fast chunky modern crochet blanket is a great choice for last-minute gifts or just to add some geometric flair to your living room decor.

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The Bradley Afghan only uses a few basic stitches – single crochet, the chain stitch, and a few simple increases and decreases. This combination makes for a project that is quick to make without being boring. You also have lots of personalization ideas by adding colorful stripes or using interesting yarns.

Crochet A Blanket Any Size

The Bradley Afghan is the perfect modern crochet blanket for any occasion and looks great in any size. You can also use whatever yarn you want. I recommend lighter yarns (DK weight or worsted weight) for baby blankets. I used chunky Hue + Me from Lion Brand for my throw-sized blanket and I love snuggling under it for movie nights.

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To adjust the size of your blanket, use the following information:

  • To adjust the width of your blanket, repeat Row 4 of the blanket. Row 4 is where you add width to the blanket, working in rows and increasing on both ends. Repeat Row 4 until you have the desired width of your blanket.
  • To adjust the length of your blanket, repeat Row 41 of the blanket. Row 41 adds length to the blanket by decreasing at the beginning and end of each row. Be sure to measure the length along the center spine of the blanket to get an accurate measurement.

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.

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Crochet the Bradley Afghan, a free crochet pattern for a chunky modern geometric throw blanket. Includes free pattern and tutorial video. | TLYCBlog.com

Get the Bradley Afghan

  • FREE PATTERN: The Bradley Afghan pattern is free to view on this blog post just below this list. Happy stitching!
  • PRINTABLE PDF: Print off the 5-page full-color PDF pattern. It’s easy to read and gives full details on the yardage needed for each color. Purchase the pattern HERE.
  • ALL IN ONE KIT: Customize your Bradley Afghan kit from Lion Brand. Kit includes a PDF version of the pattern (sent digitally) and all of the yarn you need. Optionally, add the crochet hook and tapestry needle to your order. Purchase the kit HERE.

Bradley Afghan Details

MATERIALS

  • Lion Brand Hue + Me yarn. 2 balls Bellini (A), 5 balls Desert (B), 3 balls Agave (C)
  • 10mm crochet hook (like THIS ONE)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Locking stitch marker

GAUGE

4″ = 9 rows x 10 stitches in (sc, ch 1) pattern. The ch-1 space counts as a stitch when measuring gauge.

FINISHED SIZE

50″ long x 45″ wide

ABBREVIATIONS

Ch = chain

Rep = repeat

Sc = single crochet

Sc2tog = single crochet 2 together

Sc3tog = single crochet 3 together

Sl st = slip stitch

Sp = space

St = stitch

Bradley Afghan Tutorial Video

Bradley Afghan Pattern

BODY

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 37-40: With B, rep Row 4.

ROW 41: 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 42-48: Rep Row 41.

ROWS 49-60: With C, rep Row 41.

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ROWS 61-72: With B, rep Row 41.

ROWS 73-84: With C, rep Row 41.

ROWS 85-86: With B, rep Row 41. Mark first sc of Row 86 with a locking stitch marker.

SIDE A

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 3-10: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 11-22: With A, rep Row 2.

ROWS 23-34: With B, rep Row 2.

ROWS 35-37: With C, rep Row 2.

ROW 38: 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 39: Ch 1, sc2tog over first sc and next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc2tog over next ch-1 sp and last sc, turn.

ROW 40: Ch 1, sc3tog over first sc, ch-1 sp, and last sc. Fasten off.

SIDE B

Join B with a sl st in marked st from Row 86 of Body. Rep Rows 1-40 from Side A. Fasten off after Row 40.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends. Block lightly if necessary.

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Prefer an ad-free, printable pattern? Get the Bradley Afghan pattern HERE.

Thanks for joining me to make the Bradley Afghan! This is one of my favorite blankets to drape over my legs while crocheting. I really hope you enjoyed making it.

Be sure to share your blanket-making progress with me by tagging @TLYarnCrafts and #BradleyAfghan on Instagram. And show off a little in the TLYCMakers group on Facebook, too!

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