Turn the traditional crochet granny stripe on it’s head when you make the Daphne Afghan, a FREE pattern designed in collaboration with Lion Brand.
It’s safe to say I’m pretty obsessed with the granny stitch. I’ve used the granny square and stripe in many of my favorite projects, like the Valentino Wrap, Josie Shawl, and the Sweet Granny Baby Blanket. I’m excited to add another pattern to that library – the Daphne Afghan. Made with colorful cake yarn and a striking accent, this blanket is an instant heirloom.
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Fall In Love With The Granny Stitch
The granny stitch and I go way back. When I was just a teenager, I first learned to crochet after my mom started a granny square for me and told me to “Keep going”. I was hooked on crochet after that (pun very much intended!).
The granny stitch in crochet is so classic. The meditative, easy stitching draws you into every project using this stitch. The Daphne Afghan incorporates this stitch in a whole new way.
The Daphne Afghan starts by making 4 granny stripe triangles, much like you’d do when making a granny triangle scarf. Those triangles are then joined together and a simple border is added. The result is a polished blanket fit for gifts or preparing for your own little one.
Picking The Perfect Yarn
Mandala Ombre features subtle color changes that give it a tonal nature that you can’t find in most commercial cake yarns. The Daphne Afghan uses Mandala Ombre in the color Tranquil for a bright pop of color. It’s paired with Basic Stitch Premium, another Lion Brand yarn, for optimal contrast.
If you’re not a cake yarn fan, just about any yarn will do to make the Daphne Afghan. I’d suggest having plenty of your contrast color and keeping that consistent throughout the project. But play around with your stripes. Use yarn from your stash, or even make your own color gradient to personalize your project.
If you’re ready to crochet the Daphne Afghan, keep scrolling for the free version of the pattern. Or, find a printable version of the Daphne Afghan pattern here:
Daphne Afghan Details
- Lion Brand Basic Stitch Premium, 3 balls in the color Cream (A)
- Lion Brand Mandala Ombre, 3 cakes in the color Tranquil (B)
- 5.5mm crochet hook (find my favorite set of crochet hooks here!)
- Tapestry needle
35.5″ x 35.5″ square, after blocking
14 dc x 9 rows = 4″, unblocked
Ch = chain
Clu = cluster (3dc in the same place)
Dc = double crochet
Rep = repeat
RS = right side
Sc = single crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Sp = space
St = stitch
Tch = turning chain
Daphne Afghan Pattern
Need help with your Daphne Afghan? Follow along with this tutorial video:
Motif (make 4)
ROW 1 (WS): With A, make magic ring, ch 3, (dc 3, ch 1, dc 4) in magic ring, close ring, turn. (8 dc)
ROW 2 (RS): Ch 3, clu in sp between 1st and 2nd dc, (clu, ch 1, clu) in ch-1 sp, sk 3 dc, clu in sp between last skipped st and next st, dc in top of tch, turn. (4 clu)
ROW 3: With B, ch 3, clu in sp between 1st and 2nd dc, sk 3 dc, clu in sp between last skipped st and next st, (clu, ch 1, clu) in ch-1 sp, (sk 3 dc, clu in sp between last skipped st and next st) 2 times, dc in top of tch, turn. (6 clu)
ROW 4: Ch 3, clu in sp between 1st and 2nd dc, sk 3 dc, (clu in sp between last skipped st and next st, sk 3 dc) to ch-1 sp, (clu, ch 1, clu) in ch-1 sp, sk 3 dc, (clu in sp between last skipped st and next st, sk 3 dc) to tch, dc in top of tch, turn. (8 clu)
ROWS 5-26: Rep Row 4, changing color every 2 rows. Fasten off after Row 26.
Weave in all ends.
Using this diagram as an aid, lay motifs with RS facing you and the tips of the triangles meeting in the middle to form a square. Slip stitch the 4 motifs together with Color A, working in the back loops only. Be sure to keep the slip stitches loose so the blanket will lay flat. Weave in all ends.
ROUND 1: With RS facing and with A, join with a sl st in the side of the tch of any row, ch 1, 2sc in same sp as join, 2sc in the side of each tch and dc at the end of rows across the edge. At corners, ch 2 and continue placing 2sc in the end of rows across the next edge. Finish with a sl st in the first sc of round, turn.
ROUND 2: Ch 1, [(sl st in next st, dc in next st) across row to ch-2 sp, (sl st, dc 1) 2 times in ch-2 sp] 4 times, (sl st in next st, dc in next st) across final edge to the start of round, join with sl st in ch-1 sp, fasten off.
- Weave in all remaining ends.
- Steam block lightly to finished dimensions.
If you’re new to blocking crochet projects made from acrylic yarn, watch this video to help you finish your Daphne Afghan:
That’s all, folks! I loved designing the Daphne Afghan and I really hope you enjoy making one (or several!). Special thanks to my friends at Lion Brand for sponsoring and inspiring this project. For more or my collaborations with LB, browse my all-in-one crochet kits here.
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