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Daphne Afghan, a free crochet granny stripe baby blanket pattern

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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Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

Find a printer-friendly version of the Daphne Afghan on Ravelry and TLYarnCrafts.com. The PDF version includes 4 easy-to-read pages of instruction as well as seaming instructions without watermarks.

Get the all-in-one kit for the Daphne Afghan from Lion Brand now! Kit includes all the yarn you need for this project plus a printed version of the pattern. Explore the Daphne Afghan and all TL Yarn Crafts x Lion Brand crochet kits here.

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Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

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!).

Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

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.

Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

Picking The Perfect Yarn

As a certified yarn snob, I’m especially predisposed to dislike acrylic cake yarns. I’ve got my qualms with them, but Mandala Ombre from Lion Brand is one yarn I’ll make an exception for.

Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

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.

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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.

Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com
This sample of the Daphne Afghan features a gray contrast color and leftover scraps of WeCrochet Brava Worsted in Seashell, Tranquil, and Mint.

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Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

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 on TLYarnCrafts.com and Ravelry. You can also get the all-in-one kit from Lion Brand here.

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Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

Daphne Afghan Details

MATERIALS:

Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

FINISHED SIZE:

35.5″ x 35.5″ square, after blocking

GAUGE:

14 dc x 9 rows = 4″, unblocked

ABBREVIATIONS:

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)

Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

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.

Assembly

Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com
Assembly Diagram. Zig zag lines represent the slip stitch seam.

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.

Border

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.

Make the Daphne Afghan, a free beginner friendly crochet granny stripe baby blanket. Use vibrant color changing yarns to make this pattern pop. It’s fun, fast, and easy, and you’ll be planning the next one before the first one is finished! Crochet this baby blanket for a girl or a boy. This simple and quick crochet baby blanket pattern is gender neutral, simple, and look great every time. | TLYCBlog.com

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.

Finishing

  • 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.

Please take a moment to upload your projects to Ravelry and don’t forget to PIN this pattern to Pinterest so you can share it with friends. I’d love to see your projects on social media – share them on Instagram using the hashtag #DaphneAfghan, then head over to the TLYC Makers Facebook group and share it there too!

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21 Comments

  • Reply Patsy G Clark

    This is a very beautiful blanket! The colors are awesome.

    April 30, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Thanks so much! I think the colors really make this pattern pop 🙂

      May 1, 2020 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Beth

    My sister in law just had baby #6, and I have been looking for a cute blanket to make for my newest niece. This is perfect. Fun and colorful, but simple enough that she can use it for years. Just ordered the yarn from the LB website. Can’t wait to start it!!

    April 30, 2020 at 3:03 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      How exciting! I bet you’ve made a lot of baby blankets 🙂 I really hope your niece loves this one for a very long time.

      May 1, 2020 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Carolyn

    Love the pattern, but can’t seem to get a good copy of the free pattern. The link from here takes me to Ravelry; but that link brings me back here. How do I get a good copy?

    May 1, 2020 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Carolyn – I’m so glad you like this pattern! The free version is only here on my blog. If you’d like a printable version, the copy on Ravelry and TLYarnCrafts.com is $5.

      May 5, 2020 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Gina

    This is such a beautiful pattern and the colors are amazing. I can’t wait to play around with some other color combos. I am relatively new to crochet so I thought I would ask instead of assume. Is there a way to make this bigger? Where would I add? Would I repeat certain rows until it’s the desired length? Thanks for your help and thanks for making wonderful patterns!

    May 13, 2020 at 1:58 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Great question! To make this bigger, just make your triangles bigger. The long side of your triangle is the side of your blanket. Just be sure that all 4 triangles still have the same number of rows as one another.

      May 14, 2020 at 4:04 pm
      • Reply Gina

        Perfect! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to start this!

        May 16, 2020 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Collette

    Such a cute pattern! Is there an easy way to make this pattern bigger? I’d like it in a throw size.

    May 14, 2020 at 10:03 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Absolutely! Just make the triangles bigger. The long side of the triangle will be the long side of your blanket 🙂

      May 14, 2020 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply ROBIN SACHS

    I absolutely love the Daphne pattern! My go to blankets are usually the C2C. Now I will have 2 go to blankets . I just finished my first triangle and I love how it came out. This blanket is for a baby boy and I am using Lion Brand Pound of Love in white and Lion Brand Ice Cream Cotton Blend in Blueberry. I love carrying the yarn up the side so very few ends to weave in I added 4 rows to make it about 40”. I am planning on making a Daphne for my husband and me. He likes the blue one I am making now and I want something in black, gray, white and maybe a pop of red – looking for an ombré or striped yarn.
    I also want to thank you for your Tunisian Crochet tutorials and patterns. I am totally hooked! Your videos and instructions are spot on. I am one of your biggest fans. I have been crocheting and knitting for 50+ years!

    May 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Robin! It sounds like you’ve got your hands full with projects for a while, which is awesome! I love working on big projects like afghans too 🙂 And thank you for your kind words about my tutorial videos. I love making them, and it’s nice to know that they’re helpful.

      May 26, 2020 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Anna

    I am halfway through making this blanket and I LOVE the pattern and the color contrast of the rainbow against the white. I plan to make it using other colors/yarns too. What other yarn brands/types would you recommend to use instead of those written in the pattern? During the pandemic it’s been hard to find many yarns.

    May 25, 2020 at 9:12 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Anna! The Daphne Afghan lends itself to just about any yarn. And other worsted weight yarns will work great. Lion Brand has a great selection, as does WeCrochet and Yarnspirations 🙂

      May 26, 2020 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply marisa pasquini

      I just finished my first corner? and I’m loving the results! Very new to crocheting…just finished 2 scarves and now taking on this beautiful blanket for my new granddaughter! But let me tell you, that magic ring had me going back & forth for awhile! Can not wait to see the finished product!

      July 21, 2020 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Danielle Nichols

    I would like to make this blanket using Lion Brand Ice cream yarn. What size hook would I use? It is lightweight worsted #3

    June 30, 2020 at 2:40 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      I think a 5mm hook with this yarn would be perfect 🙂

      June 30, 2020 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Emily

    Thank you for this amazing pattern! It’s such a beautiful use of the yarn cakes – I can’t stop looking at your pictures. I’ve just started my first triangle and it is all coming together, and your video is so helpful. Now I have to make all your patterns! Thanks again!!

    July 9, 2020 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Eli O.

    Trying to decide how much more yarn I’d need to order in my kit to get this to be a throw sized blanket. Suggestions on skein amounts?

    July 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      It’s really tough to say. I’d start with 2 more balls of each. Maybe 3 extra just to be safe.

      July 15, 2020 at 2:45 pm

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