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Sunday, April 14, 2013


This afghan only requires 35 squares

about 32 oz. WW yarn for main color
Assorted colors of yarn from your stash
to make one (1) block (approximate yardage)
square center = 2 yards
rounds 2  & 3 = 7 yards
rounds 3 & 4 = 12 yards
rounds 4 & 5 = 16 yards
as always exact yardage depends upon the yarn, your tension and hook size
This afghan was made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a Susan Bates I-9 Hook
Finished project is about 40 X 55 inches.

Granny Square Blocks  (these blocks measure about 7 inches square)

Start with a slip loop or chain 4 join to create ring.
Rnd 1. in ring work chain 4, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, join to 2nd st of starting 4 ch. You should have 4 groups of 3 double crochet with a chain 2 space between each group.

Rnd 2. Sc in any 2 chain corner space, *(ch 3, sc in same corner, chain 3, sc in next corner) repeat around ending, join with a slip stitch in the first sc.

Rnd 3. In each corner loop work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, work 3 dc in each ch 3 sp between corners.
Repeat rounds, 2 and 3 for desired size of Square.

For this afghan I made two identical blocks of each color and one block for the middle block.  You may notice I have about 5 different shades of green in this afghan and I did not want them to all end up in one corner so I laid the blocks out in a mirror image, moving the sets around until I was satisfied with the color combination.  I always lay my blocks out before I begin to join, then I take a photo of the layout.  Last I stack the blocks in the order in which they will be joined and I check the photo as I work to be sure I am following the pattern.
I did use the 5 chain braid continuous join to connect the squares
 however you may join them in any manner you chose.

I love the Continuous Join method and You Tube has an amazing 2 part tutorial
showing exactly how to do it.  Here are both links:



This is an “off site” link and is NOT one of mine.  I cannot provide a PDF copy of the post.  This is a link to a written version of the continuous join, for join as you go, complete with photos. 


 For the border I worked the pattern stitch starting with the double crochet row in the existing loops around the outside.  Then I worked the single crochet row and finished with the dc row.   More rows could be added for a larger project or a lacy "V" stitch border could be added.

For all blankets using this stitch please see: 

Do you already have a stash of basic granny square blocks you are dreading to join?  Grab a 14 oz skein of yarn and enlarge those squares, using rounds 2 and 3 from this pattern and see how quickly you can create a masterpiece.

48 Squares        "V" st with picot border

This afghan was two baby afghans, made in the tradition granny square, which I still don’t know why I made because I’ve always hated baby afghans.  They seem like a waste of time to me as they stay small but babies don’t.  So I removed their borders and joined them into the young lady afghan you see on the left.  But still nobody seemed to notice her and she sat, a sad little plain granny all alone on the shelf for almost a year.  I wanted to make her happy so I decided to give her a new dress.  On the right you can see how much she loved her new outfit.  Once she got her smile, she found her forever home in less than a week.   
36 Squares ~ Shell and Pineapple border from 
Doris Chan's All Shawl Pattern on Ravelry

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  1. This is beautiful, may the LORD continue to bless this gift of yours.

    1. Thank you and may the Lord bless you always and in all ways.

  2. I like the tan in between the squares...very creative!

  3. Wow, Beautiful! Can't wait to make one. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you enjoy it.

  4. I've been looking for a stash buster pattern and this will be perfect! I so do appreciate that you gave approximate yardage for each round, so I can judge about how much I might need and what I have on hand for each square!! Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    1. You are welcome and thank you for your comment. I love this stitch pattern. I use it on many items.
      The top of the pages only shows the top 10 this week so I hope you will also view these other patterns in the Archives as they are all made with this same basic stitch pattern:
      “So Simple Box Stitch Shawl” - “Wintergreen and Lace” - “Designing Box Stitch Afghans: - “Box Stitch Afghans” - “Sweet Candy Sprinkles”

  5. I will be sure to look...your work is amazing :-)

  6. very nice! I just got 2 boxes of different skeins of yarn. this will b perfect!

    1. Thank you.
      I hope you like this pattern stitch as much as I do. It is very versatile in its application

  7. You are so talented and creative. Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas and projects

  8. I just found your afghan patterns, and can't wait to start one that will use up my left over scraps. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your visit. I also love stash - buster projects.

  9. I love granny squares but sometimes I like a square with smaller holes to give the afghan more warmth. I found just what I wanted with the stashbuster pattern. I will be using this pattern for years to come. Thank you for sharing this delightful pattern. <3

    1. So glad you like it. This is the easiest, most flexible, granny yet non granny square that I know. You can make many small squares or one large square or rectangle. I like the solid look instead of the standard granny holes. View the videos on YouTube.. for the continuous join, this will be the fastest afghan you ever made.
      Thanks for your comment.......Dorie

  10. Your patterns are so wonderful, especially the round ripple pattern.

    1. Thank you. It is wonderful of you to say so.
      Thanks for your comment ...... Dorie

  11. Is there a way I can submit a picture of my finished product? Would you be interested in seeing it? I made it twice the size, to fit my twin bed. Awesome pattern and my favorite joining technique of all time!!!

    1. There is an email App in the right sidebar under the print app. Put in your note and a valid return email address. It will come to me direct and I will hit return/reply and you will receive a return email from me with my personal address. You may email your photo by sending a reply and attaching or inserting your photo. I would really, really love to see what you have done. I know it has got to be amazing Thanks for asking.......Dorie