Lacy Afghan Free Crochet Pattern

Combine Basic Stitches in Original Ways for a Great Blanket

Crochet Hooks

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This is a free crochet pattern for a lacy afghan that uses beginner crochet stitches in a unique combination to create a beautiful design. You only need to know how to crochet a starting chain and work single crochet and double crochet stitches. However, thanks to the strategic placement of those basic stitches, you end up with a very original blanket pattern that's so unique from anything else that you've ever seen.

You'll enjoy working on this, whether it's a first project you're tackling as a beginner or a way for you to enjoy more meditative crochet despite your advanced skills.

Because the stitch pattern is simple and it is an openwork design, the blanket orks up quickly, making it a terrific pattern to use for making handmade gifts and donations to charities. Of course, don't neglect to make one for yourself as well!

Abbreviations Used in this Crochet Pattern

  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • dc = double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches

Materials

You only need a few simple materials to complete these lacy crochet afghan: yarn and a crochet hook.

Worsted Weight Yarn

The amount of yarn required varies based on desired blanket size. Use approximately 4.5 oz. worsted weight yarn for every 7 rows for the 364 chains starting chain size. You can use any brand or color of worsted weight yarn. If you want to make a beautiful colorwork version then try Shawl in a Bawl or a similar type of yarn that changes color as you work.

Crochet Hook

Work this crochet pattern with a size H crochet hook.

Optional Materials

If you like to use stitch markers to count your stitches, particularly as you begin your starting chain, then you can certainly use those for this project.

Likewise, if you prefer to weave in your ends with a tapestry needle instead of your crochet hook then keep one handy at the end of this project.

Finished Crochet Blanket Size

The complete crochet blanket will be approximately 70" wide for the smaller version described below and approximately 92" wide for the larger version. However you can easily adapt the width of the crochet blanket based on the starting chain length. Crochet to the desired finished length to get the blanket size you desire.

As an alternative, instead of the rows displaying horizontally, you could use the starting chain as the length of the afghan (where the rows would be displayed vertically) and then crochet as many rows as needed to achieve the width that you want. Once you get the hang of the stitch pattern, have fun adapting it to create a blanket of your choosing.

Note: If you like the idea of this crochet blanket pattern but don't want to commit to a large blanket then you might be happy to learn that we offer a smaller free crochet lapghan pattern using the same basic design.

Gauge: a group of 3 dc stitches = 3/4" wide; 2 pattern repeat rows (rows 3 and 4) = 1"

Starting Chain for Crochet Blanket

Starting Chain for 70" wide: Chain 264.

Starting Chain for 92" Wide: Chain 364.

Note: If you want a narrower afghan, subtract from the starting chain in multiples of 10 (the repeat is 10 stitches wide). Likewise, add multiple of ten if you want to create an oversized afghan.

Lacy Crochet Afghan Free Pattern

  • Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. 
  • Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in each of next 2 sc, * skip 3 sc of previous row, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in next sc, skip 3 sc of previous row, dc in each of next 3 sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** as many times as needed across the row.
  • Row 3: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in each of next 2 dc, * ch 3, skip next 3 dc, 3 sc in chain-1 space, ch 3, skip next 3 dc, dc in each of next 3 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** as many times as needed across the row.
  • Row 4: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in each of next 2 dc, * skip the ch-3, skip next sc, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in next sc, skip next sc, skip the next ch-3, dc in each of next 3 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** as many times as needed across the row. 
  • Row 5: Repeat row 3. 
  • Row 6: Repeat row 4. 
  • Additional Rows: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for pattern, as many times as needed to reach the length that you want for your afghan. 
  • Next to the Last Row: Repeat row 3. 
  • Last Row: ch 1, sc in first dc, sc in each of next 2 dc * 2 sc in ch-3 space, sc in each of next 3 sts ** repeat the directions between * and ** across the row, end the row with 2 sc in last ch-3 space, sc in each of last 3 dc. 
  • Finishing: End off. Weave in ends. If desired, add a crochet edging of your choice.