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Butterfly Vibe 12-inch Afghan Square

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This beautiful 12″ afghan square is simple, quick to work up, and gorgeous! This square pattern reminds me of a butterfly’s wings so we are calling it the Butterfly Vibe Afghan Square. Grab your hook and let’s get started!

butterfly vibe crochet square

Butterfly Vibe 12″ Afghan Square

I designed this square with Moogly in mind. Every year Moogly blog compiles afghan squares in a giant crochet-a-long. This square is among them! Catch up on all of this year’s squares and join in the fun on the Moogly blog page.

If you’re not familiar with afghan squares, what’s great about them is that yes, you can compile a bunch of them into one large blanket, but you can also whip up one for a child’s lovey (I’d just keep adding more rows) or make two of them to form a pillow cover! ♥

butterfly vibe crochet pattern

two crochet squares for pillow

Materials:

Red Heart With Love yarn (128 yards total)
Color A (Corn Silk)
Color B (Jadeite)
Color C (Boysenberry)

Crochet hook in size J/6mm

Pattern Notes:

The Ch-2 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch. Alternatively, you could do a standing double crochet as I have done.

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Square Pattern:

With color A
Round 1: Magic Circle. Ch-2 (does not count as st), * 3dc in circle, ch-3 * repeat between * * three more times. Join to top of first dc. (24)

butterfly vibe crochet pattern

Round 2: Ch-2, * fpdc around first dc, dc in next, fpdc around next dc (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) * repeat between * * three more times. Join to top of first dc. (40)

butterfly vibe square pattern

Change to color B
Round 3: Ch-2, fpdc around first, dc in next, fpdc around next, dc in next, fpdc around next, (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) * fpdc around next, dc in next, fpdc around next, dc in next, fpdc around next, dc in next, fpdc in next, (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) * repeat between * * two more times. Fpdc around next, dc in last. Join to top of first dc. (56)

butterfly vibe square

Round 4: Ch-2, fpdc around first, * dc in next, fpdc around next * repeat between * * two more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) {fpdc around next, repeat between * * five more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp)} repeat between { } two more times. Fpdc around next, dc in next, fpdc around next, dc in last. Join to top of first dc. (72)

afghan crochet pattern

Round 5: Ch-2, fpdc around first, * dc in next, fpdc around next * repeat between * * three more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) {fpdc around next, repeat between * * seven more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp)} repeat between { } two more times. Fpdc around next, dc in next, fpdc around next, dc in next, fpdc around next, dc in last. Join to top of first dc. (88)

Change to color C
Round 6: Ch-2, fpdc around first, * dc in next, fpdc around next * repeat between * * four more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) {fpdc around next, repeat between * * nine more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp)} repeat between { } two more times. Fpdc around next, repeat between * * three more times, dc in last. Join to top of first dc. (104)

crocheting a square

Round 7: Ch-2, fpdc around first, * dc in next, fpdc around next * repeat between * * five more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) {fpdc around next, repeat between * * eleven more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp)} repeat between { } two more times. Fpdc around next, repeat between * * four more times, dc in last. Join to top of first dc. (120)

Round 8: Ch-2, fpdc around first, * dc in next, fpdc around next * repeat between * * six more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) {fpdc around next, repeat between * * thirteen more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp)} repeat between { } two more times. Fpdc around next, repeat between * * five more times, dc in last. Join to top of first dc. (136)

Round 9: Ch-2, fpdc around first, * dc in next, fpdc around next * repeat between * * seven more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) {fpdc around next, repeat between * * fifteen more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp)} repeat between { } two more times. Fpdc around next, repeat between * * six more times, dc in last. Join to top of first dc. (152)

Round 10: Ch-2, fpdc around first, * dc in next, fpdc around next * repeat between * * eight more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp) {fpdc around next, repeat between * * seventeen more times. (2dc around ch-sp, ch-3, 2dc around ch-sp)} repeat between { } two more times. Fpdc around next, repeat between * * seven more times, dc in last. Join to top of first dc. (168)

Round 11: Ch-1, sc in 21 sts, 3sc around ch-sp. * sc in 39 sts, 3sc around ch-sp * repeat between * * two more times. Sc in remaining 18 sts. (168)

Fasten off and weave in ends. All that’s left is to block! Once finished blocking, this square will be ready to sew to Moogly’s other squares to form a blanket, or use the middle color to make another, solid-colored square as I have done. Sew those two together and put a pillow form inside and voila! You’ve got a fancy new afghan square pillow.

Butterfly Vibe Afghan Square

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  2. I love this pattern! Your instructions are so precise and easy to follow. I have been searching for a pattern that was not "too busy" and would show off the colors (white, light blue, taupe, and navy) that my daughter wants in a blanket for her bed. Now she will have it Christmas 2020! Thank you so much.
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