Woodland Afghan Series



Winter is in full swing! Except it has been pretty mild here in Central Pennsylvania. I'm looking forward to snow and frigid cold days (I know, I can't believe I'm saying this either). It's just not Winter when the temperatures barely dip below freezing during the day - bring on the cold!

To convince the colder weather to come, I'm creating a Woodland Afghan comprised of granny squares, scattered with cute little woodland animals. Are you excited as I am? Woodland themed anything just gives me heart eyes, so I'm super excited about this afghan.

Here you will find the pattern for the granny square base along with the links to the little woodland critter granny square patterns.


Granny Square

Materials
H hook
Worsted weight yarn
Loops & Threads Impeccable in the following colors:
Rouge, Aran, Soft Taupe, Deep Forest, and Chocolate Brown
(Aran used for the base of the woodland critters)

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Pattern
Row 1: Magic circle, Chain 2, 12 DC in circle, join (12)
Row 2: Chain 2, 2 DC in each stitch around, join (24)
Row 3: Chain 2, *DC, 2 DC, repeat from *, join (36)
Row 4: Chain 3, DC into same space, *DC, HDC, HDC, SC, SC, HDC, HDC, DC, [2 DC, Chain 2, 2 DC] into same stitch, repeat from * two more times, DC, HDC, HDC, SC, SC, HDC, HDC, DC, [2 DC, Chain 2] into beginning chain 3 space, join to chain 3
Row 5: Chain 3, (do not start DC into same space) *DC across, [DC, chain 2, DC] into Chain 2 space from previous round, repeat from *, join to chain 3 (14 DC across for each side)
Row 6: Chain 3, (do not start DC in same space) *DC across, [DC, chain 2, DC] into Chain 2 space from previous round, repeat from *, DC into next space, join, fasten off (16 DC across for each side)

**UPDATE: Video tutorial for the granny square is now up! Link to watch tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnWYeBlM15k



I have mapped out what I would like my granny square afghan to look like on an app called PixelArt (this app has many other great uses such as graphing a picture for a C2C afghan or tapestry crochet).
The lightest color (Aran) represents the squares I will have my woodland themed granny squares on, creating a checkered pattern. I plan on having 10 or so different designs so I will be making multiples of each one.

Here are the number of squares you need of each color if you would like to follow this pattern as well:
Rouge - 8 
Chocolate Brown - 8
Forest Green - 8
Soft Taupe - 8
Aran - 31

That makes 63 squares total. The afghan will be 7 squares wide x 9 squares high, with each square measures roughly 7 inches. Using this pattern of squares, the afghan will be around the size of an average throw: 49" x 63" and that will not count the border if you choose to put one on.

Please feel free to make this afghan as big or as little as you'd like! Get creative! This is only a suggestion of the layout and how I will be making my own afghan. :)




**You can now purchase all 10 Woodland themed patterns all in one file on my Etsy. These printable files are in PDF format, ad-free, and easy to read/follow along. Thank you for supporting my blog!**


Links to the Woodland themed squares:

Moose Granny Square Pattern **Video Tutorial now included!**

Tree Granny Square Pattern 


Hedgehog Granny Square Pattern

Bear Granny Square Pattern **Video Tutorial now included!**

Fox Granny Square Pattern

Owl Granny Square Pattern

Squirrel Granny Square Pattern

Wolf Granny Square

Bunny Granny Square

Deer Granny Square

How I Joined my Granny Squares

**UPDATE: My Woodland Afghan is finished!



I added a border consisting of HDCs around (making sure to put 3HDCs in each corner). I did 4 rows of Aran (cream color), 1 row of Forest Green, and 1 row of Chocolate Brown.

I'm so please with how it all came together! I have a knack for not finishing large project, so I'm patting myself on the back for this one. Thank you everyone for being so loving and supportive!




You are welcome to share this pattern and to make this for sale, but please link back to me as the designer.  Do not in any way copy or alter any part of my patterns and publish them as your own. For copyright information, please visit the link at the top of my page "Copyright/Disclosure".

32 comments

  1. My daughters kindergarten teacher is doing a woodland nursery then so I would love to crochet along with you. Are you making multiples of squares or all different?

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    1. Wonderful! I plan on having around 10 or so different woodland critters/themed squares. I want to make it fairly large so I may make two or even three of each animals then fill in the other space with solid colored granny squares :)

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  2. Could you elaborate on your granny square pattern by adding each row's stitch counts. I'm new to squares, but have been doing amigurumi for awhile. I'm guessing row 1 is 12, row 2 is 24, row 3 is 36, but then I get lost. Especially rows 5&6 with Dc across.
    I'm excited to make this with you, I live in a log cabin and need a great blanket for the living room!

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    1. Absolutely! I added the numbers, I hope that helps!
      In case you need more clarification for the last two rows:
      When you start row 5, you will DC across 12 (not counting chain 3) and once row 5 is complete, each side will be 14 DC across. For row 6 you will start with 13 DC across (not counting chain 3), and will be 16 across on each side once completed.

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    2. I was working on the squares..very confused about row 6 that says row6:row5

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  3. Thanks that was helpful. I finished two squares and posted pics on Facebook.

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  4. How much yarn should I buy to complete the whole project?

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    1. Hi! I used the Loops & Threads Impeccable from Michael's. You will need two skeins of each of the colors: rouge, chocolate brown, taupe, and forest green. These skeins are 277 yards each. For the aran (the light cream color) I used two skeins of the larger balls which are 858 yards each.
      As for the animals appliques, you will need small amounts in colors that each pattern states. I am using Lion Brand Vanna Choice simply because I had some left overs in the colors I chose for the animals. I have not designed/released all patterns of the animals yet, so unfortunately I don't have the answer right now as to how much yarn and what colors for all the animals.

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  5. Beautiful!
    How do I find the beginning of this pattern and how do I stay updated as new motifs are released?
    I absolutely adore this project!
    Penny from Michigan

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    1. Hi Penny! I'm so happy you like the project :)

      You will find right here on this post all of the information you need to complete this afghan! I am updating as I go and adding the links to the animal patterns once they are finished.

      Here in this post you will find the colors you will need as well as how to make the granny squares. Links to the animal patterns are above each picture. I plan on adding how I will be joining these squares together when I get that far!

      As for updates, you can follow me on facebook as I will post when I finish a new granny square. www.facebook.com/mariasbluecrayon

      You can also subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/cDJKxf
      I send emails when I have new patterns up!

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  6. I love this! My son loves animals, so he would love this blanket! I plan to start it as soon as I have a chance to go to michaels :)

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    1. My son loves animals too! Part of my inspiration to create this blanket :) I hope your son enjoys it once finished!

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  7. This is beautiful! I first saw the moose and thought how great this would be for my future daughter in law because she loves moose. THEN I saw the rest and was so elated! I can't wait to see what else you come up with. Is there a way to keep up when new ones are made? I will certainly "Like" you on facebook and sign up for your newsletter. Great Job!

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    1. I'm so happy you are enjoying this series! Signing up for the newsletter will keep you up to date with the new releases! I have three more to go and typically release over the weekend

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  8. I know this might be a crazy question but how are you attaching the animals? Without the yarn showing on the back? Or is there going to be a backing

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    1. I have done both a running stitch and a whip stitch for sewing on the squares. For the running stitch, you will see the yarn on the back but not much if you make your stitches frequent and tight. The whip stitch you can use to stitch just onto the front of the square and you will not see it on the back. I have used both methods and was pleased with both :)

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  9. My daughter and her husband are expecting their first baby in April. Both of them work for the Park Service. These squares will be PERFECT for a baby blanket for their little one! Thank you SO much for the patterns.

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  10. I wanted to say thank you so much for this pattern. I am crocheting it for our second child due mid April. I was put off work early so this is the perfect project and will match the nursery perfectly. Thank you :)

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  11. I am very new to crocheting but am going to try and follow along. I love love love this design! It is a must have in my home!! Thank u so much fir sharing

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  12. Hi Maria! What technique are you planning on using to join the squares?

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    1. Just wanted to thank you again for making this! I absolutely love it! Can you possibly make me a fish pattern? So excited to see what the next animal will be!

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    2. Thank you! I am working on two exclusive patterns: a bass and a trout. They will be available on my Etsy in the coming weeks. I will announce on my social medias :)

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  13. I love this pattern, but I'm new to crocheting and having some issues. I made one square and am very happy with it. All squares I have tried to make since I just can not get right. Do you have any YouTube videos or could you possibly consider making one? Thank you again.

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    1. Hi Rebecca! I do plan on making a YouTube video, but at this moment I don't have the time or the means to do so. Is there a particular part I can help explain in the mean time?

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    2. I think I finally got the moose to a point that I am happy with it. My biggest obstacle is being left handed. I found that if I turned the moose to the backside and attached the antlers as if it were the front it worked out! It is a beautiful design!! Thank you for sharing.

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  14. How are you going to layout the animal squares for putting together?

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    1. I placed them randomly as long as there weren't two of the same next to each other. I plan on getting photos of the finished afghan by the weekend so you can see :)

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  15. I absolutely love your pattern for the granny squares and woodland animals! Is there anyway you can make a series of fishing type animals! Or ocean animals! Would love it!! Thanks!!

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  16. The finished blanket is amazing! I'm making a smaller version of this blanket for my nephew (who will be born this May!) I'm new to crocheting and I'm just working on the squares. I'm having trouble where the corner that I start at is really round unlike the other three corners. Is there any advice you could give me? I know it won't be perfect but I don't want his blanket to be lopsided! Thanks!

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    1. HI! you can try blocking the squares before you join them. Usually with granny squares this is done by taking 4 skinny rods (think skewers or skinny dowels) and place them on a base. If using skewers you could get away with just poking them on a piece of foam (something like the foam alphabet floor mats for kids). Place them in a square shape and slide your squares on so it stretches to the shape you want. I hope that helps! If that doesn't make sense let me know so I can clarify!

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  17. Maria, this is so stinkin' cute. Thank you for sharing it. I will definitely be making it.

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