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How To Make A Crocheted Picture Afghan

Updated on February 5, 2014

Small Starter Polka Dots

If you can crochet a single chain you can do beautiful picture blankets. In the picture is a 20 stitch by 20 stitch polka dots graph.

Each square is 1 stitch.

Left click on the image and save to your computer. Print it and cross off each row as you finish it.

How To Read A Graph

Because you have to turn your work over when single crocheting, you read your graph from left to right every other row.

The opposite rows are read from right to left.

Make your Chain

Some Tips Along The Way

1. Chain 21

2. Start 2nd row in the 2nd chain from the hook (see picture below)

3. When you get to the color change do not cut your yarn you'll pick up the color again on the way back.

Where to start your 2nd Row

Where to start your 2nd Row
Where to start your 2nd Row

Row 3

Changing Colors

You should have 2 white loops on your hook when you pull the red loop through.

Color Change

Pull the red yarn through the 2 white loops. You've changed colors.

There are 4 red stitches, then you will switch back to white.

Back To White

Pull The White Through

Binding Off Your Project

Weave In The Ends

What you Can Do!

What you Can Do!
What you Can Do!

Link List

Some of these links are to sites that talk about Moez crochet which uses the Tunisian stitch. All graph can be done in either the single crochet or the Tunisian stitch.

This book helped me learn more than the single crochet. I broke down and bought this book when I was trying to learn to crochet about 3 years ago. I knew how to make a chain but that was it. For awhile I tried to make up my own stitches. It wasn't pretty.

Free Pattern

Here's a pattern to try. The size is 100 stitches by 120 stitches about baby blanket size.

Remember crochet 100 stitches and add an extra stitch at the end of each row.

You should be able to left click on the image and save to your computer.

Let me know how I can improve this lens!

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      Nicolette 2 years ago

      Can I ask how I'd go about changing colours multiple times in the same row without all the messy strings behind it?

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      leezamaries 3 years ago

      @mcconnelljett: Do you have PC Stitch?

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      mcconnelljett 3 years ago

      @leezamaries: Could u send me the pattern for the music note one and the tweety bird one

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      leezamaries 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes you can! Here is a link too other blankets I've made. http://trytomakeitlight.blogspot.com/p/crocheted-b...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @leezamaries: Can you do logos with words?

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      leezamaries 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Andrea

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the tweety bird afghan!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @leezamaries: Okay thanks. I just made my first piece. It was just a 25X25 square and I did a Christmas tree for the design. The first half I held the old color yarn and crocheted over it so that I wouldn't have to weave it in later but you could see the old color a but under the new color. So on the 2nd half I cut and wove them all in at the end. Although its much more work weaving them in the final look is MUCH better. Thanks!!!

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      leezamaries 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't cut the yarn until I know I won't be picking it up again on the way back. When I finish the blanket, I weave in all the loose threads.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When you change colors do you cut the old color? Ike do you just drop it and then work it in? Your work looks so nice and neat that I'm guessing you cut and weave the ends in later. Thanks.

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      leezamaries 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I use PC Stitch to make my patterns. I can take a coloring book page, clip art, or make my own designs. You can find it here: http://www.pcstitch.com/

      It is designed for cross stitch but each square is one single crochet and it comes out perfect!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      is there a software I can use to make my own patterns or how do you make your own patterns? thank you

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      leezamaries 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't add a cover. It's the same on the back as the front and I weave in all loose ends.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how do you cover the back of your pictuer crocher

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      Great tutorial!