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No Beginning Chain Crazy Block Afghan

The first row of an afghan with homespun or bouclé or other knobby style yarn can be frustrating. This afghan does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row. Every side has a fun and pretty zig-zag shape.

This pattern was designed to be easy for homespun or bouclé style yarns, but it can be made with just about any yarn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made in Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Bouclé.

Size: This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small27.6236.837.19557.64
Small34.5246.0311.23871.32
Medium41.4355.2416.181254.69
Large48.3364.4422.021707.78
Extra Large55.2473.6528.762230.57

Materials:
Yarn – Sizing given for Bulky yarn but other weights can be used
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Instructions:

Instead of a beginning chain, the blanket is begun with a first row of blocks.

For these widths, start with this number of blocks:
27.5″ = 20
34.5″ = 25
41.5″ = 30
48.25″ = 35
55.25″ = 40

There is a photo tutorial, chart and a video demonstrating the technique of this pattern.

Row 1 Block: Chain 6. Join with a sl st in first chain. Chain 3. 2 dc in ch 6 sp.
Make these blocks until desired width.

Do not turn.

Row 2: Ch3. Without turning the work, rotate so that the following is worked across the chain loops created in the first row. In each of the chain spaces, (sc, ch3, 3dc) in ch sp.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. In each of the chain spaces, (sc, ch3, 3dc) in ch sp.

Repeat row 3 until afghan is desired length. Finish off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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34 Comments to “No Beginning Chain Crazy Block Afghan”

  1. I crochet prayer shawls and quite often use Homespun. You’re right about the starting chain. I’ll try this. I did a sample with worsted and it worked great. It would also make a nice scarf.

  2. Please explain what you mean by rotate without turning. How can you rotate the piece without turning it. Maybe a video?

    Love the stitch, and would like to use it as a scrap buster afghan.

    • Turn in crochet means to flip front to back. I was trying to make the distinction that for doing the second row you aren’t flipping front to back but actually rotating top to bottom. The same side will be facing you to complete the second row, you will just be working across what was the bottom of the first row.

    • Turn in crochet means to flip front to back. I was trying to make the distinction that for doing the second row you aren’t flipping front to back but actually rotating top to bottom. The same side will be facing you to complete the second row, you will just be working across what was the bottom of the first row.

  3. My mom had a gahn like this in her stash but she passed before I could get the pattern. Thank You so very much for the share.

  4. I’m trying to picture this in my mind.. does it work the same as a log cabin afghan? Just going round and round, working from the center and ending at the outside edges? I looked at your pictorial on how to do the blocks, and going round and round is how to make the log cabin afghan, just adding to the outside rows until it’s big enough. I’m not seeing how you can ‘not turn’ during the construction of this pattern it unless that is the method. If you look at my Ravelry Page (Glacy1) you can see what I am talking about.
    I like this finished look in crochet, and would like to make one, as I have bins of Lion Brand Homespun to ‘stash bust’..
    P.S. I love many of your patterns. They are very creative.

    • It is only after the first foundation row that you rotate instead of turn and do the second row. After the second row you will turn to do the third row as usual for the rest of the afghan. So it’s not going in the round or getting any wider. After the second row it works like any other back and forth afghan.

  5. I keep looking at it, and I can only deduct that it will get ‘wider’ as it gets longer.. Am I right?

    • That’s what I’m thinking, too. If you do the sc,ch3,3dc in each loop across, (including the last loop), you add one more 3dc group each row, so I imagine you have to only do a sc in the last loop of each row to make it even. Is that correct?

      • It shouldn’t grow, unless you are calling the last loop of each row the chain that was made at the beginning of the row before the first chain of that row. That is a transitional chain and doesn’t line up with all the rest of the loops of the row – it is on the side of the blanket. Discounting that chain, there are the same number of chain loops as blocks on each row, and the number stays consistent from row to row.

        • You are so right. AND, I want to THANK YOU for solving a problem that at plagued me for years, and that’s crocheting with boucle and Homespun. I avoid them at all costs because of the difficulty in seeing stitches, but not anymore! I can knit just fine with them, but crocheting is a pain. You solved that problem! I absolutely love your patterns and I hope you’ll post more as you can. I’m wondering if this No Beginning Chain method can be adapted to most patterns. Probably not all, but most, I imagine. I love the Asymmetrical shell and the Quick Shell, along with this one. I am sharing your blog page with all my crochet friends here in Atlanta. I’m a member of two crochet groups, and your techniques will certainly be welcome to our group. We LOVE making afghans. My church groups makes prayer shawls and baby items for charity. Thank you so much for all the hard work you’ve done!

          Dan Thompson
          CrochetDan on Ravelry

          • Thank you so much for writing. I was afraid I had worn everyone out with the No Beginning Chain afghans, so had taken a break from them. You have encouraged me to keep posting them. I actually have one already made, but just haven’t put it together to post.

            You are right that many stitch patterns can be modified for this method. I look for traditional stitch patterns that are lace, shell or block type patterns where all the stitches of the repeated stitch pattern are made into chain spaces. I make two modifications – modify the base to my chain loop style and modify the edges so that no stitches have to be made in stitches.

            If you have any particular stitch patterns you’d like me to convert, I’d love suggestions.

            Thank you for the encouragement.

      • Let me correct myself! I just made a swatch of the pattern and I was wrong. NO sc in the last loop! Just do as the pattern states. You always want the same number of shells in each row, and the only way to do that is by making your last shell in what appears to the the next to last group. It all comes out even, and this is what produces the scalloped effect along the sides! Really clever. I have made one slight variation. I am chaining two instead of three before each 3dc group. It gives a tighter look, and I like that. THANK YOU, MAMA!

  6. Thanks! I have quite a bit of this yarn in a red/black color scheme and have been trying to decide what to use it for. This is perfect!

  7. I really like this pattern but cannot for the life of me get the start of it. I have done one of your other patterns with no troubles at all but this one i am just confused even with the picture tutorial. i get the first part of making but to continue making them is where im stuck as mine are not looking anything like yours.

  8. I need help getting started on first row. I can get first block and that is it. Can you post a video?

  9. Thank you for the amazing tutorial!! I’ve started my blanket with Homespun Edwardian yarn and it looks amazing so far! You are my crochet hero! Please keep posting more fun patterns for bulky yarns!!!

  10. This version is great! I’ve been doing this starting with the chain. Then you have to go all the way around the last time to create the zigzag edge to the first end. This eliminates that step. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks!!!

  11. This is my second “No Beginning Chain’ afghan of yours I’ve attempted, and while it took me a couple of tries to get the pattern right, once I “got it” it’s a breeze and it looks wonderful in homespun yarn. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Can’t wait to give the No Beginning Chain ripple pattern a try.

  12. There is another pattern similar to this that has a foundation row. I like this technique much better. I have made a lot of corner to corner afghans that start in the corner and work diagonally adding more blocks as you go. It has almost the same look to the stitches. I am anxious to try this pattern. I like a pattern that you dont have to keep counting stitches. Thanks

  13. Excellent video tutorial (probably one of the best I’ve seen). I have wanted to do a scrap-ghan for a while, and this pattern is going to be great. I’m working on my first colour and have two rows done. I’m just using worsted weight yarn right now, but can’t wait to try in homespun! Thanks for sharing!

  14. This looks like a great pattern for using up scraps can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for such a neat pattern

  15. Can you do the graph on this one next?
    Thank you.

  16. Thank you for this pattern!!! I watched your video, which is great, started last night & did 14 rows, didn’t want to put it down, but had to
    so that I could work today, going to work on it more before bed tonight. Love this pattern!!!!
    Carla

  17. I tried your no chain afghan …The 1st one I did by the direction…My 2nd im trying to group 5 -3dc in the row instead of the 2 group of three …I think I will try having 10 groups just like the regular zig-zag But anyways Thanks for the pattern……

  18. Cassandra Cole-Goforth

    Thank you so much for the pattern & video! Im new to crocheting but was able to make a beautiful throw to give my mother at Christmas. Your blog & instruction was just what I needed!

  19. Heather L. Schaller

    Thank you Mama! I’ve looked for this pattern for years. I didn’t know the name of it so it’s been no easy task! My late Mother-in-law made an afghan for my husband when he was a teen. She had shown me the pattern about 30 yrs. ago. I made a baby afghan for a friend but didn’t use it again. Sadly I lost my Mother-in-law 20 yrs. ago and the pattern was lost to me. Then I found your patterns. I was so excited! My youngest daughter had asked me to make an afghan for a friend for Christmas. It came out so nice, I decided to make a queen sized bedspread for our bed. I just finished it and put it on our bed. It’s beautiful! Keep doing your great patterns, I love them all!!

  20. I like the pattern. I would like to knew if I could make bed spread like that. I do not knew how to knit.

  21. Is there a picture showing the complete sample shown? I am trying to get a sense of how much black you used and how much of the contrasting colours. Thanks.

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