Sand Dollar Afghan Square

This gorgeous crochet Sand Dollar 12″ Afghan Square reminds me of one of my favorite hobbies- beachcombing! One of the many perks of being a Marine Corps spouse is that I’ve never lived too far from the beach.

When I can tear myself away from my crochet, I love searching for shark’s teeth, seashells, and other little treasures. One trinket I’ve not been able to find yet is a whole sand dollar. I’ve never found more than a fragment of one, but they’re so classically beautiful! If I ever do find one, you can bet it’ll start appearing in my crochet afghan square flat lay photos!

This awesome 12″ Afghan Block Crochet Pattern really captures the look of a sand dollar, don’t you agree? Simple chains and back post stitches are the only techniques you’ll need to create this beautifully beachy afghan square. The raised detailing allows the pattern stand out in solid colors, but would look equally beautiful with color work to make the sand dollar really pop!

Materials for the Sand Dollar Crochet Afghan Square Pattern

H 5.0mm Crochet Hook

One skein Red Heart Soft Yarn  in Charcoal (or approx. 145 yds worsted weight (4) yarn)

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

Ch- chain

Dc- double crochet

Hdc- half double crochet

Sk – skip

Sl- slip

St – Stitch

Special Stitches

Back Post Double Crochet

Back post double crochet is more difficult to explain in words or a still photo, so I’m linking to my friend Nicki’s awesome post stitch video tutorial. This should clear up what I mean by a Bpdc!

Finished Size

Makes a 12” square afghan block.

Notes

Throughout this pattern, the turning chains do not count as stitch, but chains within the pattern DO count toward your stitch counts.

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Sand Dollar 12″ Afghan Square Crochet Pattern

Round 1: Ch 2 and work 12Dc into a magic ring. [12]

Round 2: Ch 2, 2dc in same st. *Dc ch1, 2dc in next st.* Repeat 4 more times, 2dc in last st. Sl to join. [24 including chs]

Round 3: Ch 2, 2dc in first st, dc in next. *2dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, 2dc, dc.* Repeat 4 more times. 2dc, dc. [36]

Round 4: Ch 2, 2dc in first st, dc in next 2. *2dc in next st, ch 1 sk 1, dc. 2dc, dc 2.* Repeat 4 more times. 2dc, dc 2. [48]

Round 5: Ch 2, 2dc in first st, dc in next 3. *2dc in next st, ch 1, sk1, dc 2. 2dc, dc 3.* Repeat 4 more times. 2dc, dc 3. [60]

 

Begin to square off.

Round 6: Working in the back posts only, ch 2, *hdc 6, 2dc in next st, 3dc in next st, 2dc in next st, hdc 6.* Repeat 3 more times, slip to join. [76]

Round 7: Ch 2, *Dc 8. 2Dc in next st, 3Tr in next, 2Dc in next. Dc 8.* Repeat 3 more times, slip to join. [92]

Round 8: Ch 2, *Dc 10, 2Dc in next st, 3Tr in next, 2Dc in next. Dc 10.* Repeat 3 more times, slip to join. [108]

Round 9: Ch2, *Dc 12, 2Dc in next st, 3Tr in next, 2Dc in next. Dc 12.* Repeat 3 more times, slip to join. [124]

Round 10: *Dc 14, 2Dc in next st, 3Tr in next, 2Dc in next. Dc 14.* Repeat 3 more times, slip to join. [140]

Round 11: Working in the back posts only, ch2, *Dc 16, 2Dc in next st, 3Tr in next, 2Dc in next. Dc 16.* Repeat 3 more times, slip to join. [156]

Round 12: Working in the back posts only, ch2, *Dc 18, 2Dc in next st, 3Tr in next, 2Dc in next. Dc 18.* Repeat 3 more times, slip to join. [172]

 

Finishing:

Break yarn and weave in all ends securely.

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