Thanks to Lion Brand Yarn for sending yarn to me for this project!

Welcome to the Crochet Along! Today I am sharing my square, the aztec stripes square. 

Aztec Stripe Afghan Square - Free crochet pattern for this cute and soft striped afghan square {Pattern by Whistle and Ivy}


Here’s how it is going to work:

  • Every day (M-F) a new square pattern will be posted on one of our ten blogs. 
  • You can join in the fun by crocheting each day’s square on that day whenever you have time.
  • Share your progress and post photos of your squares in our facebook group.
  • By the end of the Crochet Along you will have twenty 12″ squares all ready to be pieced together into a beautiful afghan just in time for the holiday season.
  • Finally, we will be hosting some fabulous giveaways! You could win Lion Brand yarn to make your own afghan, $100 CASH money, OR our COMPLETED AFGHAN! That’s right, we are going to be piecing all of our squares together and shipping an afghan out to one very lucky winner.


Hopeful Honey – Persia Lou – Little Monkeys Crochet 

Fiber Flux – Loopsan One Dog Woof – Maybe Matilda

Dream a Little Bigger – Whistle & Ivy  – Gleeful Things 

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Size G Hook
Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Natural Heather, Gray Heather, Seaspray)

This square should measure 12” x 12″

Start with Color A

Ch 47.

1. Hdc into 3rd ch from hook. Hdc 44. Turn. 

2 .– 6. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc 44. Turn.

Join Color B

7. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. (Sk 1 st. Work 3 hdc in the hdc 2 rows down {make your stitches very loose} {see photo}. Sk 1 st. Hdc 2. ) repeat to the end. Turn.

 8. – 12. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc 44. Turn.

Join Color C

13. Ch 2. hdc in same st. hdc 3. (Sk 1 st. Work 3 hdc in the hdc 2 rows down. Sk 1 st. Hdc 2. ) Hdc in the last st.

14.- 18. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc 44. Turn.

Join color A

19. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. (Sk 1 st. Work 3 hdc in the hdc 2 rows down. Sk 1 st. Hdc 2. ) repeat to the end. Turn.

20.- 24. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc 44. Turn.

Join color B
25. Hdc in same st. hdc 3. (Sk 1 st. Work 3 hdc in the hdc 2 rows down. Sk 1 st. Hdc 2. ) Hdc in the last st.

26. – 30. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc 44. Turn.

 Join Color C

31. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. (Sk 1 st. Work 3 hdc in the hdc 2 rows down. Sk 1 st. Hdc 2. ) repeat to the end. Turn.

32. – 36. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc 44. Turn.

 Join color A

37. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. (Sk 1 st. Work 3 hdc in the hdc 2 rows down. Sk 1 st. Hdc 2. ) repeat to the end. Turn.


38. – 39. Ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc 44. Turn.
Tie off. 




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      1. I realize that, but the picture shows 2 hdc crochets between the 3-hdcs. There appears to be more space than just one skipped stitch between the three stitch cluster.

        1. Sorry! I didn’t understand your question. 2 is correct. You are working 3 in one stitch, and skipping one on each side, then worked 2 before starting the next cluster repeat.

          1. So sorry about my former reply. My printer wasn’t working so I hand copied the instructions and left out the two hardcore. Pattern works beautifully when followed accurately.

  1. I decided to try this Aztec Strip CAL but I’m confused because if you do three hdc and skip one to make the pattern you end up with a lot more than 44 stitches for the next round. Should the three hdc in 2 rows down be three together?

  2. So i read this is multiples of 5 plus 2……I’m fairly new to crochet, should it be 42 chains instead? I would like to make a blanket, and don’t want to screw up the starting chain. Thanks!! Love the colors too…..

  3. Hi, my daughter saw this and has asked me to make a baby blanket for her in this. I have never crocheted before, although I can knit, so it’s a baptism of fire for me! I’ve just taught myself how to chain stitch and am now working on the half double crochet stitch so wish me luck!

    1. Good for you,Ruth Taylor. I’m sure you will love crochet once you get going. Just like knitting there are abbreviations to learn but it takes hardly any time to learn them. I crochet and knit and love both.

  4. I am using this pattern to make a sweater. i think I can handle this. But I would really like this stitch used to make a beanie type hat. If you have a beanie pattern in this stitch I would appreciate it if you would post it.


  5. When I saw the Aztec Granny Square pattern I knew it would make the perfect wedding afghan for my nephew and his bride. I would construct it from 20 – 12″ X 12″ blocks as suggested, however I am at a loss as to how much yarn to order for the project.

    Thank you for your help.

  6. I guess I’m not understanding this well. After the rows of color A. It says to add color B and…work into two rows down. How can I work into two rows down if there aren’t any rows down?? From the photo the colorA is over top of color B but color B doesn’t exist yet. I read wonderful comments about your pattern so must be my confusion.

    1. Color A has 6 rows. You will see the pattern has you work the same steps for steps 2 through 6. Then you switch to color B and work the stitch cluster.

  7. I am trying to do the wistle and ivy pattern…can you please explain row 7. What is Hdc2.? There looks like 4 stitches between each fan…but not according to the pattern. Thanks

      1. This is where I keep getting stuck. Every time I try to do this… I ALWAYS end up with way more than 44 stitches to work row 8.

  8. I am starting this square for the CAL and i measured my first row with a g hook and it was too small,… then i did it with a h hook and it was a half inch short of 12 inches. I am worried that it wont match the other squares so i am tempted to go to a I hook so that it ends up being 12 inches… what do you think??

    1. Hi Melissa,

      I am so glad you are working on the CAL! Gauges are tough, since everyone crochets at a different tension, but if your square is a bit small you can always block it when you are finished to make it slightly bigger, or you can add a thin border. Many of the CAL group added boarders just to make it easier to sew the afghan together. But, of course you can always go up another hook size! Just make sure to measure so you know you are on the right track.

      Hope this helps!

    2. Do I ch 2 after every turn? I am on row 13 and dont know if I should chain 2 before I hdc in the same stitch… thank you

    1. Gorgeous! That pattern looks wonderful as a blanket, very great idea! Thanks for sharing it with me :) Seeing people’s work makes me happy!

  9. I LOVE the Aztec square! I found it perfect for a baby blanket I wanted to make. I was having trouble finding the right ‘stitch’. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  10. I love the Aztec square. I made the starting chain longer so I will have a queen size afghan when finished. Thank you for the pattern.

      1. It will be a while before it’s finished, especially with the holidays upon us. It’s 63″ in width, I’ve got about a foot done. I have no idea how to get any photos to you.

  11. What a lovely square and so simple and pretty. Please tell me if this square is worked in the back loops of the HDC? You don’t mention it in the pattern but from the picture it sure does look like it. Want to start mine right away.
    Thank you for sharing

      1. Or just go to you can input the url of this page and it will turn it into a page you can print.