The Afro Square is a free crochet textured square pattern. It uses simple crochet stitches together with intarsia crochet technique to bring a beautiful 3D effect of a head with an afro. You can make this statement piece in any colours to match skin tone and even experiment with hair colours! It’s all up to you.
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About The Afro Square.
From the afro to hair wraps to braids, Black women use their hairstyles as a form of expression. In addition, they show the evolution of Black culture. This evolution has brought us to a time when more and more Black women are embracing the natural beauty of their own hair.
My niece has inspired a lot of my projects lately, from The Bantu Knots Teether to The Lexie Hexie Blanket. The Afro Square is one side of a sensory cube I made for her. The reason I chose to do an Afro for one of the sides is that I want her to know the freedom of accepting her natural hair texture. This acceptance will allow her to be true to herself; to be confident. To feel comfortable being herself regardless of the opinions of others. My niece is barely a year old but it’s never too early to build confidence in children.
For this project, I used worsted weight scrap yarn and 4 mm crochet hook. If you’re like me and have a bunch of scrap yarn leftover from previous projects, then the afro square is perfect. Apart from customizing the square with your chosen colours, you can also make whatever size toy you wish. The crochet square is approximately 4″. You can find the graph for this pattern in my Resources Library. Subscribe below to get the password.
Afro Square Pattern.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Stitches & Terms Used:
- Ch- chain
- Sl st- slip stitch
- Sc- single crochet
- Bobble st- Bobble stitch
Gauge: 17sts & 17 rows= 4″
Size: Using the materials and instructions, final measurements of the Afro Square is 4 inches.
- Though gauge isn’t that crucial for this project, please check it if you want your square to be similar and the same size indicated in the pattern
- This project is made using scrap yarn. If you choose to purchase yarn for your project, you will need a total of 10 yards.
- Part of the square is made using the intarsia crochet technique. If you’re not familiar with this technique or would like to refresh your knowledge, see my post https://www.morinesshop.com/intarsia-crochet-tutorial/
- The bobble stitch is worked in even numbered rows & on every other row. For instance, the first bobbles are worked in row 4, then 6
With hot pink yarn, ch 18. Follow the colour changes according to the chart below.