A couple of years ago, my oldest daughter requested a bright and colorful blanket for her bedroom. She specifically requested that the main color be neon green. While I don’t particularly like the colors used, they were her choices, so I went with it. It was difficult coming up with a pattern would suit her teenage needs and that would incorporate the crazy array of colors. After much trial and error, I ended up with a very simple pattern that she loved.
The finished size measured 50×68, however, you can make it as wide or as long as you’d like. It’s a great afghan to help get rid of all that scrap yarn you have laying around. Once you get going, it’s all about repetition… so it’s a great afghan to make while watching TV, say Dr. Who! haha
Boxy Neon Afghan – A Scrap Yarn Project
4-5 skeins of worsted weight yarn for the main color (I used Red Heart Soft, 7 oz skeins)
A whole ton of scrap yarn (will be noted as contrasting color or cc in pattern below)
Size I crochet Hook
In order to add fringe, yarn will not be carried over, Finish off at the end of every row, leaving a 7-9″ tail.
With main color, ch 204
R1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. * Ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch* Repeat from * to * across, finish off. Place stitch marker around any any st in this row to mark it as right side
R2: Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc. Sc in each st and each ch across. Finish off
R3: Turn, with right side facing you, join cc with dc in first sc. Ch 1 *sk next sc, dc in next 3 sc* Repeat from * to * across to last 2 sc. Sk next sc, dc in last. Finish off.
R4: Turn, with wrong side facing you, join main color with sc in first dc. Working behind next ch, tr in the sc skipped from the row below (it will be worked in the sc from row 2). *Ch 4, skip next 3 dc, working behindnext ch, tr in the sc from the row below* Repeat from * to * across to last dc. Sc in last dc. Finish off
R5: Turn, with right side facing you, join cc (same color scrap as 2 rounds above) with sc in first sc. Ch 1 *sk next tr, working in front of next ch 4 space, dc in next 3 dc skipped from round below, ch 1* Repeat from * to * across to last 2. Sk next tr, sc in last sc. Finish off.
R6: Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc. Working behind next ch, dc in skipped tr from row below. *Sc in next 3 dc. Working behind next ch, dc in tr skipped from row below* Repeat from * to * across. Sc in last sc. Finish off.
R7: Turn, with right side facing you, join next cc with dc in first sc. Dc in next 2. *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next 3* repeat from * to * across. Finish off.
R8: Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first dc, ch 3. Sk next 2 dc. Working behind next ch, tr in skipped sc from row below. *ch 4, sk next 3 dc. Working behind next ch, tr in sc of row skipped below* repeat from * to * across to last 3. Ch 3, sk next 2, sc in last dc. Finish off.
R9: Turn, with right side facing you, join cc (same color scrap as 2 rounds above) with sc in first sc. Working in front of next ch 3, dc in next 2 skipped dc from the row below. Ch 1, sk next tr. *Working in front of next ch 4 space, dc in next 3 skipped dc from the row below. Ch 1, sk next tr* Repeat from * to * to last ch 3. Working in front of last ch 3, dc in next 2 skipped dc from row below. Sc in last. Finish off.
R10: Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc. Sc in next 2 dc. *working behind next xh, dc in tr skipped in row below. Sc in next 3* Repeat from * to * across. Finish off.
R11: With right side facing you, join cc with dc in first sc. Ch 1. *sk next sc, dc in next 3. Ch 1* Repeat from * to * across to last 2. Sk next sc, dc in last sc. Finish off
Repeat rows 4-11 until afghan measures 50″ (or longer depending on the sign you wish), ending on a row 5.
Last Row: Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc. *working in sts and chs, ch 1. Sk next st, sc in next* Repeat from * to * across. Finish off
Fringe: You may add additional yarn to make the fringe a bit fuller.
Hi,it’s very nice, can I use its in my site?
Hi, Vanessa. What a wonderful pattern! It looks so…woven, and colorful! By any chance, do you have a picture showing us the back? Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
Hi, Vanessa. Lovely project for scrap yarns. THUMBS UP! One question: when you say “work behind”, does it mean a back post? Thank you for clarifying and more power to you 🙂
This would be great if there was a CC video and some additional explanations of abbreviations that are used in the pattern. I am not sure what TR stands for ? A picture of working behind a stitch.
any chance there’s a video of this? I usually learn better when I can actually see it being done!
i cannot follow direction on paper to save my life
do you have on video that i can see
This really caught my eye. My plan is to use black in place of the neon green, for a stained-glass effect.
Thanks! Look forward to reading directions & trying!
I am in the process of making this afghan. I have had so many positive comments from friends. My son will be the recipient of it when it is completed.
Thanks so much for sharing this pattern.
Love the pattern! I would like to know what do you do with the tails at the end of each row.
Love this pattern and am using up some of my scrap yarn. But, as I have this about half done I realized mine is not coming out the same as yours.The triples after each new cc is off set in the middle of the last one. Don’t have a clue what I’ve done wrong but it is coming out ok and continues in this pattern.
very interesting way to use those leftover scraps, thanks
love this pattern but absolutely stuck when you say ‘work behind’. any possiblity of a video or a little more explanation?
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Please make a video to understand it better…
Could someone please explain the abbreviations ? I think I have most but there are some I couldn’t figure out 🤔 Thank you !
If you get them please pass on
Kelly an Jean,
mc = main color (in her blanket it’s neon green in her photo )
cc = contrasting colors (colors you pick for other rows that’s not green )
sk = skip
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
trb = treble crochet
Hope this helps. Sharon
Great pattern! I just made a Swatch, and a few things for previous questions:
This is very similar to interlocking crochet, and for those that need videos, those tutorials might help understand the foundations of the pattern.
Tr is treble crochet.
Work behind means behind the stitches, not behind the post, i.e. you’ll be working behind a number of DC stitches to crochet in a stitch from the row below, and you’ll be able to see as you’re doing it why – it creates that main color box. If you crocheted in “front”, as you’re looking at the work, it would break that pattern.
The back of this also looks nice, it has horizontal bars and little notches, for lack of a better word (can’t post a pic).
Happy hooking 🙂
Love this pattern. Wondering why there is no finishing edge on left and right sides. I’m going to try and figure one out because I can never keep the sides evened up. Probably will try several rows of single crochet.