Angled Stripes Graph
Below, you’ll find the free graph for crocheting the square you see pictured above. If you want to crochet the square as shown, each square on the chart represents one single crochet stitch worked in the tapestry crochet technique.
Of course, there are other ways you could use this square as well:
- You could use it with the filet crochet technique.
- You could use it to cross stitch on top of a crocheted background.
- I think this pattern would work OK with the afghan stitch colorwork technique, although I haven’t tried it yet to be absolutely certain it would work out.
- You could probably use it for other craft techniques such as beadwork.
- If you use it for knitting, the design will most likely appear to be “squished.” Before you knit, you may wish to make a quick fix to the design and re-chart it onto knitter’s graph paper. To fix this problem, you could try re-charting the design with every 4th row (or so) doubled. Depending on your row gauge, this may or may not work exactly right — in some cases it will work out, and in others it might not. This is, however, the quickest way I know of to replicate a similar sort of look in knitting without squishing the design.
7 Things You Could Do With This Square
1. Make a Pattern Sampler Afghan Like the Picture Below
I used this chart to create bunches of different squares and projects. One of my favorites is the pattern sampler crochet afghan you see pictured above. You could make one of these, too, if you like. Or you could create a different variation that reflects your own style.
2. Customize Your Own Blanket, Throw or Afghan
Maybe you want to make a blanket, but the one pictured above isn’t exactly what you have in mind. In that case, why not try creating a customized design of your own? This square is easy to use for customizing all kinds of home decor and other items, including blankets, throws and more.
I already charted out bunches of similar patterns that are exactly the same size. You can put them all together in any way you like. But, you don’t have to use them all; you can pick two, three or more of them to use together. If you don’t like the squares I designed, you can design your own instead. There are plenty of choices, and by the time you’re finished with all of them, you’re likely to have a created a one-of-a-kind project that’s unique to you alone.
If you’re interested in this idea and you want more details, you may wish to take a look at my custom afghan instructions posted at crochet.about.com.
3. Crochet an Everyday Potholder (Pictured Above, Right)
You could use the colors of your choice — perhaps colors that match your kitchen — to create a set of striped potholders for everyday use.
In the photo above, you can see one of the color experiments I did with this pattern. I was wondering how it would look if I used variegated yarn in this pattern. I think the result is interesting, and I’d love to try it again with different variegated yarn colorways. I think this is a great way to introduce a multicolored look to a two-color pattern without any additional effort.
4. Crochet a Candy-Cane-Inspired Potholder for Christmas (Pictured Above, Left)
One morning, I woke up with a vision that was sorta like of sugarplums dancing in my head — only instead of the sugarplums, I was seeing candy canes. I had already been working on my angled stripes pattern, so this new red-and-white twist on it was the result. Amazing, isn’t it, how a color change can transform one idea into an almost completely different idea? I’m constantly awed by the power of color.
5. Crochet a Red, White and Blue Potholder for Patriotic Holidays Such as 4th of July
After making the red and white potholder above, I had another idea. I thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be cool if I could add some blue into this design? That way, it would be red, white and blue — perfect for Fourth of July barbecues and picnics.
Surface crochet is my go-to technique for adding additional colors to a charted design that already exists. So, that’s what I did here.
Usually, surface crochet is reasonably quick — much quicker than re-charting and re-crocheting the entire design.
In this case, it wasn’t quick, because I decided to try something interesting and new. I added not one, but TWO layers of surface crochet. One layer is light blue, worked in worsted weight yarn. The other is navy blue, worked in thread. This took more time than expected.
Overall, I think the idea was worth a try, for educational purposes. This particular implementation of it — a humble potholder — would not necessarily be worth your time to re-create, unless of course you want to learn the techniques and you figure a potholder is more worthy than a random swatch would be. That’s your call.
In any case, I did create a tutorial showing you exactly what I did to make the two layers of surface crochet. If you’re interested, you can click here to see the tutorial at crochet.about.com.
6. Make Pillows
This square could become a component in some interesting pillow designs for your home.
7. Make Coasters
Crochet a set of these squares in cotton yarn to use as coasters. You could make one coaster for each chair at your dining room table, or one coaster for each plate in your dinnerware set.
Feel Free to Use This Square in Your Own Ideas, Too
The ideas posted above are a few of the ones I’ve thought of, and in some cases, implemented. There are many more possibilities. What would you like to do with this square? I challenge you to make good use of this pattern — take action and make your own ideas a reality!
- A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
- Crochet Skill Level: Intermediate.
- Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay