Amanda’s Baby Avatar Afghan – Luxe

This pattern is very similar to my original Baby Avatar Afghan Pattern, but I wanted to do something a little more detailed for the border.    As such, even though the body works up quickly, this version of the border will take a little longer.

Again, this is a free crochet pattern, copyright to me and may not be reprinted anywhere without my express approval.  You may certainly make items using this pattern, but not to sell in large quantities (by this I mean, if you make one to sell at a church fete, yes, but not to sell on etsy).  If you do make a baby afghan using my pattern, PLEASE send me a photo and I will post it.


The pattern is worked in two stages, the body, and then the border.  The body section works up very quickly and then the border takes a little time to get used to, then you can rip along.  The pattern also can be easily adjusted to the size that you want and to the yarn you’re using.

This pattern is now available as a .pdf file  – Amandas baby avatar afghan luxe – please be aware that I will follow where copies of this document might appear.

Yarn choice.

I used Bella Baby Layette in their Bamboo and Merino blend, with a 3.75mm hook.  This pattern will work with any fingering weight to DK weight yarn – just adjust the number of repeats of the shells to get the size baby afghan you’re looking for.  I used 5 balls of the purple (480 metres) and 3 of the cream (290m)

With 17 shells across by 24 repeats of the two rows, plus the border I had a blanket 90 x 110cm.

This pattern is worked in in repeats of 6, plus 1 to start and 3 as a turning chain.

My baby afghan was done : as 17 x 6 = 102, + 1 + 3 = 106.

This pattern is also self adjusting in the border – I wil explain shortly.


Despite being Australian I always use US terminology.

I will use:

SLST – Slip Stitch

CH – Chain

SC – single crochet

BLO – Back loop only

HDC – half double crochet

DC – Double crochet

FPDC – Front post double crochet (if you dont know this stitch, see here for a pictorial demonstration.

Afghan Body

To start at the body of the afghan, worked in rows,

with yarn, appropriate hook and chocolate at the ready!

Row 1.  chain 106.  In the 7th chain from the hook, make shell (two dcs, ch2, 2 dcs), skip 2 chaiins, 1 dc in next chain. *skip 2 chains,  shell in next chain, skip 2 chains, dc in next*. Repeat from * to * all the way along finishing on a dc in the last ch,  this constitutes the “Shell row”.

Row 2.   Chain 5, turn (this is now the WRONG side) single crochet into the top of the shell. Ch 2 and skipping remainder of shell, make a double crochet into the next dc (that is by itself).  * chain 2, sc into top of the next shell, chain 2, skip rest of shell, dc into next dc* – repeat from *to * all the way along.

Continue with these two rows until the afghan is the size you’re looking for – I went for 24 repeats.

Do not finish off at the end – we’re at the border!


Unlike the first Baby Avatar Afghan, I did my border in a contrasting colour with two stripes of the body to give it more pizzazz;  the afghan still works if you do it all in the same colour.  But I think the stripes makes it just that bit more classy.

The border is now worked in rounds.  

Round 1  Turn to the right side, and single crochet all the way around, spacing stitches evenly along the vertical sides (i.e. the side of the shells), in each corner, make 3 sc’s to shape it nicely. Finish with Slip stitch into the first SC, and finish off yarn.

 Round 2.

With new colour, Back Loop Only SC in every sc around, making 3 sc in the centre of the previous 3 sc grouping to keep your corners nice and square, join with slip stitch into first sc made.

Round 3.

 Chain 2, HDC in the Back Loops Only of every SC around, making 3 HDCS in the centre sc of the corner, join with slip stitch into first HDC made.

Round 4.

Changing back to body colour – this is the first purple row, Back Loop Only slip stitch in every stitch around. When you come to the 2nd stitch of your corner three: slst, sc,slst to keep your corner nice and square. join at first slip, finish off and change to Alternative colour.

Round 5

Repeat Round 4 with cream, making your corner (slst,sc, slst) into the sc of the previous row’s corner.

Round 6

Chain 3, Back Loop Only Double crochet in every stitch around, performing 3 DCs in the centre sc of the corner.

Round 7

This is where some adjustments can be made to allow for the size of your afghan.

Chain 2 – this equates to a HDC – you will be alternating HDCs and FPDC all the way around.  This is where you can adjust to the size of your afghan.   When you reach a corner – in the centre hdc of your 3 HDCs in the same stitch of the previous row, continue with the HDC/FPDC/HDC repeat – as long as you have three stitches as your corner, this will work!!  Finish with slip stitch into top of starting chain.

(eat chocolate – it’ll help!)

Round 8.

Chain 2, FPDC around the next FPDC, HDC into next HDc, repeat all the way round, not forgetting the corners. slip stitch into top of starting chain to finish.

Repeat round 8 ( I did 5)  until the border is the size you are looking for, then finish off Contracting colour, and change to main body colour.

Round 9, repeat round 4, finishing off the body colour and changing back to contrast colour for…

Round 10.   Round 10 is one row of Back Loop Only SLST in the contrasting colour, paying attention to making your corners nice and square. All that’s left is to finish off, weave in your ends and SMILE!

As always, please dont forget to send me a picture of your finished babyghans – I love posting them!


18 Responses to “Amanda’s Baby Avatar Afghan – Luxe”

  1. Thank youooooooo very much
    I like your explanation
    its cleae and easy

  2. Thank you for this! I was looking for a border for an afghan I was working on and this is just the ticket. Great job!

  3. This border is amazing! Thanks so much!!

  4. I’m looking for the instructions for the border in the top all white afghan…please help! I am making this for a colleague/friend whose wife is expecting their first child. I love this pattern

  5. Very pretty… I like the ‘rope border’ and would try the afghan and border in one solid color. I sugggest making a smaller square for practice on new patterns, just by dividing all numbers in half. Looking forward to following your site. Prince’s Mommy

  6. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I have recently started making baby items for charity and I am sure this will be appreciated by many new mothers.

  7. Thank you so much . It is really hard to teach yourself being left handed. again thank you!! God Bless you and yours in the name of Jesus

  8. This is so beautifully done. Would it be possible to add one more picture, a close-up of a corner?

  9. Can’t wait to try this for a baby girl we waited so long for.It’s adorable!!! Thank you so much!!!

  10. Absolutely beautiful. Where can I get more of your free patterns?

  11. Thanks for that! I’ve always wanted to know how to do the ribbing and you’re the first person I’ve come across who explains it beautifully!

  12. I love this afghan however I have had so much trouble with the chaining 5 in row two. it seems like it sticks out way too far. I also had trouble with it coming out right at the end of rows . I have been determined to make this and I have torn it out only after several rows so many times. I do not know what I am doing wrong. I haven’t crocheted for years, I guess that could be aproblem. This for my first great grandchild. I feel rather stupid after reading all the comments.

    • Nancy, the ch5 really means ch3 (to go up) and ch2 (to go in), then your sc in the top of the shell should make it look kinda round or squarish. When you do your next row it will sit better but when you get to the end of that row and you’re joining with dc into the third chain you might need to join at the second chain so it sits straighter. It may depend on your tension. I’ve just finished mine last night and it’s beautiful. Perfect for a new baby.

  13. I’m making a christening baby dress. The pattern calls for Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, V st, 5 dc (shell) in top of next shell… the way around join.
    I don’t understand what is the top of next shell. Please if you would be so kind to explain this to me I would appreciate it very much.
    Maria Postle

  14. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.

  15. I have used your patteren to make 2 baby blankets and love them. I am getting ready to make the 3rd for my nephew and his wife that just had their first yesterday. Thank you for sharing your patteren.

  16. My confusion is occurring from Row 6 to Row 7 of the border: The instructions for row 7 make it appear that row 6 (previous row) was HDCs rather than DCs. Maybe that only refers to the rows following row 7.

  17. I am a leftie and learned t0crochet 70 years ago. I don’t have any problems with any of the directions. They sound like they will make an unusal baby afghan . can’t wait to get some yarn to makeit.

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