The summer is in its peak, and we all want to catch sunshine – that’s what the holiday season is for! Let’s enjoy it while it lasts. I’m back from week-long vacation and I brought a little present for you – another free crochet pattern. I try to always have something to crochet with at hand, because it relaxes me like nothing else. So when our sailboat finally moored in the calm cove, I’ve come up with this simple square. It’s available as a written pattern and a colorful diagram.
This square is fun to make and works up pretty fast. I wanted it to be easy enough for beginners, but with a twist, so I added puff stitch. It creates structure in the middle, so that the central part looks even more like a floating island. Any color combinations are allowed here – in fact, I’m very curious to see what else can you come up with!
This square can be a nice coaster or one of the pieces to make a blanket with. The yarn I’ve used is quite soft, so some kind of blocking might be needed after finishing. If I were to make a set of coasters out of them, I would use pure cotton or linen yarn, which holds much more shape than this cotton-acrylic blend. My choice of yarn is perfect for baby blankets, though, as well as other soft and squishy accessories.
The square is approximately 10 x 10 cm (3,85″ x 3,85″), but the final size depends greatly on the kind of yarn you use and your style of crocheting. The center of the square can be closed off completely or left with small hole like mine. It all depends on your preferences, so if you like it completely closed, just leave the thread from adjustable loop while crocheting first few rows and pull it again. I’ve decided to pull it once at the start and crochet the thread into next rows, but this way it got a little bit looser and created this small hole. I personally I like it this way, but don’t be afraid to experiment!
LEVEL – upper beginner
TERMS – standard US
- magic ring / adjustable loop
- chain (ch)
- slip stitch (sl st)
- single crochet (sc)
- half double crochet (hdc)
- double crochet (dc)
- treble (tr)
- double treble (dtr)
- triple treble (ttr)
- puff stitch
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- yarn: YarnArt Jeans (Sport: 55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic) in 3 colors: light pink, light blue and light green
- crochet hook 3mm
before you start
- the small hole in the middle can be closed by leaving the thread from adjustable loops and pulling it once again after you’ve made first several rows.
- it’s good to block the piece after making, to give it even shape.
In pink yarn:
START: magic loop
ROUND 1: 9 sc into the magic loop, close with a sl st (9) pull the loop to close.
ROUND 2: 2 dc in every stitch (18)
ROUND 3: 3 ch, 1 dc in the same stitch, 1 puff, 1 ch, *2 dc in the same st, 1 puff, 1 ch* x8, close with a sl st (36)
ROUND 4: 3 ch, skip one, 1 sc, *2 ch, skip one, 1 sc* x17, close with a sl st (54)
In blue yarn:
ROUND 5: 3 ch, 2 dc into the closest chain space, *1 ch, 3 dc into chain space* x 17, close with a sl st (72)
ROUND 6: sc in each stitch, close with a sl st (72)
In green yarn:
ROUND 7: 1 ch, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 ttr (corner), 1 dtr, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 5 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 ttr (corner), 1 dtr, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 5 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 ttr (corner), 1 dtr, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 5 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 ttr (corner), 1 dtr, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, close with a sl st (72)
Diagram is a visual representation of the pattern. I’ve used standard American symbols and colors to help you see which rounds were made in which color.
I like to take a look at the diagram, even when following written pattern. I’m a visual person and it’s much easier for me to grasp the idea when I see it presented in symbols. Let me know what do you like more – diagrams or written patterns? I’m very interested in your opinion!
you are done!
Great work! I hope that both written pattern and diagram helped you on the way and you have your square made. Now it’s your decision what to do with it! The possibilities are endless! You can make a bunch of different color combinations and join it into a lovely baby blanket, or create a set of beautiful coasters to give as a gift.
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