The summer is at 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 a 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.
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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 a 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!
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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 a small hole like mine. It all depends on your preferences, so if you like it completely closed, just leave the thread from the adjustable loop while crocheting the first few rows and pull it again.
I’ve decided to pull it once at the start and crochet the thread into the next rows, but this way it got a little bit looser and created this small hole. I personally like it this way, but don’t be afraid to experiment!
LEVEL – upper beginner
TERMS – standard US
- magic ring / adjustable loop (click for a video tutorial!)
- 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
- 3 chain stitches from the beginning of the round count as one double crochet.
- They are included in the overall stitch count at the end of the round (x).
- it’s good to block the piece after making it, to give it an even shape.
In pink yarn:
START: magic loop
9 sc into the magic loop, close with a sl st (9) pull the loop to close.
3 ch, 1 dc in the same stitch, *2 dc in one st* continue until the end of the round (18)
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)
3 ch, skip one, 1 sc, *2 ch, skip one, 1 sc* x17, close with a sl st (54)
In blue yarn:
3 ch, 2 dc into the closest chain space, *1 ch, 3 dc into chain space* x 17, close with a sl st (72)
sc in each stitch, close with a sl st (72)
In green yarn:
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* x3,
1 ttr (corner), 1 dtr, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, close with a sl st (72)
The 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.
you are done!
Great work! I hope that both the 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 them into a lovely baby blanket, or create a set of beautiful coasters to give as a gift.
While I work hard to make sure the projects I publish are of the highest quality, this pattern is untested and may contain errors. If you notice one, please let me know – I’m going to revise it and correct it as soon as possible.
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Thank you for this pretty pattern. I have just discovered your website and appreciate the how-to pictures and details you give to the patterns. An advanced beginner, I am learning to read charts and so like that you include a chart for your stitches and squares. Have you made any of your videos tutorials yet? I am not seeing anything on YouTube, for example. Thanks again!
Hi Nerissa! Thank you very much, I’m so glad you like it! I plan on introducing video tutorials as well – stay tuned 🙂
Thank you for sharing and especially for the chart. I too am a visual person. I have always had trouble with written and oral instructions. I am 80 years young, so I have had a long time of “trail and error” events in my lifetime. I enjoy making crochet item, usually small projects. I donate my projects to our local community project service. Once again thank you.
Hi Judith! Thank you and keep up the good work!