Sometimes original designs become widely known to the point where you don’t even know who came up with them first. This was the case with the African Flower motif or the classic granny square, but so is it with Willow Square, or it seems like it!
The research led me to Jan Eaton, who is a prolific crochet and knit designer. Her books cover mainly blocks – both crocheted and knitted, but also collections of stitch patterns.
It’s in one of these books that we can find the pattern for Willow Square:
- buy Jan Eaton’s book on amazon.com
Is Jan’s book the true source of Willow Square design? I don’t know, because some motifs are simply passed on from one crafter to another. Either way, this one is doing just fine, because crocheters from all around the world simply love it!
Now let’s get back to today’s project, which is…
lacy and romantic
I’m a beginner. Is Willow Square hard to crochet?
How is this square built?
The square is built around the circle and has a flower-like motif in the center. Next, we add the border that encloses it in a square.
- source unknown – let me know if you know!
What can I make with this square?
You can use the squares as they are as coasters, or join them together to make a blanket. The modular nature of this design allows for various modifications – starting with the type of join and ending with the size of the blanket.
Of course, there are other things you could do with it, for example, pillows, cardigans, or table runners.
Where can I find Willow Square Blanket pattern?
talking about stitches…
Our growing website and library of free crochet patterns have some projects that might interest you, too.
Looking for these beautiful ideas was a true pleasure because there are so many of them online! It was quite hard to come up with a narrow selection, but here it is and I hope you will like it as much as I do.
The Best Willow Square Blanket Ideas
Neutral Willow Square Blanket Version by Ivaa’s Crochet
Classic neutrals are always a good idea because they look great on every interior. Instead of making regular granny squares, go for this ornamental design and see how nicely it combines vintage vibes with modern simplicity. Ivaa used a simple joining technique and an alpine stitch border.
Willow Square Blanket Version by Little Raincoat Creations
Using multicolored yarn always is an adventure, because you cannot really predict the final effect. Furthermore, when working with squares, each of them turns out truly unique. Claire chose pastel colorway, so her blanket ranges from very soft to more vibrant hues. Additionally, she used flat braid join to combine the squares
Willow Square Blanket Version by bytheseashore
Who said you have to follow the pattern as it is? The crocheter of this lovely piece omitted the outermost border element, but it looks great still! As you can see below, different shades of blue and green create a truly spring-inspired palette.
- photos by bytheseashore on ravelry.com
This project was based on Jan Eaton’s pattern, which is available in her book called “200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans” (see its Ravelry page). For the free crochet pattern, head to adorecrea.com.
Rosy Willow Square Blanket Version by BB’s Blankets
Crocheter behind BB’s Blankets used a very simple technique to make the blanket look polished, so take a quick look at the photo. As you can see, only the center part of the square features colors, but the border of each square as well as the join remain the same color. Nice and clean!
Green Willow Square Blanket Version by Bear & Bunny Crochet
Shades of green look fantastic all year round, so don’t hesitate to use it. The crocheter behind Bear & Bunny Crochet not only used a classic white to finish off the squares but also a stunning thick join. In the bottom photo, you can see the blocking station in use, which is a great way to make sure all squares are the same size.
Fiddlesticks Cedar Willow Square Blanket Version by Yarnish
We’ve already seen projects with two or three colors, but this one features four! In the photo, you can see how cute it looks when you mix and match the hues within the design. Soft shades of pink, green, and cream remind me of freshly blossoming flowers.
Colorful Willow Square Blanket Version by Katie Brunnen-James
Neutrals are great, but there are times when we simply need some color. This version of the Willow Blanket by Katie combines red, yellow, blue, and green in the most playful manner! Simple scalloped edging and white join tie it all together into one adorable baby blanket.
B&W Willow Square Blanket Version by BB’s Blankets
Hey, graphic lovers out there, this project is for you! BB’s Blankets’ version in simple black and white is simply mindblowing because it looks so effortless. Take a look at the photos and see how black and white square borders work together. To tie it all off, add the simplest border and a stunning blanket is ready.
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