March 25, 2015

Crochet Square Pattern and Photo Tutorial




It's all about Easter knitting and crochet projects in my house today. I have been playing with some yarn in pastel colours and posting pictures on Instagram when I got a couple of pattern request for this pretty square motif.



I found the original pattern on Ravelry and here is the link to it. However I must say that this pattern did not work for the yarn and hook I was using: the motif turned out too crowded with stitches and won't lay flat. So I tweaked the pattern and reduced the number of double crochet stitches in the first round and I made this photo tutorial.


Yarn used: Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in colours "Robin's Egg", "Hot Green" and "Sunshine". Any worsted weight yarn would work.


Hook used: 4 mm (G) or 5 mm (H). I tried both hooks and preferred hook G.
Abbreviations:

MR - magic ring
CH – chain
ST – stitch
SC – single crochet
Sl ST – slip stitch
Cl ST– cluster stitch
DC - double crochet
YO – yarn over

To work Cluster Stitch – YO, insert hook in next ST, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.


Round 1: Start with MR. Work into MR: CH4, *DC, CH1* 11 times, SL ST at the top of CH4 to complete the round. You should have 12 DC ST now (CH4 counts as DC). See picture below for help.

Round 2:  CH3, YO, insert hook under CH1,  YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. *CH3, CL ST* 11 times, CH3, SL ST at the top of CH3 to complete the round. You should have 12 CL ST now. See picture below for help.


Round 3: Insert hook under CH3 and work SC, CH5, SC in next CH3,

Insert hook under next CH3 and work 5 DC, CH4, 5 DC in the same CH3, SC in next CH3, CH5, SC in next CH3,
Repeat *5 DC, CH4, 5 DC in the same CH3, SC in next CH3, CH5, SC in next CH3* two more times, 5 DC, CH4, 5 DC and join with SL ST to complete the round.

Enjoy!
Lili
***Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***




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