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3 1/2" Quilt Inspired Crochet Square

A while back I fell in love with a piece of wall art I found at modobject at home, so until I get my husband to make one for me…I satisfied my lust with a new crochet square pattern and made myself the a pillow.

                                                                                            Tara Murray © May 2011
Materials:
*I hook
*Worsted weight yarn in two colors
I used Caron Simply Soft
(which is very similar to Bernat Satin)
MC: White
CC: Any color
*Yarn Needle

*Scissors

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced (because of all the color change and a weird stitch)

Gauge: Pattern makes a 3 1/2″ square

Pattern Notes:
You will be counting your turning ch as a stitch. There is a lot of color change throughout pattern. When changing color just drop working color and pick up new color, dragging your colors around back side of your work as you work. There are notes on color change and special stitches below.

Square

With CC, Ch 2

Rnd 1 – work 8sc’s in 2nd ch from hk, join with sl st to first sc of rnd. (8)
Rnd 2 – Ch 2, work 2dc’s in same st as join, With MC, 2dc in next, *With CC, 3dc in next, With MC, 2dc in next, repeat from *2 more times, With CC, join with sl st to the top ch of your beginning ch 2. (20)

Rnd 3 – Ch 2, 2dc in next, dc in next, With MC, (fpedc, hdc) in next st, (hdc, fpedc) in next st, *With CC, dc in next, 2dc in next, dc in next, With MC, (fpedc, hdc) in next st, (hdc, fpedc) in next st, repeat from * two more times, With CC, join with sl st to the top ch of your beginning ch 2. (32)

Rnd 3 Help:
With MC, (fpedc, hdc) in next st…..

Once you’ve worked your fpedc around the post of the next st, you will need to pull your working yarn and fpedc out of the way a bit to work your hdc into the front and back loops of the same stitch
Rnd 4 – Ch 1, yo, insert hk into same st you joined into, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through two lps on hk, yo and insert hk into next st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through two lps on hk, yo and pull through all remaining lps on hk, dc2tog, With MC, (fpedc, hdc) in next st, sc in next 2, (sc, hdc, fpedc) in next st, *With CC, dc2tog twice, With MC, (fpedc, hdc) in next st, sc in next 2, (sc, hdc, fpedc) in next st, repeat from * two more times, With CC, join with sl st to top of first dc decrease. (36)

This is how your work should look after the first double crochet decrease…you should have two remaining CC color stitches left for the next double crochet decrease.   

Rnd 5 – Ch 1, yo, insert hk into same st you joined into, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through two lps on hk, yo and insert hk into next st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through two lps on hk, yo and pull through all remaining lps on hk, With MC, (fpedc, hdc) in next st, sc in next 5, (hdc, fpedc) in next st, *With CC, dc2tog, With MC, (fpedc, hdc) in next st, sc in next 5, (hdc, fpedc) in next st, repeat from *two more times, With CC, join with sl st to top of dc decrease. (40)

Fasten off and Weave in ends.

Help with color change:
Always change color in the last step of the stitch just before color change.

Ex: Double Crochet before color change: yarn over, insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, drop working color, yarn over with new color and pull through last two loops on hook.

Special Stitches:

Fpedc (front post extended double crochet) – yarn over, insert hook around post (see photo), yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and pull through one loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook.
Dc2tog (double crochet two together/double crochet decrease) – yarn over, insert hook into indicated st, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over, insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through all remaining loops on hook.

Notes on making the pillow:
I worked 9 squares and sewed them together. It makes about a 10 by 10” square pillow.

After I had the squares sewn together, I stretched the big square out nicely on a piece of pretty fabric and cut out a piece of fabric about ½” larger on all sides. I sewed in the ½” of the fabric square to make it the same size as my crocheted square. Then I used my sewing machine and sewed the big crocheted square to my fabric square leaving a hole big enough for me to stuff the pillow. After I stuff the pillow I sewed that little hole up by hand.

© Copyright Notice: You have permission to sell the finished product for this pattern but rewriting, reselling, distributing, or copying the pattern itself is prohibited. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you decide to sell the finished products from any of my patterns, I just ask that you please give me credit for the pattern with a link to my shop www.mamachee.etsy.com or blog www.easymakesmehappy.blogspot.com

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  1. I loooooooove this! Is there another way to join the new colors so you could make these into a blanket?

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  2. I love this too! I’m nowhere near having the skill to do this yet, but I think I’ll try anyways :)

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  3. I’m making this into a blanket. I changed colors as she did, but I ran the “off” color behind the “on” color and crocheted it in. Sometimes you can see the “off” color show through, but blocking helped this. I found that i had to block each of these squares before I could sew them together in a blanket.

    I love the way this pattern turned out. But it was a pain in the…wrist?…to make.

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  4. This reminds me of the Cathedral Window Quilt. I make them. They take time to complete, but are worth every second of time spent! Beautiful! I think I have to make some of these to cover pillows.

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