Hello Hello! And welcome to my circular squares crochet pattern tutorial. It was cooked up one afternoon whilst trying to teach a friend to crochet and as such is very easy, whilst covering quite a few different stitches. As far as I am aware this is my own version, although my inspirations for this little square can all be found on my blog post here.
Before we begin I must firstly excuse two things, the first is the light in the photographs, the day started out sunny which was brilliant but then clouded over and became very variable so some of the photos are darker than I would have wished them to be. Hopefully not too dark that you can't see what is going on. The second thing is my thumbnail which I snapped and ripped on a door at work and it hasn't fully recovered. Try to ignore that bit.
So...moving swiftly on, as I was teaching my friend the very basics of crochet, we began with the initial knot. People have all sorts of different ways of doing this, from wrapping the yarn a particular way around the hook to just tying a knot around the hook. I thought I would show you my way.
Make your hand into a gun shape, trapping the end of your yarn between thumb and finger.
Wrap the yarn over the top of your fingers, round and up from the bottom, crossing over on the underside, but not on the top (see below).
Thread your hook under the first strand and over the second, then flip your hook over so you are twisting the two strands together and the crooked end of the hook is now facing in the opposite direction.
Carefully disentangle your fingers from the loops and pull the ends of the yarn very carefully. The size of the loop you have created can be made bigger or smaller depending on which end of yarn you pull on. Tighten the loop so that it sits comfortably around the diameter of the hook without being too tight and voila!! Once you have had a few goes this is really quick and easy and can be done in seconds. The best part is that it pulls apart again if you need it to.
You are now ready to start crocheting your square. (This pattern uses UK terms so if you are in the US you may have to adapt it slightly. )
To make the circle:
Magic Circle Round:
To begin; Chain 4, then insert your hook back into the first chain and make a slip stitch. This will form your magic circle.
Once joined, Chain 3 (this will count as one treble stitch), and working through the magic circle, make 11 treble stitches. (Treble Stitch = YO, through the ring, YO, back through the ring, YO, through two loops on your hook, YO, through the last two loops on your hook.) You should have 12 stitches in all- it's important to do all of your counting now so no unraveling need happen (I speak from experience!).
Finish this round by inserting your hook through the third chain of your initial stitch and making a slip stitch. Turn your work.
Once you have turned your crochet, insert your hook into the nearest left side space between treble stitches and make another slip stitch, this is to make sure you are starting at the centre of your stitches.
Chain 2, then in the same stitch gap, make 1 treble stitch and chain 1. (This will count as an honorary half treble stitch.)
In all of the remaining stitch gaps, make 1 half treble stitch and 1 chain stitch. (Half Treble Stitch = YO, through the stitch gap, YO, back through the stitch gap, YO, through 2 loops on the hook, YO, through the stitch gap, YO, back through the stitch gap (four loops on the hook), YO, through 2 loops on the hook, YO, through the remaining 3 loops.) Insert your hook into the second chain stitch of the first stitch and make a slip stitch to close the round. Turn your work.
As before, once you have turned your work, make another slip stitch into the nearest chain gap to the left of your hook. Chain 3. In the same stitch gap, make 2 treble stitches, chain 1.
In all of the remaining chain stitch gaps, work 3 trebles and 1 chain stitch. Once you have gone all of the way around, insert your hook into the third chain from the first stitch and make a slip stitch to close the round. Turn your work.
Make a slip stitch in the nearest left side chain gap. Chain 3, then in the same stitch gap make 2 treble stitches. In all of the remaining stitch gaps work 3 trebles and 1 chain stitch. (Round Four is the same as Round Three.)
Once you have gone all of the way around, insert your hook into the third chain from the initial stitch and make a slip stitch. Fasten off.
Now you have a perfect circle!! I have darned in my ends here as it is a good place to stop and work up a whole stash of different coloured circles before you begin making them into squares.
To make the square:
In any chain gap of the last round, join your new colour.
Chain 7. (It seems a lot but you will see why at the end.)
In the same chain gap make 2 treble stitches. For the following stitches you will now be working between all of the treble stitches of round four, not just the chain gaps.
For the next 8 stitches make one of the following in each: *1 treble, 1 half treble, 1 half treble, 1 double crochet, 1 double crochet, 1 half treble, 1 half treble, 1 treble. The double crochet stitches should fall in the middle of a trio of treble stitches from the previous round.
To work the corner, make 2 treble stitches, 4 chain stitches, 2 treble stitches into the same gap.*
(Without turning your work.) Make another slip stitch into the chain gap to make sure you are starting in the right place.
Chain 3 (Counts as 1 treble).
Into the same chain gap, work 1 treble, 3 chains, 2 trebles.
Into all of the following 11 stitches along the straight edge work 1 treble (be careful when you insert your hook between the stitches as they are all different heights) until you reach the corner sequence.
For the corners, make 2 trebles, 3 chains, 2 trebles into the same chain gap.
When you have gone all the way around, make a slip stitch into the third chain of the initial sequence and fasten off.
You may need to block these squares as they can get kind of curly, but they are just so dainty and cute! Perfect for a baby blanket or cushion.
I haven't made much difference between the circle and the square in my tutorial as I didn't have the right colours of wool to hand but just think how striking you could make this with different colour choices.
You could also separate each round with a different colour rather than turning, and keep working the square border into lots of rounds to make the square bigger to fit your project. Lots of ideas! Hope you enjoy and do also check out those inspirational blog tutorials to see if one of them suits you better.