Last week I promised you something a little different, well maybe it is different but then again maybe it isn’t!

Here it is:

Number 4

Number 4

Firstly, you will have noticed it is bigger.  It is designed to be 4 times the size of squares 1 to 3, or twice the width and depth.  This will make the design more interesting, as you need to fit both sizes of square into your blanket.

Second is is very similar to square number 3, but it has more rounds.

This is the pattern:

ABBREVIATIONS
The pattern is written in English crochet terms.
St = stitch
Ch = chain
Tr = treble (US dc)
Ss = slip stitch
Sp = space
Ch-sp =chain space

Foundation:  Make a 4ch foundation ch and join into a ring with a ss

Round 1: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 2ch) 3 times into the ring, (1tr, 1ch) into the ring, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 2: ss into 2ch-sp, (note for this and each subsequent round: this ss is to position the start of the round in the right place) 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, *1tr in next st, 1tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, 1tr in next st, 1tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st, 1tr into first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 4 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 4: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 2tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1tr into each st and 1ch-sp around, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch-sp, and work a final 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 5: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 8 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 8 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 6: as Round 4.

Round 7: ss into 2ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), 1tr into the same 2ch-sp, 1ch, *(1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 12 times, (1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1ch) in next 2ch-sp; repeat from * another 2 times, (1tr in next st, 1ch, miss 1 st) 12 times, 1tr into the first 2ch-sp, join to 3rd st of starting 5ch with a ss.

Round 8: as Round 4.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of about 6m for sewing or crocheting together later.

You should have 31tr along each side and a 2ch-sp at each corner.

I made a total of 5 of these in various colours.  If you want to add some multi coloured squares into your blanket this would be a good choice – I recommend changing colour every 2 rounds

I love this square; it has a regularity that pleases my eye and it has lots of possibilities.  You can carry on increasing the rounds until you make one huge blanket or you could stop at a cushion size (maybe you could make a cushion to match your final blanket?).  However, for this blanket I stopped at 8 rounds – just enough to make the design a little more challenging without being difficult to crochet 🙂

Thinking ahead, some of you may think this larger square could pose a few joining problems, because if you join with a wide seam you may find 4 joined smaller squares end up a little bigger than one larger square.  But do not worry I have 2 layouts for you and a solution if you want wide seams.

Tune in next week for another large square!

Happy crocheting xxx