My "Arlene" Crochet Square
This design is one that I came up with as I was crocheting the Vibrant Vintage CAL designed by Rachele Carmona. The pattern is available on Ravelry and there is a group devoted to the project. As Rachele Carmona named each of her designed squares after friends, I did the same with this one.
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
Beg CD: = (SC Chain 1)
Beg 2DC Cluster – Beg DC and DC in same stitch.
Beg DC does not count as
stitch. When joining, join with
slip stitch in DC, skipping over Beg DC.
2DC Cluster – (YO, insert hook in stitch, YO, pull up loop,
YO, drawn yarn through 2 loops on
hook) twice, YO and draw yarn through
all 3 loops on hook.
Foundation: Ch-5 and join in first Ch to make ring OR, use magic loop.
Round 1: All in ring, Beg 2DC Cluster, ch 2; **( 2 2DC Clusters, ch 2) 3 times, 1 2DC Cluster, join at top of first 2DC Cluster with slip stitch. _8_2DC Clusters, 4 ch-2 space total_ [8 stitches + 4 spaces]
Round 2: Slip stitch into first ch 2 space, chain 8, DC into next stitch, ch 1, DC, ch 1; **slip stitch into next ch 2 space, chain 8, DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1** 3 times, join by slip stitching into the first 4 loops of the chain 8 loop. _4_ch-8 spaces, 8 DC, 8 ch-1 spaces_  [2 stitches + 3 spaces per side]
Round 3: Beg 2DC Cluster, chain 1, 3 2DC Clusters all into Chain 8 space (start of first corner); **SC into 1st DC stitch, chain 2, 4 DC in chain 1 space, chain 2, SC in DC stitch, slip stitch into the next chain 1 space, make corner (3 2DC Cluster, chain 2, 3 2DC Cluster)** 3 times, 2 2DC Clusters to complete first corner, join with a slip stitch to top of Beg 2DC Cluster. _24 2DC Clusters, 16 DC, 8 SC, 8 ch-2 spaces, 4 ch-1 space_  [12 stitches + 3 spaces per side]
Round 4: Slip stitch into the next DC stitch (first stitch before corner space); then, into the chain 1 (corner) space, Beg DC, chain 1, 3 DC into chain 1 space (start of first corner); **3 HDC in next 3 stitches, SC into SC stitch, slip stitch into chain 2 space, chain 6, SC into the chain 2 space, SC into the next SC stitch, 3 HDC in next 3 stitches, make corner (3 DC, chain 1, 3 DC)** three times, 2 DC to complete first corner, join with a slip stitch to top of Beg DC. _24 DC, 28 HDC, 12 SC, 4 ch-6 spaces_  [16 stitches + 1 space per side]
Round 5: Beg DC, chain 1, 1 HDC and pull snugly (first corner); **6 HDC in next 6 stitches, slip stitch into next stitch, 6 SC in chain 6 loop, slip stitch into next stitch, 6 HDC in next 6 stitches, make corner (1 HDC, chain 1, 1 HDC)** three times, join with a slip stitch to top of Beg DC. _56 HDC, 24 SC, 4 ch-1 spaces _  [20 stitches + 1 space per side]
Round 6: 3 SC in chain 1 space and pull snugly; then, ignoring any slip stitch spaces (after stitches #9 and #15 on each side), SC in all stitches around, placing 3 SC in corners. After final SC, join with a slip stitch in the first SC. Cut yarn and finish off ends. _88 SC total _  [22 stitches per side)]
Note: Avoid picking up the first DC stitch that is INSIDE (and to the left) of the corner loops when doing Rounds 5 and 6.
Suggestion: When using this square for making a blanket, it is recommended that it gets trimmed with a double crochet round, probably in a different color, and putting either 5 DC in each corner, or, 2 DC, chain 1, 2 DC in each corner.
Final Note: This square has not been test-crocheted except by the designer. The designer welcomes anyone who wishes to test-crochet it and to provide feedback. To do this, email at: email@example.com. The square shown in the photo was crocheted with Knit Picks Mighty Stitch yarn (worsted weight) and using a 5.5 mm crochet hook. However, the square can be crocheted with any yarn and appropriate crochet hook to yarn being used.