How to make Mini Crochet Squares

The Mini Crochet Squares have a simple 3-round design and each square is made with one colour.

These are little squares, perfect for using up small yarn scraps and using as a stash buster project. Each of the Mini Crochet Squares requires approximately 3-4g of double knit weight yarn (all my scraps were from my stash of Stylecraft Special DK yarn) spares and scraps.

Handmade crochet blanket made from Mini Crochet Squares

This page describes how to make the squares.

I used these squares to make a blanket. The squares will need to be joined together – and you can either sew them or crochet the squares together to do this.

I joined the squares using the join-as-you-go method, where the third and final round incorporates the join-as-you-go method of attaching the squares. I have added a photo tutorial further down the page on how to do this.

Abbreviations/Crochet Terms

UK terms are used throughout.

  • Ss – slip stitch
  • htr – half treble crochet (US half double crochet)
  • tr – treble crochet (US double crochet)
  • ch – chain
  • *to* – instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified
  • Beg-ch – beginning chain

Stitch Description and Conversion

stitch conversion

Equipment

Yarn and Hook: You can use any yarn you wish for this project and the corresponding crochet hook. I used a 4mm crochet hook and used Stylecraft Special DK yarn scraps. You will need approximately 3-4g of Stylecraft Special DK yarn for each of the Mini Crochet Squares.

The Stylecraft Special DK yarn I used was from my stash – and the colours are: Mushroom, Palma Violet, Cream, Silver, Lincoln, Sage, Clematis, Candyfloss, Sherbet, Spearmint, Grape, Wisteria and Grey.

Skill Level: Suitable for beginners/intermediate crocheters

Size/Gauge: Gauge is not critical for this project, but may affect yarn quantities. 

Each square should measure approximately 6cm x 6cm (2.3in x 2.3in), if you are using the yarn stated above. This will be different if you opt for using different yarn.

Notes on the pattern

  • Turn over after each round
  • Stitches are worked in between stitches rather than in the usual top of the stitch
  • The square is worked in 3 rounds, using 1 colour for each square
  • If you find that the square does not lie flat, feel free to adjust the number of chains in the corners
  • Make individual squares and then crochet or sew them together afterwards, alternatively you can join the squares using the join-as-you-go method – I have a photo tutorial on how to join using the join-as-you-go method towards the bottom of this page.

Written Pattern for the Mini Crochet Squares

UK terms are used throughout.

Round 1

  • Ch4; ss in first ch to form a ring (or make a magic ring);
  • Ch3 (counts as 1tr); 2tr into ring; ch2;
  • [3tr into ring; ch2] three times; 
  • Ss into third ch of beg-ch3 to close round. Turn over.
  • All subsequent rounds are worked in-between the stitches of the round below, this will be known as the ‘spaces’ in the following instructions.
Making Mini Crochet Squares using yarn stash
Round 1.

Round 2

  • Ss back into the ch2 space you just formed.  
  • Ch2 (counts as 1htr) 1htr into same ch2 space (this is the first part of the first corner formed);
  • 1htr in each of the next two spaces between the stitches of the round below,
  • *[2htr, ch1, 2htr] in the ch2 space to form a corner, 1htr in each of the next two spaces*.  
  • Repeat from *to* twice more, 
  • 2htr into first corner space, ch1, ss into the second ch of the beg-ch2 to complete the corner and close the round.
  • Turn the square over. 
Making Mini Crochet Squares using yarn stash
Round 2.

Round 3

  • Ss back into the ch1 space you just formed. 
  • Ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in same corner space.  Skip the first space between the htr’s below, 2htr in the next space, skip the next space, 2htr in the next space, 
  • *[2htr, ch1, 2htr] in the corner space, skip the next space, 2htr in the next space, skip the next space, 2htr in the next space*.  
  • Repeat from *to* twice more, 
  • [2htr, ch1] in the corner space, ss into third chain of beg-ch2 to close the round.
  • Fasten off.

Your finished square should look something like this once you have woven in the ends.

Mini Crochet Square made from yarn spares
Round 3.

Joining the Mini Crochet Squares using the Join-As-You-Go method

If you are using this joining method you will make up the first square as described above. For Square 2 you will follow the pattern above for Round 1 and Round 2. For Round 3 crochet the first side as follows:

  • Ss back into the ch1 space you just formed. 
  • Ch2 (counts as 1tr), 1htr in same corner space.  Skip the first space between the htr’s below, 2htr in the next space, skip the next space, 2htr in the next space, 
  • When you reach the corner space work 2htr, in the corner space,
  • Now you are going to join Square 2 to Square 1
  • You are going to do this by working a slip stitch into the corner space of Square 1 (this is shown by the needle in the photo below).
How to join Mini Crochet Squares
How to join Mini Crochet Squares

The slip stitch replaces the corner chain 1. However feel free to add a chain before and/or after the slip stitch if this works best for you.

Now go back to Square 2 and finish the corner space by working 2htr in the corner.

How to join Mini Crochet Squares

Make a slip stitch join in the next space along the side of Square 1.

How to join Mini Crochet Squares

Continue to work like this – completing the side of Square 2, whilst joining with a slip stitch in the spaces of Square 1.

How to join Mini Crochet Squares

Now complete the corner of Square 2 by working 2htr in the corner space.

How to join Mini Crochet Squares

Now complete the remaining 2 sides of Square 2.

How to join Mini Crochet Squares

Continue adding squares in this way along in a strip.

When adding squares in the rows below this you will need to join as follows.

I like to work the corner slip stitches into the diagonal square as shown for Square 3 below – joining the first slip stitch into Square 2, before continuing to work at joining to Square 1.

How to join Mini Crochet Squares
How to join Mini Crochet Squares

Some squares (such as Square 4 below) will need to join 2 different adjacent squares.

How to join Mini Crochet Squares

First join Square 4 to Square 2 in the same way.

How to join Mini Crochet Squares

When you reach the corner, join with a slip stitch to the diagonal corner (Square 1).

How to join Mini Crochet Squares
How to join Mini Crochet Squares

The continue working round Square 4.

Mini Crochet Squares in beautiful pastel colour and joined using the job-as-you-go method

Keep adding your Mini Crochet Squares using these principles.

Mini Crochet Squares in pastel colours joined to form a beautiful blanket

This is the finished blanket (below) using this pattern – more details (including the border) can be found here.