Strawberry Candy Squares

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Materials

Crochet Hook: 4mm or size needed to achieve gauge (I used a 3.5mm for this sample)

Yarn: DK weight yarn in seven colours, 295m for each of six colours and 1180m of a joining colour 

The sample uses Stylecraft Special DK (100g/295m) in each of Lemon (A), White (B), Spring Green (C), Aspen (D), Wisteria (E) and Magenta (F) and Fondant (G)  and 4 balls (400g/1180m) in Pomegranate (H).

You can purchase the yarn here.

Notions: Scissors and needle to weave in ends.

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Finished Size

Finished Size: 116 cm x 116 cm (excluding tassels)

Skill Level

Skill level: Suitable for beginners

Gauge

Gauge: 5 rounds in pattern = 10cm x 10cm, adjust hook size as necessary 

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology: 

UK terms are used throughout. 

Ss  – slip stitch

Tr  – treble crochet

Htr – Half Treble Crochet

Ch  – chain

Beg-ch – beginning chain

*to* – instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified in the instructions

Notes on the Granny Square

The pattern is based on the traditional Granny Square.  The Granny Square uses groups of treble crochet to form ‘treble clusters’. It is a really simple technique and suitable for a beginner. There are many different ways to make a Granny Square – this pattern has one chain stitch in each corner. The pattern also suggests you turn the work over after each round – I find this helps to keep the square even and it also makes the work reversible. 

Instructions for the Granny Squares

You need to make a total of 81 Granny Squares. I used a random colour order, ensuring that the colours were balanced. Make each square as follows:

Foundation ch4, join with ss in first ch to form a ring (alternatively you can use a magic ring).

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr in ring, (ch1, 3tr) 3 times, ch1, join with ss in 3rd ch of beg-ch.  Fasten off.

[4 treble clusters]

Round 2  Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch1 corner space.  Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *(3tr, ch1, 3tr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off

[8 treble clusters]

Round 3. Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch1 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in space formed between the treble clusters from round 2, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in next ch1 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in space formed between the treble clusters from round 2, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off

 [12 treble clusters]

Round 4 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch1 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from round 3, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in next ch2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in the next two spaces formed between the treble clusters from round 3, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[16 treble clusters

Round 5 Turn work over.  Pull up a loop in any ch1 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, *3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the previous round, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in next ch2 corner space*, repeat from *to* twice more, 3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the previous round, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch. Fasten off.

[20 treble clusters]

Joining the Squares

The squares were joined using the join-as-you-go method when adding a sixth round to each square with joining colour (H) (pomegranate) yarn. Alternatively you can complete the sixth round in joining colour (H) (pomegranate) for each square and then sew the squares together. The join-as-you-go method of joining involves slip stitching to the adjacent square after each set of treble clusters. There are many tutorials on the internet outlining how to do this.

Border

Border round 1: Using yarn H (pomegranate), pull up a loop in any ch1 corner space Ch3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into same space, work along the side of the blanket inserting *3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the squares below. When you come to the join between the two squares insert the treble cluster in the slip stitch that was formed when joining. Work (3tr, ch1, 3tr)* in the corner and then repeat from *to* until you reach the start of the round, 3tr in corner space where you started, ch1, ss into 3rd ch of beg-ch.

Border Round 2: Turn the blanket over, ss into the chain 1 corner space that you just formed. Ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr into same space, work along each side of the blanket working 3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the row below and working [3tr, ch1, 3tr ] in each corner.

Border Round 3: Turn the blanket over, ss into the chain 1 corner space that you just formed. Ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr into same space, work along each side of the blanket working 3tr in each space formed between the treble clusters from the row below and working [3tr, ch1, 3tr ] in each corner.

Border Round 4: Turn the blanket over, ss into the chain 1 corner space that you just formed. Ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr into same space, work along each side of the blanket working [2htr, ch1, 2htr] in each space formed between the treble clusters from the row below and working [3tr, ch1, 3tr ] in each corner. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Tassels (optional)

I added a tassel (using pomegranate (H) yarn) in each of the four corners.

You can do this as follows: