The Spring Square

The Spring Square is a modern variation of the Granny Square. The stitches used are half treble crochet stitches (UK terms). The square is simple to make. You can have fun creating different effects with different colour combinations. You can use this Spring Square just as you would a Granny Square, to make up different projects such as coasters, blankets…etc. The advantage of the Spring Square is that it does not have the holes that a traditional Granny Square has.

The squares below are all from this one square pattern. Each square requires approximately 7g of DK yarn, but this might be a perfect project to use up your odds and ends.

Materials 

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Crochet Hook:  4mm or size needed to achieve gauge 
Yarn:DK weight yarn, each square requires approximately 7g of DK yarn
I used Stylecraft Special DK – you can purchase this yarn here
Notions:Scissors
Needle to weave in ends 
Finished size:A square with 7 rounds should measure approximately 10cm x 10cm, this will depend on your tension
 Skill Level: Suitable for beginners 
Gauge:7 rounds = 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in), adjust hook size as necessary 

Abbreviations/Crochet terminology:

UK terms are used throughout. 

ss         slip stitch

htr       half treble crochet

ch        chain

*to*     instructions between asterisks will be repeated as specified

htr cluster ā€“ a group of 2 htr stitches

beg-ch ā€“ beginning chain

Stitch Guide/Conversion Guide

UK termUK abbreviationUS termUS AbbreviationDescription
Half Treble CrochethtrHalf Double CrochethdcYarn over hook. Insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over hook, pull through remaining three loops to leave 1 loop on the hook
Slip StitchssSlip StitchssInsert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch and through loop 
ChainchChainchYarn over hook, pull through loop

Notes on the pattern

This is a really simple pattern, based on a 2 rounds repeat. The pattern uses the htr stitch worked in groups of 2 (htr cluster) and is similar to the v-stitch. It differs from the traditional v-stitch as it worked in half treble crochet stitches rather than treble crochet stitches and there is no chain stitch between the two stitches. This gives a tighter and less holey structure to the work. Each htr cluster is worked in the middle of the corresponding htr cluster of the round below, giving an appearance of a stack of Vā€™s (see photo below – Fig 1).

Fig 1.

In each of the corners I worked 1 chain stitch. However, you can insert 2 or 3 chain stitches if you prefer. Do what works best for you.

Instructions

Foundation Round. Make a magic ring or ch4 and ss into 1st chain to form a ring

Round 1. Ch2 (counts as 1 htr), 1htr into the ring, ch1, 2htr, ch1, 2htr, ch1, 2 htr, ch1, ss into beg-ch. Fig 2.

Fig 2.

Round 2. Turn over. Ss back into the ch1 space you just formed. Ch2 (counts a 1htr) (Fig 3). Work 2htr in between the 2htr in the row below (placement indicated by needle in Fig 4) (Fig 5). *Work [1htr, ch1, 1htr] in the corner space (placement indicated by needle in Fig 6), work 2htr in between the 2htr from the row below.* Continue from *to* until you reach the corner where you started, work 1htr, ch1 and ss in beg-ch. Fig 7.

Round 3. Turn over. Ss back into the ch1 corner space you just formed. Ch2 (counts as 1htr), work 1 htr into same corner space (Fig 8). Work 2htr in between the 2htr in the row below (placement indicated by needle in Fig 9). *Work [2htr, ch1, 2htr] in the corner space, work 2htr in between the 2htr from the row below.* Continue from *to* until you reach the corner where you started, work 2htr, ch1 and ss in beg-ch. Fig 10.

Round 4. Turn over. Ss back into the ch1 space you just formed. Ch2 (counts a 1htr). Work 2htr in between each of the 2htr clusters in the row below (placement indicated by needle in Fig 11). *Work [1htr, ch1, 1htr] in the corner space, work 2htr in between each of the 2htr clusters from the row below.* Continue from *to* until you reach the corner where you started, work 1htr, ch1 and ss in beg-ch. Fig 12.

Round 5. Turn over. Ss back into the ch1 corner space you just formed. Ch2 (counts as 1htr), work 1 htr into same corner space. Work 2htr in between each of the 2htr clusters in the row below (Fig 13). *Work [2htr, ch1, 2htr] in the corner space, work 2htr in between each of the 2htr from the row below.* Continue from *to* until you reach the corner where you started, work 2htr, ch1 and ss in beg-ch. Fig 14.

Round 6. Repeat round 4. Fig 15.

Fig 15.

Round 7. Repeat round 5. Fig 16.

Fig 16.

If you want to add any additional rounds – continue adding rounds 4 and 5.

You can have fun with using different colours and combinations.

Fig 17. Single colour

Fig 18. 2 rounds colour A, 1 round colour B, 2 rounds colour C, 2 rounds colour D

Fig 19. New colour for each round

Fig 20. 4 rounds colour A, 3 rounds colour B

You can make as many or as few squares as you like and use them in many different projects.

You can use this pattern to make coasters.

Or a blanket……….

……..see here for more on this.