This post was first published as part of the Geo-Boho Cal I ran in September 2019. But it shows how to crochet a solid granny square with added texture of a cross made from Front Post double crochet (USA), or the RtrF (UK).
See the raised cross in the middle – this crochet square teaches how to make the cross shape raised – again – using a different part of the stitch (A bit like the BLO circle last week)
Wow, week 4 already!
We are onto Amber. I can not fully get across to you in typing the colour of this yarn.
I am a bit of a mustard fanatic, and this ticks every single box multiple times!
Photos really do not do it justice.
Week 4, I’m assuming you have your yarn now, but if not……
2 balls of each Yarn A (Indigo 6505) Yarn B (Misty 6707) Yarn C (Peacock 6404) Yarn D (Amber 6909) Yarn E (Azalea 6606) Yarn F (Quartz 6202)
6 balls Yarn G (Pure 6208)
We’ve already made the Indigo, Misty and Peacock squares.
So, back to a square this week, and adding some texture.
Learn how to crochet?
We are adding texture – using the stitches to help us, but we are back on squares.
See the nice raised cross shape in the middle?
This is made by doing FPTr – or front post treble crochet (or FPDC if USA)
With the Indigo square, you made all stitches in the usual “top 2 loops” of the stitch. Thats what makes it nice and flat.
Last week we experienced the back loop only, which gives a spiral – you’d get the same on a square too if we did it, a square spiral.
This week however, using crochet at its finest, we make the stitch around the long part of the stitch (see the video below!). Sounds weird I know – but it works, and it works brilliantly.
How do you RtrP or FPDC to get a cross shape?
We do 2 stitches on round 2 FPTr, and then for every round, continue the same 2 stitches as FPtr. All other stitches are like the Indigo Squares we did back on week one.
What you will need:
Each finished square measures 21cm when blocked.
Ch (s) Chain / chain stitches
FPtr Front post treble crochet
ML Magic Loop
Ss Slip Stitch
tr Treble crochet (US double crochet)
How to make a RTrF or FPDC crochet Square ?Amber – Make 8
Round 1 Ch3 (counts as first tr on this round only), 1tr into the ring, ch2, [2tr into the ring, ch2] 3 times, ss in top of beg ch3. [8 tr, 4 ch2-sps], ss to join.
Round 2 ch2 (does not count as a st throughout), * FPtr around next 2st, [2tr, ch2, 2tr] in corner ch2-sp; rep from * three more times, ss to top of FPtr. [8FPtr, 16tr]
Round 3 Ch2 *FPtr around next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 2tr, [2tr, ch2, 2 tr] in corner ch2-sp, 1 tr in each of the next 2tr; rep from * 3 more times, ss to top of FPtr. [8FPtr, 32tr]
Round 4 Ch2 *FPtr around next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 4tr, [2tr, ch2, 2 tr] in corner ch2-sp, 1 tr in each of the next 4tr; rep from * 3 more times, ss to top of FPtr. [8FPtr, 48tr]
Round 5 Ch2 *FPtr around next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 6tr, [2tr, ch2, 2 tr] in corner ch2-sp, 1 tr in each of the next 6tr; rep from * 3 more times, ss to top of FPtr. [8FPtr, 64tr]
Round 6 Ch2 *FPtr around next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 8tr, [2tr, ch2, 2 tr] in corner ch2-sp, 1 tr in each of the next 8tr; rep from * 3 more times, ss to top of FPtr. [8FPtr, 80tr]
Round 7 Ch2 *FPtr around next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 10tr, [2tr, ch2, 2 tr] in corner ch2-sp, 1 tr in each of the next 10tr; rep from * 3 more times, ss to top of FPtr. [8FPtr, 96tr]
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Change to a 4mm hook and Yarn G, Pure, to work the first of the following sts in the first tr:
Round 8 Ch3 (counts as a tr), tr in each st around working (2tr, ch2, 2tr) in each ch-2 corner sp. [108 sts]
Round 9 Ch3 (counts as a tr), tr in each st around working (2tr, ch2, 2tr) in each ch-2 corner sp. [134 sts]
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Week 4 completed.
You should now have 32 squares all done, and ready to hit the gorgeousness that is Azalea.
Just wait for the colour to “pop” when these squares are added!
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