Friday, September 7, 2012

French Square Crochet Tutorial

You simply won’t believe how easy it is to make this fancy French Square crochet motif! The center is simplicity at its best, and the sides and corners use common stitches I’ve shown on this blog many times before. By breaking the pattern down into the following, easy to follow steps, you’ll discover how quickly these pretty little motifs fill your basket for so many new and exciting crochet projects.

Step 1:  Chain 6, make a ring by slip stitching into 1st chain.
Step 2:  Chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + ch 1, make 1 double crochet + 1 chain in center of ring (11 times) to create 12 spokes with 1 chain between each.  Slip stitch to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4.

Step 3:  Slip stitch into next chain 1 space
Step 4:  Chain 3, make puff stitch > yarn over, insert hook where indicated, yarn over, pull up a loop (4 times), yarn over, draw through all 9 loops on hook, in same space
Step 5:  Chain 2, make puff stitch in next chain 1 space
Step 6:  Chain 3, triple crochet in next dc, chain 3 (corner made)
Step 7:  Make puff stitch in next chain 1 space, chain 2 (twice), make puff stitch in next chain 1 space
[Repeat Steps 6 and 7 (2 more times)]
Step 8:  Repeat Step 6 once
Step 9:  Make puff stitch in last chain 1 space
Step 10:  Chain 2, slip stitch in top of 1st puff stitch in round. Pull tightly, pushing 1st chain 3 behind square.
Step 11:  Chain 1, single crochet in top of same puff stitch

Make Corner (Steps 12 – 15)
Step 12:  Chain 2, make 4 dc in next chain 3 space

Step 13:  Chain 2, make triple crochet in top of next triple
Step 14:  Picot > chain 3, slip stitch in 1st chain

Step 15:  Chain 2, make 4 dc in next chain 3 space
Corner complete

Step 16:  Chain 2, sc in top of 2nd puff stitch from hook; make corner
[Repeat Steps 12 – 16 around, ending with chain 2 and a slip stitch to 1st sc in round.]