Messy Mama creations and patterns
This is the pattern for the Big Square that I’m making as part of my Crochet Mood Blanket this year. Someone commented that it had a happy feel to it and I realised that’s exactly how I felt about it! I’ve finally managed to work one up where the stitch count worked properly, and that (purely by chance!) had a rather pretty sequence of colours to show off and so here it is ❤
Big Happy Flower Square
I’m using dk yarn and a 5mm hook.
Unless otherwise noted, work ch1 and sc into same stitch for beginning sc stitches; work ch3 for beginning dc stitches (counts as first dc), and work slip stitch to join rounds. Colours noted relate to those in the above picture for reference.
(Multi) Into a magic circle work 6 x 2-loop puff stitches (‘ps’) separated by ch1. (12st)
R2 (Multi) Into each ch sp work (3-loop ps, ch2, 3-loop ps, ch2). (36st)
R3 (gold) Into each ch2 sp work (3dc, ch1) using ch3 as first dc. (48st)
R4 (purple) (Worked blo around.) Join into any ch st. Sc around. (48st)
R5 (purple) (Worked blo) Join (blo) into any st over a ch sp. ch1, *sc in same st. sc, 3hdc, dc, (dc, tr, ch2, tr, dc) in same st, dc, 3hdc, 2sc*. Repeat * to * three more times. (15st each side plus ch2 in each corner)
R6 (gold) (Worked in both loops) Join in any st. Sc around. (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner spaces. (18st each side plus ch2 in each corner)
R7 (orange) Join in any corner sp. Ch3. Sk 1 st, dc in next st (ie in gold st between purple tr and dc). Dc in previous st. *Sk 2 st, dc in next st, dc in previous st* Repeat * to * seven more times** (dc, ch2, dc) in corner space. Repeat * to * nine times. ** Repeat ** to ** two more times. (dc, ch2) in corner space. (9 Xdc st and 2dc each side, plus ch2 in each corner)
R8 (orange) Sc around, working (sc, ch2, sc) in corner spaces. (21st each side plus ch2 in each corner)
R9 (olive) Join in any corner sp. Ch3, 3dc in corner space. **sk 1 st. sc in next st (between dc post and first Xdc). *sk 2 st, 5dc in next st (centre of Xdc), sk 2 st, sc in next st (between two Xdc’s)* Repeat * to * two more times. sk 1 st, 7dc in corner space** Repeat ** to ** two more times. sk 1 st. sc in next st. Repeat * to * three times. sk 1 st, 3dc in corner space, and sl st to join.
R10 (petrol) Join in centre of corner 7dc fan. ch1 and sc in same st. *ch3, dc into top of sc, ch3, sc into centre of 5dc fan* Repeat * to * three more times to finish with sc in centre of corner 7dc fan. (ch2, sc) in corner st. Repeat around. Finish with (sc, ch2, sl st into first sc) in first corner. Do not break yarn.
R11 (petrol) sl st into first ch3 sp. 4sc into each 3ch sp. (sc, ch2, sc) in each corner ch sp. (34st each side plus ch2 in each corner)
R12 (brown) (Worked blo) Join in any corner ch sp. 2sc in corner space, sc blo along, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corners. (38st each side plus ch2 in each corner)
R13 (red) Join in any corner ch sp. These two rounds you’ll be working the single crochet cluster. Sc, ch1, sc in corner ch sp. *sk 1 st, (sc, ch1, sc) in next st* Repeat from * to * along (19 clusters along edge) sk 1 st, (sc, ch2, sc, ch1, sc) in corner ch sp. Repeat * to * along. Continue around. Work (sc, ch2) and sl st to join.
R14 (red) ch1. sc2tog by inserting hook into each of the next 2 ch-1 sps, ch 1, *sc2tog by inserting hook into same ch-1 sp as previous st then into next ch-1 sp, ch 1, repeat from * to * along. For corners ch2 instead of ch1 after last sc2tog. Join and fasten off.