Sunday, April 22, 2018

Free Crochet Pattern...Box of Color 12" Blanket Square


Blanket squares are one of my favorite things to crochet.  Quick, beautiful, and the possibilities are endless!  The Box of Color Square is a 12 inch blanket square that was inspired by a classic solid granny square with a bit of a twist.  Every other round incorporates back post double crochets along the sides instead of regular double crochet stitches, giving it a fun, textured appearance...almost like it was sewn together!  The other fantastic thing about making squares is the ability to play around with color.  For the square above, I used a bright mix of pinks, blue, and purples for a playful look, but decided to play around with a wintry jewel tone combination too...check out the video for the second color scheme!

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Box of Color 12" Blanket Square
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Materials:
  • 6.0 mm "J" crochet hook
  • Red Heart Super Saver in "Shocking Pink" "Perfect Pink" "Orchid" "Lavender" and "Turqua"
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
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Sizing:
  • 12 inches tall
  • 12 inches wide

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Instructions:

Ch 4, join in the ch furthest from the hook to create a ring.

Note: I switched colors after each round.  Also, if you prefer to use the magic ring technique, please feel free to do this instead.  For multicolor squares such as this one, weaving in your ends as you go will give a nice neat look and save you a ton of time too!  If you choose not to switch colors after each round, you'll need to slip stitch over to the corner space before you begin a new round.  Check out my video tutorial if you need help with this part.

Round 1: Ch 3, then work 2 dc into the center of the ring. Work (3dc, ch 2) three times into the center of the ring.  Join with a sl st to close round.

Round 2:  Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a bpdc into each of the next 3 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 3: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a dc into each of the next 7 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 4: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a bpdc into each of the next 11 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 5: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a dc into each of the next 15 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 6: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a bpdc into each of the next 19 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 7: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a dc into each of the next 23 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 8: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a bpdc into each of the next 27 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Round 9: Tie new color into any corner space (ch 2 space from previous round) and work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the corner space.  *Work a dc into each of the next 31 side stitches of the square, then (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the corner space.  Work from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.

Note: Depending on your personal tension and yarn used, there may be variations in height and width of your square, if you need your square to be a little bigger, just repeat round 9 as needed (only change is that with each additional round there will be more side stitches to work as the square grows, corners are always worked the same way).

Fasten off, weave in all ends, and block if needed.  I lightly steam blocked my square to get the corners nice and sharp.  Also, when working with post stitches as we did for the sides, they'll want to pull in a bit.  Lightly blocking your work will help with this.  

If you're using acrylic yarn, try this technique:



For natural fibers, a heavier wet blocking works well:




© Jennifer Dickerson 2018

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