I was in the mood to crochet something mindlessly simple, but also play with a variety of colours. A “circle in a square” is about as easy as it gets and it’s also the perfect project for using up yarn bits and scraps.
The fun thing about crocheting squares is that they’re quick to finish, there are literally hundreds of square designs available to play with, and you can piece your squares together to make anything from baby clothes to sweaters to bags to slippers to throws and so on.
Then I used a white border to turn them into six-inch squares.
Here’s the crochet square pattern for anybody who wants to give it a try:
CIRCLE IN A SQUARE
Crochet hook: 8 mm
Yarn: colour A, colour B, and white.
With A, ch 4 and sl st closed to make a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc); 11 more dc into ring.
Round 2: Ch 3; dc into same stitch; 2 dc in each stitch around. (24 dc) Fasten off and join B.
Round 3: Ch 3; dc into same stitch; *2 dc in the next stitch; 1 dc in the next stitch; repeat from * around. (36 dc)
Round 4: Ch 3; dc into same stitch; *2 dc in next stitch; 1 dc in each of next 2 stitches; repeat from * around. (48 dc) Fasten off and attach white.
Round 5: Ch 7; 2 dc in next stitch; *1 dc in next stitch; 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches; 1 sc in each of the next 4 stitches; 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches; 1 dc in the next stitch; 2 dc in the next stitch. Ch 4; 2 dc in the next stitch; repeat from *around. To end, sl st into 3rd chain of ch-7. Fasten off.
And there you have it. Easy as pie.
The more I looked at the pink and orange squares, the more I began to imagine them pieced into an adorable sweater for a baby girl.
So I made more of them—eight squares in all. I stitched four squares together to make a back panel and then made two front panels comprised of two squares each.
I attached each front panel to the back panel by stitching them together at the shoulders. Once that was done, I decided to just crochet the sleeves instead of making them from squares as well.
With the back and front panels spread open into a “rectangle” (on the right side), I started at the left side and used white to crochet a straight row of hdc that started from the midpoint of the shoulder-connecting back circle to the midpoint of the shoulder-connecting front circle. (Now that I’m writing this, I’m realizing that I should have taken tutorial-style photos. Sorry about that. I’ve got to get into the habit now that I’ve started blogging!)
As you can see in the photos, I crocheted two rows of white, then a row each of orange and pink, then another two rows of white, and repeated that until the sleeve looked to be the right length. Then I repeated the same on the other side to make the right sleeve.
Once the sleeves were finished, I matched up all the seams (on the wrong side) and stitched them together. To finish up, I added a row of single-crochet around all the edges, including the sleeve edges.
I folded back each corner of the top front to make a collar and added matching orange and pink buttons. I also braided a little tie as a fastener for the middle front.
You can’t have a snazzy sweater without a hat, right? So I used the same colours to make a little “Hershey’s Kiss” hat to match. You can find the free pattern here, many thanks to Amanda Tipton and her Pardon My Chaos blog: http://pardonmychaos-amanda.blogspot.ca/2009/09/kissame-crochet-hat-tutorial.html