Like most yarn crafts, crochet is a wonderfully tactile way to stay stress-free. The repetitive nature of making each stitch is soothing on minds and bodies, and at the end of it, you have a beautiful piece of textiles to show off.
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Follow the steps below, or download the PDF here.
You will need
- Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton DK (100% Cotton 50g/100m) 1 ball each of: Milk (500), Sea Fret (501), Ikat (510)
- A 4mm (US G/6) crochet hook
Granny star square
This is a great pattern to start with if you’re a beginner at crochet. Using white yarn ch6, ss to first ch to join into a ring.
Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, ch1, *3tr into ring, ch1; rep from * four more times, ss to top of beg ch-3, ss to top of next 2 tr and ch-1 sp to start next round. [6 groups of 3 tr, 6 ch-1 sps]
Ch3 (counts as tr), (2tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in same ch-1 sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr, ch1) in each rem ch-1 sp around, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off. [12 3-tr groups, 6 ch-1 sps, 6 ch-2 sps]
Join blue yarn in any ch-2 sp with a ss, *ch6, ss in next ch-2 sp, (ch9, ss in next ch-2 sp) twice; rep from * once more, ss to first ss. [4 ch-9 sps, 2 ch-6 sps]
*6dc in next ch-6 sp, (4dc, ch2, 7dc) in next ch-9 sp, (7dc, ch2, 4dc) in next ch-9 sp; rep from * once more, ss to first dc. [14 dc per side]
Ch2 (counts as htr), htr into each dc around working (2htr, ch2, 2htr) in each ch-2 corner space. [18 htr per side]
Join grey yarn in any htr with a ss and repeat Round 4. [22 htr per side] Fasten off.
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Two-colour centre star
Now you’ve mastered the granny square, try this two-colour pattern. Using white yarn, ch6, ss to first ch to join into a ring.
Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into ring, ss to first dc.
Ch1 (does not count as st), 2dc in each dc around, ss to first dc. [12 dc]
*Ch4, dc in second ch from hook, htr in next ch, tr in next ch, skip dc at base of ch, ss into next dc; repeat from * five more times, ss to base of first ch, fasten off. [6 star ‘arms’]
Join blue yarn to any ch-1 sp at the end of a star arm with a ss, *working into the sts down the side of the arm; dc in next st, htr in next st, tr in next st. Working into the opposite side of the ch up the other side of the next star arm; htr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, ss in ch-1 sp at the top; rep from * 5 more times, fasten off.
Join blue yarn to any ss at the top of star arm, *ch6, ss in ss at top of next star arm, (ch9, ss in ss at top of next star arm) twice; rep from * once more. [4 ch-9 sps, 2 ch-6 sps]
Repeat Rounds 4-6 of the granny square pattern.
The finished size for both squares is 13×13 cm (5×5 in)
Abbreviations: (UK terms used throughout)
- Beg beginning
- Ch chain Ch-sp(s) chain space(s)
- Ch-2 sp(s) chain space(s) consisting of 2 chain (or number stated)
- Dc double crochet
- Htr half treble crochet
- Rem remaining
- Rep repeat
- Ss slip stitch
- St(s) stitch(es)
- Tr Treble crochet
- (…) Work all the sts within the round brackets in the stitch or space indicated
- (…) x times Work all the stitches within the round brackets the total number of times stated
- *….; rep from * x more times Repeat the instructions after * for the stated number of times more
- […] Stitch counts within square brackets show you how many stitches you should have at the end of round.
Pattern originally published in Project Calm issue 5.