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)
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
Ss slip stitch
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.