Crochet Motif: Birch Square

Birch Square

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Introduction

Each of the VVCAL 2018 Squares were dedicated to a tree by one of the members of my CypressTextiles Tree Huggers Facebook group.

The Birch Square was named by Jessica Brooks-Fulton, Maja Fjellvang, and Wendy Stephens. Thank you all.

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Materials and Measurements

  • Yarn: Scheepjes Softfun (affiliate link) – (60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic); (140m/50g)
  • Color: If using the Warm Neutrals palette, make 5 square each of 9 colors, and 6 squares each of 3 colors, leaving the cream out for joining and border.
  • Hook: US Size 4.5mm
  • Size: 6 inches

Key Stitch Descriptions

  • 3dccl 3dc cluster: (yoh, insert hook in st/sp, yoh, pull up lp, yoh, draw yarn through 2 lps) 3 times, yoh, draw yarn through 4 lps
  • beg beginning
  • beg 3dccl beg 3dc cluster: beg dc, (yoh, insert hook in st/sp, yoh, pull up lp, yoh, draw yarn through 2 lps) 2 times, yoh, draw yarn through 3 lps
  • beg dc (sc, ch1) – counts as 1 dc
  • chN chain N number of times
  • dc double crochet
  • lp loop
  • MR make ring: slip knot, ch3, ss in third ch from hook
  • sc single crochet
  • sp space (chain space)
  • ss slip stitch
  • st stitch
  • yoh yarn over hook

Video Instruction

This video tutorial includes information on how to:

  • Make the beg dc and join rounds neatly
  • Join the round in a cluster st neatly
  • Weave ends as you go

Charted Instruction

Written Instruction

Rnd 1 MR, beg dc, (ch3, 2dc) 3 times, ch3, dc, ss in beg dc. [8 dc, 4 sp]

Rnd 2 Beg 3dccl in sp, (ch3, 3dccl in same sp, ch5, 3dccl in next sp) 4 times omitting final 3dccl, ss in beg 3dccl. [8 3dccl, 8 sp]

Rnd 3 Beg 3dccl in sp, * (ch2, 3dccl in same sp) 3 times, ch2, sc in ch-5 sp, ch2, 3dccl in next sp, rep from * 3 times omitting final 3dccl, ss in beg 3dccl. [16 3dccl, 4 sc, 20 sp]

Rnd 4 * (Sc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, sc) in next 3 sps, sc in next sp, sc in sc, sc in next sp, rep from * 3 times, ss in first sc. [36 dc, 36 sc, 24 sp]

Rnd 5 Release the working lp, insert hook back to front through joining st, pull working lp to the back, * ch3, sc in skipped 3dccl working “behind” the petals, not “around” them – tilt petals toward you / watch video if needed – (ch3, sc in next 3dccl as before) 2 times, sc in 3 sc sts, sc in next 3dccl as before, rep from * 3 times, do not join round. [28 sc, 12 sp]

Rnd 6 Beg dc in sp, * 2dc in same sp, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in next sp, 3dc in next sp, dc in next 5 sc, dc in next sp, rep from * 3 times omitting final st, ss in beg dc. [68 dc, 4 sp]

Rnd 7 (Sc in all sts to corner sp, 5sc in corner sp) 4 times, sc in all sts to beg, ss in first sc, cut yarn. [88 sc]

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