Crochet Motif: Australian Gum Square

Australian Gum Square


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

The Australian Gum Square was named by Lea Beaumont. Thank you.

Australia, Tasmania, Central Highlands. A weather beaten gum tree stands in front of Lake Windemere on the Overland Track, Tasmania

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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

  • 2trcl 2tr cluster: * yoh 2 times, insert hook in st, yoh, pull up lp, (yoh, draw yarn through 2 lps) 2 times, rep from * 1 time, yoh, draw yarn through 3 lps
  • beg beginning
  • beg 2trcl beginning 2tr cluster: (beg tr, tr) in st/sp
  • beg dc (sc, ch1) – counts as 1 dc
  • beg tr (sc, ch2) – counts as 1 tr
  • 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
  • tr treble
  • yoh yarn over hook

Video Instruction

This video tutorial includes information on how to:

  • Make the beg dc and beg tr and join rounds neatly
  • Create mini bobbles with tr and sc sts
  • Weave ends as you go

Charted Instruction


Written Instruction

Rnd 1 MR, beg dc, 15 dc, ss in beg dc. [16 dc]

Rnd 2 (Sc, tr) in 16 sts, making sure to keep the tr “bobbles” at the front of the work. If this is too difficult, simply turn your motif to the WS and work this round on the WS instead. Then your tr sts will naturally “bobble” on the RS of the work. If you do this, don’t forget to turn the motif back to the RS for the next round. Ss in first sc. [16 tr, 16 sc]

Rnd 3 Ss in next st, beg 2trcl in sc, (ch2, 2trcl in next sc) 16 times, ch2, ss in beg 2trcl. [16 2trcl, 16 sp]

Rnd 4 5sc in all sps around, ss in first sc. [80 sc]

Rnd 5 Ss in next st, (sc in next st, ch4, sk4) 16 times, ss in first sc. [16 sc, 16 sp]

Note: Alternatively, Rnd 5 can be worked as follows for a more well-behaved square in the end.

Rnd 5 Ss in next st, * (sc in next st, ch3, sk4) 3 times, sc in next st, ch4, sk4, rep from * 3 times, ss in first sc. [16 sc, 16 sp]

Rnd 6 * 5sc in 3 sps, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in next sp, rep from * 3 times, ss in first sc. [16 dc, 60 sc, 4 sp]

Rnd 7 (Sc in all sts to corner sp, 3sc in corner sp) 4 times, sc in all sts to beg, ss in first sc, cut yarn. [88 sc]