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Meet Catherine from Crochet Cloudberry
Hej! I am Cat from CrochetCloudberry.co.uk. I live in the North East of England with my partner and our rescue cat Trixie. During the day, I work as a translator from German, while at night I crochet. My blog is my happy place where I share free crochet patterns and my musings about crochet.
I learned to crochet as an adult and just fell in love with it and was quickly an addict. Around three years ago, I began designing and set up my website to share my patterns. I have been lucky enough to contribute patterns to several UK magazines and to have worked on blog hops and collaborative projects with wonderful bloggers from the crochet community.
At the moment, my main project is the 2021 crochet pattern, where I release a couple of rounds of a pattern each week until the blanket is complete at the end of the year. I am also adding smaller patterns throughout the year.
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The retro square pattern was based on a cute tea set from the 70s that I found in a charity shop. I loved the bright greens and different shades of brown, colours that now often do not appear together and from then I just wanted to make something in those colours. The pattern is based on a granny square and is worked in the round. I have used 3D stitches to pick out the flowery details on the cups and plates. This is the first in a series of four squares – the others will be released at the start of 2022.
70s Retro Granny Square Crochet Pattern
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- Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK. DK Weight Yarn . 100 g ( oz) and 295 m ( yds). 100% Acrylic. Machine wash cold water (permanent press cycle), do not bleach. Tumble dry low heat. Iron on low heat. PCE Dry Clean (gentle).
- Colors: 1 skein each in Apple (1852), Cream (1005), Walnut (1054) and Copper (1029)
- Hook: 4 mm (G)
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, and Measuring Tape
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Square measures approximately 8 inches X 8 inches
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.
U.S. Terminology used
3dccl – 3 double crochet cluster
bpdc – back post double crochet
ch(s) – chain(s)
ch 1 sp – chain one space
ch-2-sp – chain two space
fpdc – front post double crochet
fpdtr – front post double treble
fpsc – front post single crochet
g – grams
hdc – half double crochet
m – meters
Mc – magic circle
oz – ounces
Puff stitch – puff stitch (*see special stitches)
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
ss– slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
yds – yards
yo – yarn over
[ ] Stitches written in brackets like this are all worked into the same stitch.
yarn over, pull up a loop 3 times from the same st, yarn over, pull through 6 loops, ch 1 and move to next stitch
3 double crochet cluster (3dccl)
work a dc3tog all in one stitch
- The 70s Retro Square is worked in the round. You do not need to turn your work after each round and you continue working in the same direction as before.
- Join each round with a slip stitch.
- [ ] Stitches written in brackets like this are all worked into the same stitch.
For the first stitch on each row:
- Chain 1 to move up to the next round if the round starts with double crochet.
- Chain 2 if the round starts with a half treble crochet, and chain 3 if the round starts with a treble crochet.
These chains count as the first stitch in the row.
70s Retro Square Crochet Pattern
This square is crocheted in rounds, without turning.
With your 4 mm (G) hook, (or size required for gauge):
Foundation: Walnut: Mc with 6 sc. Fasten off. (6)
Round 1: Apple: [2sc]. 6 times. Fasten off. (12)
Round 2: Walnut: 2sc, [hdc, dc, hdc]. 4 times. Fasten off. (20)
Round 3: Copper in any dc of round 2 (this is the corner of round 2). [3dc], 4 dc. 4 times. Fasten off. (28)
Round 4: Cream: [sc, ch 2, sc] in central dc of round 3, 6 sc. 4 times. (32 and 4 ch-2-sp)
Round 5: SS to corner, [sc, ch 2, sc], 8sc. 4 times. Fasten off. (40 and 4 ch-2-sp)
Round 6: Copper: [hdc, fpdtr over central dc of round 3 corner, hdc] in corner ch-2-sp, 10 fpdc. 4 times. (52 and 4 ch-2-sp)
Round 7: SS to corner and start work in fpdtr, [dc, ch 2, dc], 12 dc . 4 times. Fasten off. (56 and 4 ch-2-sp).
Round 8: Cream: [hdc, ch 2, hdc] in corner ch-2-sp, 14 bpdc. 4 times. (64 and 4 ch-2-sp).
Round 9: SS to corner, [dc, ch 2, dc], 16 dc. 4 times. Fasten off. (72 and 4 ch-2-sp).
Round 10: Apple: [sc, ch 2, sc], 7sc, fpdc over stitch in round 9 that is slightly to the left, 2sc, fpdc over stitch in round 9 that is slightly to the right, 7 sc. 4 times. Fasten off. (80 and 4 ch-2-sp).
In this round the fpdc are worked over the two central stitches from round 9 so it looks as if they almost meet.
Round 11: Cream: [sc, ch 2, sc], 20sc. Fasten off. (88 and 4 ch-2-dc)
Round 12: Apple in 2 stitches before corner sp. Sc, ch 1, skip 2, [3dccl, ch 1. 3 times] in ch-2-corner space, skip 2, 6sc, fpdc over fpdc in round 10, 4sc, fpdc over fpdc in round 10, 5sc. 4 times. Fasten off. (80 and 16 ch-1-sp).
Round 13: Walnut in first ch-1-sp on corner: sc, *fpsc over cluster, sc in ch-1-sp. From * 3 times. 7 sc, *puff stitch, sc. From * 3 times. 5sc. 4 times. Fasten off. (100)
Round 14: Cream: [dc, ch 2, dc] in centre fpsc on the corner, 10dc, *sc, hdc. From * 3 times. 8dc. 4 times. (104 and 4 ch-2-sp)
Round 15: Ss to corner. [hdc, ch 2, hdc], 26 hdc. 4 times. Fasten off. (112 and 4 ch-2-sp)
Weave in all ends.
Block to shape if desired.
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