This is the second of four 5 inch squares I made as homework for a crochet retreat. It’s a fun, asymmetrical pattern made with angled post stitches.

A little twisted square


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A Little Twisted Square

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Materials:

Difficulty:

Intermediate – Worked in the round, front post stitches worked at an angle.

Sizes:

5″ square

Gauge:

13 dc x 7 rows = 4″ square. The actual square is small enough and works up quickly enough, that there’s no reason to do a separate gauge swatch. The finished square should be 5 inches.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • csdc = chainless starting double crochet (can substitute ch 3 if you prefer).
  • fptr = front post treble
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • rnd = round
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side

Notes:

  • Because of the angled stitches, your square may have a slightly twisted appearance. Depending on the yarn you used, blocking should fix this. It should also straighten out when joined with other squares.
  • Keep your post stitches loose and even, so they lie flat and don’t pull at the fabric. If your square looks very twisted when you’re done and doesn’t easily block into shape, your post stitches might be too tight.

Instructions:

Note: All odd numbered (RS) rounds are worked with A, and all even numbered (WS) rounds are worked with B.

Rnd 1 (RS): With A: In magic circle, ch 3 (counts as dc),  2dc, (ch 3, 3 dc) 3 times, ch 3, join with sl st to first st.  (12 dc, 4 ch sps)

OR

Alternate Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as ch 1 and dc), in 4th ch from hook work [2 dc, (ch 3, 3dc) three times, ch 3], join with sl st to first st. (12 dc, 4 ch sps)

Rnd 2: Turn, sl st in ch sp, changing to B, (csdc, dc) in same space, *dc in each st across to next corner sp, ** (2dc, ch 3, 2dc) in next sp, repeat from * 3 times more, ending at ** on last repeat, (2dc, ch 3) in next sp, join with sl st to first st. (28 dc, 4 ch sps)

Note: On Rnd 1, you can see 4 groups of three stitches, one on each side of the square. For the post stitches on Rnd 3, we are going to be working with the first and third stitches of each of those groups. In other words, we’re working with the stitches closest to the corner spaces, and not the stitch in the middle. Use the picture of the finished square for help with placement.  

Rnd 3: Turn, sl st in ch sp, changing to A, ch 1, sc in same sp, *sc in next 3 sts, fptr around the first of the 3 stitches below from rnd 1, sk next st on rnd 2 (behind the fptr you just made), sc in next st, fptr around 3rd st below from rnd 1, sk next st on rnd 2, sc in next st, ** (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner sp, repeat from * for the other 3 sides of the square, ending at ** on the last repeat,  (sc, ch 2) in last corner, join with sl st to first st. (28 sc, 8 fptr, 4 ch sps)

Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 2 (52 dc, 4 ch sps)

Rnd 5: Turn, sl st in ch sp, changing to A, ch 1, sc in same sp, * sc in next 4 sts, fptr around 1st st below from Rnd 3, sk next st on rnd 4, sc in next st, fptr in 3rd st below from rnd 3, sk next st on rnd 4, sc in next st, fptr around 1st fptr from rnd 3, sk next st on rnd 4, sc in next st, fptr around next fptr from rnd 3, sk next st on rnd , sc in next 2 sts, ** (sc, ch 2, sc) in next corner sp, repeat from * for the other 3 sides of the square, ending at ** on last repeat, (sc, ch 2) in last corner, join with sl st to first st.  Fasten off. Weave in ends. (44 sc, 16 fptr, 4 ch sps)


I hope you enjoy the pattern!

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