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Trifolium Crochet Square – You’ve Got Options CAL

This post is part of a fun CAL in which participating designers give you a pattern in which you can make a 6″ or a 12″ square.

Mine is the Trifolium Square, so named because I think the center looks a tiny bit like a clover!

Made from the center out in three colors of worsted weight yarn, it’s embellished with surface crochet.

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Trifolium Square is part of the You’ve Got Options 2020 CAL/Crochet A Long. There are tons of patterns and wonderful giveaways so click here or on the photo at the end of the post to find out how you can play along! 

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Finished Size : 6″ if you work only rounds 1 – 4, 12″ if you work all rounds.

Materials:

3 colors of worsted weight yarn (CYCA 4, Medium). Model shown in Universal Yarn Uptown Worsted (100% acrylic; 100g; 180 yds) in Turquoise (A), Purple Iris (B), and Cream(C)

Crochet hook size I/9/5.50 mm or size needed to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle.

Notes:

Shell = 5 dc in designated st or sp

Ch 3 counts as 1 dc.

Ch 5 counts as 1 dc +ch-2.

Square: Both Sizes:

With A, ch 4. Join into ring with sl st in first ch.

Rnd 1: Ch 5, 3 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) twice, ch 2, 2 dc in ring. Join rnd with sl st in 3rd ch of beg-ch. 12 dc

Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, [ch1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, ch 2, 2 dc in first ch-2 st. Join rnd with sl st in 3rd ch of beg-ch. End off A. 24 dc

Rnd 3: Join B with a sl st in any corner ch-2 space, ch 5, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, [dc in each of next 3 dc, tr in center dc of 3 below the next ch-1 sp, holding working yarn in back to enclose the ch-1, dc in each of next 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, dc in each of next 3 dc, tr in center dc of the 3 below the next ch-1 sp as before, dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Join rnd with sl st in 3rd ch of beg-ch. 48 dc + 4 tr

Rnd 4: Sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 5, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, [dc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 sp] 3 times, dc in each st to first corner ch-2 sp, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Join rnd with sl st in 3rd ch of beg-ch. End off B. 74 dc

Surface Crochet Line 1

For a 12″ square you can do this now or add it in later!


With C, starting in any side stitch, work horizontal surface crochet in top of each stitch of Rnd 3. See video if you need a tutorial. When you come to the corner ch-2 sp, work a surface crochet stitch in the space, then in the space above of Rnd 4, then another in the space of Rnd 3, then move on to the next st.

When you come to the end of the rnd, cut C leaving a tail of about 6″. Thread the tail through the tapestry needle and bring it up through the work to the top, insert the needle under both loops of the first surface stitch, then put the needle back down where it came up. Weave those ends in on the wrong side.

6″ square is now done!

Square: Large Size Only:

Rnd 5: Join C with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 5, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, [sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, shell in next dc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 1 dc, shell in next dc, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, shell in next dc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 1 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, shell in next dc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 1 dc, shell in next dc, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, shell in next dc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 1 dc, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Join rnd with sl st in 3rd ch of beg-ch. End off C. 12 shells + 16 sc +4 corners

Note: It looks a little ruffly here but don’t panic, it evens out when the last 4 rounds are put on!

Rnd 6: Join B with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3 sc in same ch-2 sp, [sk 3 dc, shell in next sc, (sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, shell in next sc) 3 times, sk 3 dc, 5 sc in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, sk 3 dc, shell in next sc, (sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, shell in next sc) 3 times, sk 3 dc, 2 sc in first ch-2 sp. Join rnd with sl st in first sc. 16 shells + 12 sc + 4 5-sc corners

Rnd 7: Ch 5, 5 dc in same sc as rnd join, [sk 2 sc + 2 dc, sc in next dc, (sk 2 dc, shell in next sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc) 3 times, sk 2 dc+ 2 dc, (5 dc, ch 2, 5 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, sk 2 sc+2dc, sc in next dc, (sk 2dc, shell in next sc, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc) 3times, sk 2 dc + 2 sc, 4 dc in first ch-2 sp. Join rnd with sl st in 3rd ch of beg-ch. 16 shells +16 sc + 4 corners

Rnd 8: Sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 5, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, [sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, (sk 2 dc, shell in next sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc) 4 times, sk 2 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, (sk 2 dc, shell in next sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc) 4 times, sk 2 dc, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp. Join rnd with sl st in 3rd ch of beg-ch. End off B, 16 shells + 20 sc + 4 corners

Rnd 9: Join A with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 5, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, [dc in each dc across to next corner skipping each sc as you come to it, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, dc in each dc across to first ch-2 sp, skipping each sc as you come to it, dc in first ch-2 sp. Join rnd with sl st in 3rd ch of beg-ch. End off A.

Surface Crochet:

Line 2: With A, work one round surface crochet on the top of Rnd 5 as described in the Line 1 instructions above.

Line 3: If you are making only one square as part of a project, I would go ahead and add the C line on the top of Rnd 9. If it isn’t joined to anything you are essentially slip stitching. If you are making a bunch of the large ones to stitch into a project I would do the joint first, then go back and work a round of surface crochet on the top of Rnd 9.