An easy crochet pattern for an 8 x 8" square
Here is an easy crochet pattern, provided by Jill from
in response to many hundreds of requests to crochet squares as well.
If you are learning to crochet, this would be a great beginner crochet pattern and you can find details on how to crochet on Jill's site. If you already crochet, please use your own pattern variations, although we would suggest that the finished result is dense without too many holes, for added warmth.
Basic double crochet square
Yarn: Worsted weight #4
Hook Size: J/10 6.00mm
Gauge: 11.5 sts x 5.5 rows = 4"
Abbreviations: Ch(s)-chain(s), dc-double crochet, rep-repeat
Row 1. Ch 24, dc in 3rd ch from hook & each ch to end (23 sts including chs), turn.
Row 2. Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), dc in each dc across, turn.
Rep last row 11 times. Finish off, leave 2 yard (2 metre) tail for sewing up.
Crochet in whatever spare yarn you have
Wool or high wool blends are good for those children who will own a crochet blanket and live in shacks with high exposure to naked flames (candles, camp fires and paraffin stoves. Wool has a fire retardant quality, while acrylic can melt.
We welcome squares out of any yarn you have, as we will use them for the children who live in care, orphanages or for children who head up families in small houses, and who live in great poverty.
The need is so great, we will use every single square that is sent to help keep a cold child warm.
These beautifully coloured, crocheted squares were sent in February from Mary in Florence, Italy.They look like exotic sea creatures. Thank you Mary. The crochet pattern book Mary used was by Jan Eaton, 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets.
If you have any beautiful square patterns and photographs you would like to share, please post them to the
the knitting help page
for publication on the site.
If you would like to contribute other than to a crochet blanket, you can also try this
easy crochet pattern
for a Square Vest for the children.
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm in contributing to this
crocheting and knitting project
to help keep the abandoned children and AIDS orphans of Southern Africa warm.
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Yarns by weight and by fibre
Yarns have been sorted by weight and by fibre which makes it easy to chose: Joann home>knit and crochet>yarns>.Click anywhere in this boxJoann.com is a huge online store which sells a great range of yarns at good prices by both fibre and weight. There is also a clearance section - good to have a look for cheap yarn.
If you are purchasing wool, here are some you could try for this easy crochet pattern:
Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride
85% wool 15% mohair,
190 yards per 4oz
100% wool, 143 yards per 2.75oz
Ella Rae Classic Wool
100% wool, 219 yards per 3.5oz
Patons Classic Wool Merino
100% pure new wool,
223 yards per 3.5oz
100% wool, 220 yards per 3.5oz