Crochet Instructions

An easy crochet pattern for an 8" x 8" (20 cm) square


Here is an easy and free crochet pattern from the KASPattern book.

If you are learning to crochet, this is a great beginner pattern.




 Materials and Equipment

  • Worsted weight yarn (American)/ DK (UK)/ 8ply (Aust)
  • 4.5mm/US 7 Hook




Note: Pattern uses American terminology

American =


slip stitch (sl st) =

single crochet (sc)

single crochet (sc) =

double crochet (dc)

Note: Check your gauge(tension) after 3 or 4 rows.  This will save you some frustration if the square is too wide.  Adjust accordingly.


Chain 31

Row 1: Single crochet in each stitch across. (30 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1, single crochet in each stitch across.

Row 3: Repeat row 2 until square measures 20cm/8” long.

If the square is smaller than 20 cm/8”, add an edging of single crochet. At the corners, increase 3 sc in the corner stitch.

Weave in yarn end.

Leave a 50 cm/20” tail (for sewing the squares together). Butterfly* the tail to the square.


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. 

You can use different types of wool or wool blend yarns, acrylic yarns and bamboo or perhaps double up lighter yarn weight like 4 ply. But what ever your yarn weights, make sure your squares are warm and cosy, like the crocheted square above.

Making the crocheted squares as consistent in size and weight as possible will help our wonderful volunteers, grandmothers and others to join the squares quickly and easily into blankets for the abandoned children and AIDS orphans.   The children will treasure these blankets for their warmth, texture and colour, as well as for their crochet patterns.

The crochet squares have been designed at 8 x 8" (20cm) to make sure that they can be quickly made.  Ronda has requested that the tail, at one end of the square, be 20”(50cm) long and butterflied* to the square.

*How to butterfly the tail is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Use contrasting yarn and follow the directions......

We welcome crochet 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. All live in great poverty.

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 South Africa warm.

Every single square will be in a blanket to keep a cold child warm.

There are many photographs of the talented work that is being done by the members of our warm and friendly Square Circle forum.  Please join us there as we would love to meet you.

More free crochet patterns for 8 x 8” (20cm) squares are available in the Knitting and Crochet section.