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Celeste's Garden 12- inch Afghan Square: A Free Crochet Pattern


This year, one of my favorite things to make has been afghan squares. I can't get enough of them. Funnily enough, I had never made one before 2018. Before I started my blog, I had even designed a few, that will eventually be re-visited and (hopefully) find their way onto the blog pretty soon. But in the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to Celeste's Garden.


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I used two of my favorite stitches, v-sts and puffs, that are used both in the circle beginning and after it's squared. Ordinary dc rounds are placed between the v-sts and puffs to even it out a little bit. 



The name is inspired by the middle which resembles a six-pointed star and the green puff stitches that looked almost like leaves. Celestial means having to do with the heavens or sky and is where the name Celeste comes from. 



While making Celeste's Garden, I had something of a brilliant idea, if I say so myself. I am among those who love how color changes look but can't stand weaving in ends. So why not use two self-striping cakes and carry the yarn up the back? It worked surprisingly well and I loved the gradual shift of stripes. I will definitely be doing more of this. But for those of you who prefer to fasten off after every row, never fear; I have instructions for both methods in the pattern. 


If you have any questions/comments/concerns, don't hesitate to contact me, either by commenting below or through Facebook. I'd love to hear from you!

Without further ado, let's move onto the pattern. 



Celeste's Garden Square


What you'll need:
  • I/5.5mm hook
  • 92 yards worsted-weight yarn (I used Caron Cakes in Lilac Frosting and Macaron)
  • Yarn needle
Size: 12 inches across. 

Gauge: First three rounds measure 3 inches across

Special stitches:
  • v-st: (Dc, ch 1, dc) in the same st. One V-stitch made. 
  • Puff: *yo, insert hook in st and pull up a loop* 3 times. Pull through all 7 loops on hook. One Puff made. 
Other crochet abbreviations can be found HERE

Notes:
  • A ch 3 at the beginning of a round counts as a dc.
  • A ch 4 at the beginning of a round counts as a tr.
  • Corner refers to the ch-2 sp in the corner of your square. Corners aren't included in the end of round st count.
  • Round 9 has a different corner (to maintain the st count)
  • Optional color changes are written in {....}. Both methods fasten off after round 5. 
Instructions:  

Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form ring. 


Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, sl st to top of beg ch to join {fasten off}. (12 dc)


Round 2: {sl st in same st as join} ch 5 (counts as a dc + ch 2), dc  in first st, *sk 1, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next st* 5 times, sk 1, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch to join {fasten off}. (12 dc, 6 ch-2 sps)


Round 3:  Sl st in ch-2 sp {sl st in any ch-2 sp} ch 3, 5 dc in ch sp, *sk 2, 6 dc in ch sp* 5 times, sk 2, sl st to beg ch to join {fasten off}. (36 dc)


Round 4: {sl st in any dc} Ch 2, *puff, ch 4, sk 2* 12 times, sl st to top of 1st puff to join {Fasten off}. (12 puffs, 12 ch sps)


Round 5: Sl st in ch sp {Sl st in any ch sp}, ch 4, (tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc),  sk puff *5 sc in ch-sp, sk puff, (2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr) in ch sp, ch 2, sk puff,^ (2 tr, 2dc, 2hdc) in ch-sp* 3 times. Repeat  * to ^ once more, sl st to beg ch to join, fasten off. (Per side: 17 st. Total: 68 st) 


Round 6: Sl st in any corner, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner *dc in each st to corner^, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner* 3 times. Repeat * to ^ once more, sl st to beg ch to join {fasten off}. (Per side: 21 dc. Total: 84 dc) 

Round 7: Sl st in next dc and sl st in corner {or sl st in any corner} ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner *[Sk 1, v-st in next, sk 1]^ 7 times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner* 3 times. Repeat * to ^ once more, sl st to beg ch to join {fasten off}. (Per side: 7 v-st, 4 dc. Total: 28 v-st, 16 dc)


Round 8: Sl st in next dc and sl st in corner {or sl st in any corner}, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) *sk st, 2 dc between sts, sk  2 sts, 2 dc in each of the next 7 ch sps, sk 2 sts, 2 dc between sts^, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner 3 times. Repeat * to ^ once more, sl st to beg ch to join {fasten off}. (Per side: 22 dc. Total: 88 dc) 


Round 9: Sl st in next dc and sl st in corner {or sl st in any corner} ch 5 (counts as a dc + ch 2), dc) in corner *dc in each st to corner^, (dc, ch 2, dc) in corner* 3 times. Repeat * to ^ once more, sl st to beg ch to join {fasten off}. (Per side: 24 dc. Total: 96 dc) 


Round 10: Sl st in next dc and sl st in corner {or sl st in any corner} ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, *[ch 1, sk 1, puff, ch 1, sk 1]^ 8 times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner* 3 times. Repeat * to ^ once more. Sl st to beg ch to join {fasten off}. (Per side: 4dc, 8 puffs, 9 ch sps. Total: 12 dc, 32 puffs, 36 ch sps)  


Round 11: Sl st in next dc and sl st in corner {or sl st in any corner} ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) *dc in each st/sp to corner^, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner* 3 times. Repeat * to ^ once more, sl st to beg ch to join. (Per side: 32 dc. Total: 128 dc)


Round 12: Repeat round 6. (Per side: 36 dc. Total: 144 dc)



If your square is running large or small, replace round 12 with a sc, hdc, or tr round (or a combination thereof), written below:


Sc round: Sl st in next st, sl st in corner (or sl st in any corner) ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner, *sc in each st to corner^, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner* 3 times. Repeat * to ^ once more, sl st to join {fasten off}. 


Hdc round: Sl st in next st, sl st in corner {or sl st in any corner} (ch 1, hdc, ch 2, hdc) in corner, *hdc in each st to corner^, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in corner* 3 times. Repeat * to ^ once more, sl st to join {fasten off}. 


Dc round: Repeat round 6.

Tr round: Sl st in next st, sl st in corner {or sl st in any corner} ch 4, (tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner, *tr in each st to corner^, (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in corner* 3 times. Re
peat * to ^ once more, sl st to join  {fasten off}. 

Fasten off and weave in all ends. If desired, block lightly. 



Copyright 2018. Do not reproduce this pattern in whole or in part. To share this pattern, link back to this page. You may sell items you make with this pattern but I ask that you credit me as the designer. I work hard to develop my patterns and I ask that you respect that.


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