9 More Crochet Squares Finished=60

I am moving right along. Addicted to making crochet squares. I may just finish with all 101 sooner than I thought.

The squares I bypassed when I first started aren’t that bad. The book gives clear instructions on how to make the special stitches. Such as popcorn, puff, back/front post, double triple crochet, clusters. All of these were new to me.

As to the new stitches, I like clusters best.

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If you saw my last post, then you know popcorn stitches are not very high up on my likable list. But I guess, as with anything new, they have to grow on you.


Here are my latest squares.

Square 2

  • dusty blue, lime & olive
  • hook G
  • measures 7 1/4″
  • stitches: FPsc (front post single crochet) & dtrc
  • added extra sc row around edges

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Square 28 – Christmas

  • forest green, cranberry & mustard
  • hook G
  • measures 7″
  • cluster stitch

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Square 29

  • mustard
  • hook G
  • measures 8″
  • cluster stitch

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Square 38 – Yuck!!

  • dusty blue, lime & olive
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/2″

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Spent an hour trying to get this one right. Here’s THE END LOOK per the book. Looks unfinished to me.

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So.. I ripped out the last row and added a row of double crochet. Made some changes to the “corners”. Looks OK now but won’t make this one again. 😦

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Square 39

  • forest green, mustard & white
  • hook G
  • measures 5 3/4″
  • puff stitch

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Square 44

  • dusty blue, lime & olive
  • hook G
  • measures 5 3/4″
  • grill design

One of the few squares not to start with a ring. Nice change of pace and I learned something new. Looks like a game board.  I like it, will make again.

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Square 74 – My 1st Popcorn stitch

  • dusty blue, lime & olive
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/4″
  • popcorn stitch

Verdict is still out on popcorn stitches. These were my first. I wasn’t happy with the result so I made a second square. It came out a bit better.

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Square 90

  • navy, lt blue & white
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/2″
  • cluster stitch (my favorite)

I got a bit confused when starting off.  At the end of Round 1, it said to “turn” but I ended up with Round 2 stitches facing the wrong way. Ripped them out and restarted. So, if you make this square, watch for that.

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Square 99 – Bear

  • brown cotton AND brown acrylic, cream
  • hook G
  • measures 5 3/4″

This square has a bit of history. The face was made May 2009 when I was just beginning this project. I made it into little girl’s purse instead.  Circling back to it now, I used acrylic yarn to finish. Face was made with cotton. I still have the eyes and mouth to do.  Cute, but doubt will make again.

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Now, I move into TOUGHER TERRITORY. Some of the ones left seem complicated. I will give a shout out if I need help. 😀


Squares are being made from patterns in the book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

51 Crochet Squares Completed

These latest crochet squares are some of the ones I passed over 6 months ago as being too tough. Long Double Crochet. Puff stitches. Double Triple Crochet.

Well, I can now do them without looking at the book. My learning curve just inched up a bit.

And I have reached a milestone. 51 squares done!! (50 to go)


Square 54

  • turquoise & aqua
  • measures 7 1/2″
  • hook G

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Square 59

  • dusty rose & wine
  • measures 6″
  • hook G
  • cluster stitches
  • added extra row of single crochet around edges

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Square 63

  • dusty rose & wine
  • measures 5 1/2″
  • hook G
  • added 2 extra single crochet rows around edges

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Square 67 – Trees and Bells

  • pink, white & forest green
  • measures 8″
  • hook G
  • cluster stitch and double triple crochet

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Square 71

  • dusty rose & wine
  • measures 4 1/4″
  • hook G
  • Rounds 3 & 4: replaced trc’s with dc’s.

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Square 72

  • pink, white & forest green
  • measures 7 1/4″
  • hook G
  • long double crochet stitch

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Square 82

  • cream, navy & dusty blue
  • measures 7 1/4″
  • hook G
  • large puff stitch, cluster stitch

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Square 88

  • aqua, mustard & white
  • measures 4 1/4″
  • hook G
  • puff stitch
  • added extra row of single crochet around edges

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Squares are being made from patterns in the book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Yarn used for the above squares:

  • Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice
  • Loops & Threads, Impeccable (aqua)
  • Patons wool (turquoise)
  • Caron (forest green)

Crochet Squares 46, 47 & 50

Laying off this project for 6 months paid off. I am better at reading crochet patterns. I knocked these three squares out in one day.

A couple firsts. Puff stitch and blocking.


Square 46

  • navy and mustard acrylic yarn
  • hook h
  • measures 7″ by 7″

No problems making this one after I realized the triple crochet stitches start half way up the points. It’s pretty and I will definitely make more. I am thinking table runner.

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Square 47

  • navy acrylic yarn
  • hook h
  • measures 8 1/2″ by 8 1/2″
  • cluster stitches

This square KICKED my bee-hind!! If I was making a bowl, I would have been happy with the results. I could not figure out where I was going wrong.  Ripped out the stitches twice. Almost gave up.

Started off OK.
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Here’s where I begin to go off pattern.
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And here is my mess. Nothing is where it is supposed to be.
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Time for a timeout to regroup. To reread the directions. To restudy the photo. If you make this square, pay close attention to Round 4. Where it tells you to “sk next 7 sts”, do exactly that even though it takes you into the next petal. OK, problem solved. All it took was for me to follow instructions to the letter and not always assume the pattern creator forgot their morning coffee. 😀

Back on track.
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This pattern has a few cluster stitches. I like making them. Here’s one on my hook.
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And done. Pretty isn’t it? I may make more. But think I will drop down to hook G. Make it smaller.
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Square 50

  • colors: dusty purple, purple & dusty rose
  • used Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic
  • hook h
  • measures 9″ by 9″
  • puff stitch

My learning curve went up a notch or two making this square. I finally figured out how to master the Puff Stitch. If you remember, 6 or 7 months ago, I spent an hour making ONE puff stitch until I gave up. Not this time. Not gonna let it beat me.

I used my plastic sewing needle to guide my hook through all those loops. Cool, huh!! Try it, if you are having a problem pulling the yarn through. Sure, it adds a few seconds but at least you don’t have to admit defeat.

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Here I am. With quite a few puffs done. And I figured out how to get the hoop through without using the plastic needle.
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Done, sprayed with water, tacked down and drying. My first crochet item to block. I am hoping the shape will be a perfect square when it dries.
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I have to admit… There is one part not done. The last part of the instructions. The Petals Round. Doing something with Round 2’s purple puff stitches. I have no clue what it is telling me to do. I am happy with it as is.

For the next squares, I am switching back to Hook G.


Patterns found in 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Square 26

Thursday, May 28

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Looking at this square, you would probably think all went well, since it looks OK. Nothing could be further from the truth. THIS square gave me fits!!

I couldn’t figure out how to match up my stitching with the pattern instructions. I know there was a mistake somewhere (on my part or on the instructions part, not sure). I am still a newbie crocheter so it took awhile to figure out where I went wrong and how to correct it. Ripped the offending row out and started over.

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Here’s where I got stumped, in case you make this square. You start off with 24 single crochets (in blue) and instructions next say to make a cluster (in white) in the next SC, 12 times. Hey!! That leaves 12 SC, right!! RIP IT. Started over, proceeded with “skip a SC” to complete this row. Somehow, still ended up with no where to put the last cluster. I jammed it in anyway. If you look close, you will see my jammin’.

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No photos to show you for the next yellow round. No problems with it.

And here I am, headed to the finish.

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I like the pattern and the colors. I used the same colors as the book. I may even make more squares and make up something.

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Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Soft Ecru, Hot Blue and Sunshine (yellow).

Measures 5 1/2″.

Special stitch used: Cluster


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Square 11

Wednesday, May 27

I like the outcome of this square. Square 11. Even with all the color changes. Pattern instructions were easy to follow.

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I did have one problem though. Trying to get the center on all sides to line up with the other double crochets. They tended to dip. I think an extra chain stitch here would have helped. Or maybe a triple crochet. IF I make another one like this, I will make my own changes. But doubt I will, since it did take a bit longer to make than some of the others.

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Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Rose Pink and Sage Green.
Lion Brand 100% cotton in Espresso (brown) & Natural.

Measures 6″.

Special stitches used: Cluster stitch


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.