The Magic Square

This square pattern is really a wonderful square to play with and has many creative possibilities. Not only can different colour combinations change the pattern but also the arrangement of the squares creates different group patterns. Although it is time consuming to crochet the small squares, the rest of the square is very quick and easy, making this square not as difficult as it may look. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I did.

Abbreviations and Stitch Explanations (American Terminology): 

beg – begin, ch – chain, dc – double crochet stitch, dtr – double treble stitch, hdc – half double crochet st, rep – repeat, rnd – round, sc – single crochet stitch, sp – space, ss – slip stitch, st – stitch, tog – together, tr – treble crochet stitch

Double treble crochet stitch:

  1. Wrap the yarn three times over hook.
  2. Insert the hook in next stitch.
  3. Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through the first loop leaving five loops on the hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through two loops.
  5. Wrap the yarn over hook and draw through next two loops on hook. Repeat this step.
  6. Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through two last loops on hook.

 

Treble crochet stitch:

  1. Wrap the yarn twice over hook.
  2. Insert the hook in next stitch.
  3. Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through the first loop leaving four loops on the hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through two loops.
  5. Wrap the yarn over hook and draw through next two loops on hook.
  6. Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through two last loops on hook.

 

Pattern: 

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Start by making 2 simple squares: with colour 1; 4 ch, ss in the 1st ch to from a ring.

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 8 sc in ring, ss in the 1st sc. Fasten off.

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Rnd 2 (colour 2): 1 ch, 2 sc in every sc to end, ss in the 1st sc = 16 sc. Fasten off.

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Rnd 3 (colour 3): 1 ch, 1 sc in the the same st, 2 sc in the next sc, *1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc; rep from * tot end, ss in the beg sc = 24 sc.

Rnd 4: 1 ch, *1 sc in the next 5 sc, (1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) in the next sc; rep from * to end. Fasten off.

Continue now by connecting the 2 small squares as follows:

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Rnd 5: With colour 3, start in the 2 ch sp in the corner of the first square with 1 sc, 6 ch. Now you are going to crochet together a tr, another tr, a dtr and again 2 tr as follows:

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After the 6 ch made, skip 2 sts, do a tr in the next st, but do not complete it, leave the last 2 loops on the hook, skip 1 st, do a next tr in the next st but do not complete it…

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do a dtr in the next corner 2 ch sp without completing the last step in the st,

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move to the other square and skip the corner 2 ch sp, the next dc (of the corner) and 1 sc of this square and do a tr in the next st only up to the last step of the st…

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Skip 1 st and do a tr in the next st up to the last step, yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook.

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6 ch, *(1 sc in the next 2 ch sp,

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3 ch, skip dc and sc, 1 sc in the next st, 3 ch, skip 1 st, 1 sc in the next st, 3 ch) twice**, 1 sc in the next 2 ch sp, 6 ch,  (2 tr, 1 dtr, 2 tr) tog in the same way as done previously over the two squares, 6 ch, rep from * to **, ss in the beg-sc.

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Rnd 6: ss into the 6 ch sp, *(1 sc, 2 hdc, 1 dc, 2 tr, 1 dtr) in the same sp, 3 ch, (1 dtr, 2 tr, 1 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc) in the next 6 ch sp, (3 ch, 1 sc in the next 3 ch sp) 6 times, 3 ch; rep from * to end,  ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

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I recommend that you block the squares first before joining them. Here are 2 possible groupings of 4 of these squares. Sew the together in the pattern you prefer.

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