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Free Circle in the Square granny square pattern

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There are other granny square patterns with the look of a circle in a square, but after spending considerable time searching but not finding exactly what I wanted, I decided to try to work up my own and offer it as a free crochet pattern.

This granny square pattern is a simple design that starts off as a circle and ends in a square shape. Crocheted following the pattern as written, the square will measure approximately 6" when a single crochet border is added. I think this granny square looks best worked in two contrasting colors.

Pattern Difficulty = Easy

Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
HDC = half double crochet
St = stitch

This pattern is provided free and may not be sold. You may sell the items you make from the pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Feel free to share this pattern on your site or blog, but please link to this page - do not post the pattern itself.

Instructions for Circle in the Square granny square pattern

Using size I crochet hook and worsted weight yarn will result in a 6" granny square

With Color A, ch 5, join with slip stitch to first ch

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first HDC at beginning of rounds 1-3), work 17 more HDC in the circle for a total of 18 HDC, join with slip stitch to top of beginning ch 2/HDC

Round 2: Ch 2, work 1 HDC in each stitch around, for a total of 18 HDC, join with slip stitch to top of beginning ch 2/HDC

Round 3: Ch 2, 1 HDC in same space, work 2 HDC in each stitch around, total of 36 HDC. Join with slip stitch to top of first ch 2/HDC. Finish off.

Round 4: Join Color B in any stitch. Ch 3 (counts as first DC at beginning of rounds 4-5), DC in same space, * DC in next st, HDC in next 2 st, SC in next 2 st, HDC in next 2 st, DC in next st, 2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC in next st (making corner), repeat from * to complete other 3 sides, ending with 2 DC in beginning corner, ch 2, sl stitch to join to beginning ch 2/DC.

Round 5: Ch 3, DC in same space, *DC in next 10 stitches, sk last DC, work 2 DC, ch 2, 2DC in corner, repeat from * to complete other 3 sides, ending with 2 DC in last corner, ch 2, sl st to top of first ch 3/DC. Finish off.

Border: Join Color A in any stitch. Ch 1, SC around all four sides, working (SC, ch 2, SC) in each corner. Slip stitch to join to initial ch. Finish off.

This free 6" granny square pattern would make a lovely baby blanket or afghan, and if using cotton yarn, would be suitable for a hot pad or potholder in the kitchen also. Use up scraps of yarn to make this circle in the square pattern with one main color and many different contrasting colors for a unique, one of a kind blanket or afghan.

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