Circles Turned Square: Creating Crocheted Squares
When you were a child, did you have a shape-sorting toy that taught you to recognize shapes? Mine was a round sphere with shapes cut in the side, and you slid identically shaped pieces into the cutouts. The circle had to slide through the circle slot and wouldn't fit into the square cutout. Squares were squares and circles were circles, and the two did not play well together.
Imagine my surprise when I learned that the best way to make a crocheted square was to start with a circle. Granny squares, afghan squares, motif squares, most begin with a simple circle.
To create a crocheted square, first begin by working a circle. Some patterns, such as the Pinata Bag, have several rounds in a circle before creating the square shape.
The transformation from circle to square can be accomplished in a couple of different ways. The four corners of a square are shaped with either multiple stitches or a combination of multiple stitches and stitches of greater height. The traditional granny squares that form the cuff of the Granddaughter Socks use twice the number of stitches in the corner space than in the "sides" to create the square.
The folksy, multicolored squares of the popular Babette Blanket uses additional stitches, including chain stitches, to create corners. The corner increases are easy to keep track of in this pattern because they are always worked in the chain space. Keeping track of your corner increases is important; in order to keep your work from reverting to its circle shape, each row requires additional stitches at the corner.
The squares of the beautiful Moorish Mosaic Afghan use a combination of multiple stitches and taller stitches to create their initial transformation. After working the circle, the corners are created with half double
crochet and double crochet stitches while the sides are worked in single crochet. The use of taller stitches creates a
faster conversion. Subsequent rows need only use multiple single crochet stitches to maintain the square shape.
So have fun playing with shapes with a variety of exciting "circles-turned-square" crochet projects. You can find a varity of patterns that utilize the square as well as hundreds of other great projects in the Crochet Me Shop.