Juneberry Crochet Granny Square

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The Juneberry Crochet Granny Square had to be made in a fun color changing yarn and a stitch that I hadn’t used in a while. I chose to use the half double cluster stitch which was used in the Ashley Hooded Cowl, Ashley Faux Fur Mitts, and Ashley Cozy Hat. Of course, I added a slight twist to the half double cluster by skipping a stitch in between the legs.

This crochet square took a few tries because I wanted to make sure it was clear how to make the cluster stitches, and the awesome pattern testers helped a lot!

You may be asking what is a Juneberry, as I was not familiar with it until I went on an adventurous Google search to name this crochet granny square. As you may have read in the Treble Cross Stitch Square post, a granny square is unique to crochet, traditionally worked from the center outward, but has expanded to include most patterns that create a square to be joined with other squares. For some reason, I decided that I wanted some type of berry or fruit to name this square, and there are soooo many that I have never heard of or seen. It was hard to not choose a name just based on the color, but young juneberries reminded me of the cluster stitches, and the color changing yarn I chose reminded me of how berries grow. If you want to learn more about the juneberry, which looks a lot like a blueberry but is more closely related to a pear and apple, check out this post.

Yarn

I chose King Cole Acorn Aran from my stash to make this square because the color change is amazing. Depending on the stitches one uses, a color fade can occur from the lightest shade of lilac intertwined with taupe to a vibrant purple. This yarn is classified as a worsted weight #4 that is made of 80% premium acrylic and 20% wool. Each 100g skein puts up almost 216 yards or 198 meters.

At the time of this writing, King Cole Acorn Aran is available in eight colors: Juniper, Nettle, Rain Cloud, Nut, Cranberry, Holly Berries, Berries (new color), and Heather (new color). You can find a Stockist to purchase Acorn Aran and other King Cole yarns by visiting HERE. You can also purchase 6 colors from Wool Warehouse for £4.29 /$5.96 or the LoveCrafts UK site for £4.19.

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MATERIALS

  • King Cole Acorn Aran, #4 worsted weight yarn (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 216 yds/ 198 m; 3.5 oz/ 100 g): Juniper 1 skein, or 52 yds (24 g)
  • HOOK: US I 9 / 5.50 mm
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • measuring tape

GAUGE

4 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in pattern

FINISHED SIZE

8” x 8” [20.3 cm x 20.3 cm]

PATTERN KEY

BL: back loop

Ch: chain

CSDC: chainless starting double crochet

Dc: double crochet

FL: front loop

FO: fasten off

Hdc: half double crochet

Prev: previous

Rem: remain(s) 

Rep: repeat

RS: right side

Sc: single crochet

Sk: skip

Sl st: slip stitch

Sp: space(s)

St(s): stitch(es)

WS: wrong side

YO: yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

CSDC: pull up a loop that is row height, holding loop in place and wrap yarn in hook (yarn over), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice

Hdc-cl: YO, insert hook into same st as last st made (or first st of the row), YO, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO (4 loops on hook), insert hook in next st or ch-1 sp, YO, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), YO, pull through all 5 loops, ch 1

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Intermediate

NOTES

  • Pattern is written in US terms.
  • Read entire pattern before beginning.
  • CSDC can be substituted with ch 3.
  • Rounds of hdc-cl are turned. 
  • A sl st is made at the beginning of some rounds to line up the first hdc-cl to prevent making an increase.
  • Starting and ending number of hdc-cl may vary based on how you turn the work. Ensure correct total number of hdc-cl for each side.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Rnd 1: Magic Circle, CSDC in center, 2 dc in center, ch 2, [3 dc in center, ch 2] 3 times, sl st to join – 12 dc, 8 ch

Rnd 2: Ch 1, hdc in next st (counts as first hdc-cl), hdc-cl, *(2 hdc, ch 2 , 2 hdc) in in ch-2 sp, 2 hdc-cl; rep from * 2 more times, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in in next -ch-2 sp, sl st to join, turn – 8 hdc-cl, 16 hdc, 8 ch

Rnd 3: Ch 1, hdc in next st (counts as first hdc-cl), (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, *starting in next st and working in ch-1 sp, 4 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, 3 hdc-cl, sl st to join, turn – 16 hdc-cl, 16 hdc, 8 ch

Rnd 4: Ch 1, hdc in next ch-1 sp (counts as first hdc-cl), 3 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, *6 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, 2 hdc-cl, sl st to join, sl st in BL of next st, turn – 24 hdc-cl, 16 hdc, 8 ch 

An image of a crochet granny square being made with a purple color yarn and cream colored crochet hook. The crochet square shows 3 completed rounds and the 4th round is almost complete.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, hdc in next ch-1 sp (counts as first hdc-cl), 2 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, *8 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, 5 hdc-cl, sl st to join, sl st in FL of next st, turn – 32 hdc-cl, 16 hdc, 8 ch

NOTE: Starting and ending number of hdc-cl may vary based on how you turn the work. Ensure correct total number of hdc-cl for each side.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, hdc in next ch-1 sp (counts as first hdc-cl), 6 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp,  *10 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times,  3 hdc-cl, sl st to join, sl st in BL of next st, turn – 40 hdc-cl, 16 hdc, 8 ch

Rnd 7: Ch 1, hdc in next ch-1 sp (counts as first hdc-cl), 4 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch-2 sp,  *12 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, 7 hdc-cl, sl st to join, turn – 48 hdc-cl, 16 hdc, 8 ch

Rnd 8: Sl st in BL of next st, ch 1, hdc in next ch-1 sp (counts as first hdc-cl),  7 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch-2 sp, *14 hdc-cl, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, 6 hdc-cl, sl st to join, turn – 56 hdc-cl, 16 hdc, 8 ch

Finishing

  1. Weave in all ends.
  2. Block to shape and final measurements, if needed.

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An image of a crochet square made in a color changing yarn of shades of purple and gray. The crochet square is made of a cluster stitch.

Friends with Granny Blanket Crochet Along

The Friends with Granny Blanket Crochet Along is now over, but you can still check out each crochet granny square pattern and the finishing instructions to make this blanket whenever you like! It’s great to see the creativity with color choices from CAL. This event was hosted by Madame Stitch and E’Claire Makery. Hop over to Madame Stitch for the first half of squares, and then hop over to E’Claire Makery for the second half of squares and the wonderful border.

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3 Responses

  1. I pressed the free PDF download button, but it still says it’s a paid pattern. Please send the code. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Carol,

      You have to click the button that says “CLICK HERE FOR THR DISCOUNT CODE”. This will take you to E’Claire Makery’s site to get the code for the Juneberry Square, and then come back to this site to click “CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PDF ON RAVELRY.” Once you’re on Ravelry, click “Add to cart” or “Buy it now” and then click “Use a coupon code”. This will bring up a box “Coupon code” to enter the code, hit “apply” and then click “check out now”

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