The Treble Cross Stitch Square is a unique granny square because it does not use the traditional granny stitch, but offers a modern crochet square that can be joined to make blankets, bags, clothing or anything one can think of.
According to Wikipedia, “A granny square is a piece of square fabric produced in crochet by working in rounds from the center outward.” Since the height of the granny square in the 1970s, one can find tons of variations of the granny square, which now includes elaborate textured stitches and color changes.
The Treble Cross Stitch Square is an example of using textured stitches. Additionally, the granny square no longer has to be worked from the center out. Within the crochet community, we have expanded the definition of a granny square to include working in turned rows to create numerous motifs that are joined by seaming with a yarn needle, slip stitch or JAYGO (join as you go).
This modern crochet square features the treble cross stitch, which may look familiar if you have been hanging with Creations by Courtney for a little bit. There are two sizes to fit a wider array of crochet projects.
Why would the squares be different?
Two different sizes were created as part of the Sampler Poncho CAL. As usual, I wanted to create unique crochet squares and chose a stitch with a large multiple. 😵💫 After a bit of frogging, I was able to make a slight change to design 7″ x 7″ and 8″ x 8″ granny squares for the CAL. (I’ll explain more about the CAL below. Keep reading.) I think in some weird way, I enjoy testing my math skills, so that you don’t have to. 😉
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The Treble Cross Stitch Squares are made with WeCrochet Brava, a worsted weight, 100% premium acrylic yarn that is super easy to use. I chose the color Mint from stash, but there are 49 additional colors to from. 🤯 Yep, 50 colors available in the Brava Worsted. Specifically, the skeins that offer 218 yards / 199.3 meters per 3.5 ounces / 100 grams. And it’s so reasonably priced at $3.99 per skein.
As an acrylic yarn, Brava is soft and easy to use. I did not deal with any splitting from the S-twist of the strands. It’s a yarn that I would recommend for any type of project, except for lace. Acrylic is a hardy yarn that will last for a long time with proper care, but is not the best choice for a crochet project that requires blocking to open the lace or significantly change the size. Brava does have some spring to it, so some change in size can be achieved.
If you’re planning a larger crochet project, consider getting Brava 500, which is available in 12 colors, 1090 yards per 500 grams.
- WeCrochet Brava Worsted Weight (100% premium acrylic, 218 yards / 199.3 meters, 3.5 ounces / 100 grams) Mint x 1 skein or
- US I-9 / 5.5 mm
- Yarn needle
7” x 7” square: 1 treble cross repeat = 2.5”, 7 rows = 4”
8” x 8”square: 1 treble cross repeat = 2.25”, 6 rows = 3.75”
7″ x 7”
8” x 8”
2/2 tr-LC: left leaning 2 over 2 treble cross
2/2 tr-RC: right leaning 2 over 2 treble cross
CSDC: chainless starting double crochet
Dc: double crochet
FO: fasten off
Scblo: single crochet in back loop only
Scflo: single crochet front loop only
Sl st: slip stitch
Tr: treble crochet
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
CSDC: pull up a loop that is row height, holding loop in place and wrap yarn around hook (yarn over), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
2/2 tr-LC: left leaning 2 over 2 treble cross – over the next 4 stitches, skip next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, working in front of sts just made, tr in each of skipped sts.
2/2 tr-RC: right leaning 2 over 2 treble cross – over the next 4 stitches, skip next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, working behind sts just made, tr in each of the skipped sts.
- Pattern is written in US terms.
- Read entire pattern before beginning.
- CSDC can be replaced with ch 3.
- The repeat is different between the two size squares. Read carefully to not change the size of the finished square.
- There is no edging for the 8” x 8” square.
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7” x 7” Crochet Square
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (ch-3 counts as first dc), *2/2 tr-RC, 2/2 tr-LC, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * one more time, turn (22 sts: 6 dc, 1 2/2 tr-RC, 1 2/2 tr-LC)
Row 2: CSDC in first st, dc in next st, *2/2 tr-RC, 2/2 tr-LC, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * one more time, turn (22 sts: 6 dc, 1 2/2 tr-RC, 1 2/2 tr-LC)
Rows 3-9: Rep Row 2, do not turn after Row 9
Rnd 1: Ch 1, *evenly place 18 hdc along the side, ch 1 (counts as cnr here and throughout), hdc in next 22 sts, ch 1; rep from * around, sl st to join (80 hdc, 4 ch-1)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, *[scblo, scflo] 9 times, 2 sc in ch-1 sp, [scblo, scflo] 11 times; rep from * around, sl st to join, FO (88 sc)
Weave in ends.
8” x 8” Crochet Square
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (ch-3 counts as first dc), *2/2 tr-RC, 2/2 tr-LC, dc in next st, rep from * 2 more times, dc in last st, turn (3 2/2 tr-RC, 3 2/2 tr-LC, 6 dc)
Row 2: CSDC in first st, dc in next st, *2/2 tr-RC, 2/2 tr-LC, dc in next st; rep from * 2 more times, dc in last st, turn (3 2/2 tr-RC, 3 2/2 tr-LC, 6 dc)
Rows 3-12: Rep Row 2, FO after Row 12
Weave in ends.
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Sampler Poncho Crochet-Along
The Sampler Poncho Crochet-Along is now over, but you can still make yourself one or one to gift by checking out each square. You can find links to each crochet square at Itchin’ for some Stitchin’.
All of the squares are available in two options, 7″ x 7″ and 8″ x 8″ which means that they work up quickly.
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