This square is my first attempt at writing out an original crochet pattern so please let me know if there are any mistakes. It’s approximately 4 inches square with 20 stitches on each side.
Green, cream, yellow and blue yarn, I’ve used Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow, Cream, Saffron and Aster with a small bit of black for the birds eye. The pattern will work with any weight yarn.
3.5mm hook, I find I’m a loose crocheter so tend to go down a half size, double knitting yarn is usually done with a 4mm hook, whichever you decide stick with the same throughout the block.
Sewing up needle
I have used American terms throughout so an sc is an English dc and a dc is an English tr, the hdc remains the same. There is a photo gallery at the end showing what the stages should look like.
Row 1 – in yellow, ch2, into the first ch dc 12 slst into top of first dc, end yarn. If you gently pull your starting end the hole in the middle will pull in.
Row 2 – in cream, join between any of the dc from row 1 and ch3, yarn around the hook twice and hook into the same dc, pull up yarn, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops, two loops on hook. Yarn over twice, hook into same stitch and pull up yarn, yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo through all three, ch2.
You only do this stitch once, the rest of the eleven petals are done with a triple cluster stitch with a ch2 between each:
Triple cluster: *wrap yarn around hook twice, hook into next dc, pull loop, yo through 2 loops, yo through 2 loops*, repeat * twice more inserting into the same dc each time giving you 4 loops on your hook, yo and pull through all the loops, ch2. Repeat this so you have a total of 12 petals, slst into the top of the first petal and end your yarn off
Row 3 – attach green in any of the ch2 spaces, ch3, dc2 into the same space, dc3 into next space, the next space is the first corner, dc2 ch2 dc2, in the next two spaces dc3 before doing another corner. Continue until you’re back at the start and slst into the top of the first ch3. You should have four corners with two dc3 in spaces between.
Step up – to move onto the next round I do the following: slst to the space just below where you finished slightly to the right and then start the next row. I find it gives a neat step up to the next row.
Row 4 – ch2, hdc2 in the same space as where you slst brought you up, hdc3 in next spaces to the corner, in the corner dc2 ch2 dc2, continue with side clusters being hdc3 and corners as described, slst into the top of the ch2. Repeat the step up.
Row 5 – ch3, dc2 into the same space, dc3 into each side space, dc2 ch2 dc2 in each corner, slst into the top of the ch3. Repeat the step up.
Row 6 – ch1, sc all stitches including the hidden stitch after each corner, in those corners sc2 ch2 sc2. You should have 20 stitches on each side including the two sc from the corner…. Ta dah, block completed.
Blocking – this is completely up to you, I personally tend not to block small squares until I’ve joined them into bigger ones so I’m going to leave this and the best method to you. There are lots of You Tube and other fabulous crochet blogs giving advice on how to block so I’m going to leave that to them
Row 1 – ch2, into the first ch, dc 15 slst into top of the first dc
Row 2 – working around the 15 dc circle continue as follows in each dc stitch: slst, slst, sc, sc2 into same st, hdc, hdc2 into same st, dc, dc2 into same st, dc, dc2 into same st, sc, sc2 into same st, slst final three stitches
Row 3 – ch1, then in each of the next stitches do the following: sc, sc2 into same st, sc, sc2 into same st, sc, sc2 into same st, sc, sc2 into same st, hdc, hdc2 into same st, dc, dc3 into same stitch. Finish off end here
For the wing: ch2, into first ch sc10, slst into top of first sc. Then as with the body work around the circle of 10 stitches as follows: slst, slst, sc, sc2 into same st, hdc, hdc2 into same st, dc, dc3 into same st. Finish off.
Sew the wing onto the body, add an eye and beak and ta dah moment number two you have bluebird to join your daisy.
Rows 1 and 2
Step up to the next round, slst into space underneath….
First cluster of Row 4
Bluebird – rows 1 to 3 of the body