Large circles in a square, tutorial

After telling you about my new blanket last week, I received a few questions about how to make the large circles and squares. So here is a tutorial about them and about how to make them into a blanket.

You start the same way as for a small circle and crochet 3 rounds as described here.

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Round 4: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 2 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 2 st* , repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch.

Round 5: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 3 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 3 st*, repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch.

Round 6: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 4 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 4 st*, repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch.

Round 7: ch 3, dc into joining stitch, dc into next 5 st, *2dc in next st, dc into next 5 st*, repeat until end, join with a sl st into 3rd of initial 3ch (84st)

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Now before I go on, I’ll explain first the dbtr stitch:

dbtr = double treble crochet = 3 yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), *yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops*, repeat 3 times.

Now you can make your circle into a square.

Join yarn in any stitch, and chain 1 (counts as first sc).

sc into next 3 st, hdc in next 2 st, dc in next 2 st, tr in next 2 st, (dbtr, ch, dbtr) in next st.
*2tr, 2dc, 2hdc, 8sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 2tr, (dbtr, ch, dbtr)*, repeat 2 times,
2tr, 2dc, 2hdc, 4sc, join in first chain.

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Final round: ch3, dc into joining st, dc into next 9 st, (2dc, 1tr, ch, 1tr, 2dc) into corner stitch, *dc into next 21 st, (2dc, 1tr, ch, 1tr, 2dc) into corner stitch*, repeat twice, dc into next 10 st, join in top of initial 3ch.

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That’s it!!

When I made my blanket, I sewed 5 small squares on to the large ones, and put them on the floor. I didn’t want to have the large squares in nice rows, so I tried a few layouts, made a picture, and sew the squares together.

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For the small circles I used 3 shades of the same colour, for the large circles, I used 4 shades: the first 3 I used 2 rounds, and the last shade only 1 round.

All squares were sewed through the back loops of the final round.

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After all the sewing, I crocheted 2 rounds for a border; 1 round of sc, and 1 round of dc.

Edit: For this blanket I used ‘Drops Safran’; 15 skeins of white, and all colours available except black, and brown- and grey tones. The weight of the blanket is just over 1200 grams.

Groetjes, Dorien

79 thoughts on “Large circles in a square, tutorial

  1. I was looking for a thread pattern for a bed spread and found this picture of the colorful circles. I know it’s made of yarn but I am going to make it with #10 crochet thread. I’ll make all the adjustments in size for a twin bed and I’ll have an heirloom for my daughter because it won’t be made with ply yarn that will pile as it gets used and laundered and become unattractive after time and use.
    I just love all the colors.

  2. I have been crocheting these circles in a square for my granddaughter over the last 2 years. I am just about completing sewing them all together using the mattress stitch. The problem is I must have pulled too tightly and now the outside edges all dent in at the seams. I had intended to border it with round 1 being a sc and then a shell border but I want it to be even. So on the sc round should I use a dc or hdc at the indentations (or whatever stitch will work) to get them to even up?

  3. I have been crocheting these circles in a square for my granddaughter over the last 2 years. I am just about completing sewing them all together using the mattress stitch. The problem is I must have pulled too tightly and now the outside edges all dent in at the seams. I had intended to border it with round 1 being a sc and then a shell border but I want it to be even. So on the sc round should I use a dc or hdc at the indentations (or whatever stitch will work) to get them to even up?

  4. After 2 1/2 years I finally finished two blankets for my granddaughters which were inspired by your polka dot blanket. I am not a particularly experienced crocheter, but your step by step instructions and pictures were so clear that I printed them out. They (and therefore you) were my constant companion while I completed this colourful labour of love <3
    Thank you

  5. am i doing something wrong? once i get to the last corner i find that i dont have room for any of the ending sc resulting in a side that only has 4 sc

  6. Hi I loved the style and colours in this, sorry if someone has already asked but how many small squares and how many large squares did you use and what was the final measurement of the whole blanket.

  7. I have a very large circle. Captain America Blanket. Not big enough. How do I now make it into a square? There are approximately say 13 rows.

  8. Hello, how thick was the yarn you used and what needle did you use? Thank you very much! This blanket looks gorgeous and I want to make one for my dad!

  9. I used tons of ik to print both tutorials lol but it's worth it! Now my daughter can learn how to make this too <3 Great job thx again

  10. I had found the smaller circle pattern on pintrest a few days ago and started a few suares for my project ( easy to follow by the way :)) Then I run across this today! SO excited <3 Thank so much!

  11. After all the circles (plus one row of square) are done, is there a simple way to join as you go instead of just stitching all the squares together?

  12. I have started making circles from all my leftovers from other projects this is a great way to use up the little balls I have. I have decided to make all my circle the same size but use scraps. smaller scraps for the middle and larger ones for the for the outside. I will post pics when done make take a while not sure if I have enough scraps but will make some more. lol

  13. Hi, I saw your tutorial and I love the blanket btw. I have a VERY large circle ( 168 stitches around) I was wondering if someone could help me figure out the math to turn it into a square? It's for a baby blanket, the center circle is a spiral…I have that part done but I still need to turn it into a square.
    Tx! ~Niccole

  14. This blanket is incredible! Love the colors and the random circles – thanks for the directions!!!

  15. Oh, thank you for this pattern! I've made all of my circles in the squares, and I'm at the joining stage.

    I've posted your project on my ravelry page if you would like to see my progress 🙂

  16. Its all about the count hun…. count your stitches and visualize…. from the corner back to the center of each side, its works better when the stitches are evens and not odds

  17. I love this design. I have never seen anything like this and so cute. Especially in the bright colors with white accent. Love it. Thanks for the tutorial. =)

  18. Just beautiful!! What an amazing idea and thank you so much for sharing with everyone. You are extremely talented! 🙂 Thank you again! Katina

  19. Hi,
    I have a pattern that makes a VERY, VERY large circle. but I want to make that into a square. do you think the same pattern will work?

    Thank you!

  20. Hi! You have inspired me to make a similar quilt. I was doing one just out of circles but I didn't like it…I have undone it and now I am turning the circles into squares. However it has been really difficult to turn the larger circles into squares…is there a sort of pattern or calculations for different types of circles??? What am I doing wrong??? Thanx in advance!!!

  21. It's so beautiful!! I'll try to make a skirt out of it for the summer -but with plain colors or I'll have to buy too much yarn.
    Thanks for the tutorial, brilliant idea

  22. My daughter shared this with me and it's so fabulous. What size Clover hook are you using? It looks like a G but I couldn't tell. I'm going to use Caron soft cotton and will let you know in about a year when I've finally finished, thank you for sharing!!

  23. I, too, am interested in making this blanket. I was wondering how many skeins of yarn were used and which colors you picked up. Would you mind sharing? Please and thank you?

    Adelaide

  24. Absolutely gorgeous. I keep seeing the photo of this blanket on a chair on facebook, so happy to have found the source, and a pattern too! It is wonderful ��

  25. This is gorgeous! I have trouble doing granny squares but I can do flat circles, so this looks like something I could try to do. Thank you.

  26. This is absolutely fabulous – thank you so much for sharing – I feel a 'drop all other projects immediately' feeling coming on!!

  27. I can only say "WOW"! This is so lovely and I just want it all for myself, even if I have to tell people that it is for my young niece. Haha!

    Seriously, this is beautiful. Great work on choosing all the colors and designing it!

    Thank you for sharing.

  28. I'm sorry, I forgot to ask : how many cotton skeins did you use , do you remember? I want to make it but have to buy yarn online. Thanks 🙂

  29. Beautiful! I'm anxious to try one but I'm wondering how to figure out how many skeins of each color to get. I'm thinking of doing afghan size for my couch.

  30. Very beautiful ! Love it !
    How many different colors did you need to buy ?
    Thank you for the tutorial !

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