Mini Circle of Friends Square

Mini Circle of Friends
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The idea for this block came to mind when the recipient of a custom order asked me about a cushion cover in the style of my Textured Circles blanket.

When I make the original design, I either use worsted weight yarn held double with a 10mm hook (17″ square), or I use one strand worsted and a 6.5mm hook (10″ square). Neither of these blocks lend themselves to a cushion! I decided to make a smaller block that can even be used to make a blanket.

Pattern (US terminology)

Magic Circle/Ring – or – Slip knot, chain 4 and join to make a ring.

Round 1: SC, chain 2, 15 TR all in ring. Join with a slip stitch to top of chain 2. Cut yarn and finish off. (16 TR)

Round 2: Join next color with a slip stitch to any TR. (SC, TR) in all TR around. Join with a slip stitch to beginning SC. Cut yarn and finish off. (16 SC, 16 TR)

Round 3: Join new color with a slip stitch in any SC. (SC in SC, chain 2, skip TR) around. Join with a slip stitch to beginning SC. Do not cut yarn. (16 chain 2 spaces)

Round 4: (3 SC in chain space, 3 HDC in next space, (DC, TR, DC) in next space, 3 HDC in next space) repeat around. Join with a slip stitch to beginning SC. Cut yarn and finish off. (48 stitches)

Round 5: Join new color with a slip stitch in corner TR. ((SC, TR, SC) in corner TR, (TR, SC) 5 times across, TR) repeat around. Join with a slip stitch to beginning SC. Cut yarn and finish off. (28 TR “bobbles”)

Round 6: Join new color with a slip stitch in corner TR bobble. 3 SC in same stitch. Working 3 SC in all corners, place an SC in all stitches around. Join with a slip stitch to beginning SC. Cut yarn and finish off. (64 SC)

Round 7: Join new color with a slip stitch in corner SC. (SC, chain 1, 2 HDC) in corner SC. Work HDC in all stitches around, placing 3 HDC in corner stitches. Join with a slip stitch to top of chain 1 at beginning. Cut yarn and finish off.

This completes the block! I have added a simple lace to this one. Without the lace, mine measures just shy of 6″.

Use this block to make a cushion to match your throw, or make a blanket with it! Either way it’s a great smaller block with nice texture. Enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “Mini Circle of Friends Square

  1. Hi I have managed to join the two squares with Celtic lace join as described ‘then what’ do I join two more in the same way, or attach next square to the first two already joined,I don’t understand why one square is joined to complete square at the second Cnr therefore leaving two unfinished edges, the pattern doesn’t say, I have pulled my work undone multiple times & am wondering if I should continue, hope u can help :))
    Thanks Lynne

    1. Hi, there! This is a “join as you go” pattern, meaning the next motif is joined (on the final round) to the adjacent completed motif(s). The corners are left unworked only waiting for the next row of squares to pick them up. How this works is that the diagonal corner “picks up” the unworked corner loop, that way the corners are a criss-cross X. I have made many, many blankets this way – check out my Textured Circles section to see progress pics. Happy crafting to you! RC

      1. Hi again thank you for a quick reply, I think I have it now but just one more question
        I have joined another square & have come to the end of first motif where I must end off & rejoin elsewhere, is this right or should I have gone another way
        I wish I could show you where I’m at, I just have to get it right as it is so beautiful
        Thanx again Lynne

        Sent from my iPhone

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