This little crocheted square features a three-dimensional flower motif in the center. The square resembles a granny square, and can be used in all the same ways that a granny square would be used -- in blankets, pillows, clothing, accessories or other projects. So I’ve named it as such, although it does not begin with a center ring as a granny square usually would.
I designed this square with baby projects in mind, although it would also be useful for making projects for older kids and perhaps even tweens and teens (particularly tween / teen girls.) There are many creative ways to use this design, and I encourage you to make it and use it in projects intended for anyone of any age, assuming you think it would be well-received by the recipient.
Skill Level: Easy
Errata: This pattern was updated on 1-13-2014 to correct errors and add an additional clarification in round 2. If your copy is older than that, please make the corrections on your copy, or discard it and print a new one. I apologize for the errors and regret any inconvenience they have caused. Please forgive me!
Yarn: You'll need 3 different contrasting colors of yarn or crochet thread -- Color A, Color B, and color C. You can use just about any yarn or thread, although you'll need to use a smooth worsted-weight yarn to achieve results similar to the sample project pictured.
In my sample project, the colors are as follows:
- Color A is dark pink yarn
- Color B is light pink yarn
- Color C is medium pink yarn
Crochet Hook: You'll need a crochet hook that's suitable and comfortable for use with your chosen yarn or crochet thread. Feel free to consult your yarn label for suggestions, although you should also use your own good judgement about whether the work looks good when you are using that particular hook size.
I used a size I hook to crochet the sample square, but you might need a different size to get good results with your chosen materials.
Gauge and Finished Size:
My sample square measures about 3.25 inches square before blocking. Do not feel obligated to match this size exactly. However, if you are making a project that requires multiple squares, you do need to match your own gauge precisely to facilitate the finishing process. (It's a lot easier to join squares that are exactly the same size.)
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Using color A (dark pink yarn,) ch 6.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea st across the row for a total of 5 sc sts.
Row 2: ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc st in ea st across the row for a total of 5 sc sts.
Row 3: ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in ea of the first 2 sc sts. Create your flower center in the next st: work 5 sc sts. Drop the active loop from your crochet hook. Insert your hook from back to front into the first sc st in your group of 5. Grab your dropped active loop and pull it through to create a tiny popcorn. Then work 1 sc st in ea of the last 2 sc sts across the row. You'll end up with a total of 1 popcorn in the middle and 4 sc sts total, 2 on ea side of the popcorn.
Rows 4-5: ch 1, turn. sc across the row for a total of 5 sc sts. At the end of row 5, change colors to color B (light pink.) Cut color A, leaving a tail of yarn for weaving in or crocheting overtop of.
Begin Crocheting in Rounds:
Round 1: Using color B, ch 1, work 5 sc down the side of your piece, ch 2 to turn the corner, work 5 sc across the lower edge of the piece, ch 2, work 5 sc up the other side of the piece, ch 2, work 5 sc across upper edge of piece, ch 2, sl st to join to the first sc st in the round.
Round 2: ch 3; this counts as the first dc st in the round. Work 1 dc in ea of the next 4 sts. [To form the corner: 2 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, 2 more dc in same ch-2 sp. Then work 1 dc in ea of the next 5 dc sts.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way around. In the remaining corner, work 2 dc sts, 2 ch sts, and another 2 dc sts in the same ch-2 sp. sl st to join to 3rd ch st in the round. End off color B, leaving a long tail of yarn. You have 2 options:
- Either leave a long enough tail for weaving in this end, about 6 inches, or
- Leave a sufficient amount for using this tail for both stitching squares together and weaving in at the same time. If you choose this option, you'll need to leave a longer tail than usual.
Round 3: This is a different sort of round. In this round, you'll be working surface crochet slip stitches in a way that's just a little bit freeform. This might seem kind of weird and unstructured, but you can do it!
To begin this round, you want the right side of the work to be facing. Up until now, you have been working with the wrong side facing. To find the right side, you want to locate your flower center and have the little popcorn facing up, so that you can see it. (Meaning the little popcorn you worked in row 3.)
Make a slip knot using color C (medium pink yarn.) Insert your hook from right side of work to the wrong side, close to the center popcorn. Grab the loop from the slip knot with your hook and pull it through to the surface. Work a round of 6 surface crochet slip stitches, arranging them in a ring around the center popcorn. The first stitch and the last should be close enough to touch each other. End off, but continue using color C.
Round 4: You're going to create your three-dimensional flower by crocheting into the round of surface crochet sl sts that you just created. Join color C (medium pink yarn) as follows: make a slip knot of the yarn on your hook. Remove the slip knot from your hook, being careful to keep it intact. Insert your hook into any of the surface crochet sl sts worked in round 3. Place your slip knot back onto the hook and pull the active loop up through the sl st. [ch 3, dc in same sl st, ch 3, sl st in same sl st, sl st in next sl st.] Rep the sequence in brackets all the way around for a total of 6 flower petals. End off.
Weave in all loose ends -- with one exception. You might wish to use your loose end of color B for sewing your squares together later when you make a larger project. If so, skip weaving that one in and do all the others.
I designed a coordinating square that's exactly the same size as this 3d flower granny square. You can use either design separately, or both together, whichever you prefer.
The plain square works nicely as a background for small appliques. You can see an example, and grab a free heart applique pattern, here on this page.
If you don't already know how to join granny squares, don't worry, we'll teach you how to do it -- for free. There are different ways you can approach this task, so we invite you to take a look at our list of possibilities and check out whichever tutorials interest you.
If you aren't sure which method to use, my favorite is whip stitch -- you could try that one if you are agreeable to the idea of sewing your squares together.
If sewing isn't for you, and you'd rather crochet your squares together, I suggest trying the slip stitch join instead. My opinion is that, for this small square, the single crochet join might be a bit overpowering, although it is also an option.
Coordinating Flower Appliques
I've designed several flat flower appliques that are really similar to the flower in this design. If you would like to make (or buy) coordinating items and embellish them with flowers, I invite you to take a look at these patterns to see if they would work for you:
- Crochet daisy applique -- two colors (pictured)
- Small flat flower applique -- one color
- Flower applique with treble crochet petals -- one color
Our website features lots of fantastic free patterns for crocheting granny squares. We invite you to load up on bunches of them! After all, you can never have too many granny square patterns in your pattern stash...
Pictured at Left: A crocheted granny-square style hexagon with a flower in the center, which is another possibility.
See Also: Free crochet hexagon patterns.
Author: Darla Sims
ISBN 13: 978-1-60140-983-6
ISBN 10: 1-60140-983-4
Darla Sims is one of my crochet heroines. I own several of her books, particularly her stitch dictionaries, and her work never fails to inspire me.
This square was partially inspired by the baby set called "My Little Posy" that Darla created for the book Dressing Up Baby, published by Leisure Arts in 2010. Pictured at left is a detail shot of the project from the book that specifically inspired me when I was working on this square. It's a baby jacket featuring an adorable row of petite rosebuds or flower buds adorning the waist. I think this pattern is lovely, and I recommend the book to other crocheters who are in need of baby patterns.