Hydrangea Square

Hydrangea crochet blanket square

A free crochet square pattern, my Hydrangea patter for crochet square is a free pattern here on the blog! Read about my inspiration, the CAL it is a part of and the yarn adventure this design has been or scroll on down for the free pattern and photo tutorial.

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Hydrangea Free crochet square pattern

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Grab the PDF of the Hydrangea pattern for crochet square in my Ravelry Shop or grab the entire flower crochet blanket pattern here.

One piece of a bigger flower crochet blanket pattern

This free crochet square pattern is just one piece of the In Bloom CAL. Every day for the month of April, a designer releases a new flower inspired pattern for a crochet square.

But that’s not all, each designer is gifting the PDF pattern of their square on the day they are featured. You can access all past and future squares here.

Not just any flower

When Claire from Bear Rye offered me to be a part of her In Bloom flower crochet blanket pattern CAL, I knew I had to make a Hydrangea pattern for crochet square.

You see, Hortense (my first name) comes from Hortensia which means hydrangea. I didn’t really have a choice, I just had to pick this flower.

The yarn, a real adventure

We Crochet generously gifted all designers with the yarn for the In Bloom flower crochet blanket pattern.

The yarn we used is their Mighty stitch worsted weight 4 yarn. It’s a great yarn for blankets as it is soft (80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool), affordable and has an extensive range of colors. Pick your favorites amongst the 32 color choices!

We decided to work with: Alfalfa, Ivy, Mulberry, Wisteria, Fairytale, Bubblegum, Celestial, Sky, Cream, Oyster and Canary.

Some squares only use one or 2 colors while others, like mine use up to 5.

Unfortunately, with the current situation, my yarn still hasn’t arrived all the way to Malaysia. I couldn’t make you wait for today’s square so I had to improvise a little.

I used some yarn scraps from my stash in colors and weight that matched the intended yarns as much as possible. My friend and fellow designer Knottie Hooks helped me test the design with the Mighty Stitch yarn (in the colors she had for her squares) to make sure the pattern worked out as intended.

Free crochet square pattern

Before you start your pattern for crochet square

  • Purchase the 1$ large print, ad-free printable on Ravelry HERE.
  • Grab the In Bloom flower crochet blanket pattern bundle with all 30 squares HERE.
  • Pin the Hydrangea free crochet square pattern to your Pinterest boards HERE.

Materials

  • 4 mm / US G – 6 hook.
  • We crochet Mighty Stitch (100g, 20% Superwash Wool and 80% Acrylic, 208 yards / 190 m):
    • Sky 1 skein  – main color (MC)
    • Bubblegum 1 skein – contrasting color 1 (CC1)
    • Blush 1 skein – contrasting color 2 (CC2)
    • Alfalfa 1 skein – contrasting color 3 (CC3)
    • Cream 1 skein – contrasting color 4 (CC4)
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

Size

The square is designed to be 20cm by 20cm / 8” by 8” to fit the other squares of the In Bloom Blanket CAL.

Gauge

The gauge for this pattern, in rows of sc with 4mm / US G – 6 hook is 22.5 st by 26.5 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side

Notes

Work instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row / round.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row / round between < >.

The turning ch 1 doesn’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:

  • “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch,
  • “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st.

Use the color changing method you prefer.

If color changing is new to you: when working the last part of the indicated stitch, insert hook, draw up a loop, (do not yarn over with the same color to finish the stitch), finish the stitch with the new color according to the pattern. There are many videos on Youtube to show you in more details.

Special stitches for this crochet square pattern

  • Bobble stitch:
    • Start with the first half of a double crochet st: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops.
    • Repeat in the same stitch/space until you have a total of 5 loops on your hook.
    • Yarn over, pull through all 6 loops at once.
    • Lock the stitch with a ch 1.

Tips and Tricks

You might have noticed Knottie Hooks’ hydrangeas are a mirror from mine. She skipped the first row so the entire pattern got reversed. How neat is that?!

The Actual Hydrangea Pattern for Crochet Square

The square is worked in rows back and forth. Follow the written pattern or refer to the graph below.

With your 4mm / US G – 6 hook, ch 34 + 1 in main color.

Row 1 – 6 [WS]: (MC) In the 2nd ch from the hook sc, sc 33, ch 1, turn.

← Row 7 [RS]: (CC3) sc 2, (MC) sc 32, ch 1, turn.

→  Row 8 [WS]: (MC) sc 31, (CC3) sc 3, ch 1, turn.

← Row 9 [RS]: (CC3) sc 3, (MC) sc 31, ch 1, turn.

→  Row 10 [WS]: (MC) sc 30, (CC3) sc 4, ch 1, turn.

← Row 11 [RS]: (CC4) sc 3, (CC3) sc 2, (MC) sc 29, ch 1, turn.

→  Row 12 [WS]: (MC) sc 12, (CC3) sc 4, (MC) sc 13, (CC3) sc 1, (CC4) sc 2, bobble st, sc 1, ch 1, turn.

← Row 13 [RS]: (CC4) sc 5, (MC) sc 9, (CC3) sc 9, (MC) sc 11, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 14 [WS]: (MC) sc 11, (CC3) sc 11, (MC) sc 6, (CC4) [sc 1, bobble st] twice, sc 2, ch 1, turn.

← Row 15 [RS]: (CC4) sc 8, (MC) sc 2, (CC3) sc 13, (MC) sc 11, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 16 [WS]: (MC) sc 11, (CC3) sc 14, (CC4) [sc 1, bobble st] 4 times, sc 1, ch 1, turn.

← Row 17 [RS]: (CC4) sc 9, (CC3) sc 13, (MC) sc 12, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 18 [WS]: (MC) sc 12, (CC3) sc 2, (CC1) sc 7, (CC3) sc 3, (CC4) [sc 1, bobble st] 4 times, sc 2, ch 1, turn.

← Row 19 [RS]: (CC4) sc 10, (CC3) sc 2, (CC1) sc 10, (MC) sc 12, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 20 [WS]: (MC) sc 11, (CC1) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 5 times, sc 1, (CC2) sc 6, (CC4) sc 2, bobble st, sc 1, ch 1, turn.

← Row 21 [RS]: (CC4) sc 2, (CC2) sc 8, (CC1) sc 14, (MC) sc 10, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 22 [WS]: (MC) sc 10, (CC1) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 5 times, (CC2) sc 3, [bobble st, sc 1] 4 times, (CC4) sc 1, ch 1, turn.

← Row 23 [RS]: (CC2) sc 13, (CC1) sc 12, (MC) sc 9, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 24 [WS]: (MC) sc 9, (CC1) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 4 times, sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 6 times, ch 1, turn.

← Row 25 [RS]: (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 10, (MC) sc 9, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 26 [WS]: (MC) sc 9, (CC1) [sc 1, bobble st] 4 times, sc 2, (CC2) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 6 times, sc 1, turn.

← Row 27 [RS]: (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 10, (MC) sc 9, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 28 [WS]: (MC) sc 9, (CC1) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 4 times, (CC2) [sc 1, bobble st] 7 times, sc 1, ch 1, turn.

← Row 29 [RS]: (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 10, (MC) sc 9, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 30 [WS]: (MC) sc 8, (CC3) sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 3 times, sc 1, (CC2) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 6 times, sc 1, ch 1, turn.

← Row 31 [RS]: (CC2) sc 15, (CC1) sc 8, (CC3) sc 4, (MC) sc 7, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 32 [WS]: (MC) sc 6, (CC3) sc 6, (CC1) sc 3, (CC4) sc 5, (CC2) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 5 times, sc 1, (CC1) sc 1, ch 1, turn.

← Row 33 [RS]: (CC1) sc 3, (CC2) sc 10, (CC4) sc 8, (CC3) sc 8, (MC) sc 5, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 34 [WS]: (MC) sc 4, (CC3) sc 8, (CC4) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 4 times, (CC2) [sc 1, bobble st] 3 times, sc 1, (CC1) sc 2, bobble st, sc 2, ch 1, turn.

← Row 35 [RS]: (CC1) sc 7, (CC2) sc 4, (CC4) sc 13, (CC3) sc 6, (MC) sc 4, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 36 [WS]: (MC) sc 5, (CC3) sc 5, (CC4) [sc 1, bobble st] 6 times, sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 4 times, ch 1, turn.

← Row 37 [RS]: (CC1) sc 10, (CC4) sc 15, (CC3) sc 2, (MC) sc 7, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 38 [WS]: (MC) sc 9, (CC4) [sc 1, bobble st] 6 times, sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, [bobble st,  sc 1] 4 times, sc 1, ch 1, turn.

← Row 39 [RS]: (CC1) sc 11, (CC4) sc 15, (MC) sc 8, ch 1, turn.

→ Row 40 [WS]: (MC) sc 8, (CC4) [sc 1, bobble st] 6 times, sc 2, (CC1) sc 2, [bobble st, sc 1] 5 times, ch 1, turn.

← Row 41 [RS]: (CC1) sc 13, (CC4) sc 13, (MC) sc 8, ch 1, turn.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Legend: The white squares represent bobble stitches in the same color as the surrounding stitches.

Hydrangea free crochet square pattern chart

Blocking and Finishing Touches

You’re done with the crocheting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your square even neater, carefully block it. Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

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