Lace Squares Stitch

squares crochet lace stitch

The Lace Squares Stitch is a beautiful crochet lace stitch pattern. Scroll down for ideas on how to use this stitch, along with the step-by-step crochet stitch pattern.

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What to make with the Lace Squares Crochet Stitch

The lace squares stitch is a gorgeous crochet lace stitch forming little floating squares on a lattice. It makes a very airy fabric that is great for shawls and summer garments.

Crochet Stitch Dictionary

This easy crochet stitch is part of the Stitchometry CAL (crochet along). Join the fun and discover all-new crochet stitches here.

All stitch tutorials are available on our blogs but if you want a printable PDF version for easy recording and to take notes etc. You can grab the Stitchometry Dictionary with all 16 stitch patterns here.

Sometimes it’s just easier to have a stitch dictionary on hand when you’re deciding on your next project rather than having to search online and remember where you saved that stitch you want to use.

Before You Start your 2 Color Crochet Stitch Pattern


  • 5mm / US H-8 hook
  • Hobbii Amigo (DK weight 3, 100% acrylic, 175 m / 191 yd, 50 g / 1.75 oz)
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses, and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
  • 6 stitch markers


The patterns are written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square.


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This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet
  • yo = yarn over
  • dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
  • skip = miss

Stitch Multiple

The pattern needs a multiple of 8 + 7 number of stitches; your starting chain will be a multiple of 8 + 10 for an extra turning chain.


The instructions below are for a 15 cm / 6” square.

Block to measurements, if it blocked way too big, go down hook size, if it was difficult to block to proper measurements because it’s too tight, then go up a hook size.


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

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

The turning ch 1, ch 2, ch 3 don’t count as a stitch throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

Stitches above a ch-1 space are worked in the ch-1 space 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.

All pictures show lefthanded crochet. All stitches are symmetrical and can be worked by both right and lefthanded crocheters.

Special Stitches

  • Square cluster: the cluster is worked in mini rows back and forth
    • Ch 2, then sc in the indicated st, turn
    • Ch 2, dc in the sc below, dc 2 in the next 2 chains, turn
    • Ch 2, dc 3, turn
how to make the square cluster for the crochet lace stitch
one square cluster finished detailed view

The Actual Crochet Lace Stitch Pattern

With your 5 mm / US H-8 hook ch 26,

Row 1: Work a square cluster in 8th ch from the hook* (counting the starting ch 2 of the cluster), skip 3, [(dc, ch 3, dc), skip 3, work a square cluster in the next st, skip 3] twice, tr in last st, turn.

* Refer to the cluster instructions in the special stitches section. The cluster starts with a ch 2. After adding those 2 stitches, make a sc in the 8th chain from the hook (counting these 2 new chain stitches)

First row of the lace crochet stitch pattern
completed row 1 of the squares lace crochet stitch tutorial

Row 2: Ch 6, [(dc, ch 3, dc) in top of square cluster of the row below*, work a square cluster in the ch-3 space] twice, (dc, ch 3, dc) in top of the last square cluster from the row below, tr in 3rd ch below.

* Work in the 2nd ch from the turning chain of the last row of the cluster

detailed view of where to insert your hook in the top of the crochet square cluster
one repeat of the Row 2 of the crochet lace stitch pattern
Final tr to finsh the row

Row 3: Ch 6*, [work a square cluster in the ch-3 space, (dc, ch 3, dc) in top of square cluster from the row below] twice, work a square cluster in the ch-3 space, ch 2, tr in base of the 3rd dc of the cluster.

* does not include the starting ch 2 of the square cluster that follows

detailed view of where to make the final tr to finish Row 3

Repeat Row 2 and 3.

Repeat Row 2.

Last Row: Ch 6, tr in ch-3 space below, ch 3, [sc in top of square cluster below, ch 3, tr in ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, tr in 3rd ch below.


When you’re done with the crocheting part, make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly.

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.

Completed swatch of lace squares crochet lace stitch

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