I recently made an afghan using squares with circles inside of them. I was originally planning to make and keep the blanket for myself, and I wanted it to be completely solid. No toes sticking through it while cuddling on the couch!
Well, I ended up making it into a baby afghan, because I had other projects come in and I did not want this cute afghan to be cast into the pile of "I will finish it later", since I just got done finishing all of the projects I had in that pile and I do not want to start a new one!
Here is a collage of the Lollipop Circles and Squares afghan.
I was asked for the pattern on Instagram, but did not follow a pattern since I could not find a square with a prominent circle that was completely solid. There is a similar square by Manner's Crochet and Craft that is similar. I almost used this square, but I didn't want the hole in the middle of the circle, and I needed a bigger square (the bigger the square the less squares I would need to join).
So, I got my hook and yarn and started to experiment.
This is how I do my version of the circle in the square, granny.
You will need:
5.5 mm crochet hook
worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
ch - chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
Row 1: 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st into first dc (12 dc)
Row 2: ch 2, 2dc in first dc and in each dc around, sl st into first dc (24 dc)
Row 3: ch 2, *1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc** repeat from * to** around, sl st into first dc (36 dc)
Join contrasting color with a sl st to any dc
Row 4: ch 2, 1 dc in each of the first 4 dc, *(1 dc, 2 tr, 1 dc) in next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 8 dc** repeat from *to** twice, (1 dc, 2 tr, 1 dc) in next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, sl st into first dc
Row 5: ch 2, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, *(2 dc, 1tr) in first tr, (1tr, 2 dc) in next tr, 1 dc in each of the next 10 dc** repeat from *to** twice, (2dc, 1 tr) in first tr, (1 tr, 2 dc) in next tr, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, sl st into first dc
Fasten off and weave in ends
Here are row by row photos.