I've been trying out a few designs to offer a freebie for Granny Square Day and this came out the winner. A bit of a fairytale, woodland theme with this toadstool creation.

It's an easy pattern to follow which I think I've made pretty beginner friendly. If you have any queries with the pattern I'm happy to help. I've also added a little note about how to make it a larger square if needed. 

Tools

3.5mm hook

scissors

needle for weaving in ends 

Gauge

4 rounds of HDC = 2 inches

Yarn

I have used Drops Muskat DK cotton yarn (50g/100% cotton/8 ply/100m) however you could use any DK yarn or any other size and just change your hook size accordingly.

Green - #03 Mint

Brown - #24 Taupe

Red - #12 Red

White - #18 White

You will only need a small amount of each colour.

Notes on the pattern 

The Chain at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch. The first stitch should be made in the same stitch as the join and Chain.

When changing colours on the same round, you should join the new colour on the last yoh of the previous colour, e.g Round 1 from red to brown, you should join the brown on the last yoh of the last red stitch.

When changing colours on the chain in Round 2, you should join the new colour when you pull through the yarn for the second chain ready to make the new stitch in green.

When changing colours on a new round, i.e Round 5, change from brown to green on the join.

US terminology

Abbreviations

MC - Magic Circle

Ch - Chain

HDC - Half Double Crochet

rep - Repeat

SC - Single Crochet

DC - Double Crochet

sp - Space

st - Stitch

yoh - Yarn over hook

** - Rep the parts inbetween these

() - instructions in these brackets are to be made in one stitch

() after a round - number of stitches you should have after that round

Special Stitches

HDC Increase - Two half double crochet stitches made in the same st. Written as (2HDC).

DC Increase - Two double crochet stitches made in the same st. Written as (2DC).

Invisible join - On your last st cut the yarn and pull the tail all the way through the top of the last st made. Thread the tail on to a yarn needle. In the top of the second st of the round/row insert the needle under both of the top loops. Now insert your needle in to the top of the last st made (I insert this down into the stitch between the top loops and also behind the back of the st). 

Method

Main square

With Red make MC

Round 1 - Ch 2, HDC 6 in the ring, change to brown HDC 2, join to first HDC (8)

Round 2 - Ch 2, change to green (2HDC), change to red (2HDC) x 5, change to green (2HDC), change to brown (2HDC), join (16)

Round 3 - Ch 2, HDC, change to green (2HDC), HDC, change to red *(2HDC), HDC* rep another 3 times, (2HDC), Change to green HDC, (2HDC), change to brown HDC, (2HDC), join (24)

Round 4 - Ch 2, HDC 2, change to green (2HDC), HDC 2, change to red, *(2HDC), HDC 2* Rep another 3 times, (2HDC), change to green, HDC 2, (2HDC), change to brown HDC 2, (2HDC), join and change to green (32)

Round 5 - Ch 1, SC, HDC 2, *(2DC, Ch 2, 2DC), HDC 2, SC 3, HDC 2* Rep from * to * twice, (2DC, Ch 2, 2DC), HDC 2, SC 2, join (44 + 4 Ch sp)

Round 6 - Ch 3, *DC in each st to Ch sp, (2DC, Ch 2, 2DC)* in Ch sp, rep from * to * three times, (remembering to DC in the first st which may be slightly hidden after your corner) DC to last st, join with an invisible join (60 + 4 Ch sp)

White dots

Make 3

With White make MC

Round 1 - Ch 1, SC 6 in the ring, join with an invisible join (6)

FO

If you wanted to add more rounds you would just need to Rep Round 6.

Sew your white dots on to the red part as shown.

Weave in all ends and block your beautiful square!

You could also switch the colours and make it an apple tree granny square!

I'm hoping to come up with lots more square ideas so check back here for more soon.

I hope you've enjoyed making this. Please tag me in your finished makes so I can see your creativeness @thewoollykid. Please feel free to sell items made from this pattern but please make sure to credit me as the designer. 

Lots of crochet love

The Woolly Kid 

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