Caterpillar Square Crochet Pattern

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Caterpillar Square Crochet Pattern | www.petalstopicots.com | #crochet #fiber

I am so excited to be taking part in Moogly’s 2016 Afghan Crochet Along! If you aren’t familiar with the crochet along, definitely check it out and see all the awesome afghan square patterns posted so far here … it’s not too late to start working up an afghan of your own!

I designed this square based on the fun and color happy Caterpillar stitch … hence the Caterpillar Square. I can’y wait to see all the color variations you guys will come up with! Be sure to post them up on Instagram and tag me at @petalstopicots or share them in my Facebook Community group here.

 

Caterpillar Square Crochet PatternCaterpillar Square Crochet Pattern | www.petalstopicots.com | #crochet #fiber

Here is what you will need:

  • 4 colors worsted or aran weight yarn (shown here in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice)
  • USI9/5.5mm hook
  • yarn needle and scissors

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Finished square measures approximately 12 in. × 12 in.

 

Notes:

Long Double Crochet (Ldc) – the Ldc is worked the same way as a normal dc but it is worked in a row below the one in which you are working. In this case, you will be working it  3 rows below. To prevent pulling, make sure you pull your initial loop to the height of the row being worked. 

To get the overlay effect, make sure you are working the Ldc in front of the previous rows.

Helpful tutorials: How to Crochet Standing Stitches and Invisible Join and Fasten Off.

 

Make a magic ring (as an alternative to the magic ring, you can ch 4 and join with a slip stitch in furthest chain from hook to form a ring).

Round 1: With CA ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in ring, ch 4, *2 dc in ring, ch 4, repeat from * twice more, join and fasten off CA — 8 dc, 4 ch-4 corners.

Round 2: Join CB in same st, ch 1 (does not count as stitch here and throughout), work 1 sc in same st as join and in next dc, working in front of stitches from Round 1, work [2 Ldc in beginning magic ring, work 3 sc in ch-4 corner of Round 1, 2 Ldc again in magic ring), *work 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc from Round 1, work [2 Ldc in beginning magic ring, work 3 sc in ch-4 corner of Round 1, 2 Ldc again in magic ring), rep from * twice more, join — 20 sc, 16 Ldc.

Round 3: Ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next 4 sts, 3 sc in corner st, *1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 3 sc in corner st, rep from * twice more, 1 sc in each of the last 3 sts, join and fasten off CB —  44 sc.

Round 4: Join CC in same st, ch 3, work 1 dc in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 4, skip 1 st, work 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, *work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 4, skip 1 st, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, rep from * twice more, join — 24 dc, 8 ch-2 spaces, 4 ch-4 corners.

Round 5: Ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next dc, 2 sc in next ch-2sp, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 5 sc in ch-4 corner, * **1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, rep from ** once more, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 5 sc in ch-4 corner, rep from * twice more, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, join and fasten off CC — 60 sc.

Round 6: Join CA in same st, ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next st, working in front of stitches from Rounds 4 and 5, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 3, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, *work [2 Ldc in unworked corner st from Round 3, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 3 sc in the following st, work 2 Ldc in same st of Round 3], skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, **work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 3, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, rep from ** once more, repeat from * twice more, work [2 Ldc in unworked corner st from Round 3, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 3 sc in the following st, work 2 Ldc in same st of Round 3], skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 3, join — 36 sc, 32 Ldc.

Round 7: Ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next 8 sts, 3 sc in corner st, *1 sc in each of the next 16 sts, 3 sc in corner st, rep from * twice more, 1 sc in each of the last 7 sts, join and fasten off CA — 76 sc.

Round 8: Join CD in same st, ch 3, work 1 dc in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, *ch 4, skip 1 st, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, **ch 2, skip 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, rep from ** three more times, rep from * twice more, ch 4, skip 1 st, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip last 2 sts, join — 40 dc, 16 ch-2 spaces, 4 ch-4 corners.

Round 9: Ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next dc, 2 sc in next ch-2sp, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2sp, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 5 sc in ch-4 corner,  * **1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, rep from ** three more times, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 5 sc in ch-4 corner, rep from * twice more, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in last ch-2 sp, join and fasten off CD — 92 sc.

Round 10: Join CC in same st, ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next st, working in front of stitches from Rounds 8 and 9, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 7, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 7, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, *work [2 Ldc in unworked corner st from Round 7, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 3 sc in the following st, work 2 Ldc in same st of Round 7], skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, **work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 7, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, rep from ** three more times, repeat from * twice more, work [2 Ldc in unworked corner st from Round 7, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 3 sc in the following st, work 2 Ldc in same st of Round 7], skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 7, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 7, join — 52 sc, 48 Ldc.

Round 11: Ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next 12 sts, 3 sc in corner st, *1 sc in each of the next 24 sts, 3 sc in corner st, rep from * twice more, 1 sc in each of the last 11 sts, join and fasten off CC — 108 sc.

Round 12: Join CA in same st, ch 3, work 1 dc in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, *ch 4, skip 1 st, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, **ch 2, skip 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, rep from ** five more times, rep from * twice more, ch 4, skip 1 st, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts, ch 2, skip last 2 sts, join — 56 dc, 24 ch-2 spaces, 4 ch-4 corners.

Round 13: Ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next dc, 2 sc in next ch-2sp, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2sp, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2sp, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 5 sc in ch-4 corner,  * **1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, rep from ** five more times, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 5 sc in ch-4 corner, rep from * twice more, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp,  1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 sc in last ch-2 sp, join and fasten off CA — 124 sc.

Round 14: Join CB in same st, ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next st, working in front of stitches from Rounds 12 and 13, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 11, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 11, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 11, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, *work [2 Ldc in unworked corner st from Round 11, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 3 sc in the following st, work 2 Ldc in same st of Round 11], skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, **work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 11, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, rep from ** five more times, repeat from * twice more, work [2 Ldc in unworked corner st from Round 11, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 3 sc in the following st, work 2 Ldc in same st of Round 11], skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 11, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 11, skip next 2 sts of current round and work 1 sc in each of the following 2 sts, work 1 Ldc in each of the 2 unworked sts directly below from Round 11, join — 68 sc, 64 Ldc.

Round 15: Ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and in next 16 sts, 3 sc in corner st, *1 sc in each of the next 32 sts, 3 sc in corner st, rep from * twice more, 1 sc in each of the last 15 sts, join and fasten off — 140 sc.

Weave in ends.

Block square if desired.

A free French pattern translation by Véronique Malanda Mavouala de ChezHoraive is available for download here: caterpillar-en-francais.

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2 Responses to Caterpillar Square Crochet Pattern

  1. Sue November 27, 2016 at 2:42 am #

    What a great design! I love it!

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