Autumn Square

The Autumn Square is a building block for many Fall projects, limited only by your imagination. Mine will become a throw pillow for my Mother. However, this 12.5 x 12.5 inch square could also become placemats and a table runner. Many of them can be sewn together to make a beautiful Autumn afghan.

It combines several things already shared here on Mom's Crochet. The Simple Square is the center of this project. It is edged with the Cluster Flowers stitch pattern. And the leaves in the center are a combination of Top Stitching, and the Fall Leaves decal. I will give you the download link to each of these and describe how it's all put together.

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Crochet Materials, Tools, & Gauge for the Autumn Square

Category: Intermediate


This pattern is put together a little differently than others I share. It is actually made up using several things I've shared in the past. The instruction you see here is for specific parts and how to apply them.

WATCH for the download buttons 
as parts of this pattern are described.

Do NOT rush through and try to find one button to download it all.


Yarn: This pattern works best with 3 ply (3-Light) sport or baby yarn . I used Herrschners Sport Weight: #0003 Yellow, #0039 Orange Peel, #0024 Chocolate, #0032 Leaf.

Hook: Clover, E / 3.50mm

Other: Scissors, 8 bobby pins (or stitch markers), yarn needle (to hide the ends).

Gauge: Squares are designed to use many different kinds of yarn and hooks, so ultimately the choice is yours. Using the suggested yarn & hook will result in the final Autumn Square being 12 - 13 inches wide (both sides).

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Step 1: Autumn Square Interior


The Autumn Square begins with a Simple Square. The button to the right will download the free pattern for the Simple Square. If you have already downloaded this pattern there is no reason to download it again.

Follow the Simple Square pattern and end with a drift control round. 39 stitches on each side.

Step 2: Autumn Square Edge

The Autumn Square is edged with the Cluster Flowers stitch pattern. I strongly recommend you practice this stitch before you start. The button to the right downloads this pattern. No need to download again if you already have it.

The instruction below shows you how to put this edging on the Simple Square and continue it all the way around. It is changed slightly to work with the square.

Rnd 1 - Side 1: Start in the same corner that you finished the Simple Square in (the one with the tail end). Not counting the chains in the corner, start in the 2nd stitch. Put a slip knot on your hook and, with the the right side of the square facing you, attach your yarn.

Chain (ch) 3 (counts as 1st stitch). 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 38 stitches (counting the chain would give you 39 stitches). It is VERY helpful to mark your start and end points on each side.

Corners: 1 double crochet (dc) in the next stitch. In the corner; 1 double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 2, 1 double crochet (dc). 1 double crochet (dc) in the next stitch (on the next side).

Sides 2 - 4: 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 39 stitches (don't forget to mark your first and last stitches). Work a corner.


After the last corner: Slip stitch (sl st) connect to the top of the 1st chain (ch). Make sure and pick up the stitch - do not go around the chain.

Rnd 2, Side 1: Chain (ch) 2 and turn.

Corners: 1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next 2 stitches. In the corner; 1 half double crochet (hdc), chain (ch) 2, 1 half double crochet (hdc). 1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next 2 stitches (on the next side).

1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next 39 stitches. Make sure to mark your start and end stitches.


Sides 2 - 4: Continue working until you get to the point of the slip stitch (sl st) connect.

This is where you will need the Cluster Flowers stitch pattern (see above) to work into the Autumn Square.
Please take this pattern out to follow the instructions for making the Cluster Flowers.

Color Change: This is where you would slip stitch (sl st) connect. Begin your slip stitch (sl st) pulling up a loop. While I have both threads on the hook I cut my green (leaving a long tail end) & tie on yellow (leaving a long tail end). This insures that I have a tight knot. Then finish the slip stitch (sl st) by bringing the (green) loop through the other.

The Autumn Square does not require a color change, I just think it looks a little prettier.


Rnd 3 - 1st Cluster Rnd: Chain (ch) 3 & turn. The Cluster Flowers stitch pattern begins with a double crochet (dc). I have marked, in the picture to the left, where this first stitch goes.

The end of the Cluster Flowers stitch pattern says you have 2 stitches left. The picture shows you the 2 stitches - just before your marked stitch. Finish the stitch pattern as it describes.

Corners: 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 3 stitches. In the corner, 1 double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 3, 1 double crochet, 1 double crochet (dc). 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 3 stitches (on the next side).

NOTE: If you are a tight crocheter a double crochet in the corner of the Autumn Square might be too short. If that is the case try an extended double crochet (no more squishy blocks).


At the end slip stitch (sl st) into the stitch BEFORE the cluster, pictured to the left. NOT into the beginning of the cluster.


If you want a lacier looking finish you could stop here. The picture to the left shows you what this edge would look like.

Rnd 4 - 2nd Cluster Rnd: Continue the Cluster Flower stitch pattern. Your turn will be exactly as the stitch pattern explains.

Corners: 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 4 stitches. In the corner, 1 double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 3, 1 double crochet, 1 double crochet (dc). 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 5 stitches (on the next side).

NOTE: If you are a tight crocheter a double crochet in the corner might be too short. If that is the case try an extended double crochet (no more squishy blocks).

At the end of this round, Color Change: This is where you would slip stitch (sl st) connect. Begin your slip stitch (sl st) pulling up a loop. While I have both threads on the hook I cut my yellow (leaving a long tail end) & tie on green (leaving a long tail end). This insures that I have a tight knot. Then finish the slip stitch (sl st) by bringing the (yellow) loop through the other.

Rnd 5: Chain (ch) 2 & turn.

Side 1: 1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next 40 stitches.

Corners: In the corner, 1 half double crochet (hdc), chain (ch) 2, 1 half double crochet (hdc).

Sides 2 & 4: 1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next 47 stitches.

After the Last Corner: 1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next 6 stitches (the beginning chain counts as stitch #7). Slip stitch (sl st) connect AROUND the chain (not into the top). Slip stitch (sl st) 2 more times (to move your connection point).

Rnd 6: Chain (ch) 2 - DO NOT TURN.

Hook position is very important in this round. You need to pick up the back 2 threads of the half double crochet in the row below. This position creates the 'border' line over the Cluster Flowers. See the picture to the left.

Side 1: 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 38 stitches.

Corners: In the corner, 1 double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 2, 1 double crochet (dc). As you turn these corners pick up the first stitch just like in the Simple Square (1 thread on the corner side).

Sides 2 - 4: 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 49 stitches. At the end, 1 double crochet (dc) in the last 9 stitches, slip stitch (sl st) connect. Cut your thread (leave a long tail end) and pull it through the last loops (binding off).

Last Step: Autumn Square Decoration

There are two ways to do the leaves. You can download the PDF (with the button to the right), and sew them on. The Autumn Square is a one sided square as it is. This might also allow you to place the leaves a little more randomly.

Or you can use Top Stitching to attach them. I'm going to describe how to Top Stitch them on.

The top stitched leaves, on the Autumn Square, are longer as I wanted to work into all three colors on the Simple Square section.


There are 4 corner lines in the square, these are the lines we are going to use. Turn your work over so the back side of the Autumn Square is facing you. Count, from the center, 6 spaces up toward the outside (count the center as one). Mark this space (I use a bobby pin).

Still on the back side insert your hook into the marked space, and bring it back out one space down (toward the center). Loop the green yarn around the hook and pull it through, let go of the loose end and pull it all the way through.


Tie the loose end and the end attached to your yarn in a knot.

Turn your work over so the front of the Autumn Square is facing you. Hold your yarn on the backside, you'll be pulling loops from the back to the front. Insert your hook in the marked space and pull up a loop. Remove the marker.

Insert your hook into the next space (moving toward the outside edge) and pull through another loop (2 loops on the hook). Bring that loop through your first one. Be careful not to pull it too tight. Yes, this is just like a slip stitch. This is stitch #1 --- repeat the process for a total of 13 stitches.


At the end of 13 stitches cut the green on the back (leaving a long tail end) and pull the loose end to the front. Then insert your hook --- from the back to the front --- hook the loose end and pull it back down. Make sure the yarn crosses over the top thread of the last stitch.

On the back side, thread your yarn needle, and pulling it through loops, knot the yarn 2 times.

Count 5 stitches from the bottom (or 9 from the top, whichever is easier for you to see) and pick up one thread. You will be working in one thread up the leaf and the other thread back down.


Slip knot your yarn to your hook (leave a long tail end) and attach it to the one thread. Chain (ch) 3. 1 triple crochet (tr) in the next 2 stitches. 


1 double crochet (dc) in the next 3 stitches, 1 single crochet (sc) in the last 3 stitches. This should put you on the last stitch.


Chain (ch) 3 and turn your work so you are going back down. The chain (ch) 3 forms the top of the leaf.

1 single crochet (sc) in the next 3 stitches, 1 double crochet (dc) in the next 3 stitches, 1 triple crochet (tr) in the next 2 stitches.

Chain (ch) 3 and slip stitch (sl st) connect to the stitch across from where you started. Cut the yellow (leave a long tail end) and tie the 2 ends together.

Insert your hook from back to front one one side of the stem and pull one thread through. Then repeat on the other side of the stem. Tie these two loose ends together again on the back.

NOW, to get the extra instruction I shared on this page, click the button to the right and download the free PDF.

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