Connected Squares
Stitch Pattern

Connected Squares is a simple stitch pattern that teaches you to crochet four squares together to make one larger one. In the picture (to the left) none of the little squares was sewn on, not even the last one. The last square connects on two sides at the same time.

This stitch pattern also helps you make a better square as each little one pulls the entire work into a better square shape. A simple border stitch around the outside finishes the process.

I know it can be frustrating trying to crochet a square with equal rows and stitches (for example, making a pillow). You could use Connected Squares to solve the problem.

Materials, Tools, and Gauge

This section is a bit irrelevant as the Connected Squares stitch pattern will work with any yarn, and any crochet hook. So pick the yarn you love, and use a hook that works best with it.

If you want to ‘size’ something check your gauge normally (crochet a 4 inch swatch in basic single crochet) and use your stitches per inch to calculate the finished size of your square.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must use an odd number of stitches (anything ending in a 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) to make this work.

To calculate your starting chain for the project you want to make, decide on your beginning number of stitches for the total project (example: 40), divide that number by 2 (example: 20), round it to the nearest odd number (example: 21), add 1 chain to that (example: Starting Chain = 22).

EACH square will be the same number of rows as there are stitches (example: 21 rows at 21 stitches each row).

First Square to Second Connected Square

At the end of the last row of your first square, chain (ch) 1 and turn the square on its side. Your first stitch (going down the side) is in the space of the last stitch (see picture below).

Single Crochet (sc) across catching each row. Make sure to count your stitches to ensure you've caught each row, and that you have the same number of stitches. Continue to Single Crochet (sc) until you have the correct number of rows (same number as your stitches).

Second Square to Third Connected Square

At the end of the last row, chain (ch) 1 and turn your work on its side. Your first stitch (going down the next side) is in the space of the last stitch (see picture below).

Single Crochet (sc) across catching each row. Make sure to count your stitches to ensure you’ve caught each row, and that you have the same number of stitches. You are only single crocheting to the end of that square, NOT all the way across. Continue to Single Crochet (sc) until you have the correct number of rows (same number as your stitches).

Connecting the Fourth Square

The last square, in Connected Squares, will single crochet (sc) like you have been doing, AND will connect to the first square you started with. Begin like the other squares; at the end of the last row, chain (ch) 1 and turn your work on its side. Your first stitch (going down the last side) is in the space of the last stitch (see picture below).

Single Crochet (sc) across catching each row. Make sure to count your stitches to ensure you’ve caught each row, and that you have the same number of stitches. Your last stitch will go into the corner stitch. In the picture below I have marked the stitch with my blue yarn needle.

You will use slip stitches (sl st) to attach the last square to the first one. Your slip stitches (sl st) will go around your beginning chain (ch) and into the spaces between stitches in the (first) row. Each time you are on this side you will slip stitch (sl st) 2 times, one for the row you’re on, the second is the beginning of the next row.

As you crochet up the last square it’s VERY IMPORTANT, on the slip stitch side, that you always turn your work in the same direction. On the outside edge you will Chain (ch) 1 and turn, just like normal. Counting is very important to make sure you’ve caught the correct stitches on the slip stitch (sl st) side. Hold down your beginning tail end as you crochet the first row, this will hide the end, snip later.

At the top you will finish your last row in the center. Slip stitch (sl st) one last time for the final join of the last square to the first.

Finishing

Your finishing is going to depend upon what you are using the Connected Squares for. If you are using these to make a large project, and plan on sewing many of them together, you may want to just use a mattress stitch. If one connected square is your final project I suggest a single crochet (sc) round, as your first round, to pull the square tight.

You Might Enjoy

Want to Practice Connected Squares?

You Might Enjoy the Connected Squares Dishcloth (or Spa Washcloth).

This is a great pattern for beginners. It is all done in Single Crochet with one round of Double Crochet around the outside. Your finished project is a beautiful, scrubbing cloth that will quickly become your favorite.


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