Simple Square / Single Crochet

This Simple Square (Single Crochet) pattern solves the problem of a twisting middle. The picture below is straight off the hook with no blocking. As you can see it's pretty darn straight as it is (if you need perfection, simply wet it and block it).

A few years back I wanted a solid, single crochet, one sided, continuous square that didn't twist. I'm sure other people have come up with solutions to this but, at the time, I couldn't find anything. So I made up my own pattern. This may not be an original idea, but it is a simple one that makes it work.

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Category: Easy

The nicest part of this pattern is that any yarn, with an appropriate hook size, will work just fine.

What's an "appropriate" hook size? If you look on your yarn label you'll see a small area that gives you basic gauge. The size hook they suggest, for the yarn, creates the best look. This would be the "appropriate" size hook.

Adjust your yarn and / or hook size (see gauge information below) to get the size and look you want.

Yarn: I used Herrschners Sport Weight, 3 ply yarn.
http://www.herrschners.com/Product/Herrschners+Sport+Weight+Yarn.aspx

Hook: Clover, size E 3.50mm hook. I wanted a square that was dense to show you.

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Crochet Gauge and / or Sizing for the Simple Square

Unless you're going to be sizing these simple squares, you really don't need to check gauge. However, here are the gauge instructions.

The best way to get an exact gauge is to start making your squares and continue until your square is a little larger than 4 inches. When I'm sizing I do a square in one color. 19 stitches = 4 inches, 23 rows = 4 inches.

If the overall size of the simple square is all that's important, crochet until you have the size you need and track how many rounds.

Pattern for a Simple Square (Single Crochet)

The method I use for making simple squares is pretty simple. It includes 3 rounds of regular single crochet, followed by 1 round I call "drift control". This method works for "MOST" simple squares. If your squares still seem to be drifting to the right, use drift control after 2 rounds. If your squares seem to drift to the left, use drift control after 4 rounds. It will be rare that you need to adjust, but I did want to let you know how.

Chain (ch) 4. Slip stitch (sl st) this together forming a circle.

Trick: In the picture to the right you see I placed a bobby pin in the center of my chain. I'm going to be connecting this chain with a slip stitch, and then working into it. The bobby pin helps me get the exact center for the first stitch. It works as a guide for your hook. No more trying to pull the circle apart to find the middle.

Rnd 1: Chain (ch) 1, (crochet around your beginning loose end to hide it) single crochet (sc) 1 into the center.
Trick: Here you can see how I use the bobby pin as my first stitch guide.

*** Chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 2 into the circle ***
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (total 3 corners).
Chain (ch) 2, slip stitch (sl st) into the first single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st) into the first corner.

Rnd 2: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Skip 1 stitch (pictured), single crochet (sc) 1. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).


Skip 1 stitch (pictured), single crochet (sc) 1. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Note: When working into the first stitch after a corner, the stitch can be a little hard to see. There is only 1 thread on the corner side of this stitch. See the picture to the left.

Rnd 3: (Mark the first corners if you like.) Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 3. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 3. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

A "drift control" round skips 1 stitch after each corner. This pulls the rounds of the simple square back into shape. The picture to the left shows the stitch to skip.

Rnd 4, Drift Control for the Simple Square: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Skip the first stitch, single crochet (sc) 4. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Skip 1 stitch, single crochet (sc) 4. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 5: (Mark the first corners if you like.) Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 6. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 6. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 6: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 8. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 8. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 7: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 10. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 10. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 8, Drift Control for the Simple Square: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Skip the first stitch, single crochet (sc) 11. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Skip 1 stitch, single crochet (sc) 11. 

Color Change: Cut the first color leaving a long tail end (so you can easily hide the end later), tie on the second color. I don't do any 'fancy' color changes here, and I don't hide my ends while I crochet. I just find it easier to hide the ends when I'm done crocheting the simple square.


Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner. As you can see here the 'top' yellow thread is the one that shows on top, finishing the corner.

When you begin the next round you are now working in the next color.

Rnd 9: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 13. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 13. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 10: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 15. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 15. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 11: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 17. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 17. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 12, Drift Control for the Simple Square: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Skip the first stitch, single crochet (sc) 18. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Skip 1 stitch, single crochet (sc) 18. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 13: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 20. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 20. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 14: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 22. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 22. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 15: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 24. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 24. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.


Rnd 16, Drift Control, Color Change for the Simple Square: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Skip the first stitch, single crochet (sc) 25. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Skip 1 stitch, single crochet (sc) 25. 

Cut the second color leaving a long tail end (so you can easily hide the end later), tie on the third color.

Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 17: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 27. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 27. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 18: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 29. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 29. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 19: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 31. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 31. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 20, Drift Control for the Simple Square: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Skip the first stitch, single crochet (sc) 32. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Skip 1 stitch, single crochet (sc) 32. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 21: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 34. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 34. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 22: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 36. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 36. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

Rnd 23: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 38. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 38. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

NOTE: For your finishing round of the Simple Square, you can either do a normal round, or a drift control round. Have a look at your project and determine which you want to do.

Normal Rnd 24: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Single crochet (sc) 40. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Single crochet (sc) 40. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

OR

Drift Control Rnd 24: Chain (ch) 3, single crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner.

*** Skip the first stitch, single crochet (sc) 39. In corners single crochet (sc) 1, chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) 1 ***.
Repeat the instruction between the *** stars 2 more times (all 4 corners).
Skip 1 stitch, single crochet (sc) 39. Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner.

My Simple Square ended being about 8.75 inches wide. One more round would have made it 9 inches. In my example I wanted an even 8 rounds per color, the 'size' wasn't important to me.


All text and photos, of this Simple Square, are original. Notice of Copyright © by Sandy Marie & Mom's Crochet, September 2015. All rights reserved. The "idea" of a square is not original, nor do I hold the copyright of the "idea".

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