Sage Advice Square

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

Free pattern below:
• easy intermediate skill level written pattern;
• 39 stitches per side;
• 11″ x 11” – 4.5 mm hook / 12” x 12” – 5 mm hook;
• pattern uses sc, hdc, BPhdc, dc, FPdc, BPdc, 2dc-cluster, tr, 2tr-cluster and EXT-puff
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Sage Advice Square – free pattern

Hook/Finished and blocked: 4.5 mm, 11 x 11”; 5 mm, 12” x 12”
Crochet Terms: US terminology throughout
Skill Level:  Easy Intermediate
Yarn and Colors Used:
● I Love This Cotton (Worsted Weight), 100% cotton
Yarn Bee ~ Pima Suprema Yarn (Worsted Weight), 100% cotton
● Yarn Bee ~ Cotton Et Lin (Worsted Weight), 80% cotton, 20% linen
✧ Colorway 1, A – Parchment (I Love This Cotton); B – Sage (I Love This Cotton); C – Coral (I Love This Cotton)
✧ Colorway 2, A – Olive (I Love This Cotton); B – Bone (Yarn Bee ~ Pima Suprema); C – Mauve (Yarn Bee ~ Cotton Et Lin); D – Merlot (Yarn Bee ~ Pima Suprema)
Additional Items Needed: Stitch markers and yarn darning needle

Stitches Used with Definitions

double magic circleyo (Yarn over)BPdc (Back post double crochet)
standing stitchrnd (Round)2dc-cluster (2 double crochet cluster)
invisible joinsc (Single crochet)tr (Treble crochet)
slst (Slipstitch)hdc (Half double crochet)2tr-cluster (2 treble crochet cluster)
st(s) (Stitch/stitches)BPhdc (Back post half double crochet)EXT-puff
sp (Space)dc (Double crochet)3LP (3rd loop of stitch)
ch (Chain)FPdc (Front post double crochet)
double magic circle
Video: Right-Handed / Left-Handed
standing stitch
·  Start with a slst on your hook;
·  Insert your hook into designated st or ch sp and finish the st as normal.
Video: Right-Handed / Left-Handed
invisible join
·  Do not join after completing last st of the rnd;
·  cut yarn; pull yarn tail through st;
·  insert hook from back-to-front of the 2nd st of the rnd; grab yarn and gently pull through.
·  insert hook from back-to-front and bottom-to-top of the center of the last st of rnd; grab yarn and gently pull through.
·  anchor on backside by drawing through any loops of first and last sts of rnd, and weave in ends.
Video: Right-Handed / Left-Handed
slst
·  insert hook into designated st; yo, pull yarn through the st and the loop on hook.
sc
·  Insert hook into designated st, yo and pull up a loop;
·  yo, pull through 2 loops on hook.
hdc
·  Yo, insert hook into st; yo, pull up a loop;
·  yo, pull through 3 loops on hook.
BPhdc
·  Yo, insert hook from back-to-front-to-back around the post, so post is in back of hook; yo, pull up a loop;
·  yo, pull through 3 loops on hook.
dc
·  Yo, insert hook into st; yo, pull up a loop;
·  [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
FPdc
·  Yo, insert hook from front-to-back-to front around post, so post is in front of hook; yo, pull up a loop;
·  [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
BPdc
·  Yo, insert hook from back-to-front-to-back around post, so post is in back of hook; yo, pull up a loop;
·  [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
2dc-cluster
·  Yo, insert hook into designated st, yo, pull up a loop; yo, pull through 2 loops on hook OR if a slst was used to end previous rnd and you’re changing colors, ch 2 (as the 1st part of a dc);
·  yo, insert hook into same st; yo, pull up a loop; yo, pull through 2 loops on hook;
·  yo, pull through all loops on hook.
tr
·  Yo 2 times; insert hook into designated st;
·  yo, pull up a loop; [yo, pull through 2 loops] 3 times.
2tr-cluster
·  Yo 2 times, insert hook into designated st; yo, pull up a loop; [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times;
·  yo 2 times, insert hook into same st; yo, pull up a loop; [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times;
·  yo pull through all 3 loops on hook.
EXT-puff
·  Yo 2 times, insert hook into st; pull up a long loop;
·  [yo, insert hook into same st, pull up a long loop] 4 times;
·  yo, pull through 10 loops on hook;
·  yo, pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
3LP of sc, hdc, dc, tr
·  sc, hdc, dc and tr sts all have two main loops; the V on top of each st is known as the FL (front loop) and BL (back loop);
yo of the sc, and last yo of hdc, dc and tr st create the 3rd loop.

Symbol Guide

ASTERISKS: * to* repeat instructions between two single asterisks as directed.
Example:  *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc); ch 1, sk 2 sts; [dc, ch 1, dc in next st, ch 1, sk 3 sts] 2 times; (dc, ch 1, dc), ch 1, sk 2 sts*; REPEAT FROM * to* 3 MORE TIMES
PARENTHESES: (  ) indicates a group of sts that are worked together in or around the same st. Example:  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc)
BRACKETS: [  ] repeat instructions within brackets as directed.
Example:  [dc, ch 1, dc in dc; ch 1, sk 3 sts] 2 times
COUNT TOTALS: Total chain spaces are included in the st count; corner chain spaces are not included in the total.
Example:  Counts: 48 dc, 36 FPtr, 8 ch-2 sp, 4 ch-2 corner sp (100 total/25 per side)

Special Instructions

·  All rnds begin with a standing stitch and end with an invisible join unless another option is available. Some rnds may include instructions for a slst join and if not changing colors, how to start the next rnd. When used, the ch(s) replaces the 1st st shown in the instructions of the rnd.
·  To avoid ending a rnd with a ch sp, some rnds will begin with the 2nd st of a group (ex. 5 tr), and the repeat will end with the 1st st of that group. Example: *(4 tr) in ch-3 sp, ch 1; sk to next ch-3 sp, tr in next ch-3 sp*
·  Round-by-round pictures are also found at the end of the paid written pattern.

ROUNDS 1 – 16

RND 1
Colorway 1: A, Parchment / Colorway 2: A, Olive
In a double magic circle,
·      ch 3 as a dc, dc; [ch 2, 2 dc] 3 times, ch 2;
Join: slst to 3rd starting ch OR invisible join to 1st true dc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 8 dc, 4 ch-2 corner sp (8 total)
RND 2                      
Colorway 1: B, Sage / Colorway 2: B, Bone
Note:  Before starting, read the information about slst join and starting the next rnd (under special instruction.
Start in any ch-2 corner sp OR slst into next dc and ch-2 corner sp, then ch 3 (as 1st dc of rnd),
·      *(2 dc, ch 2 as a corner, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp; FPdc around each of the next 2 dc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: slst to 3rd starting ch OR invisible join to 2nd dc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 16 dc, 8 FPdc, 4 ch-2 corner sp (24 total)
RND 3
Colorway 1: A, Parchment / Colorway 2: C, Mauve
Start in any ch-2 corner sp OR slst to corner, ch 3 (as 1st dc of rnd),
·      *([dc, ch 1] 5 times) in ch-2 corner sp; sk 2 dc; FPdc around 2 FPdc; ch 1, sk 2 dc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: invisible join to 1st ch of rnd, fasten off. Counts: 20 dc, 8 FPdc, 24 ch-1 sp (52 total)
RND 4
Colorway 1: A, Parchment / Colorway 2: D, Merlot
Start around 1st FPdc of 2 FPdc,
·      *FPdc around each of the next 2 FPdc; sk ch-1 sp AND dc; (3 dc) in ch-1 sp;
·      [ch 1, sk dc; (2 dc) in ch-1 sp] 2 times; ch 1, sk dc; (3 dc) in ch-1 sp; sk dc AND ch-1 sp*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: slst to 1st FPdc of rnd OR invisible join to 2nd FPdc of rnd, fasten off. Counts: 40 dc, 8 FPdc, 12 ch-1 sp (60 total)
RND 5
Colorway 1: C, Coral / Colorway 2: B, Bone
Start in 1st dc after any 2 FPdc OR slst into next FPdc and dc, then ch 2 (as 1st hdc of rnd),
·      *hdc in 3LP of 3 dc; fold ch-1 sp to the front, [2tr-cluster in dc of rnd 3, sk ch-1 sp; hdc in 3LP of 2 dc of rnd 4] 2 times; 2tr-cluster in dc of rnd 3, sk ch-1 sp;
·      hdc in 3LP of 3 dc of rnd 4; ch 1, sk 2 FPdc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: slst to 2nd starting ch OR invisible join to 2nd hdc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 40 hdc, 12 2tr-cluster, 4 ch-1 sp (56 total)
RND 6
Colorway 1: A, Parchment / Colorway 2: C, Mauve
Start in 3rd hdc after ch-1 sp OR slst into next 2 hdc, then ch 1 and sc in same hdc,
·      *sc in hdc; [(2 sc) in 2tr-cluster; sc in 2 hdc] 2 times; (2 sc) in 2tr-cluster;
·      sc in 3 hdc; FPdc around 2 FPdc of rnd 4; sk ch-1 sp, sc in 2 hdc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: slst to 1st sc of rnd OR invisible join to 2nd sc of rnd, fasten off. Counts: 64 sc, 8 FPdc (72 total)
RND 7
Colorway 1: A, Parchment / Colorway 2: C, Mauve
Start in 3rd sc after any 2 FPdc OR ch 3 as a dc,
·      *dc in 5 sc; (2 dc) in sc, ch 2; (2 dc) in sc; dc in 6 sc;
·      sk sc; FPdc around FPdc, ch 2 as a corner, FPdc around FPdc; sk sc, dc in sc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: invisible join to 2nd dc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 64 dc, 8 FPdc, 4 ch-2 sp, 4 ch-2 corner sp (80 total/20 per side)
RND 8 
Colorway 1: B, Sage / Colorway 2: A, Olive
Start in any ch-2 corner sp,
·      *(7 tr) in ch-2 corner sp; sk FPdc AND 2 dc; hdc in 3LP of 6 dc; ch 1, EXT-puff in ch-2 sp, ch 1;
·      hdc in 3LP of 6 dc; sk 2 dc AND FPdc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: slst to 1st tr of rnd OR invisible join to 2nd tr of rnd, fasten off. Counts: 48 hdc, 28 tr, 4 EXT-puff, 8 ch-1 sp (88 total/22 per side)
RND 9
Colorway 1: C, Coral / Colorway 2: B, Bone
Start in 1st tr of any (7 tr) group OR ch 2 (as starting of 1st 2dc-cluster of rnd),
·      *[2dc-cluster in tr, ch 1] 7 times;
·      sk 2 hdc, BPhdc around 3 hdc;
·      ch 2, sk hdc AND ch 1 sp; BPhdc around EXT-puff; ch 2, sk ch-1 sp AND hdc;
·      BPhdc around 3 hdc; ch 1, sk 2 hdc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: invisible join to 1st ch of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 28 BPhdc, 28 2dc-cluster, 32 ch-1 sp, 8 ch-2 sp (104 total/26 per side)
RND 10     
Colorway 1: A, Parchment / Colorway 2: D, Merlot
Start in ch-2 sp after BPhdc around EXT-puff,
·      *(6 dc) in ch-2 sp; sk 3 BPhdc, (2 dc) in ch-1 sp; [sk 2dc-cluster, (2 dc) in ch-1 sp] 6 times;
·      sk 2dc-cluster, (2 dc) in ch-1 sp; sk 3 BPhdc, (6 dc) in ch-2 sp, sk BPhdc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: invisible join to 2nd dc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 112 dc (112 total/28 per side)
RND 11   
Colorway 1: B, Sage / Colorway 2: C, Mauve
Start around 1st dc after any 2nd set of (6 dc) group,
·      *BPdc around 16 dc; sk dc, sc in 3LP of 10 dc, sk dc;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: invisible join to 2nd BPdc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 40 sc, 64 BPdc (104 total/26 per side)
RND 12                
Colorway 1: B, Sage / Colorway 2: C, Mauve
Note: do not sk any sc in this rnd.
Start in 1st sc of any group of 10 sc,
·      *dc in sc; hdc in sc; sc in 3 sc; tr in EXT-puff of rnd 8, sc in 3 sc; hdc in sc; dc in sc;
·      ch 1, sk BPdc, dc in BPdc; [ch 1, sk BPdc, tr in BPdc] 3 times; ch 2 as a corner;
·      [tr in BPdc, ch 1, sk BPdc] 3 times; dc in BPdc, ch 1, sk BPdc*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: invisible join to 1st hdc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 24 sc, 8 hdc, 16 dc, 28 tr, 32 ch-1 sp, 4 ch-2 corner sp (108 total/27 per side)
RND 13
Colorway 1: A, Parchment / Colorway 2: B, Bone
Start in any ch-2 corner sp,
·      *(2tr-cluster, tr, ch 2, tr, 2tr-cluster) in ch-2 corner sp; sk tr, (tr, 2tr-cluster) in ch-1 sp;
·      [sk tr, (dc, 2dc-cluster) in ch-1 sp] 2 times; sk dc, (2 hdc) in ch-1 sp; sk dc, hdc in hdc AND sc;
·      sc in 2 sc, tr AND next 2 sc; hdc in sc AND hdc; sk dc, (2 hdc) in ch-1 sp, sk dc,
·      [(2dc-cluster, dc) in ch-1 sp, sk tr] 2 times; (2tr-cluster, tr) in ch-1 sp, sk tr*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: slst to 1st 2tr-cluster of rnd OR invisible join to 1st tr of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 20 sc, 32 hdc, 16 dc, 16 2dc-cluster, 16 tr, 16 2tr-cluster, 4 ch-2 corner sp (116 total/29 per side)
RND 14        
Colorway 1: C, Coral / Colorway 2: B, Bone
Start in ch-2 corner sp OR slst into next tr and ch-2 corner sp, then ch 3 (as 1st dc of rnd),
·      *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner sp; dc in 8 sts; hdc in 13 sts; dc in 8 sts*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: slst to 1st dc of rnd OR invisible join to 2nd dc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 52 hdc, 80 dc, 4 ch-2 corner sp (132 total/33 per side)
RND 15
Colorway 1: B, Sage / Colorway 2: A, Olive
Note:  I suggest going up a hook size for this rnd only so the 3LP of scs are a little larger for dc in 3LP in rnd 16.
Start in ch-2 corner sp OR slst into next dc and ch-2 corner sc, then ch 1 and sc in ch-2 corner sp,    
·      *(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 corner sp; sc in 3LP of 33 sts*;
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: slst to 1st sc of rnd OR invisible join to 1st ch of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 140 sc, 4 ch-2 corner sp (140 total/35 per side)
RND 16                                                                                                                 
Colorway 1: A, Parchment / Colorway 2: D, Merlot
Note: If you went up a hook size in last rnd, be sure to go back down a hook size.
Start in ch-2 corner sp OR slst into ch-2 corner sp, then ch 3 (as 1st dc of rnd),
*(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 corner sp; dc in 3LP of 35 sc*; For those unable to work the 3LP dc into the sc, a BLdc would achieve a similar look.
REPEAT FROM * TO * 3 MORE TIMES; Join: invisible join to 2nd dc of rnd, fasten off.  Counts: 156 dc, 4 ch-2 corner sp (156 total/39 per side)

Blocking is a great way to put the finishing touches on your square.  It allows you to reach your final shape and size.  It also opens up your stitches, making them even and more defined; giving it a more professional appearance.
You can either wet block or steam block, but always make sure you are careful when steam blocking acrylic yarn.
 
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2 thoughts on “Sage Advice Square”

  1. I love your patterns and own most of them. I have a question for you. I have been approached by a lady who owns a yarn shop to see if I am interested in teaching a “Block of the Month Crochet Lessons.” If I would have everyone who attends the class buy a pattern for the blocks from you, could I teach people or help people crochet your patterns without violating any rules? I know people often don’t seem to be able to follow written patterns, but I am concerned about copyright rules etc. I don’t mind helping, but I don’t want to end up in court…

    Thank you in advance

    Claudia Keller

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    1. Claudia, please feel free to teach any of my patterns. I totally understand how some need more than the written pattern. I myself am more of a kinesthetic-tactile learner and always appreciate videos with written instruction. I would love to see the finished projects.

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