This beautiful square was created by Susan Stevens and first published by Herschners. From what I can tell it’s been out of print for some years now. I was unable to find a link to the written pattern anyplace but honestly – you can create the square by watching the step-by-step video below.
Only time will tell what I’ll do with the first square and if I’ll make it for a blanket or not. It may become a pillow or even the center square on a larger square afghan. You’ll just have to wait and see!
Here’s what I finished today . . .
I’ve used Impeccable yarn with a 4 mm hook. I did switch to a 5 mm hook for the pink slip stitches on edges of the petals as suggested in the video.
- 1 skein – Forest
- 1 skein -Soft Rose
- 1 skein – Aran
- 1 skein – Deep Forest (in background)
As a beginner, I was a bit intimidated by the pattern but trust me …. it’s not that hard!! Don’t let it scare you ….. just watch the video and give it a try!
As you can see from the images below, I’ve begun working in the round. You can find the pattern instructions below for what I’ve added to the original Tropical Delight square.
Check back each Friday to see my progress and get the updated instructions! As you can see in the image below, I stopped working by the video instructions after the dark green background area.
In the round . . .
With each project I try to learn something new. Check out this awesome way to change yarn colors and start a new round! Try it out when making your own Tropical Delight square!
Once you work the original border per the video instructions – to square up the flower – begin with the following instructions.
- R1 (rose) – NOTE: watch the video part on attaching the last row of flower petals as you work this round. Start in any corner chain and work a standing DC to attach the rose yarn. Work a second DC in the same chain space then CH2 then work another 2 DC all in the same chain space. Now work 27 DC across to the next corner. Repeat the corner stitches: 2DC, CH2, 2DC. Now work DC stitches across as you previously did on the first row (27 DC). Repeat around remaining sides. Finish off the round with a slip stitch into the first DC. Cut the yarn. (31 stitches corner to corner)
- R2 (Aran) – Start in any corner chain space and work 2SC, CH2, 2SC, continue to work a SC in each stitch across the row to the next corner. Repeat corner stitches and work SC across next row. Continue around all sides and slip stitch into the first SC at the end of the round. CH 2 to bring yarn up to next row height. (35 stitches corner to corner)
- R3 (Aran) – In the chain space work 2DC, CH2, 2DC, then work a DC in each stitch across the row to next corner. Repeat corner stitches then work DC across the row. Work around all sides and slip stitch into the first DC. CH1 to get to height of next row. (39 stitches corner to corner)
- R4 (Aran) – repeat R2 (43 SC stitches corner to corner)
- R5 (Aran) – repeat R3 (47 DC stitches corner to corner)
- R6 (Aran) – repeat R2 (51 SC stitches corner to corner)
Have you noticed that with each row, the stitch count between the corner stitches grows by 4? Keep this in mind when checking your stitch count! Please remember to count!!!
TIP: If you have trouble counting stitches while working …. work up to the last couple of stitches then stop and count. That way you can check your work and have only a few stitches left to keep count of.