Have you ever wanted to try the Bavarian Square? I have decided to re-film this tutorial taking my time to show the steps.
Originally in 2011 when I had filmed it before. I honestly couldn’t see the things I see today within the pattern. I think as we dive further into other patterns in our crochet journey, we see stitches and uniqueness from a different point of view.
The biggest difference is to change what you believe and train yourself to see some of the pattern from a different point of view.
While my intro takes about 6 minutes as I share with you my insight, I have done so so you can see what my thinking is and how to visualize the project. If you grab onto what I am referring to, completing the pattern without being worried about screwing up will come with ease.
With a hook that compliments the yarn, you can accomplish this stitch.
- Mikey used Caron Simply Soft and a Size 6 mm, J Crochet Hook in the video example.
- You can use as many or as little colours as possible. Most people run wild with the colours as this pattern really plays well to it.
In the video, I explain how each square is a quadrant of 4. The instructions below match that concept.
- ch = Chain
- tr = Treble
- beg = Beginning
- sl st = Slip Stitch
- sc = Single Crochet
- st(s) = Stitch(es)
- 4-tr cl = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook to gather them up, 4 tr in one stitch mentioned, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
- 4-bptr dec = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook, bptr around each of next 4 indicated stitches, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
- 8-bptr dec = Hold last loop of each stitch on hook, bptr around each of next 4 indicated stitches, only use the tr stitches and ignore the middle sc stitch between the squares. Collect all 9 loops on hook and yarn over to pull through all loops on hook.
- Ch 5, join with beg ch to form a ring.
- Ch 1, *sc into the ring, ch 5, 4-tr cl into the ring, ch 5. Repeat * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sc. This instruction completes 1 quadrant of 4 for each of the centre green 4 squares.
- Ch 1, sc into the joining stitch, *ch 2, [4 tr into the centre of the 4-tr-cl stitch, ch 2, Repeat [ ] 2 more times. Repeat everything from * 3 more times to complete the entire round. At end of round, join with a sl st into the beg sc. Fasten off your colour. This instruction completes the remaining 3 quadrants for each green square seen in the photo above.
Where to start the next colour. It is always going to be in the same spot on the square, each and every time. I have provided you two photos below. One is for left handers and other is for right handers.
Picture on left is the left hand perspective on where to start. Picture on the right is the right hand perspective on where to start. The red circles indicate where you should join on the new colour. This will be the starting and stopping points for each round of the same colour. As you make your square bigger with new colours, the stopping and starting point shifts to the new outer upper corner square.
- With new colour, join with a sl st to the first ch-1 gap. *Ch 1, sc into same gap space. Ch 5, 4-bptr dec using each of the next tr, ch 5, sc into next ch-1 gap space. Ch 5, 8-bptr dec using remaining 4 tr on the corner square and 4 tr on the next corner square. Ignore the sc in between them. Repeat * 3 more times to complete all sides of the square. Finish with sl st to the beg sc. This instruction completes 1 quadrant for each of the corners for this colour and 2 bottom quadrants for the squares between the corners.
- Ch 1, sc into joining st. 4 tr into the 4-bptr dec centre point from the row below, ch 2, 4 tr, ch 2, 4 tr. This completes the remaining 3 quadrants of the corner square. sc into the next sc. 4 tr, ch 2, 4 tr into the centre of the 8-bptr dec centre point from the row below. Sc into the next sc. This completes the two upper quadrants of the square in squares between the corners. Repeat * 3 more times to complete the square. Join with a sl st to the beg sc to finish. Fasten off colour. In the picture above, this completed the yellow squares.
Going forward, instructions above just repeat themselves. The only difference is that there are more squares between the corners. Each one is handled exactly the same. The starting and stopping points are the same. You can go as big as you want to.
Refer to the video below if you need further help.