Morning Tears Square

 

Beijing: Morning Tears

This pattern came to be as the Beijing Guild creates squares for a fundraiser in October 2016. It’s being held at the “Homeplate” in Sanlitun. I guess that’s as good a reason as any to give it that name. Maybe it will be the beginning of a series of squares, who knows. I started with someone else’s pattern but decided to make some changes – enough to change the look entirely. If someone else has created something similar to mine – great minds think alike!

NOTE:  Things change and we did not get things finished in time… in fact I am still putting things together.  But today I am hoping to add some pictures to this pattern and publish it!  It is also going to a different location – Morning Tears.

Supplies for one 8 inch square:

less than 50 grams of DK weight yarn per square

4 mm. Crochet hook. (If your square is too big, use a smaller needle. If it’s too small, go up a size!) You could also leave off a row, add a row, or do a border of singles…

Gauge:

9 rows = 4 inches using a 4.00 mm hook.

17 stitches = 4 inches

You need to know:

This pattern uses the texture of front post trebles. These are pretty easy to do and there are videos available on Youtube. You can also find a video for a front post double (fpd) on Youku (for Chinese readers), to give you a starting point. However it is important to remember that this pattern requires you to go down into the second round below to create a longer stitch.

The pattern can be done in one colour or many, the choice is yours.

Many thanks to Kim Werker (kimwerker.com) for her helpful series on writing crochet patterns for publication. She inspired me to do a swatch! I did not block it, as I don’t usually block squares. My starting point was the Side Spiky square, designed by Joanita Theron, at Creative Crochet Workshop. For new crocheters, this square gives you a good beginning square before trying this one!

Foundation ring: Chain (CH) 4 and join with a slip stitch (SS) to make your ring.

Round 1: CH 3 (counts as first Double Crochet -DC) work 2 DC, CH 2. Work * 3 DC,

CH 2* 3 times, forming the four sides of your square. Join with a SL ST in the top of your CH 3. Each side should have:

1CH, 3 DC, 1 CH

ROUND 2: CH 3 (counts as first DC) work 1 DC in each of the next 2 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in chain 2 (corner) space, 1 DC in each of the next 3 DC* continuing around and ending with 2 DC, CH 2, 2DC in corner space. Join at top of beginning DC with a SS>.

EACH SIDE SHOULD HAVE: 1 CH, 7 DC, 1 CH.

ROUND 3: CH 3 (counts as first DC), work 1 FPTR around middle DC of round 1, skip 1 stitch, work 1 DC in the next three stitches *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner space, 1 DC in each of the next 3 DC, FPTR around middle DC of first round, skip one stitch, 1 DC in next 3 DC* continuing around , ending with 2 DC, CH2, 2 DC in corner space and 2 DC in next two DC. Join at top of beginning DC with a SS.

EACH SIDE SHOULD HAVE : 1 CH, 5 DC, 1 FPTR, 5 DC 1 CH.

ROUND 4: CH 3 (counts as first DC, work 1 DC in each of the next 3 DC, work FPTR into last stitch of round 2. Skip 1 stitch, work 2 DC in next two stitches. *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner space, 2 DC in next 2 stitches, FPTR around first stitch of round 2, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 5 stitches, FPTR around last stitch of round 2, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in next 2 DC* repeat twice more, ending with 2 DC, 2 CH, 2 DC in corner space, 1 DC in next 2 DC, FPTR around first DC of round 2. Skip one st, DC in next DC and join to top of first stitch with SS

EACH SIDE SHOULD HAVE: 1 CH, 4 DC, 1 FPTR, 5 DC, 1 FPTR, 4 DC, 1 CH

ROUND 5: CH 3 (counts as first DC, work 1 DC in each of the next 5 DC, work FPTR into last stitch of round 3. Skip 1 stitch, work 2 DC in next two stitches. *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner space, 2 DC in next 2 stitches, FPTR around first stitch of round 3, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 9 stitches, FPTR around last stitch of round 3 skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in next 2 DC* repeat twice more, ending with 2 DC, 2 CH, 2 DC in corner space, 1 DC in next 2 DC, FPTR around first DC of round 3. Skip one st, DC in next 3 DC and join to top of first stitch with SS.

EACH SIDE SHOULD HAVE: 1 CH, 4 DC, 1 FPTR, 9 DC, 1 FPTR, 4 DC, 1 CH

ROUND 6: CH 3 (counts as first DC, work 1 DC in each of the next 7 DC, work FPTR into last stitch of round 4 . Skip 1 stitch, work 2 DC in next two stitches. *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner space, 2 DC in next 2 stitches, FPTR around first stitch of round 4, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 13 stitches, FPTR around last stitch of round 4, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in next 2 DC* repeat twice more, ending with 2 DC, 2 CH, 2 DC in corner space, 1 DC in next 2 DC, FPTR around first DC of round 4. Skip one st, DC in next 5 DC and join to top of first stitch with SS.

EACH SIDE SHOULD HAVE: 1 CH, 4 DC, 1 FPTR, 13 DC, 1 FPTR, 4 DC, 1 CH

ROUND 7: CH 3 (counts as first DC, work 1 FPTR in middle stitch of round 5, 8 DC in each of the next 8 DC, work FPTR into last stitch of round 5. Skip 1 stitch, work 2 DC in next two stitches. *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner space, 2 DC in next 2 stitches, FPTR around first stitch of round 5, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 8 stitches, FPTR around middle stitch of round 5, DC in next 8 stitches, FPTR around last stitch of round 5, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in next 2 DC* repeat twice more, ending with 2 DC, 2 CH, 2 DC in corner space, 1 DC in next 2 DC, FPTR around first DC of round 5. Skip one st, DC in next 7 DC and join to top of first stitch with SS.

EACH SIDE SHOULD HAVE: 1 CH, 4 DC, 1 FPTR, 8 DC, 1 FPTR, 8 DC, 1 FPTR, 4 DC, 1 CH.

ROUND 8: CH 3 (counts as first DC), work DC in next two stitches,work 1 FPTR in stitch below in round 6, skip 1 stitch, 8 DC in each of the next 8 DC, work FPTR into last stitch of round 6. Skip 1 stitch, work 2 DC in next two stitches. *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner space, 2 DC in next 2 stitches, FPTR around first stitch of round 6, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 8 stitches, FPTR around stitch below in round 6, DC in next 3 stitches, FPTR around stitch below in round 6, DC in next 8 stitches, FPTR around last stitch of round 6, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in next 2 DC* repeat twice more, ending with 2 DC, 2 CH, 2 DC in corner space, 1 DC in next 2 DC, FPTR around first DC of round 6. Skip one st, DC in next 7 DC and join to top of first stitch with SS.

EACH SIDE SHOULD HAVE: 1 CH, 4 DC, 1 FPTR, 8 DC, 1 FPTR, 3 DC, 1 FPTR, 8 DC, 1 FPTR, 4 DC, 1 CH.

ROUND 9: CH 3 (counts as first DC), work DC in next four stitches,work 1 FPTR in stitch below in round 7, skip 1 stitch, 8 DC in each of the next 8 DC, work FPTR into last stitch of round 7. Skip 1 stitch, work 2 DC in next two stitches. *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in corner space, 2 DC in next 2 stitches, FPTR around first stitch of round 7, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in each of the next 8 stitches, FPTR around stitch below in round 7, DC in next 7 stitches, FPTR around stitch below in round 6, DC in next 8 stitches, FPTR around last stitch of round 6, skip 1 stitch, 1 DC in next 2 DC* repeat twice more, ending with 2 DC, 2 CH, 2 DC in corner space, 1 DC in next 2 DC, FPTR around first DC of round 7. Skip one st, DC in next 8 DC, FPTR around stitch below in round 7, skip one stitch, DC in next 2 stitches and join to top of first stitch with SS.

EACH SIDE SHOULD HAVE: 1 CH, 4 DC, 1 FPTR, 8 DC, 1 FPTR, 7 DC, 1 FPTR, 8 DC, 1 FPTR, 4 DC, 1 CH.

Please Note:  Sometimes it works that doing the 9th row will make your square too large.  You can replace it with a row of SC, or HDC depending on how you size it.   As I was working the pattern, my piece was 7.5 inches across.  I did row nine for the pictures and then replaced it with a row of singles to fit the blanket we are making.  Not all yarns are equal, even if they are the same weight and from the same company – just like kids, I guess!

 This is my first pattern so please feel free to share your thoughts with me.  I will appreciate it.

Marcia

About Marcia Stehouwer

I have a great life (most days) and a small budget, so being frugal is one of my favourite hobbies. I started this blog after procrastinating for 3 months, on April Fool's Day. I knit, I read, I knit, I work... I am also about a quarter of the way through my goal to lose 100 pounds. So between knitting, working, reading etc., I also do some walking! EDIT: 2021. I am not closer to my weight goal, but moving forward. The budget is still small. We are renting our homestead and progressing towards our family dream!
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