This elegant 12 inch afghan block square has a simple center edged with a pretty flower petal design along the edge. Use it as a contrast square to tone down a highly textured blanket, or by itself to create an afghan that is beautiful and unique. Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
When I created the original Secret Garden square set I didn’t realize the crochet patterns would be so popular that they would need an add-on the following week, but here we are! 😄 To off-set the beautiful lacy details of those squares I have created a more basic square to act as “negative space” to let the eyes rest from looking at all the loveliness of the flowers. Because of that this 12 inch square has been affectionately nicknamed the “garden plot” square because it’s got a very basic stitch texture in the place where all the flower details were in the other squares, and it mimics what is there in a real garden before the flowers grow! (We crochet designers do try to be clever in naming patterns sometimes…🤭 )
The center of the square is crocheted using the Wattle Stitch which is very quick and easy to master: it’s crocheted just like a V-stitch–only lopsided because it has a sc as one of the “legs”. The outer edges pick up the same floral details that the second square in my Secret Garden series uses. You will need to know how to crochet post stitches, cross stitches, and shells. If you have crocheted the second version of the Secret Garden square pattern this part should be a breeze.
I never get tired of looking at that beautiful crochet texture!
I used Red Heart With Love in “Eggshell” for this square because of how elegant it looks. Bonus: it’s very soft and has a nice drape. I can imagine this square combined with the other 2 in the series to create the most beautiful wedding blanket for a special couple!
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Techniques used: post stitches, shell stitches, cross stitches, 3dc cluster stitches
5mm (H) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
135-150 yds #4 worsted weight Red Heart With Love in Eggshell, or the color of your choice.
(Optional) Stitch markers
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
BPsc = back post single crochet
BPhdc = back post half double crochet
BPdc = back post double crochet
Cross Stitch = sk st, dc in next st, cross over st just made, dc in skipped st.
sk = skip
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sp/sps = space/spaces
prev = previous
Center of square should measure 7 1/2″ by 7 1/2″ before edging section is started.
12″ x 12″ when finished
-ch 1 at beginning of row or round does not count as a stitch.
-See notes in pattern for more information.
Secret Garden Square: New Beginnings (US Terms):
Leaving 12” tail (for minimizing the gap between the chain row and the first row of the Wattle Stitch), Ch 27,
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sk 2 sts * (sc, ch 1, dc), sk 2 sts; repeat from * across, sc in final st of row, ch 1, turn. (8 wattle stitches, 2 sc)
Row 2: sc in first st, sk st, (sc, ch 1, dc in ch-1 sp), sk 2 sts; repeat from * across, skip only 1 st on final repeat, sc in final sc of row, ch 1, turn. (8 wattle stitches, 2 sc)
Gauge check: your piece should measure 7 1/2” wide.
Repeat row 2 17 times, or until you have a square that measures 7 1/2 ”-7 1/2”.
You will now begin the edging for the center of the square. Work stitches as evenly as you can along the raw edges. The first edging round is probably the most challenging part of the whole square since I’m relying on you to figure out the spacing. I had 18 rows of the Wattle stitch and worked a sequence alternating 2 sc in next st, sc in next st along the raw edges of the square (the ch-1 turning ch typically got 1 sc stitch while the sc at the end of each row got 2 sc stitches worked into the side). The most important thing with this section is that you end up with 28 sts on each side. Work a ch-2 to turn the corners.
(Fun Fact: This edging should work on any blanket that is worked in multiples of 4)
Round 1: side 1: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 24 sts, 2 sc in final st, (28 sts made), ch 2, side 2: evenly space 28 sc along raw edge, ch 2, side 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 25 sts, 2 sc in final st of row, ch 2, side 4: 2 sc in first st, evenly space 26 more sts along raw edge, ch 2 (this will be your corner space), join with sl st to first sc. (28 sc on each side, 4 ch-2 sps)
Round 2: ch 1, hdc in same st as join, hdc in next st, *sl st in next st, [sk st, 4 dc in next st, sk st, sl st in next st] 6 times (6 shells made), *ch 1, hdc in same st as last sl st worked, hdc in next st, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, (corner mad) hdc in each of the next 2 sts (Note: the first st is easy to miss so push back the 2 hdc sts just made so you don’t accidentally skip over it); repeat from * around, omitting last 2 hdc sts in final repeat, join with sl st to first hdc. (24 shells, 32 hdc)
Round 3: ch 1, BPsc around each of the next 2 hdc, *work the following sts across each shell: BPhdc around first st, BPsc around next 2 sts, BPhdc around next st, move to next shell] 6 times, *BPsc around next 4 sts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-1 sp, BPsc around next 4 sts; repeat from * around omitting last 2 BPsc in final repeat, join with sl st to first BPsc. (34 sts each side, 4 ch-1 sps)
Round 4: sl st over 1 to first BPhdc of prev round, ch 1, *sc in next 24, sts, *sk st, 4 dc in next st, sk st, sl st in next st, sk st, 6 dc in ch-1 sp, sk st (Note: this stitch will be hiding under the 6dc so don’t accidentally skip 2 stitches here), sl st in next st, 4 dc in next st, sk st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (96 sc, 8 4dc shells, 4 6dc shells)
Begin your first cross stitch of the round in the same stitch as join.
Round 5: ch 1, *cross stitch across next 24 sts (12 cross stitches made), * BPdc around next st, BPhdc around next 2 sts, BPdc around next 3 sts, BPhdc around next st, ch 1, BPhdc around next st, BPdc around next 3 sts, BPhdc around next 2 sts, BPdc around next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc.
Round 6: ch 1, sc in each st around, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner, join with sl st to first sc. (40 sts per side)
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Use 12″ tail to sew the original chain and the first row of the Wattle Stitch together so there isn’t so much of a gap.
Block if desired.
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