Looking for a crochet lace square pattern? The Little Angel Square uses some unique crochet lace techniques to form a beautiful square!
I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE lace.
When it comes to crocheting blankets, I know you don’t want toooo many holes…
So when I was invited to join the Friendship Blanket CAL and design a square, I thought I would try to find a happy medium.
What emerged was a square with some more “closed” rows of hdc in the 3rd loop, along with some more lacy, angel-like rows.
Meet, the Little Angel Square!
This square is technically a modification of one of the most popular stitch patterns on my blog, called the Pansy Stitch.
When I originally made it, I thought it looked like pansy flowers, but almost everyone who saw it said it looked like angels!
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A 9″ Crochet Square Pattern
This lacy square measures 9″, along with all the other squares in the Friendship blanket. Make sure you follow the gauge section so your square turns out the right size!
Little Angels Square – a Unique Crochet Lace Square Pattern
Let’s jump into the pattern now!
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- Worsted weight yarn
- I used Yarn Bee Soft secret
- I/5.5mm crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge)
- Yarn needle
- Square is worked back and forth in rows
- Ch 3 at beginning of rows counts as a htr
- Ch 1 at beginning of rows does NOT count as a hdc
- Stitch pattern used is a multiple of 3+1
9” wide by 9” high
14 hdc and 8 rows in stitch pattern BLOCKED = 4”
This square tends to shrink back on itself a bit which is why I also highly recommend doing a light steam block to get it to lay flat. You’ll get the most accurate gauge measurement if you likewise block your swatch.
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Foundation single crochet – fsc
Single crochet – sc
Double crochet – dc
Repeat – rep
Skip – sk
Space(s) – sp(s)
Chain space(s) – ch-sp(s)
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Beginning – beg
Right side – RS
Hdc in the 3rd loop: this stitch is a regular hdc, but worked in a different space than normal. Locate the loop by looking at the previous row of hdc from the back. Look for the “v” on the back, then insert hook into the bottom loop of the v. See this video for help.
2-dc cluster: *YO, insert hook in ch indicated, YO and pull up a loop. YO, draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * once more. YO, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
TR Cluster (tutorial for this stitch is included farther down): *YO twice, insert hook in next hdc, YO and pull up a loop, (YO, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Rep from * 2 times more, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
Htr (half triple crochet): YO twice, insert hook in indicated st and pull up loop. YO, pull through 2 loops. YO, pull through 3 loops.
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Fsc 31. Note: it is important to start with fsc and not chains. If you start with chains your square will end up lopsided. If you’re unfamiliar with fsc, see this blog post.
Row 1: Ch 1 (does NOT count as hdc, here and throughout) hdc in each st across. Turn. (31 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 1, working in the 3rd loop of hdc, hdc in each st across. Turn. (31 3rd loop hdc)
Row 3 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as htr, here and throughout) tr in next stitch. *Ch 3, work 2-dc cluster (see special sts) into 3rd ch from hook. Work TR Cluster into next three stitches. Rep from * until 2 sts. left. Tr in next st, htr in last st. Turn. (9 TR clusters, 10 2-dc clusters)
NOTE: at this point you may start to be concerned that your square is getting too wide. Don’t worry, it will narrow after you work the next 2 rows! The clusters naturally expand, but the next 2 rows will condense them again, bringing it back to an even square.
Row 4: Ch 1, hdc first tr. Hdc in next tr. Sc in top of next 2-dc cluster. *Ch 4, sc in top of next 2-dc cluster. Rep from * across all 2-dc clusters. Hdc in last 2 tr. Turn. (9 ch-4 loops)
Row 5: Ch 1, hdc in first two hdc. *3 hdc in next ch-4 sp. Rep from * across. Hdc in last 2 hdc. Turn. (31 3rd loop hdc)
Row 6: Rep row 2.
Repeat rows 3-6 3 times more, for a total of 18 rows (or until square measures 9” high).
Finishing: Fasten off, weave in ends, and block your square! Unsure how to block? This article should help!
Crochet Lace Square Photo Tutorial
Some of the techniques used in this lace square can be a little tricky, so check out this tutorial if you’re ever confused!
How to Hdc in the 3rd Loop
Look at hdcs from the back. Insert hook into the bottom loop of the “v”.
Once you keep making hdc in the 3rd loop, this is what the wrong side of the work will look like:
And this is what the right side should look like:
Crocheting the “Angels”
To make the lacy section that looks like angels, we will use a few unique stitches like the 2 dc cluster and the triple crochet cluster.
Note: for further reading and tutorials on these stitches, please see this blog post!
2-DC Cluster Stitch
When starting row 3, you’ll have a ch 3, a tr, and then a 2-dc cluster. The 2-dc clusters will form the “wings” of the angel.
Below you can see what the 2-dc cluster looks like before starting the next stitch.
The triple crochet cluster stitch forms the “body” of the angel. It is made by forming 3 unfinished tr crochet. So you make the body of tr, then keep the top loop on the hook, and then make 2 more unfinished tr.
After doing this you’ll have 4 loops on hook as shown below.
YO and pull through all 4 of those loops, and you’ve finished a TR cluster!
As you continue working the square pattern, the you’ll be able to see the angels more clearly. Row 4 and 5 form the heads of the angels. Below you can see rows 1-5 all finished!
I hope you have enjoyed this free crochet square pattern. I certainly had fun designing it!