Charlotte Large Crochet Square by Detri

 Materials - 4 mm Clover Amour crochet hook (US 6/G  UK 8)
Scheepjes Softfun Aquarel (Double knit/ Light worsted weight/#3) – Available from Deramores and Wool Warehouse.
Colour A – Cloudescape (804) – 162 meters
Colour B – Riverscape (802) – 62 meters
Colour C – Cityscape (806) – 112 meters
Yardages are  for the complete square, not just for this part.
Abbreviations 
Ch – Chain
BP – Back post (insert your hook from back to front around the post of the indicated stitch and complete the stitch as normal)
Dc – Double crochet
Dc2tog – Double crochet 2 together (see Special Stitches)
Fp– Front post (insert your hook from front to back around the post of the indicated stitch and complete the stitch as normal)
Hdc – Half-double crochet
Sc – Single crochet
Tr – Treble crochet
Sl st – Slip stitch
St/st’s – Stitch/stitches
() and * – Repeat instructions between parentheses and/or asterisks the amount of times specified
Special Stitches
Dc2tog – Yarn over and insert your hook into the indicated stitch.  Yarn over and pull up a loop.  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch.  Yarn over and pull up a loop.  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.
Standing Stitches – Standing stitches are exactly the same as regular stitches, except that they are made ‘in air’, without being attached to a previous stitch. Start with a slip knot already on your hook and complete the stitch as normal.  Here are some tutorials for the standing double crochet  and standing single crochet to get you started.
Gauge - Your motif should measure 15 (6”) cm at the end of Round 13.
Size -Charlotte will be 42 cm (17”) when finished.  At the end of Part 1, you should have a square that is 21 cm (8.5″).  Please Note that personal gauge on the tester version varied dramatically depending on tension and yarn used!
Notes - The central Flower of this square is textured and raised slightly above the surface.  When you have only made the flower, it will look like it bulges a lot (because of all those front post stitches), but as the square progresses this will become less noticeable.  With use the flower will relax down even further, but it will always remain slightly raised above the surface of the square.
For the photos in this photo tutorial, I have used Scheepjes Stonewashed XL and a 5.5 mm crochet hook.
 Instructions 
Round 1 (Colour A)
Into a magic ring:  Ch 5 (counts as tr + ch 1).  (Tr, ch1) 11 times.  Join to the 4th ch of the beginning ch-5 with a sl st.
Stitch Count:  12 tr’s and 12 ch-1 spaces
Round 2 (Colour A)
Sl st into the next ch-1 space.  (Ch 1, sc) into the same ch-1 space.  (Ch 4, sc in the next ch-1 space) 11 times.  Ch 4.  Join to the top of the first sc with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends. Stitch Count:  12 sc’s and 12 ch-4 spaces

 Round 3 (Colour B)
Join your yarn by making a standing dc in any ch-4 space.  Make 2 more dc’s in the same ch-4 space.  (Ch 2, make 3 dc’s in the next ch-4 space) 11 times.  Ch 2.  Join to the top of the standing dc with a sl st.
Stitch Count:  36 dc’s and 12 ch-2 spaces


Round 4 (Colour B)
Ch 2 (doesn’t count as a stitch).  Make 2 FPdc’s around the post of the same (first) dc from Round 3.  Make 2 FPdc’s around each of the next 2 dc’s.  Ch 1.  (Make 2 FPdc’s around each of the next 3 dc’s.  Ch 1) 11 times.  Join to the top of the first FPdc with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends. Stitch Count:  72 FPdc’s and 12 ch-1 spaces.
 Round 5 (Colour A)
Join your yarn by making a standing dc into any ch-2 space from Round 3, working OVER the ch-1 space from Round 4 {indicated with an arrow in Photo 1 and illustrated in Photo 2}.  You will find the ch-2 spaces between Petals.  Dc in the same ch-2 space.  (Ch 4.  Make 2 dc’s in the next ch-2 space from Round 3, working OVER the ch-1 space from Round 4) 11 times.  Ch 4.  Join to the top of the standing dc with a sl st. Fasten off and work away your yarn ends.
Stitch Count:  24 dc’s and 12 ch-4 spaces
 Round 6 (Colour B)

Work in front of the ch-4 spaces from Round 5 when making this round.  You will need to dig a bit to locate the first FPdc of each 6-FPdc ‘group’.
Hint:  Work in 12 lots of 6 stitches to make sure that you don’t accidentally skip any stitches. You should make 6 stitches into each Petal. Join your yarn by making a standing FPdc around the first FPdc of any 6-FPdc group from Round 4.  Make a FPdc around each of the remaining 71 st’s.  Join to the top of the first FPdc with a sl st.
Stitch Count:  72 FPdc’s
Your Flower will be Ruffled at this point, don’t worry about it.
 Round 7 (Colour B)
Ch 2 (doesn’t count as a st).  (FPdc2tog, working into the first 2 FPdc’s of the Petal.  FPdc in the next 2 st’s.  FPdc2tog, working into the last 2 FPdc’s of the Petal.  Ch 3) 12 times.   Join to the first FPdc2tog with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends.
Stitch Count:  48 FPdc’s and 12 ch-3 spaces

Round 8 (Colour A)
In this round, you will be working between the 2 dc’s that form each 2-dc group in Round 5.  You will work OVER the ch-3 space from Round 7 and the stitches of Round 6 (between Petals).  You will need to apply quite a bit of tension to ensure your dc’s are ‘tight’.
Make a standing dc between any 2 dc’s from Round 5, remembering to work OVER Rounds 6 and 7.  Make another dc between the same 2 dc’s {Photos 1 and 2}.  (Ch 4.  Make 2 dc’s between the next 2 dc’s from Round 5, remembering to work OVER Rounds 6 and 7) 11 times.  Ch 4.  Join to the first dc with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends.
Stitch Count:  24 dc’s and 12 ch-4 spaces
Round 9 (Colour B)
Join your yarn by making a standing FPdc2tog around the first 2 st’s of any Petal from Round 7 (in other words, around the FPdc2tog and the first FPdc).  FPdc2tog around the last 2 st’s of the Petal.  Ch 4. (FPdc2tog twice into the next Petal of Round 7.  Ch 4) 11 times.  Join to the first FPdc2tog with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends. Stitch Count:  24 FPdc’s and 12 ch-4 spaces
 Round 10 (Colour A) .
Join your yarn by making a standing dc between any 2 dc’s from Round 8, working OVER the ch-4 space from Round 9.  Make 4 dc’s in the same space.  (Ch 2 and make 5 dc’s between the next 2 dc’s from Round 8) 11 times.  Ch 2.  Join to the first dc with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends. Stitch Count:  60 dc’s and 12 ch-2 spaces

 Round 11 (Colour B)
Join your yarn by making a FPdc2tog around the remaining 2 st’s of any Petal from Round 9.  (Ch 6 and FPdc2tog around the 2 st’s of the next Petal from Round 9) 11 times.  Ch 6.  Join to the first FPdc2tog with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away yarn ends.
Stitch Count: 12 FPdc2tog’s and 12 ch-6 spaces
At the end of this round, your flower will bulge quite a lot (see Notes at the start of the pattern).  This will relax, but it won’t completely go away.  The final flower will be raised slightly above the surface of the square.
Round 12 (Colour A) In this round, you will work IN FRONT OF the ch-6 spaces from Round 11.
Join your yarn by making a standing hdc in the first dc of any 5-dc group from Round 10.  Hdc in the same st.  Sc in the next 3 st’s.  Make 2 hdc’s in the next st, which will be the last dc of the 5-dc group {Photo 1}.  FPdtr in the dc from Round 8 to the left of the next Petal (to the right, if you are left handed) – see Photos 2 and 3.  FPdtr in the dc from Round 8 to the right of the same Petal (to the left, if you are left handed) – see Photos 4 and 5.  You are essentially doubling back, and you will need to fold/turn your work to make it easier to get into that stitch.
*Make 2 hdc’s in the first dc of the next 5-dc group from Round 10.  Sc in the next 3 st’s.  Make 2 hdc’s in the next st. FPdtr in the dc from Round 8 to the left of the next Petal (to the right, if you are left handed).  FPdtr in the dc from Round 8 to the right of the same Petal (to the left, if you are left handed).*  Repeat from * to * 10 more times.  Join to the first hdc with a sl st.
Stitch Count:  108 st’s {36 sc’s, 48 hdc’s, and 24 FPdtr’s}
Round 13 (Colour A)
Ch 1 and sc in the same st as the sl st join, which will be the hdc after 2 FPdtr’s.  Sc in the next 2 s t’s.  (Make 2 sc’s in the next st, which should be the central of the 3 sc’s from the previous round.  Mark the second sc if you are going to have trouble finding it in the next round.  Sc in the next 8 st’s) 11 times.  Make 2 sc’s in the next st.  Sc in the last 5 st’s.  Join to the first sc with a sl st.
Stitch Count:  120 sc’s
 Round 14 (Colour A)
Ch 1 and sc in the same st as the sl st join.  Sc in the next 4 st’s.  You should now have 5 sc’s.
*Hdc in the next st.  Dc in the next 2 st’s.  Tr in the next 2 st’s.  Ch 4, skip the next 4 st’s and sl st in the next st, which should be the second (marked) sc of the increase from the previous round.  Ch 13 and sl st in the same st to form a loop.  Ch 4 and skip the next 4 st’s.  Tr in the next 2 st’s.  Dc in the next 2 st’s.  Hdc in the next st.  Sc in the next 11 st’s.  The first and last sc’s should fall in the second (marked) sc of the increase from the previous round.*

Repeat from * to * 3 more times, omitting the last 5 sc’s on the last repeat (because you’ve already made them at the start of this round).  Join to the first sc with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends.
Have a look at your work before continuing.  The Flowers formed by the ch-4 and ch-13 loops are your corners.  Each of them should fall between 2 Petals.  If they don’t, you’ll need to check your stitches to see where you have gone wrong.
Stitch Count:  84 st’s {44 sc’s, 8 hdc’s, 16 dc’s, 16 tr’s, 8 ch-4 spaces, and 4 ch-13 spaces}

Round 15 (Colour A)
Join your yarn by making a standing hdc in any ch-13 space around.  Try to make this stitch close to the middle of the ch-13 space.  Into the same ch-13 space:  (3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc, hdc).  This is your first corner made.  Move these stitches up so that they fall over the center of the ch-13 space.  You can adjust them later if it looks a bit wonky now.
*Ch 3.  Sc in each of the 21 st’s across.  Ch 3.  Into the next ch-13 space:  (hdc, 3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc, hdc).*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat.  Join to the first hdc with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends.
Stitch Counts:
Total: 116 st’s {8 hdc’s, 108 sc’s, 8 ch-3 spaces, and 4 ch-2 corner spaces}
Per Side: 29 st’s {2 hdc’s, 27 sc’s, and 2 ch-3 spaces}

Round 16 (Colour B)
Join your yarn by making a standing sc in any ch-2 corner space.  (Ch 2, sc) in the same space.  This is your first corner made.  *Sc in the next 4 st’s.  Make 3 sc’s in the next ch-3 space.  Sc in the next 21 st’s.  Make 3 sc’s in the next ch-3 space.  Sc in the last 4 st’s.  Don’t accidentally skip the hdc right after the ch-3 space.  Into the next ch-2 corner space:  (sc, ch 2, sc).*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat.  Join to the first sc with a sl st.
Stitch Counts:  148 sc’s and 4 ch-2 corner spaces  {37 sc’s per side}

 Round 17 (Colour B)
Sl st into the ch-2 corner space.  Ch 4 (counts as hdc and ch-2).  Hdc in the same space.  This is your first corner made.
*Skip the first (hidden) stitch.  Hdc in each of the remaining 36 st’s.  (Hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the next ch-2 corner space.*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat.  Join to the second ch of the initial ch-4 with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends.
Stitch Count:  152 hdc’s and 4 ch-2 corner spaces  {38 hdc’s per side}
 Round 18 (Colour A)
Join your yarn by making a standing hdc in any ch-2 corner space.  (Hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the same space.  This is your first corner made.
*BPdc in each of the 38 st’s across.  (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch-2 corner space.*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat.  Join to the first hdc with a sl st.  Fasten off and work away your yarn ends.
Stitch Counts
Total: 168 st’s and 4 ch-2 corner spaces  {16 hdc’s and 152 BPdc’s}
Per Side:  42 st’s per side {4 hdc’s and 38 BPdc’s} source 
1 - Charlotte Large Crochet Square part 2
2 -Charlotte Large Crochet Square part 3

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