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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Walled Garden Square (maybe)

Way back before personal computers and easy access to photocopiers and scanners, the only way to get a copy of a pattern was to write it out by hand.

I found one such hand-written pattern in my "old" pattern folder (pre-1986). No name, no picture, obviously, but a quick scan of the instructions showed it to be a granny square of some type.

Curious, I whipped one up. And it turned out quite pretty.

I have no idea if I copied this pattern from a book or made it up myself. It would have been done over 25 years ago and I have troubling remembering yesterday! I searched the Ravelry pattern database without success and made enquiries amongst the members - no one (so far) could come up with a source.

So, I'm sharing the pattern with you all here. If anyone does recognise it - perhaps from an afghan pattern rather than as a single square - do please let me know, so I can attribute it properly!

Walled Garden Square
(amended 10 Jun 12 - thank you Scraplyn!)

  • US terms 
  • DK + G hook = 6” (bearing in mind I crochet loosely) but you can use what you like
  • Beg Cluster = ch 3, *yo, insert hook in ch-1 sp, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops on hook, rpt from * 3 times, yo, pull thru 5 loops on hook
  • Cluster = *yo, insert hook in ch-1 sp, yo, pull thru, yo, pull thru 2 loops on hook, rpt from * 4 times, yo, pull thru 6 loops on hook
  • blo = back loop only
  • Crossed DC = skip one hdc, dc in next hdc, dc in skipped hdc
Ch 5, join w slst to form ring.

1)  ch 4, (dc in ring, ch 1) x 7, join w slst in 3rd ch of beg ch-4.  = 8 dc, 8 ch-1 sp

2)  slst into ch-1 sp, Beg Cluster (see above), ch 5, Cluster (see above), ch 5, (Cluster, ch 5) x 6, join w slst to top of Beg Cluster.  = 8 Clusters, 8 ch-5 sp

3)  slst into ch-5 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, 4 dc in next ch-5 sp, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-5 sp, 4 dc in next ch-5 sp, rpt from * 2 times, join w slst to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.  = 40 dc, 4 ch-2 sp

4)  ch 2, 2 hdc in blo, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, *10 hdc in blo, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, rpt from * 2 times, 7 hdc, join w slst to 2nd ch of beg ch-2.  = 56 hdc, 4 ch-2 sp

5)  slst into next hdc, ch 3, dc back into join at end of prev round (= Beg Crossed DC), Crossed DC, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, *Crossed DC x 7, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, rpt from * x 2, Crossed DC x 5, join w slst to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.  = 28 Crossed DC, 8 dc, 4 ch-2 sp

6)  ch 2, 4 hdc in blo, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, *16 hdc in blo, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, rpt from * 2 times, 11 hdc, join w slst to 2nd ch of beg ch-2.  = 80 hdc, 4 ch-2 sp

-- Judy M Kerr ©2012

Please email me if you find a mistake (or two) or have any problems. :-)

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  • At 02 July, 2012 00:48, Blogger Charlotte said…

    Looks great! Just stopped by to say hello. I don't always comment but enjoy your posts. Stay Cool!

  • At 02 July, 2012 21:03, Blogger jmk said…

    Charlotte, it's lovely to know you're stopping by. I must admit I haven't visited my "blog list" for some time (ref: your 1 July post). Yours is a treat! And I have so stolen your Kit Kat clock. :) I used to have one in my kitchen (I still have it, but I'm guessing it would have to be tweaked for UK voltage).

  • At 25 January, 2013 03:31, Blogger detroitdeb said…

    I love this square and am making a lapghan for cancer patients in burgundy out of it - thanks for sharing!


  • At 26 January, 2013 17:41, Blogger jmk said…

    Oh Deb, that's just wonderful! I'm so pleased. I'd love to see a picture of it.

  • At 01 March, 2013 18:43, Blogger AbbyE said…

    Just want to say thank you SOOOO much for this wonderful pattern. I just came across it the other day, and I made one I am very happy. I had to sit and double think o round 5, but I did it. I added two more rounds to make it a bit bigger. Thank you again!!

  • At 02 March, 2013 19:16, Blogger jmk said…

    Congratulations AbbyE! I'm glad you worked it out. :) And thank you for the compliment.

  • At 04 April, 2013 05:06, OpenID nattyann89 said…

    What a pretty square! I'm still learning to crochet, and was so happy that I was able to make this! I hope you don't mind that I've linked to this pattern from my blog! Thanks again :)

  • At 04 April, 2013 20:52, Blogger jmk said…

    Oh nattyann89, your squares look great! Even the blue one - it looks like the yarn may have been a bit too soft for good stitch definition, that's all. And I'm more than happy to have you link to the pattern. Let's get it out there - the more the merrier, LOL!

  • At 04 May, 2013 08:49, Blogger hajjandumrah said…

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first
    comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.
    I will keep visiting this blog very often.
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  • At 04 May, 2013 22:24, Blogger jmk said…

    Well, that's nice. And the next time I'm planning a pilgrimage to Mecca I'll be sure and visit the link you so thoughtfully provided. ;-)

  • At 13 June, 2014 10:16, Blogger Nicole Setton said…

    Hi there,
    I am having trouble with this pattern and would like to get in contact with you Judy but can't seem to access your email address.
    Mine is, would you mind pls contacting me so I can get some help.
    I love your design and so want to be able to do it.
    Many thanks,

  • At 13 June, 2014 15:12, Blogger jmk said…

    Nicole, You have been emailed! :)

  • At 02 October, 2014 09:23, Blogger Monica Gullesen Hansen said…

    Hi there.
    Today I have shared you pattern in my blogg.
    Have a nice day.

  • At 02 October, 2014 17:16, Blogger jmk said…

    Oh, that's lovely, Monica. Thank you. And I went from your blog to see the Maybelle Crochet Flower. :) Very pretty!

  • At 28 October, 2014 23:43, OpenID wfhmomblog said…

    Thank you so much for posting this, and your pattern is easily read, I have been crocheting off and on since I was a kid, never read patterns before this year, so I am a little behind the curve, I appreciate the flow of your written pattern! Making my first afghan with this square!

  • At 29 October, 2014 18:12, Blogger jmk said…

    Dear wfhmom, I'm so glad my pattern style makes sense to someone other than me. :) It's always a concern when I post a new one. I'd love to see a picture of your afghan when it's done.

  • At 30 March, 2015 23:44, Blogger debbie morrison said…

    very beautiful love this one p.s. just putting it out there do you or anyone know where i can find a pattern of a cow with udders and a milk can to go with its for a special lady who loves cows thank you

  • At 31 March, 2015 18:34, Blogger jmk said…

    Debbie, are you on Ravelry? There are quite a few cow patterns listed there. I found a free one, complete with udder (though no milk can, but how hard can that be to create?) - - but it's only available as a Ravelry download. In other words, you have to be a member (it's free!) to download it.

  • At 03 April, 2015 15:22, Blogger Emily Woods said…

    this square is lovely! im making a baby blanket for a friend of mine and this is going to be in each corner :D thank you.

  • At 05 April, 2015 11:40, Blogger jmk said…

    Thank you, Emily. That sounds sweet. I'd love to see a picture when it's done. :)

  • At 05 January, 2016 10:21, Blogger Flower said…

    Hai, I love this square, I want to use it in my temperature blanket. Because I'm not known with the us crochet terms, I want to ask you if it's alright for me to share this pattern, so someone else can translate it.

  • At 05 January, 2016 18:32, Blogger jmk said…

    Dear Flower, I'm glad you like it. :) You are very welcome to share the pattern and have it translated. You can email me on sofar_sogood at if you have any questions.

  • At 09 March, 2016 04:01, Blogger ChelleyBelly said…

    Pretty pattern, but...row 5 is apparently wrong and I cannot figure it out. Sick of pulling out my work.. Please help.

  • At 09 March, 2016 20:52, Blogger jmk said…

    Hmmm. ChellyBelly, I'd have to work one up to see if there is a problem, but if you've got 14 half double crochets on each side of Rnd 4 then the count will work out. The only suggestion I can make is to conscious of the fact that half double crochets lean much further to the right than other stitches, so don't forget to count the one that leans into the corner ch-2 space. It will almost make it look like it's a chain 3 space. If you click on the picture it will open up larger - you might be able to see what I'm talking about. But by all means let me know if it continues to cause problems - sofar_sogood at btinternet dot com

  • At 24 March, 2016 12:20, Blogger Annie said…

    at last I've found a square that I can understand! making up something with white and shades of blue Aran wool I got for something else, but didn't like how things were turning out. I'm relatively new to following crochet patterns and although I did find I was in a different place on row 5, it was easy to figure out how to make things work out by reading ahead. One square down, goodness knows how many to go!

  • At 10 April, 2016 21:40, Blogger Mónica Díaz said…

    Hola, gracias por compartir tu patrón de crochet. Me ha quedado precioso, muy bien explicado.
    Saludos desde Chile.

  • At 11 April, 2016 10:40, Blogger jmk said…

    Gracias por el cumplido. Me complace que les guste.
    Saludos desde Inglaterra. :)

  • At 30 May, 2016 00:33, Blogger Carin said…

    Today I came across this pattern and I LOVE it.
    Just ordered yarn to make a blanket with this block.

    Thanks again for posting.

  • At 30 May, 2016 12:15, Blogger jmk said…

    Thanks Carin, it's simple but effective. :) I'd love to see a picture of the blanket when it's made. I see you have a blog also - I'll keep an eye out! ;)

  • At 30 May, 2016 12:40, Blogger Carin said…

    Will keep you updated on the blanket ;-)

  • At 25 February, 2017 17:47, Blogger Annie Docwra said…

    Made a bag using this design! thank you for the pattern :) x

  • At 25 February, 2017 18:48, Blogger jmk said…

    Annie, that's great! Thank you for letting me know. I'd love to see it. Your name seems familiar to me - are you on Ravelry?

  • At 17 May, 2017 00:25, Blogger Judy Young said…

    Lovely pattern. Thank you. I'm going to use just the first 4 rows for baby afghans for charity donations. I need to do things quickly, and although this square is gorgeous in total, I'll have to skimp. But I will use the whole square for afghans that are 'keepers.' Thanks again.

  • At 17 May, 2017 08:36, Blogger jmk said…

    Aw, thank you Judy. That's very kind of you. And I'm pleased you'll be using it for charity afghans. Please give me a heads-up if you post pictures of them.

  • At 27 October, 2017 20:23, Blogger Sarah Stone said…

    Hello, I need help please. I really like this, I'm trying to make one big square for a pillow with a bigger hook and yarn. I'm getting messed up at rows 5 and six, am I supposed to chain and turn? Or not turn. And do I count the chain as a stitch or not? Thank you.

  • At 28 October, 2017 22:17, Blogger jmk said…

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for trying out the square. I hope we can get it to work for you.

    I’m not entirely sure what bits you’re having trouble with, but I will say that there are no turns, and that the chains at the beginning of rounds 5 and 6 both count as stitches.

    If you click on either picture you should get a large image where it’s easier to see what’s what. If that doesn't help, message me again or email me at sofar {underscore} sogood {at} btinternet {dot} com.


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