Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kata - free crochet square pattern




Kata
This pattern is a flower – created by crocheting clusters. Although the instructions are long, once you master a cluster it will all seem easy.
American terminology used.

12’ square
Worsted weight yarn
5.50mm hook
Gauge – Round 1 = 2”
9 ½’ square
DK yarn
4.0mm hook
Gauge – Round 1 = 1 3/8”

Abbreviations:

Ch - chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
HDc –half double crochet
Tc – treble crochet
Lp(s) – loop/loops
Sp(s) – space/spaces
St(s) – stitch/stitches
Yo – yarn over

Special Stitches
These stitches are all variations on clusters. Be aware that one cluster (trc) is split across 2 spaces.
Beg 3dc cl*- First 3 double crochet cluster
Chain 3
Yo, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (3lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (2lps stay on hook)
Yo, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (4lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (3lps on hook)
Yo and pull through all three loops on hook.
3dc cl - 3 double crochet cluster
Yo, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (3lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (2lps stay on hook)
Yo, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (4lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (3lps on hook)
Yo, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (5lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (4lps on hook)
Yo and pull through all four loops on hook.
Beg 4dc cl* -First 4 double crochet cluster
Chain 3
Yo, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (3lps on hook),{yo and pull through 2 lps (2lps stay on hook)
Yo, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (4lps on hook),yo and pull through 2 lps (3lps stay on hook)
Yo, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (5lps on hook),yo and pull through 2 lps (4lps stay on hook)
Yo and pull through all four loops on hook.
4dc cl - 4 double crochet cluster
Yo, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (3lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (2lps stay on hook)
Yo, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (4lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (3lps on hook)
Yo, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (5lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (4lps on hook)
Yo, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (6lps on hook),{yo and pull through 2 lps (5lps on hook)
Yo and pull through all five loops on hook.
Beg trc cl -First treble crochet cluster (5trc spread across 2 spaces)
Chain 4
Yo twice, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (4lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}two times (2lps stay on hook)
Yo twice, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (5lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}twice (3lps on hook)
Yo twice, and insert hook into NEXT sp, yo, pull through (6lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}twice (4lps on hook)
Yo twice, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (7lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}twice (5lps on hook)
Yo and pull through all loops on hook.
trc cl - treble crochet cluster (5trc spread across two spaces)
Yo twice times, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (4lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}twice (2lps stay on hook)
Yo twice times, insert hook in sp, yo, pull through space (5lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}twice (3lps stay on hook)
Yo twice, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (6lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}twice (4lps on hook)
Yo twice, and insert hook into NEXT sp, yo, pull through (7lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}twice (5lps on hook)
Yo twice, insert hook into same sp, yo, pull through (8lps on hook), {yo and pull through 2 lps}twice (6lps on hook)
Yo and pull through all six loops on hook
Beg outside cl-First outer cluster (3dc cluster)
Chain 3
Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull through space (3lps on hook),{yo and pull through 2 lps (2lps stay on hook)
Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull through space (4lps on hook),yo and pull through 2 lps (3lps stay on hook)
Yo and pull through all three loops on hook.
outside cl - outside cluster (3dc cluster)
Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull through space (3lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (2lps stay on hook)
Yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull through (4lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (3lps on hook)
Yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull through (5lps on hook), yo and pull through 2 lps (4lps on hook)
Yo and pull through all four loops on hook.
You can change colour at any point in the square by finishing off and joining a new colour at your finish point then continuing with instructions.
Start with a magic loop
R1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 15 dc into magic loop, close with a sl st to the 3rd ch of beginning ch 3 [16DC] (2 inches in 10ply) (1.5 inches in DK)
R2: Starting in any Dc (or continuing from the stitch you finished in) Ch 4 (counts as dc ch 1), dc ch 1 into each of the next 15 dc. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4 [16Dc 16 Ch1Sp]
R3: Sl st to next ch1 sp (or start new colour in ch1 sp) Beg 3dc cluster*(see special stitch instructions) ch2, {3dc cl ch2} into each of the next 15 ch1 sps. Join with a sl st to top of first cl. [16 3dc cl, 16 ch2 sps]
R4: Sl st to next ch sp, Beg 4dc cluster* ch 3, {4dc cl ch 3} into each of the next 15 ch sps. Join with a sl st to top of the first cl [16 4dc cl, 16 ch sps]
R5: Sl st twice into chain space, Beg trc cluster* ch4, start next trc cl in the same space you finished last tr cl {trc cl ch4} into each of the next 15 ch sps. [Note that trc cluster is done across 2 spaces] You should finish the last trc cl in the space you started the first. Join the last trc cl to the first in the top loop.
R6:Sl st to ch 4 space or Join new colour starting in any ch 4 space, ch 1 **5 sc ch 1 in first ch 4 space, (1 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc) ch 1 in next ch 4 space, (2 dc, 2 trc, ch 2, 2 trc, 2 dc) ch 1 in next ch 4 space, (2 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc) ch 1 in next ch 4 space,** repeat 3 more times. Slip stitch to first sc.
R7: ch 1, sc into the next 5 sc, sc in ch 1 sp, sc into next 5 stitches, hdc into ch 1 sp, hdc in next 4 stitches, (2dc ch2 2dc) in corner space, hdc in next 4 stitches, hdc into ch 1 sp, sc in next 5 stitches, sc in ch 1 sp, *{sc into the next 5 stiches, sc in ch 1 sp, sc into next 5 stitches, hdc into ch 1 sp, hdc in next 4 stitches, (2dc ch2 2dc) in corner space, hdc in next 4 stitches, hdc into ch 1 sp, sc in next 5 stitches, sc in ch 1 sp, }* repeat this* until square is complete and slip st to first stitch
R8: sl st in next 2 st Ch 3 (counts as DC) 2 dc in same stitch , {skip 3 st, 3dc in next stitch} 3 times to corner, (3 dc ch2 3 dc) in corner, sk 3 st 3dc,{ skip 3 st, 3dc in next stitch} to corner (3 dc ch2 3 dc) in corner. Join with a slip stitch to third chain of first ch3.
R9: sl st in next 3 st, Beg outside cl, ch2, {outside cl ch 2} repeat to corner, in corner (2dc ch 2 2 dc ch 2). Join with a slip stitch to third chain of first ch 3.
R10: 2sc in each ch2 space, sc at the top of each cluster, at corner sc in each dc, 2sc in ch 2 space, sc in each dc (you can replace the sc with hdc or dc if your square needs to be bigger) Join with slip stitch to first sc. If you are continuing in the same colour - At start of round sc at top of cl, then 2sc in ch2, continue with sc at top of each cluster, 2sc in each ch 2 space and at corners sc in each dc, 2sc in ch 2 space, sc in each dc and join with a slip stitch to first sc at end of round.

(Many thanks to Cathy for helping to edit this pattern.)

16 comments:

Terrie said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for posting!

Karen said...

Kata is a beautiful crochet square, love the colors. Thanks for the pattern.

moonberrie said...

I am so Thankful to have stumbled across your blog!!
I am AWFUL at Crocheting, and now I can learn!!! :D
I am in the process of making my boyfriend a blanket, and it is not very square at all. It is more of a mosaic of round thingys, trapezoids, and random shapes, all stitched together. haha
maybe next Christmas I`ll make him another, better one via your site!!

La MaƱosa said...

I've just crocheted up a square for potholders for a swap I am doing and I love this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing.

Melissa said...

Just wanted to let you know that I'm using this pattern for my crochet along in May. We will be making this pattern on May 2nd.
You can check it out on my blog at
www.hookedonhandmade.blogspot.com
I've already made this square and the pattern is wonderful!
Can't wait to see what other make of it!
Melissa

vibeskat said...

This is really pretty. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

JennyB said...

Hi Penny,

I'm one of the Editors at http://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/ and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your site. I think it's a great website with plenty of projects that our readers will just love to make.

We would love to add some of your projects to our site, so feel free to let us know as you add or create projects. We are always looking for afghan projects as well as other projects so if you have any of these please feel free to send them my way or let us know if you prefer we not link to you. We also feature projects from our website on our blogs, eBooks and e-mail newsletters.

Your projects are great and we know our readers will enjoy it. With that said, can we have permission to link to any project on your site as well as use the image? This will easily bring traffic to your site and allow others to see what's new on your site. We will credit you, of course.

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Jenny
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daht said...

This is gorgeous! I am just learning, and am going to save this for when I do! Thank you!
daht

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

Hi Penny,

I am having Granny Month on my blog (http://www.petalstopicots.com) this August and am trying to put a post together of my favorite free granny patterns from around the web. I love your Kata Square pattern and would like to include it in my post.
I would like to discuss getting your permission to use your photo at this image URL (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qnsfPU_zCr4/TNtZYTF2oTI/AAAAAAAAKZA/NJjrjApWA7c/s400/Ixus%2BOct%2B09%2Bflashback-0727-2.jpg)? I will be sure to link it to the post at http://thecreativepenny.blogspot.com/2010/11/kata-free-crochet-square-pattern.html.

If you get a chance, please email me at petalstopicots@yahoo.com so we can discuss further.

Thanks!!

OddOneOut said...

Thanks for this beautiful square, Penny. I found it on pinterest and was so inspired that I used the pattern to make my Niece a cushion for her birthday, http://chane-oddoneout.blogspot.com/2012/09/another-prezzy-for-leia.html

rosiemrogers said...

This is such a pretty pattern - can't wait to give this a go, once I've improved my crochet skills!

rosiemrogers said...

This is such a pretty pattern - can't wait to give this a go, once I've improved my crochet skills!

Leandra Nightwolf said...

Gorgeous! Just what I've been looking for to make my next afghan.
Leandra

Luci said...

I would LOVE to see a picture that shows the whole cake that you use for your header. It looks SO cute!

Penny said...

Hi Luci,
There are more pictures of the cake here. http://thecreativepenny.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/babushka-birthday-cake.html
:o)
The girls demolished it.
Thanks for looking at my blog.
Penny

purrcatlady siamese said...

Thank you for the pattern square. I love it. It is lovely. MARIANA