Welcome to Week 18 of the Textures and Tassels Blanket mystery crochet along! This week, I’m sharing the popcorn granny square pattern for the Stella Square. This pattern is the single-color variation on my pattern for the Circle with Popcorn Granny Square.
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Textures and Tassels Blanket 18: Stella Square
Popcorn Granny Square Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This 6” (15 cm) motif is a single-color variation on my Circle with Popcorn Granny Square pattern.
The Textures and Tassels Blanket is a mystery crochet along for a throw-sized blanket worked in a combination of motifs and rows. Borders are crocheted in the round and the blanket is finished off with tassels. (Optional, of course, if you don’t like tassels.) New clues will be released on Fridays through December 10, 2021.
- Throw Blanket.
- Lion Brand Heartland yarn (Solids: 100% acrylic, 5 oz/142 g, 251 yd/230 m; Tweeds: 94% acrylic/6% rayon, 4 oz/113 g, 200 yd/183 m): 14 skeins in your choice of colors, or approximately 3,320 yards/3,036 meters in any medium weight yarn.
- Clover Amour US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size that matches gauge or you prefer using with medium weight yarn.
- Clover Tassel Maker in Large or Small, or the bundle of both sizes (optional, but very helpful if you plan to finish your blanket with tassels).
- Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker set (optional, but helpful for marking the front and holding pieces together for seaming).
- Clover Chibi yarn needle.
- See individual clues for gauge information.
Textures and Tassels Blanket Pattern Notes
- The Textures and Tassels Blanket Blanket is constructed using a combination of motifs and rows. Borders are crocheted in the round. New “clues” will be released on Fridays during 2021.
- I am using 3 colors for my version of the blanket: Lion Brand Heartland yarn in 178 Pinnacles (CA), 195 Biscayne (CB), and 350 Mount Rainier Tweed (CC). This is a “dye lot” yarn, so be sure to get enough of each color you plan to use so that the colors match. If you substitute a “no dye lot” yarn, the dyes are consistent between batches so you can order additional yarn as needed and the colors will match.
- You can use as many or as few colors as you like for your version. I recommend at least 2 colors to show certain stitch patterns.
- Whenever possible, I recommend crocheting over your yarn tails as you work. Sometimes, a stitch pattern will be too lacy to effectively crochet over your yarn tails. In that case, I recommend weaving in ends.
- Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for crocheting over your yarn tails as you work here.
- Stitches n Scraps has helpful video and photo tutorials for 3 ways of weaving in ends here. I use the yarn (tapestry) needle method.
- Because the border will be crocheted in the round over the unworked sides of rows, when changing colors often you can carry your yarn tails up the side of your work. AllFreeCrochet has a helpful video tutorial for carrying your yarn tails up the side of your work here.
- Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- BL – back loop only – Lion Brand has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the back loop here.
- CB – Color B
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice. A video tutorial for this stitch is below.
- If you can’t see the video above for the FPdc, click here to watch it on YouTube.
- hdc – half double crochet
- pop – 5-double crochet popcorn – Dc 5 times in same st, remove hook from loop and insert hook from front to back of first dc in group, pick up dropped loop and pull through loop on hook. A video tutorial for the 3-double crochet version of this stitch pattern is available here.
- rep – repeat
- Rnd(s) – Round(s)
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- () Work instructions in parentheses into same stitch or space.
Notes for Part 16
- Gauge: Motif = 6” (15 cm) in pattern.
- Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds and sl st joins do not count as a stitches.
- Color changes are only suggestions. You are welcome to change colors more or less often. For this section, my Color A is Lion Brand Heartland yarn in 195 Biscayne.
- With CB, ch 4, sk 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 12 sts
- Rnd 2: Ch 1, FPdc around same st, [ch 1, FPdc around next st] 11 times, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first FPdc. – 12 sts + 12 ch-1 sp
- Rnd 3: Ch 1, pop in same ch-1 sp, [2 dcBL in next st, pop in next ch-1 sp] 11 times, 2 dcBL in next st, join with sl st to top of first pop. – 36 sts, including 12 pop
- Rnd 4: Sl st in next st, ch 1, 3 dc in same st, *dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next st, 3 dc in next st,** ch 2, sk 1 st, 3 dc in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 12 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
- Rnd 5: Ch 1, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, sk 3 sts, 4 dc in next st, ch 1 st, sk 4 sts, 4 dc in next st, ch 1, sk 3 sts,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 17 sts (14 dc + 3 ch-1 sp) on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
- Rnd 6: Ch 1, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, sk 3 sts, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 4 sts, 4 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 4 sts, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 sts,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first dc. – 20 sts (17 sts + 3 ch-1 sp) on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
- If your square is smaller than 6” (15 cm) after Rnd 6, work additional rounds as follows until square reaches 6” (15 cm):
- Ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, *sc in each st across to corner ch-2 sp,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to top of first sc. (Increases by 2 sts on each side with each rep)
- Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.