Textures and Tassels Blanket: Part 35 Agnes Square

Welcome to Week 35 of the Textures and Tassels Blanket mystery crochet along! This week, I’m sharing an 8″ cluster stitch granny square, the Agnes Square. This pattern has a cluster stitch granny square at the center and added texture from crocheting in the back and third loops. What’s a cluster stitch, you ask? It’s basically a bobble that is flattened because there are spaces on the side of it. I’ve linked a video tutorial if you’re new to cluster stitches.

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Textures and Tassels Blanket 35: Agnes Square

Cluster Stitch Granny Square Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

This 8” (20.5 cm) square uses cluster stitches (flattened bobbles) and stitches in the back and third loops to create texture.

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.

Finished Size

  • Throw Blanket.

Materials

  • 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.

Gauge

  • 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

  • 3L – third (back) loop only – Moogly has a helpful video for identifying the third loop here.
  • BL – back loop only – Moogly has helpful videos for identifying the back loop here.
  • CA – Color A
  • ch – chain
  • cl – 4-repeat cluster stitch – [Yo, insert hook in same sp, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] 4 times, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook. Hopeful Honey has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • WS – wrong (back) side
  • 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 35

  • Gauge: Motif = 8” (20.5 cm) in pattern.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rows and 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 178 Pinnacles.

Pattern Instructions

Agnes Square

  • With CA, ch 8, skip 7 ch, sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: (WS) Ch 1, [cl, ch 2] in ring 7 times, cl in ring, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to first cl. – 8 cl + 8 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, cl in same sp, *ch 2, skip 1 cl, cl in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip 1 cl,** (cl, ch 3, cl) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, cl in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to first cl. – 12 cl + 8 ch-2 sp + 4 ch-3 sp
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, cl in same sp, *[ch 2, skip 1 cl, cl in next ch-2 sp] twice, ch 2, skip 1 cl,** (cl, ch 3, c) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, cl in first ch-3 sp, ch 2, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to first cl. – 16 cl + 12 ch-2 sp + 4 ch-3 sp
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, cl in same sp, *[ch 2, skip 1 cl, cl in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, ch 2, skip 1 cl,** (cl, ch 3, cl) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, cl in first ch-3 sp, ch 2, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to first cl. – 20 cl + 16 ch-2 sp + 4 ch-3 sp
  • Rnd 5: Turn to RS, ch 1, 2 sc in same ch-3 sp, *[2 sc in next cl, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp] 4 times, 2 sc in next cl,** (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 2 sc in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to first sc. – 22 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, hdc in same sp, *hdcBL in next 22 sts,** (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, hdc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to first hdc. – 24 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 sp
  • Rnd 7: Ch 1, hdc in same sp, *hdc3L in next 24 sts,** (ch 2, hdc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to first hdc. – 25 sts on each side + 4 ch-2 spaces
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, hdc in same sp, *hdc3L in next 25 sts,** (ch 2, hdc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, ch 1, join with sc (counts as ch 1) to first hdc.
  • If your square is smaller than 8” (10.5 cm) after Rnd 8, work additional rounds as follows until square reaches 8” (10.5 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; rep from * around, ending last rep 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 32”/81.5 cm) for seaming.
© 2021 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2021/09/10/textures-and-tassels-blanket-clue-35/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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