Crochet · Crochet Stitches

How to Crochet Vintage Flower Square

An easy 12 x 12 crochet square, scroll down for the pattern or chat a bit with me before we move on to the crochet!

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How have you crafters been? It has been a while since I sat down to have a proper chat or would the term a proper write be more appropriate? Don’t despair, this lack of communication on my part does not mean there is no crafting going on behind the scenes. Au contraire, I have been organizing some pretty special things in crochetcakes headquarters and wouldn’t you know, I have actually been sharing it through Instagram. I’m back baby!

This week I wanted to share with you a pattern for a Vintage flower Square Motif, that is a mouthful how about we call it VFS? I have been working on getting this tutorial out for you guys for close to a year. The pattern is from Anne Mathews Vogue Dictionary of Crochet Stitches (page 137) and I can’t explain why it took me so long to understand the instructions provided. Were crafters in the 80’s so talented that they did not need to be told certain things to understand what they were making? I can’t answer that but what I can answer with 100 percent certainty, I have yet to unlock this achievement. How are you guys at crafting with minimal instructions? Yes? That is awesome! No? Worry not, I like to think I was pretty thorough in this tutorial.

The Vintage Flower Square of VFS is started in the round and then squared with some cleverly placed stitches and chains. You can make it in a solid color as I have done or let your soul be free and change colors every row, or perhaps change colors when you square the circle. Crochet has endless options, let your creativity soar.


Yarn – In the video tutorial I have used KnitPicks—-  which is a cotton acrylic blend. but I also like Drops if you are in the uk or some DK weight options Bernat Softee Baby Cotton Yarn – Feather Gray – Yarn & Needle Arts – Yarn at JOANN ( I really like this yarn) and Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn – Whipped Cream.

5mm crochet hook or hook that corresponds to your yarn.

Scissors to cut your yarn


Shell 1  – 3dc, ch3, 3dc

Shell 2 – 3dc,ch1,3dc

Puff Stitch – Yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch , yarn over and pull up a loop, repeat twice more. Yarn over and go through all loops on the hook.



Start with a ch12 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Ch4 (counts as the first treble)

Round 1 – 23 trebles into the center of the ring. Slip stitch to the top of the ch4 to close. 24


Round 2 – Ch6, *1dc in the next 3 stitches, ch3* Repeat from * to * until you have reaches the last 2 stitches. Work 1 dc in the remaining 2 stitches, slip stitch to the third ch to join the round. Slip stitch into the first ch 3 space. 8 groups of 3 dc and 8 ch3 spaces.


Round 3 – Ch 3, 2 dc into the space, ch3, 3dc into the space. *Ch1, Shell 1 into the next ch3 space.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the ch 3. Slip stitch over next 2 dc. and into the ch space


Round 4 – Ch3, 2 dc , Ch 3, 3 dc into the space. *Ch3, Shell 1 into the center ch of the previous shell.* *Repeat from *to* until you have finished your round. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the ch3. Slip stitch over the next 2 dc and into the ch space.


Round 5- Ch3, 2dc, ch1 3 dc into the space. *Ch2, work sc into the ch 3 space, ch 2 work Shell 2 into the center ch of the previous shell* Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch to the top of the ch 3, and until you reach the ch 1 space from the shell.


Round 6 – Ch1, sc in the same space. *ch 5, puff stitch in the sc, ch 5, sc in the ch 1 space from the previous shell.* Repeat from * to * Slip stitch into the beg sc to join, slip stitch into the ch 5 space.

Round 7 – Ch 3, 7 dc into the ch space. *8 dc into the ch 5 space* Repeat from * to * around. Slip stitch to the top of the ch3 to join.

Round 8 – Ch1, *sc in the sc. Ch5, skip 8 dc, work 2 dc between the 8dc groups , ch5 skip 8 dc, work 1sc between the next 8 dc group, ch 5 work 2trb ch3 2trb between the next 8 dc group (on top of the puff stitch), ch 5*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. Slip stitch to the beg sc to join.

Round 9 – Ch1, *sc in the sc. sc in each of the next fifteen ch (the stitches also count as part of these 15) once you have completed 15 sc work 4 dc into the last 5ch, and 1 dc on top of the treble. Corner – 3dc,ch3,3dc. 1 dc on top of the trb, 4dc and 1 sc into the ch5 space. * Repeat from *to *. Slip stitch to the top of the sc to join. Your circle should now begin to look like a square.

Round 10 – Ch3, (counts as the first dc) *1 dc in each stitch until you reach the corner ch space. 2dc, ch3, 2 dc into the corner space.* Repeat from * to * all the way around. Slip stitch to the top of the ch3 to join. Fasten off.

Square measures 13 X 13 without blocking.


Tutorial Link (please bear with me, I know the lighting is pukey in this video. I hope to get my setup and lighting perfected for the next tutorial.

Let me know what you guys would make with this pattern. I can also see a cushion or a purse made with this Vintage Flower Square. Like, Comment, Share!



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