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I have this 1948 Smart Crochet magazine that’s pretty great.

Get a load of these!

Yes, that says 10 cents. (This one is from 1944.)

Great stuff in these things!

Anyway – in one of the 1948 editions of Smart Crochet I found this “motif” pattern (not at all unlike the Spring Breeze Afghan Square found here – although not identical – there are some minor differences between the two).

I think the thing that caught my eye with the 1948 version of the pattern when I first came across it as a child was the fact that it was so squared and rounded all at the same time. I love the fact that it’s got a timeless look to it. It really is lovely, isn’t it?

Nine simple rounds.

Great results.

Wanna make one?

Okay – here we go.

1948 Motif Square

Foundation row: Chain 4, join with a slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring.

Round 1: Chain 4 (equivalent to 1 double crochet and chain 1). Working into ring, double crochet, chain 1, 7 times. Join with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 4.

(Row 1, completed.)

Round 2: Slip stitch to the first chain 1 space. Chain 4 (equivalent to 1 double crochet and chain 1). Double crochet, chain 1 in the same chain 1 space, 3 times. (Makes first corner of 4 double crochet chain 1 repeats.) In the next chain 1 space, double crochet, chain 1. (Bridge made.) In the following chain 1 space, double crochet, chain 1, 4 times. (Second corner made.) Repeat second corner and bridge twice more. After the 4th bridge has been made, join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 4.

(First corner made.)

(Second round complete.)

Round 3: Slip stitch to the center chain 1 space of the 1st corner of the previous round. Chain 3 (equivalent to first double crochet), 5 double crochet into center space.

Chain 1, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet, chain 1 in center double crochet. (Bridge made.) 6 double crochet in next center corner space. (2nd corner made.)

Work bridge once again. Repeat 2nd corner and bridge twice more. At completion of round, join with slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain 3.

(Completed 3rd round.)

Round 4: Chain 3, then double crochet in same location (i.e. in the join slip stitch); work 2 double crochet in each of the next 5 double crochet. (First corner made.) Skip next chain 1 space, then single crochet, chain 2, single crochet in the next chain 1 space. Skip the next chain 1 space. (Bridge made.) Work 2 double crochet in each of the next 6 double crochet of the prior row. (Second corner made.)

Work bridge once again. Repeat 2nd corner and bridge twice more. At completion of round, join with slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain 3.

Round 5: Chain 4 (equivalent to double crochet, chain 1). Double crochet, chain 1, 10 times. (First corner made.) Double crochet in the next double crochet, single crochet in the next chain 2 space. (Bridge made.) Double crochet in the next double crochet, chain 1, repeat 11 times. (Second corner made.)

Repeat bridge. Repeat second corner and bridge twice more. After the 4th bridge has been made, join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 4.

(Completed 5th round.)

Round 6: Chain 1. Single crochet in the next chain 1 space, chain 2. Repeat around the entire row. Join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet.

(Completed 6th round.)

Round 7: *Slip stitch to the next chain two space, Single crochet, chain 2, work 9 times total. Single crochet in the next chain two space, chain 3, skip next chain two space.* Repeat from * to * three times. Join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet.

(Completed 7th round.)s

Round 8: Slip stitch to next chain 2 space. *Two single crochet in the next two chain 2 spaces. Work 2 half double crochet in the next chain 2 space, 2 double crochet in the next chain 2 space, and 5 treble crochet in the next chain 2 space. Two double crochet in the next chain 2 space, 2 half double crochet in the next chain two space, and two single crochet in the next two chain 2 spaces. (First corner made.) Single crochet in the next chain 3 space. (Bridge made.)*

(First corner of the 8th round.)

Repeat from * to *. Join round with a slip stitch into the first single crochet of the round.

(Completed 8th round.)

Round 9: Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch around, working 3 single crochet in the 3rd stitch of the 5-treble crochet corner of each corner. Fasten off.

And that’s it.

Honestly – I pretty much hate doing treble crochet – but when it gives as lovely a corner as here – it’s pretty easy to forget my bad feelings about them! And there really is nothing like a lovely little single crochet border to tidy everything up.

If you need a tutorial on how to do a treble crochet – see here.

Have fun!

🙂

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