Recently, my friend Susan Regalia (@suregal27 on Instagram) posted a photo of a sample crochet motif she'd spied at Joann Fabrics. Unable to source the pattern, I decided to try to design a similar one from the photo. Mine isn't an exact copy, but more of a riff on the original design. I hope you have as much fun playing with the pattern as I did designing it!
Special Stitches & Abbreviations
2dc cluster: [Yarn over, insert hook into st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through two loops] twice. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
5dc cluster: See round 3 of instructions.
BLO: Work stitch in back loop only.
Front-post treble (fptr): Wrap yarn around hook twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of the indicated stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop, [yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times.
Round 1: With color A, into magic ring, ch1, 8sc. Join with sl st to 1st sc.
Round 2: Ch2, 1dc into same st as join, ch4. *2dc cluster, ch4* Repeat from * 6 times. Join with sl st to 1st dc.
Round 3: Sl st into next 2ch, sl st into ch3 sp. *[Ch2, 5dc cluster, ch3, sl st in ch3 sp] twice, ch7, sl st in same ch3 sp* Repeat from * 3 times (on the last repeat, work the final sl st into the 3rd sl st of the round).
Note: The 5dc cluster is worked as follows: [Yarn over, insert hook into 1st ch3 sp, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through two loops] twice. [Yarn over, insert hook into next ch3 sp, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through two loops] three times. Yarn over, draw through all 6 loops on hook.
Round 4: Sl st to top of next 5dc cluster, ch1. *1sc in 5dc cluster, ch2, 1hdc in next sl st, ch2, 1sc in 5dc cluster, ch3, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in ch7 sp, ch3* Repeat from * 3 times. Join with sl st to 1st sc.
Round 5: Sl st into ch2 sp, ch1. *3sc in ch2 sp, 2sc in ch2 sp, 3sc in ch3 sp, 1sc in sc, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in ch2 sp, 1sc in sc, 3sc in ch3 sp* Repeat from * 3 times. Join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
Round 6: Join color B in any ch2 corner sp with a sl st. Ch5, 1dc in same sp. *8dc, 1fptr around underlying hdc, 7dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 sp* Repeat from * 3 times (on the last repeat, omit 2dc, ch2, 2dc in ch2 sp). Join with sl st to 3rd of initial ch 5. Fasten off.
Round 7: Join color C in any ch2 corner sp with a sl st, ch1. *(1sc, ch2, 1sc) in ch2 sp, in BLO, 18sc* Repeat from * 3 times. Join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
Note: The photo below is from an earlier design iteration and does not correctly represent the stitch count in the pattern published here (but the overall idea is the same).
As the header photo shows, you can do a sort of choose your own adventure process with this square. Leave off the last two rounds and JAYG on the corners and midpoints of the square. Change colors every row or do solid squares. Add extra rows to fit it in with other designs. The possibilities are endless!
Happy hooking! Be sure to share completed motifs on Instagram under the tag #regaliamotif