Fire Square crochet pattern (not only for Christmas!)

After entering designing world of crochet 4 years ago, I have learnt that Christmas in July is a huge “event”, or “movement”. Many crafters all over the world start preparing for Christmas and are creating gifts for their family members and friends. Every year I was telling myself I should join in and design something special in July. But because I am terrible with “seasonal crochet” and always miss all dates, it never happened in a proper way. This year, however, I was right on time with a new design. But because of Grinda MAL and a puppy story there was a delay again… However! Here it is! One month late, lol.

As you might now, I am Belarusin by origin living in the Czech Republic for 10 years already. Two years ago my best Belarusian friend Natasha visited me in Brno right before Christmas. And she brought a very special present. A handmade glass bauble with traditional Belarusian ornament meaning 'wealth', or its slight modification meaning 'fire'. It’s interesting that the same ornamental sign can be seen in different cultures. And this particular square is known to be a Christmas one. But because this ornament is ancient, it's obviously good not only for Christmas :)

A new design idea? Yes, of course!

Let me introduce a Fire Square crochet pattern. It consists of a lace fabric with the same stitch, as in Grinda shawl and Indigo Shrug (yes, I am secretly in love with this stitch and am using it almost everywhere now…) and textured pattern with front post stitches and popcorns.

The pattern is on sale during this weekend (through Monday, September 3rd, 2018) with 20% off both on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE. The discount was already applied to price and no codes are needed. After that date Fire Square will be offered at a full price 4.5$ (+VAT if you are in EU or Australia).
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I used Sport weight yarn (Stone Washed by Scheepjes) in solid shade – slightly under 3 skeins for one square. I believe one solid colour works best for this pattern. With 4mm crochet hook it turned out quite big – approx. 50cm/20”. Just the perfect size for a pillow cover, and I sewed both my squares onto ready fabric pillowcases from IKEA (see a how-to video tutorial HERE).

The pattern contains full written instructions and step-by-step pictures for every round. Please, note that NO chart is included, and the pattern is only available in English with US crochet terms (so far).

If you would like to use the same yarn as me, you can find Stone Washed in local Scheepjes shops. Or via larger online retailers, such as:

Wool Warehouse* (UK, international shipping)
Black Sheep Wools* (UK, international shipping)
Deramores* (UK, international shipping)
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe)

I believe Fire square will make a wonderful afghan block. If you use different yarn (fingering, lace or even thread) with a smaller hook, you will get smaller squares. And they can be joined together into blankets! Maybe even with squares in different colors? Or... How do you like an idea of making this square with thread and sewing it onto linen pad for a festive pin cushion? It could make a wonderful gift for your crafty friend!

Look at what Laura (aka @taemombo on Ravelry) made using Fire square. She combined it together with Indigo shrug pattern which was transformed into a new and unique garment! Just in case you would like to make the same shrug, Laura used one Whirl and one Whirlette. However only 8g of Whirlette was left after the hem was completed. So if your gauge tends to be loose you might want to add one more Whirlette, to be on the safe side.

Laura is my creative muse :) Whatever I design she always brings my patterns to one step forward by rethinking them and combining in a very creative way. Check, for example, her Celtic blanket, Sunny blanket, First Snow blanket, or her Northern Lights blanket! I am so happy that crochet and Scheepjes yarns inspired Laura to open her own yarn shop (yay!). It’s called Taemombo, and it can be found HERE. If you live in Canada and are looking for Scheepjes yarns, please support Laura and purchase from her.

If Fire Square inspired you to make a Christmas gift for someone, or just yourself, please jump to my shop on Ravelry HERE or Etsy HERE. And I will be looking forward to see your beautiful creations!

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  1. It's awesome how the crochet motif looks similar to the real one on the bauble ! Love the shrug version of Laura too. You two are so inspiring ! 😊

  2. I'm having real trouble with the corners I wonder if you could help with any info please.I have done one but the second one does not seem to work.Any advice would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Helen, please either send me a progress picture or join my group on Facebook and post your pictures there. and we will help you. My group is called "Lilla Bjorn Crochet and Friends". thank you!

  3. Dear Tatsiana, I love very much all your patterns. Today I have seen the Belarussian patterns and this interesting very much for me – in Hungarian folk-art has too very similar patterns! The star, the flowers are all included and nearly all are red colour on home-made linen like cushions, tableclothes, bedspread and so on. Thank you very much! Marianne


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